Exhibit Builder

Posted on 02/14/2020

Exhibit Builder
Discovery Lab – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Reports to: Exhibits Manager

Job summary
This position constructs, maintains, and repairs exhibit cabinetry and display work.

Duties and Responsibilities
Primary functions:

  • Construct exhibits/displays and cabinetry emphasizing high quality finish work using wood, plastics, wood products, plastic laminates, fabrics, metals, etc.
  • Layout cabinetwork from plans and sketches.
  • Produce exhibit items for finished exhibitry within constraints of exhibit timelines and budget.
  • Produce exhibit items which meet quality standards.
  • Pick up materials for exhibit production as needed from vendors.
  • Regular punctual attendance

Secondary functions:

  • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Exhibits.
  • Clean and organize fabrication shop.
  • Available for occasional after-hours work

Qualification Requirements
Knowledge and skills:

  • Basic knowledge of all standard tools and processes for production of cabinets and wood products.
  • Basic knowledge of plastic laminate production.
  • Basic knowledge of mechanical and electrical devices and their incorporation into exhibit cabinetry.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality products in a production environment.
  • Basic knowledge of blueprints, shop drawings, and visual and verbal methods of communication.
  • Demonstrated organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with technical personnel to learn mechanical and technical techniques related to exhibit production.
  • Ability to work with outside sources to acquire technical and material information.
  • Education and work experience:
  • 2+ years’ in a wood working environment (through classes or hands on environment)
  • Valid driver’s license. 


  • Knowledge and experience operating CNC router
  • 2+ years’ in a wood working environment (through classes or hands on environment)
  • Bilingual—Spanish/English.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Nonprofit and museum experience
  • Valid driver’s license. 

Working conditions
This job is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. The typical work schedule for this job is Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Occasional after hours and weekends may be required. Moderate to loud noise environment. Works in a shop environment with power tools and heavy equipment. Shared office environment.

Physical requirements
10% Sitting, 70% Standing, 20% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 5-100 lbs. 

Additional requirements

  • Pre-employment and/or pre-duty checks, such as criminal background check, alcohol and drug test, and reference checks
  • This position description is representative of the major position requirements and is not intended to be all inclusive. 

Interested applicants can send their resume, cover letter, and Discovery Lab application to [email protected]. For more information applicants may visit discoverylab.org/about/careers.

Discovery Lab is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations.