High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Seasonal Exhibitions Technician
Title: Seasonal Exhibitions Technician
Classification: Seasonal hourly, Full time nonexempt- 4-month position
Compensation: $20.00-$25.00 an hour DOE plus $500 bonus at the end of engagement, not to exceed 640 hours
Reports To: Art and Experience Developer
High Desert Museum – Organization Description
Since opening in 1982, THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage 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 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
The Seasonal Exhibits Technician is responsible for object and gallery preparation, as well as installation, de-installation and maintenance of the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. The Seasonal Exhibits Technician must have excellent communication and organizational skills; ability to see projects through to completion; ability to apply creative problem-solving method with an attention to detail; ability to work well both as part of a team and under own direction; ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines and budget guidelines; and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence, innovation, integrity and teamwork. Other critical areas of evaluation will include:
- Previous experience with exhibition installation/de-installation techniques, mount-making and framing
- Working knowledge of museum standards regarding proper handling and care of museum objects
- Basic understanding of audio-video equipment, with the ability to learn new skills in order to operate and maintained specialized A/V systems
- Some experience with electrical systems & controls
- Advanced skills in the use of power tools, wood/metal shop machinery, and lifting apparatuses
- Skills in woodworking, cabinetry, metalworking, plastics, painting or decorative finishes, and general construction, and knowledge of associated safety practices
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret design schematics, shop/fabrication drawings, and standard business documents
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers and the general public
- Demonstrated ability to solve problems independently and show initiative, as well as collaborate with the Exhibits Team to develop exhibits that strives to ensure the best experience for each museum visitor
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all Museum departments
- Ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects concurrently under the pressure of deadlines
- Must be able to work flexible hours and days (weekends and nights) including during periods of installation/deinstallation
- Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors in all environmental conditions
- Must be able to lift 75 lbs. and to perform all tasks related to the physical aspect of the position (bending, squatting, reaching, etc.)
- Able to work from a ladder
- Valid driver’s license
- Ability to drive trucks up to 26 feet long with trailer and heavy equipment including forklifts and scissor lifts
Responsibilities and Tasks
- Collaborate with the Exhibits Team on the planning, production and fabrication of exhibits including construction, carpentry, making mounts, installing objects and graphics and creating hands-on interactives.
- Prepare exhibit galleries for upcoming exhibits such as demolition, wall repair, painting, fabric wrapping, cleaning and maintenance.
- Transport artwork, crates and exhibition and storage-related furniture and objects to and/or from other locations, alone or as part of a team. Locations may range from local to statewide and beyond.
- Collaborate with the Exhibits Team on the installation and maintenance of permanent and traveling exhibits including installation, de-installation, loading and unloading of trucks, moving and packing/unpacking crates, etc.
- Perform daily checks and maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibitions, including the Miller Family Ranch and wildlife exhibits.
- Collaborate with the Facilities Department on projects, as needed.
- Work with the Exhibits Team to meet strict budgetary guidelines.
- Operate a variety of hand tools and power equipment such as table saw, circular saw, belt sander.
- Maintain a clean, organized, and safe work environment. Observe safety and risk management procedures in public areas and workspaces.
- Apply job skills and departmental policies and procedures to complete a wide range of complex tasks in creative and effective ways.
- Serve as a resource to other Museum staff in the resolution of complex problems and issues.
- Adapt behavior and work methods, as needed, in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
- Effectively handle multiple demands, shifting priorities, and rapid change.
- Employ independence, imagination, originality, and the highest standards in creating finished work projects.
- Contribute to the development of new concepts and techniques.
- Conduct other duties as assigned.
The High Desert Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
To explore the High Desert’s unique landscape, cultures, wildlife, history and arts, connecting our visitors to the past and helping them discover their role in the present and responsibility to the future.
Please send resume and cover letter to the High Desert Museum, attention Human Resources.