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Museum Technician - Oregon State University

25 Aug 2021 9:48 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)


Sea Grant (RSG)
Classification Title Museum Technician
Job Title Museum Technician
Appointment Type Classified Staff
Job Location Newport
Position Appointment Percent 50
Appointment Basis 12
Pay Method Hourly
Min Salary $14.22
Max Salary 20.42
Employment Category Regular
Position Summary

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Museum Technician position for Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University (OSU).  This position will be located in Newport, Oregon.

This position provides specialized construction and maintenance services for the Oregon Sea Grant run Visitor Center at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC). Located in Newport, OR, the HMSC Visitor Center attracts more than 150,000 visitors and upwards of 10,000 students annually. the 15,000 square foot facility is filled with family-friendly interactive exhibits, live animals and touch tanks, state of the art technology and is open 5 days Labor Day to Memorial Day; and 7 days a week Memorial Day to Labor Day.

This position will report to Oregon Sea Grant’s Visitor Center Manager, and will aid in the exhibition and storage of archival and exhibit objects, along the building, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the variety of displays and interactive exhibits that are housed at the HMSC Visitor Center.


Position Duties

40% Maintenance and Renovation. Typical tasks; renovates existing exhibits following instruction from Visitor Center Manager; repairs and maintains electrical wiring on museum exhibit cases and overhead exhibit lighting, or contacts service personnel as necessary for installation and maintenance of wiring; diagnose and correct malfunctions in electronic equipment; repair and replace defective electronic parts; modify electronic equipment; install electronic cable and wiring; estimate cost, time, and materials needed for repairs; calls physical plant and other service personnel when needed (e.g., for major facility maintenance and repairs, electrician, installation of security locks). Basic trouble shooting and repair of exhibit technology.

30% Exhibit and Storage Installations. Typical tasks; adjust and test electronic control instruments, constructs display apparatus for new exhibits following instructions provided by the Visitor Center Manager; uses power and hand tools to build exhibit cases, panels, shelving, barriers, and other constructions necessary to display exhibit items; install electronic communication equipment; finishes or refinishes display apparatus; operate soldering equipment; installs locks and other security mechanisms as needed, or contacts professionals for service.

15% Technical Advice; Typical tasks: works with exhibit designs to develop solutions to display problems involving a variety of construction materials (e.g., wood, metal, plexiglass, papier-mache, clay, adhesives, and papers); provides time and material cost estimates, orders parts.

15% Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: follow safety procedures, maintain repair records, maneuver heavy objects; performs minor general cleaning functions of exhibits/artifacts; maintains inventory of materials (e.g., lumber, hardware, solvents, paints); assists in packing and unpacking Visitor Center items, observing special handling and transport procedures as directed.

Minimum Qualifications

Two years of general carpentry experience involving both basic construction work like framing and finish work such as cabinetry.

Additional Required Qualifications
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
  • This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OSU STANDARD 125-155-0200) as per OSU STANDARD 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Deadline for application September 15, 2021.

Find out more.


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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