Exhibit Maintainer

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Exhibit Maintainer-Part Time, Temporary
Department: Exhibits
Reports to: Director of Exhibits

Background:
The New York Hall of Science, New York City’s only hands-on science museum and host to close to a half a million visitors every year, serves the most ethnically diverse population in the country — reflecting the institution’s home borough of Queens and also that of the greater metropolitan area. Built originally for the 1964 World’s Fair, NYSCI continues to capture the spirit of discovery and innovation that was at the heart of this event. NYSCI offers an unparalleled range of 450 interactive exhibits that invite visitors to explore varied aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). By combining these exhibits with the country’s largest outdoor Science Playground along with discovery labs, teacher-training programs, and internationally replicated science education programs for urban youth, NYSCI brings the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, and teachers throughout the New York metro-region and beyond.

Our mission is to bring the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers, and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn.

NYSCI is currently developing new approaches to engaging visitors in science on the floor of the museum. The largest of these initiatives, the Design Lab, is scheduled to open at NYSCI in 2014. Design-based practices on the museum floor require facilitation, and a key objective is to develop new training models for Explainers that will effectively support this work.

NYSCI has approximately 110 full-time and over 170 part-time staff-members.

Departmental Role:
The operations department handles the overall management and general administration of the core operations of NYSCI. Operation staff are the primary contact for the public and internal staff. They provide accessible, relevant, clear and timely information, support and advice to visitors and staff.
The Exhibit Department works with exhibit designers to develop, construct, install and maintain museum exhibit structures. Perform repairs, maintenance and installation of all NYSCI exhibits as needed.

Function:
Responsible for fabrication, installation and maintenance of NYSCI’s exhibits; work with other staff on exhibit design and development. This may include carpentry, electrical, mechanical and other craftwork.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Exhibit maintenance
    a. Maintain a record for regular maintenance of each exhibit unit.
    b. Perform daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance of all exhibits, tools and inventory.
    c. Respond to daily calls from the exhibit floor regarding assistance with exhibit related maintenance issues. Make immediate repairs as necessary.
    d. Notify Director of Exhibits of any out-of-order exhibits and places an out-of-order sign or pulls exhibit off the floor.
    e. Coordinate with the Explainer Supervisor on the preparation and maintenance of the Explainer cleaning/check lists, and monitor the daily use of same.
  2. Exhibit Fabrication and Installation
    a. Work on installation and fabrication of new exhibits and traveling exhibitions.
    b. Cooperate with support staff from other departments to fulfill their exhibit design requests.
    c. Cooperate with outside vendors and contractors to install and maintain exhibits.
    d. Assist in load in, load out and set up of traveling exhibits
    e. Assist in storage of crates
    f. Assist in building of prototypes for exhibits. May participate in their evaluation.
  3. Complete other tasks as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Qualifications:
This is a part time, temporary position which will run through September.

Education: Some college or equivalent education (technical or trade school) required.
Experience: 5 years experience working in a museum exhibit department.
Knowledge:

  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of NY Hall of Science.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
  • Knowledge of carpentry, electronics, electro-mechanical repairs.
  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture of exhibits.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of exhibits, buildings, or other structures.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Passion and knowledge about the use of technologies to support creative, engaged learning.
  • Ability to get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish the task.
  • Ability to modify leadership style and management approach to reach goal.
  • Experience in working with teams of museum designers, and builders with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
  • Experience serving diverse audiences of children.
  • Ability and willingness to participate in events outside the workday schedule. Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to actively listen to what others are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate and not interrupt at inappropriate times.

A science center, natural history museum, or children’s museum background is preferred but not required.

Compensation:
Commensurate with education, skills and experience, including an excellent NYSCI benefits package.
HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter with salary range/requirements. No calls please.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2014
Targeted Start Date: August 1, 2014
Email to: jobs@nysci.org

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The New York Hall of Science supports diversity in the workplace. NYSCI is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace.