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Exhibit Carpenter/Fabricator 


Purpose of Position:
To produce exhibit fabrication elements, maintain and repair existing exhibit elements, and care for the fabrication shop, co-supervise regular volunteers, and work closely with contracted specialists


Essential Functions:

  • Fabricate, paint, and install exhibit cases, barriers, panels, pedestals, mounts, partitions, etc.
  • Contribute to estimates of time, labor, materials, techniques, etc. for upcoming projects
  • Maintain the exhibit production facility, including hand and power tools and safety equipment
  • Assist in solving exhibits design and production problems
  • Build, prototype, and repair mechanical interactives
  • Perform exhibit repairs and maintenance on a regular basis
  • Assist in other areas of exhibit production as needed
  • Be part of a highly creative, collaborative team working on multiple projects simultaneously
Position Requirements
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination will be required.
  • 2+ years of carpentry experience
  • Working knowledge of exhibit fabrication techniques or willingness to learn
  • Ability to work with plexiglass, formica, plastics, metal, etc. in the fabrication and production of exhibits
  • Skill in framing and finish construction and plywood cabinet construction
  • Ability to read and follow plans
  • Ability to perform heavy work
  • Willingness to follow curatorial procedures for object care and handling
  • Willingness to perform the many “odd jobs” involved in exhibit production


Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

  • Work environment is a wood shop that can be dusty, drafty, and noisy
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds required as heavy lifting is often required during exhibit installation
  • Must be able to access all exhibits and program areas
  • Must be able to climb a ladder and work safely at heights

Please submit a cover letter with your application. 

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
EOE Statement Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran's status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.  
About the Organization Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America's seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to 'inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.'

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence.  

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