Exhibit Production Lead
Department: Learning and Public Engagement
Supervisor: Director of Learning and Public Engagement
Supervises: Seasonal assistants, interns, volunteers
FLSA Salary Classification: Full-time, Non-exempt
Availability: Occasional weekends and evenings may be required to support exhibit installation.
Serve as an integral part of the visitor experience by planning, preparing, fabricating, installing, and maintaining indoor and outdoor signs and exhibits. Serve as an institutional resource for exhibits and sign materials and production. Responsible for appropriate storage, inventory, and maintenance of exhibit elements, including wayfinding and directional signs. Exhibitions are mission-focused, mainly outdoor (some indoor), and include elements such as traveling and home-grown exhibits, plant displays, artwork/sculpture and interpretation signage.
- Serve as point person in supplementing and staging traveling exhibits and advise in the design of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Unpack, handle, install, and crate exhibits according to museum conservation standards.
- Lead and/or performing the installation, maintenance and de-installation of traveling and home-grown exhibits.
- Monitor, maintain, and repair indoor and outdoor exhibits; interpretive, wayfinding and directional signs; and interactive devices. Coordinate with Security, Plant Science and Conservation, Facilities and Grounds, Hospitality staff, Guest Services and others as needed to perform ongoing assessment and modifications of the existing sign system to meet specifications for outdoor and indoor signs.
- Maintain a system for prioritizing and managing workflow. Monitor inventory and requests for displays, and wayfinding and directional signs.
- Manage relationships with staff and vendors to order/produce/install/repair/uninstall signs and exhibits. Research and maintain database of products and services, color systems, samples, and related information.
- Oversee interpretation functions, including but not limited to, constructing, vinyl application, dry mounting, building small props and furniture, painting, fastening, and installing.
- Fabricate and maintain outdoor wayfinding and directional signs, including ordering materials, painting various substrates, vinyl application, maintaining a sign inventory, and scheduling/budgeting for repairs/replacements.
- Coordinate, train, and supervise seasonal assistants, interns and volunteers.
- Learn, understand, and demonstrate the ability to safely operate and maintain all equipment according to the operator’s manuals. Responsible for proper operation and maintenance of tools and equipment used in job.
- Other duties as assigned.
High School diploma required, Bachelor’s degree preferred. 3+ years of related experience required. Experience with carpentry, fabrication, and other physical elements of exhibit construction (painting, assembling, laminating, mat cutting, etc.). Experience using basic hand and power tools (drill, drivers, saw, level, hammer tape measure, etc.). Training and experience operating forklift, pallet jack, skid loader, telehandler is preferred. Knowledge of exhibit materials and substrates highly desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Highly creative and able to apply that creativity to the curation of exhibitions. Experience in an exhibit and graphic design highly advantageous. Familiarity with audio and/or video recording and editing preferred. Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability, and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Creative Suites, and experience with Google applications beneficial.
Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate with staff, customers, visitors, and vendors of various backgrounds and ages. Ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects within an ambitious schedule with high attention to detail. Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
- Physical Demands: Requires physical activity: limited lifting (up to 50 lbs.), the dexterity to use hand and power-operated tools safely, proficiently, and efficiently; the ability to operate large equipment safely; and move between widely separated work sites, many of which are outdoors and on uneven terrain.
- Work Environment: Combined indoor/outdoor setting (approximately 60% indoor, 40% outdoor).
- Equipment: Art supplies (including knives), digital cameras and other photographic equipment, large format printer, power tools, hand tools, dry-mount press, heavy-duty, paper cutter, vinyl cutter, laminator, general office equipment, image manipulation software, Cushman cart.
Job descriptions are guidelines that attempt to characterize major duties and responsibilities of employees and are subject to change as needs and programs change. At the Huntsville Botanical Garden, they are considered neither inclusive nor exclusive. It is expected that up to 20% of your duties may change annually.
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