Feb 05, 2024

Exhibit Technician

$19.50 - $27.00 hourly
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, USA
Full-time Technician - General Maintenance or Service

Job Description

The Exhibit Technician is primarily responsible for the maintenance and repair of hands-on exhibits at Boston Children’s Museum to ensure a safe, functional, and fun environment for children and families.

Reporting to the Exhibits Operations Manager, the Exhibit Technician position is a full-time, year-round role with a consistent 5 day work week (including one weekend day) and benefits. This is an ideal position for creative problem-solvers with practical experience in working with a variety of tools and materials, who love to fix, tinker, and create things of all sorts.

  • Conduct regular inspections and test exhibits to determine repair needs; prioritize repairs both independently and in collaboration with the Exhibits and Visitor Experience Teams
  • Maintain and repair exhibits, including electrical and mechanical (motors, pumps, filters, pulleys, etc.), and AV and computer technologies used in exhibits; choose the safest and most effective repair methods
  • Participate in Museum daily opening, and check exhibits to ensure optimal functionality for daily visitor use
  • Clean designated exhibit components
  • Maintain safe and organized shared spaces, including work spaces and storage areas
  • Maintain exhibit repair documents and log work completed; communicate project progress and needs with manager and other team members
  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibits and exhibit components and refreshing of exhibit spaces, including demolition, space preparation, and painting, as needed
  • Assist Exhibit Team in the development of improvements to exhibits and new permanent exhibits, including creating prototypes and/or small components for exhibits, as needed
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues from the Exhibits Team as well as other teams, such as Visitor Experience and Facilities
  • Other duties as required
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • On-the-job experience in repair/maintenance positions; construction or fabrication-related industries; theatre, film, or other hands-on, creative industries required
  • 2-5 years experience with shop equipment, carpentry, hand tools, woodworking, plumbing, 3D fabrication, and/or electronics required; audio/visual knowledge and troubleshooting skills preferred
  • Experience with a diverse array of construction, fabrication, and crafting materials and hardware preferred
  • Skills in areas like AV production, pool/aquarium maintenance, heavy duty sewing/upholstery, automation and simple programing (e.g., Arduino, Raspberry Pi, sensors, etc.) may be useful
  • Ability to prioritize and organize tasks, and complete tasks within assigned timeframes
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and be part of a team
  • Ability to communicate with team members
  • Ability to work safely in shop spaces and in exhibits when visitors are present
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google suite required; proficiency with AutoCAD, Sketchup, or other drafting software preferred
Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Frequently walking, climbing stairs, squatting, pulling, pushing, reaching, and lifting, occasionally climbing ladders, have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, have the ability to work in tight or cramped spaces and required to and required to use necessary PPE as deemed appropriate or as mandated by industry safety standards (i.e., OSHA). 

Work Environment: Normal office environment with exposure to typical office equipment and supplies. i.e., desktop computer, multi-line phone, fax, printer, and shredder, in addition to the use of/exposure to shop equipment and tools. Required to work in a production and maintenance environment containing sawdust, paints, solvents, pool treatment chemicals, and other typical hazards found in similar environments. The office/shop is a shared space. Working in the Museum exhibits can occasionally be loud, noisy, and crowded during peak seasons. Some exhibits spaces can present exposure to dust, dirt, grease, and moisture.

Other Factors: A regular work schedule, 8 hour day shifts, 40hrs/wk (including 1 weekend day). Required to carry 2‐way radio while on duty. Required to wear a uniform shirt provided by the Museum. The position may require overtime hours dependent on emergency situations, project work, etc.  All overtime must be approved in advance by the manager.

Job Benefits

(Benefits eligibility is based on regular weekly hours per week)

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Up to 12 Sick days
  • Mass Earn Sick Time
  • Up to 10 Vacation days
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Qualified Transportation Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Short- Term & Long-Term Disability
  • American Alliance Museum Access
  • New England Museum Association Access
  • Free Admission to 100+ Museums




Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.


Boston Children’s Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children’s creativity and curiosity.  We promote the healthy development of all children so they will fulfill their potential and contribute to our collective well-being and future prosperity.


Creativity. Respect. Excellence. Accountability. Thoughtfulness. Equity.

Boston Children’s Museum is a curious, experimental, and creative learning organization. We have a child and family-centered focus, welcoming and respecting all Museum audiences. We collaborate and show mutual respect and support for our colleagues. We recognize that each person has equal, intrinsic worth and deserves to be treated with dignity. We are a culture that innovates, changes and pushes boundaries to keep the museum relevant. We are responsible to each other and strive to keep our commitments to our colleagues. We commit to high ethical standards. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, respecting the importance of personal growth and family. We have an ongoing commitment to fairness in all aspects of the Museum and we embrace alternative ways of thinking.

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