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Exhibit Designer-Fabricator

Summary

The Exhibit Designer-Fabricator helps to drive the creative development of thought-provoking, fun, and structurally robust interactive STEM learning exhibits, exhibit suites, and galleries with AAHOM, its partners, and its funders, developing unique sensory experiences that deeply engage visitors in the wonders of STEM. The Exhibit Designer-Fabricator develops drawings and models for proposals and pre-production presentations to stakeholders, and participates in exhibit fabrication.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Designs new individual exhibits, new suites of topical exhibits, new or improved exhibit components, and improvements to existing exhibits
  • Produces shop-ready plans and diagrams
  • Creates 2D and 3D models of exhibit parts, exhibits, and exhibit spaces
  • Collaborates with exhibit staff and outside contractors to prototype and fabricate exhibits
  • Ensures budget control by monitoring and evaluating costs of design and repair options
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Duties

  • Assists Director of Exhibits in planning the annual departmental budget
  • Assists with grant proposal preparation by providing information on topics relating to exhibit design and engineering
  • Serves as a liaison among staff and outside designers, engineers, and fabricators
  • Assists Director of Exhibits in documenting and archiving exhibit plans and designs in a comprehensive catalog
  • Participates in the “on duty” staff rotation schedule and museum events as assigned

Supervisory Responsibility

This role has no direct supervisory reporting relationships

Work Environment

The work is primarily indoors in a museum environment and will have regular exposure to dust, fumes and chemicals from exhibit materials and will be regularly exposed to moving parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud when constructing or repairing exhibits.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This role is active and requires reaching, standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing stairs. In addition, this role requires the ability to climb a ladder, and to bend, kneel and crawl through tight spaces. The employee must regularly lift and/or move items that weigh up to 75 pounds. This role occasionally requires sitting at a desk for extended periods of time and may require extended computer use.

Travel

No travel is expected for this position.

Required Education and Experience

A combination or equivalency of:

  • College/University degree in exhibit or industrial design

            OR

  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience interactive (hands-on) exhibit design

            OR

  • Equivalent combination or education and experience
  • Experience in fabrication with metals, plastics, and wood, and with demonstrated experience with appropriate tools
  • Understanding of basic STEM educational content
  • Proficiency with a 3D design software such as Adobe Illustrator or a CAD-style modeling software, and experience in creating 2D or 3D models/designs using software, clay or drawing to scale

Preferred Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in science, science education or technology, industrial design, or a related field
  • Experience working in a Science Center

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Consistently displayed interpersonal and relationship skills to facilitate:

  • working collegially in a small group organization
  • demonstration of excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • working relationships with vendors and other outside resources for quality design and fabrication

A professionalism and work style that supports:

  • adjusting designs based on constructive feedback from colleagues, funders, advisors
  • working independently and with self-initiative
  • maintaining multiple projects within budget and deadline
  • strong attention to detail
  • strong organizational and planning skills
  • observation of exhibit functionality and visitor behavior patterns
  • safety conscientiousness and focus

Salary

$45k-55k

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@aahom.org.

 

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Birthday Party Facilitator

Position Description:

Birthday Party Facilitators are responsible for facilitating 2½-hour Museum birthday parties. Parties are for 15 children and 20 adults and include a tour of the Museum, a host-lead science activity, and assistance with food and celebration with the guests.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist families with set-up, clean-up, and celebration
  • Lead children on a tour of the Museum, which includes explanation of the exhibits
  • Lead a hands-on science project
  • Provide supervision of the children the entire span of the party

Qualifications:

  • Positive and friendly attitude at all times
  • Ability to “go with the flow” and handle unexpected situations
  • Comfort with talking to groups of people
  • Punctuality and reliability

Hours:

Weekend hours only, Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Must be available a minimum of 5-6 weekend days a month. Priority given to those that are available year round after the Holiday season.

Pay:

$10 per hour.

To apply:

Fill out and submit the Online Employment Application.

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Front Desk Staff

Position Description:

Must be a computer literate “people person” who is able to pay attention to details and accurately handle money. The ability to multi-task in a prompt, polite and helpful manner is a must.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all phases of customer service in the Museum store, including greeting customers, selection and facilitating sales
  • Duties include cash register operation, balancing the cash drawer
  • Pricing new stock, restocking items, keeping store clean and neat and helping with displays and merchandising

Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with general public
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to handle high volume sales
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Basic math skills and ability to make change

Hours:

Available hours include Monday 9-5:30, Tuesday 8:45-5:30, Wednesday 9-5:30, Thursday 9-8:30, Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-5:30, and Sunday 11:30-5:30. Occasional evening and early morning hours are scheduled based on special events.

Pay:

$10 per hour with incremental raises

To apply:

Fill out and submit the Online Employment Application.

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Unity in Learning (UIL) is a ground-breaking partnership between Ann Arbor Hands-On MuseumLeslie Science & Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum. We are currently seeking energetic and passionate candidates to serve as staff members in our dynamic, 12-week Unity in Learning summer day camp program. Learn more and apply online (deadlines apply)!

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