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.
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.