1475 Exhibits Development Technician – History Center Museum

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JOB TITLE: #1475 Exhibits Development Technician

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: History Center – 345 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

SALARY: $19.90 hourly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2,088 annual hours) position.

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays.


CLASSIFICATION: 05L Professional


HIRING MANAGER: Director, Exhibits

POSTING DATE: August 20, 2021

DEADLINE DATE: September 3, 2021

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to perform and coordinate exhibit prototyping, fabrication, installation, deinstallation and ongoing maintenance of casework, mechanical interactives, visual, technical and environmental components comprising the exhibit program throughout the MNHS sites network.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Perform exhibit production, fabrication, and installation/deinstallation; 2) Perform exhibit maintenance, quality evaluation, and record keeping; 3) Assist the project team in the development of physical and spatial strategies that successfully engage museum visitors with the interpretive exhibit content; 4) Coordinate exhibit maintenance with outside vendors as needed; and 5) Perform general facilities related tasks to help ensure the museum is safe for staff and visitors.


● High school degree or equivalent.

● Experience in exhibit production, installation and deinstallation.

● Demonstrated experience providing exhibit fabrication, maintenance, and repair.
● Ability to stand for extended periods of time, to actively bend and squat.

● Ability to lift 25 to 50 pounds regularly, to lift 50 to 75 pounds occasionally and to lift 75 to 100 pounds on rare occasions.

● Ability and willingness to climb ladders and enter enclosed spaces.

● Proficiency in carpentry, painting, cabinet making, and/or welding.

● Acrylic bending and production techniques.

● Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel.


● Creative research methods and resourcefulness in locating materials and developing processes to solve unique or special fabrication or installation problems and accomplish exhibit design objectives.

● Prototyping and model making.

● Diorama and mural production and finishing techniques.

● Objectively evaluating vendor’s and contractor’s workmanship.

● Experience with lighting and/or other building systems.

● Synthesizing verbal, written and visual information into three-dimensional environments and creations which utilize a variety of interpretive methods and techniques.

● Working as part of a team process to plan and realize complex elements and/or projects.

● Estimating the effort required to complete a given task, to handle multiple assignments, to balance priorities to meet deadlines, to take direction and to seek help when stuck or overwhelmed.

● Studying reference materials related to the historic housekeeping of collections objects, historic furniture, historic fixtures and historic finishes and applying methods to work.

● Working well with others and communicating and collaborating with individuals and groups in a creative and positive manner.

● Computer skills necessary to develop quality documentation.

● Thinking imaginatively and problem solving.

● Customer service and interpersonal communications skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


● Conservation guidelines and proper handling of artifacts, artworks and paper items for producing case layouts and mounts for exhibits.

● Exhibit design methods and visual communication techniques including skills in interpersonal communication, 3-D and technical production abilities in design software.

● Graphic and photographic production techniques.


● Theatrical scenic painting and finishing techniques.

● Ability to operate forklifts, order pickers, motorized pallet jacks and/or motorized chain hoists.

● Knowledge of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction of Historic Properties.

● Master Carpenter or Master Craftsman certification.

Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org or call MNHS Job Line at 651-259-3181.

At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

To apply for this job email your details to humanresources@mnhs.org