WOW! Children’s Museum – Exhibits Technician

WOW! Children’s Museum

Exhibits Technician

WOW! Children’s Museum is an equal-opportunity, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that offers employees a creative and collaborative working environment. We engage all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity and discovery and serve approximately 90,000 visitors annually. We are seeking a skilled Exhibits Technician with a proven record of success to join our team in a supporting role as we refresh our 8,000 SF facility in Lafayette, CO.

The ideal candidate will have basic technical skills such as, but not limited to: painting, carpentry, metalwork, plumbing, and electrical and excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.

Hiring Process: To apply, send a resume and cover letter to vi@wowchildrensmuseum.org. No phone calls, please. The application deadline is October 25, 2019, and we would like the selected candidate to start by mid-November 2019.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Grade/Level: Entry Level Work Schedule: Average 15-20 hrs./week Benefits Eligibility: Not Eligible Salary: $15-20/hour DOE Job Status: Part-time Reports to: Exhibit Designer Amount of Travel Required: None Positions Supervised: None

POSITION SUMMARY: The Exhibits Technician supports the maintenance, installation, de-installation and some fabrication of exhibits. This position may also provide basic facility maintenance, as needed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Cleaning, maintenance, and repair of exhibits and exhibit components • Routine inspections, housekeeping, and maintenance duties to ensure exhibits are in proper order • Developing and following preventive maintenance procedures and schedules • Prompt response to repair calls • Maintaining workshop, equipment, and supplies, including ordering of materials • Directing volunteers who help with maintenance • Maintaining safety in the shop and on the museum floor • Assisting in the construction of new exhibit components and accessory materials • Assisting with the installation and de-installation of exhibits • Occasional facilities maintenance and projects • Mindfulness about the safety of children • Presentable, communicative, and patient while working around children during museum hours

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: • Basic technical skills such as, but not limited to: painting, carpentry, metalwork, plumbing, electrical • Proper use of hand tools, power tools, technical equipment, and cleaning products • Ability to independently learn new construction techniques • Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving skills • Excellent follow through, work ethic, and attention to detail • Occasional need to wear protective equipment (respirator, goggles, gloves, etc.) • Have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle to obtain supplies from local stores • Comfortable using computers; proficient in Microsoft Office software, Internet search tools and email • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as ability to collaborate and problem solve as part of a group • Ability to maintain and develop clear and accurate written records • Strong organizational and time management skills. Can efficiently execute on multiple priorities/plans/ideas • Willingness and ability to seek-out, share and adopt ideas and best practices, and embrace change introduced by others • Ability to work with all Museum team members; willingness to negotiate and compromise • Judgement to creatively resolve unique tasks • Patience with curious children while working

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: • High School Diploma or equivalent required PHYSICAL DEMANDS: • Regularly required to stand; climb; balance; stoop or kneel; and crouch • Regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, grasp, or feel; and reach with hands and arms • Occasionally required to lift up to 50 lbs. • Regularly required to push and pull heavy items with the assistance of tools, cart, and/or coworkers

WORK ENVIRONMENT: • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets • Subject primarily to indoor conditions • Occasionally exposed to wet or dirty conditions • Subject to a loud and busy environment • Subject to tasks that are repetitive in nature

Free Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop: Durango, Colorado

The Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board (CHRAB), in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is once again offering a FREE, 2-day, Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop. This time the workshop will be held in Durango on September 10 and 11.

Learn more about the event and find the link to registration here: https://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/digital-colorado/free-archives-and-digital-collections-101-workshop-2/.

By Western Hands – Volunteer Museum & Gallery Intern

By Western Hands seeks Volunteer Museum & Gallery Intern

By Western Hands (BWH), is a non-profit organization that was founded by Cody community members in order to preserve, promote, and educate new generations of American artisans in the western tradition. The organization’s mission to preserve, promote, and educate, corresponds with a museum, member gallery, and internship program, all housed in BWH’s newly renovated Design Center in Cody, WY.

Artists working in wood, tooled leather and bone, beaded textiles, antler, silver, and iron (to name just a few) are juried into the BWH Artists’ Guild. Members’ pieces as large as a wood and stained glass bar and massive hammered and cast iron chandelier — and as small as silver inlaid spurs and hand-beaded pillows, are on display in the member gallery. The Museum exhibits and interprets historic and contemporary award-winning examples of western functional art.

The Gallery Assistant will greet visitors entering the gallery and museum, answer questions, and ensure that the Design Center is clean and that visitors follow the rules. The Assistant must be personable, knowledgeable about artists and exhibitions, and have the ability to remember details about each artist’s process, style, and biography. The Assistant may occasionally help with the physical installation of exhibits, operation of audio-visual equipment, and updates for the website and social media outlets. The Assistant may handle phone inquiries, help prepare purchase orders, and coordinate events.

The Gallery will be open daily during the summer from 10:00am-5:00pm. Please note that weekend and some additional evening hours will be required. Assistant will be 24-30 hours a week, paid at $12-13 an hour.

To apply please send the following items to Director@ByWesternHands.org:
Letter of introduction describing your interest in western functional art and/or museum and gallery work
List of work experience and any relevant coursework
Names and contact information for at least two professional references

For more information please call 307-586-1755 or email Director@ByWesternHands.org.