Job Opportunity – Exhibition Designer

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Exhibition Designer

Title:  Exhibition Designer
Division:   Exhibitions and Collections
Classification:  Salaried, regular full-time exempt
Directly supported by:   Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
Directly supports:  Will supervise staff as this position grows
Salary Range:  $62k+

About us

Since opening in 1982, the HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, cultures, history, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the eastern edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

About this job and what you’ll do

This position creates inspiring gallery experiences for our audiences that are rooted in the Museum’s mission to wildly excite and responsibly teach. With an incredibly talented team of visionary curators, you’ll be designing exhibitions in the Museum’s temporary galleries. You’ll be part of the dynamic and award-winning exhibitions team and part of the interdisciplinary approach the Museum is known for. You’ll be part of a passionate Museum team and community that enjoys learning and participating in areas beyond designing exhibitions.

About who you are

The Exhibition Designer is a visionary and inspired creator of immersive, dynamic exhibitions that deeply tell the stories of the High Desert region. Our curatorial and exhibitions team works with you to vision, plan, and execute a robust changing exhibitions schedule to connect our audience with the Museum’s mission and create a vibrant visitor experience. You ideally have exhibition design experience with 2D, 3D and immersive exhibits in your portfolio. You are passionate about telling diverse stories from the past and conveying how they help us learn about the present and think about the future using art, cultural objects, immersive scenes, video and audio assets and things we haven’t tried yet.  You might have some knowledge of collection practices or object handling experience in a museum or gallery. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, embrace a team-oriented perspective and work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary museum. A positive demeanor and the ability to learn new skills quickly are essential traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.

Want to learn more?

For a detailed job description listing the essential functions of this position and the education, experience, and skills requirements, click here.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. In the job description we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are at times presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

Want to apply?

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The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.