Exhibit Builder/Cabinet Maker

Posted on 10/08/2020

Exhibit Builder/Cabinet Maker
Discovery Lab – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Reports to: Exhibit 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 Exhibits Manager.
  • 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

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

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