DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is a hands-on, constructivist-based museum that sees over 300,000 visitors per year. The Exhibit Technician is a pivotal mission-based position responsible for maintaining, repairing, and fabricating exhibits. The ideal candidate is flexible team player and creative problem-solver who won’t sacrifice quality for speed, but understands when time is of the essence and how to balance priorities to meet deadlines.
1. Performs maintenance and repairs on exhibits, which may require various construction techniques as well as painting, laminate, plastics (acrylic and sintra), mechanical, electrical, or finish carpentry work.
2. Conducts regular inspections of exhibits to ensure that they are functioning correctly and are visitor ready.
3. Collects and enters information into a maintenance database: compiles information related to repair frequencies; adjusts maintenance schedules and methods based on analysis of information gathered.
4. Meets regularly with Senior Exhibits Manager to:
● identify potential problem areas needing immediate or future attention;
● solve potential emergency situations;
● perform immediate repairs when warranted;
● troubleshoot immediate problems identified by routine inspections and staff/visitor feedback;
● assist in delegating appropriate maintenance and repair tasks to shop volunteers
5. Prototypes new exhibit components; gives and accepts constructive feedback regarding prototypes and exhibit concepts.
6. Fabricates new exhibit components from drawings or approved prototypes.
7. Ensures that exhibit supplies have been obtained from appropriate sources to meet exhibit-restocking requirements. Organizes supplies and manipulatives for easy stocking and inventory.
8. Maintains museum tools, shop, storage areas, and other resource materials in an appropriate and professional manner.
1. As part of the museum maintenance team, may perform other museum repair, maintenance, landscaping, and occasional other activities as needed.
2. Other duties as assigned
● Supervised by the Senior Manager of Exhibits.
● Models a positive collaborative approach and works well as a team member with staff and volunteers.
● Maintains productive relationships with exhibit staff and vendors.
● Behaves appropriately around children.
Education and Experience:
● Three to five years experience with building interactive exhibits.
● Must be skilled in use of power tools, machine tools and hand power tools.
● Requires knowledge of and experience with cabinetmaking. Prefer experience with mechanical and electrical systems, finish carpentry, painting and laminate, fasteners and other building skills.
● Experience with CAD programming, small CNC routers, welding, electronics, arduinos, coding, and programming a plus.
● High school degree mandatory. Technical training and certification preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
● Superior skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative; willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed.
● Ability to meet deadlines in the most efficient manner without compromising quality.
● Good communication abilities are essential.
● Ability to use online email and calendar functions required
● Basic knowledge of Word, Excel, and Database knowledge a plus.
● Familiarity with pool operator guidelines or water pump and filtration systems a plus.
The following abilities are required for the position: (a) Heavy physical exertion and activity will be required; (b) Bend, reach, kneel, squat, walk and climb stairs and ladders; (c) Lift and carry large/bulky items weighing up to 75 pounds; (d) Display the dexterity and motor skills necessary to perform mechanical repairs and work on a variety of machinery; (e) Work outdoors for short periods of time in hot and cold weather; (f) Communicate appropriately, clearly and verbally with museum visitors and co-workers. Comprehend and speak English with the general public and co-workers; (g) Use a keyboard and mouse to enter, retrieve or transfer words or data; (h) Tolerate dust, paint, cleaning solutions and plastic/latex.
● Must have a valid driver’s license, access to reliable transportation and appropriate liability insurance.
● Tuesday through Saturday schedule, however schedules may fluctuate depending on the museum needs. Some evening and weekend hours required.
Position Title: Exhibit Technician
Status: Full-time, benefits eligible
Job Classification: Exhibits
Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
About DuPage Children's Museum
DuPage Children’s Museum has a 30-year history of interactive, hands-on experiences that are carefully designed to foster curiosity, creativity, problem solving, and innovation through the power of play. We share our expertise in early childhood development with parents and offer professional development opportunities to caregivers and teachers.