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Exhibits Fabricator II 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Position Objective:  To support the Museum mission by keeping all exhibits in functioning order and completing repairs and maintenance to exhibits in a timely manner. Serves as a project leader for the fabrication and installation of exhibits. Oversees shop tool maintenance and safety programs. Provides preventative maintenance and cleaning of the exhibits and exhibit environments.



  • Specifies the selection of shop tools and materials.
  • Oversees the Exhibits Shop tool maintenance and safety programs.
  • Facilitates / assures the quality of contracted work.
  • Performs daily upkeep, maintenance, and cleaning of museum exhibits, for both indoor and outside exhibit areas, accomplishing repairs to exhibits as necessary to help ensure that the exhibits continuously deliver safe, dependable, and satisfying interactions for our members and guests.
  • Performs opening and closing functions for outdoor and indoor exhibits as assigned. Opening function includes verifying operation of outdoor kiosks and deploying exhibit devices, refreshing materials, consumables, and/or supplies. Closing function includes removal and safe storage of exhibit devices, materials, consumables and/or supplies; and lock-up of exhibits components as required. Both functions include inspecting exhibits for breakage, failure, or malfunctions.
  • Reports exhibit outages and collaborate to formulate plans for exhibits repair to bring exhibits back into operation in a timely basis.
  • Provides for effective and efficient shop layout and organization.
  • Oversees the daily shop fabrication and prototyping activities.
  • Serve as safety leader in the Exhibits Shop ensuring that all power tools are maintained, serviced, and properly operating in a safe manner. Recommends and specifies procurement of shop tools and supplies. Functions as principal trainer for medium to high-risk shop tools.
  • Develops / Creates / Builds prototypes with the Exhibits Team.
  • Builds new exhibits and accessories.
  • Recommends:
    • Improvements and/or redesigns for existing exhibits and implement these changes
    • Designs and/or adapts appropriate technologies to fulfill exhibit concepts and implements these in functioning prototypes.
  • Develops/Contributes:
    • Develops technologies and designs for new and existing exhibits.
    • Develops and implements exhibit prototypes.
  • Responsibilities for material planning /ordering.
  • Assist with installation of pop-up exhibits.
  • Coordinates Contractor work.
  • Flexibility to work weekend shifts and assist with other projects as needed.
Position Requirements
  • Excellent wood working skills; Proficient in finish carpentry.
  • In depth knowledge of table saws, chop saws, routers, band saws, sanders, nailers, and other work working machinery and tools.
  • Project Management experience: Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Skilled in mechanical/electrical troubleshooting.
  • Prior experience in industrial or exhibit fabrication.               
  • Demonstrated success in a collaborative work environment.              
  • Initiative-taking; Effective communication skills.
  • General skills in computer basics, Internet, Windows, Spreadsheets.
  • High School Diploma; Valid NC Driver’s License
  • Flexibility to work weekends and holidays
  • Capable of climbing ladders, lifting 50 lbs., and working outdoors in changing weather conditions.
  • Able to pass background check prior to employment


  • Cabinet building / installation experience.
  • Experience with laminates.
  • CAD/ Sketch Up software knowledge.
  • 3D Printing; CNC Machine experience.
  • Museum Exhibits Fabrication / Maintenance experience.
  • Degree in industrial design or related field.
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EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Exhibits  

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