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  1. Join our Exhibits team as an Exhibit Maintenance Manager and help to direct and coordinate the Exhibit Maintenance Technicians and other staff in the repair, refurbishment, and preventive maintenance of finished exhibits and exhibit components in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s public spaces. Work Environment: Museum public spaces; Exhibit production and maintenance shops. Job Duties & Responsibilities: Manage day-to-day operation of the department to ensure smooth, efficient operation. Ensure that the physical environment of the maintenance shop, and all maintenance practices and processes are safe, productive, efficient, and of the highest possible quality. Monitor and identify any potential hazards that exhibit components may pose to the security and safety of visitors and staff. Work to immediately correct problems, where appropriate, or to ensure that safety concerns are communicated to and addressed by other staff members. Identify and diagnose chronic or systemic defects in individual exhibits that reduce their efficiency and reliability, or compromise their intended function. Wherever possible, implement refurbishments and upgrades that improve reliability while preserving the visitor experience, educational content, and design impact of the exhibit. Ensure that documentation of maintenance procedures and changes to exhibit components is clear, organized, and complete so that future maintenance and repair can be executed efficiently. Identify exhibits that are no longer viable for museum display, and, with the cooperation and agreement of other stakeholders within the museum, remove those exhibits from the museum floor for long-term storage or disposal. Act as the liaison between the Exhibits Maintenance Group and the Exhibits Production Department, the Museum Experiences Division, and the Science Museum. Manage, supervise, and coach Exhibits Maintenance staff to achieve high performance while supporting the mission. With the supervision and support of the Head of Production, hire, promote, discipline, and terminate Exhibits Maintenance staff as required. Schedule Exhibit Maintenance Technicians to ensure that exhibit maintenance support is available every day the museum is open to the public. Prepare annual employee evaluations for all Exhibits Maintenance Technicians. Build relationships to create internal and external partnerships that will further the mission of the Exhibit Production and Exhibit Maintenance departments and meet museum goals and priorities. Work with other members of Exhibit Production to periodically revise and expand the Production Department Manual of Standard Practices and Procedures, to provide as much guidance as possible to Project Leaders and Fabricators in engineering and building exhibits that will meet the highest possible standards of safety, efficiency, and reliability. Provide guidance to all Exhibits Production personnel on the interpretation and application of external codes and regulations, museum standards, and the Production Departments Standard Practices and Procedures. Subject to the approval of the Director of Exhibit Production. Act as the final arbiter within the Exhibits Production Department on all questions of interpretation and application of all codes, regulations, and standards. Communicate promptly with Project Leaders and Fabricators when problems are observed in exhibits in process or exhibit prototypes, either in production or on the museum floor. Act as the primary contact in the exhibit shop for graphic design staff with respect to the execution of repairs, refurbishment, and updates of existing exhibit graphics. In the absence of the museum’s Lighting Designer, manage and supervise the routine replacement of lamps and lighting instruments in the museum’s exhibit halls. Manage the routine and remedial maintenance of tools and equipment in the Exhibit Production Shop. Maintain an inventory system for registering and tracking all shop tools as they are acquired, repaired, and discarded. Manage the routine and remedial maintenance of the shop van. Prepare and maintain departmental budget. Monitor accountability in adherence to established budgetary guidelines. Perform other related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: Demonstrated experience managing staff in a custom fabrication and/or maintenance environment. Demonstrated proficiency in a custom fabrication environment that requires a broad range of skills and talents, including some or all of the following: machining; welding and other metal working skills; cabinet making, and other woodworking skills; CAD drafting and fabrication. Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated success working in complex organizations where collaboration, communication, and the ability to function independently and as a team member are all essential skills. Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities. Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds. Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish). Hiring Pay Range: $62,500+ annually / Depending on Qualifications. The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.
  2. Apply online: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SCI1003/JobBoard/c166f9af-3e28-a8e2-590c-1b51cbf69a53/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=18390ba8-99e2-4357-a0f7-069694c033bd Imagine yourself here. Be a part of something great at Science Museum of Minnesota. The Science Museum of Minnesota seeks an ornithologist for the Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology, the department director and curator for the Biology Department in our Science Division, to lead the museum’s biology program and discoveries. The museum’s research spans the fields of anthropology, biology, paleontology and watershed research. The Science Museum strives to create an inclusive, equity-based institution that empowers people to change the world through science. Museum scientists work with exhibit and program developers to engage with the public through educational programming and exhibits. They work with other museum scientists and a large, highly-trained volunteer corps. The museum has strong local public support with state of the art research and collections facilities. The ideal candidate’s experience will involve field-based biological research. Successful candidates will have a proven research program and an established record of accomplishment of publication and funding; will be a phenomenal public speaker and will regularly engage the public and media. The Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology will lead the biology program as the Biology Department Director and Curator. As Director, this position will manage and monitor department operations to provide the vision and leadership to advance the goals of the division and the museum. Click here to learn more about the Science Division and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Work Environment: Ability to work in office, museum, lab and fieldwork settings. Potential for overnight fieldwork. Job Duties & Responsibilities: Develop long-range plans for the department, division and the institution. Curate and Manage the Biology Collection with a focus on Ornithology. Identify ways to improve collections management and care. Increase access and value of the collection. Conduct ornithological research and add to our scholarly understanding of the ornithology collections. Develop collaborative relationships with academic and museum researchers and other museum professionals. Communicate research to the field through presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Manage fieldwork and collecting expeditions. Plan, fund, and execute field research, including focused collecting, with an emphasis on the museum's three statements on evolution, climate change, and equity and inclusion. Writes or contributes to the writing of technical papers and articles on research results. Lead and supervise department staff, including volunteers. Collaborate across the museum and with external stakeholders developing unique and highly rated programs emphasizing the museum's three statements on evolution, climate change, and equity and inclusion. Promote biology projects and collections to a wide audience including the public, potential donors, scholars, and educators. Participate in public outreach activities particularly with statewide birding organizations. Encourage departmental staff to participate in outreach opportunities. Work with SMM colleagues to develop biology exhibits and programs. Direct and administer biology-related programs and initiatives. Lead the department’s fiscal responsibility as cost center manager through monitoring budgets and spending. Develop and submit grant applications to fund research and fieldwork. Cultivate donors and other funders to expand funding for the biology department, collections, and associated programs. Perform other related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: PhD in a biology with a focus in ornithology or related field. Experience working with the public, leading an ornithology research program, managing collections and field research. Knowledge of museum professional standards in collections management including development and implementation of collections policies and procedures. Applied knowledge of government regulations and legal requirements and experience with compliance measures. Preferred Qualifications: Postdoctoral experience is recommended. Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities. Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds. Fluency in language(s) other than English valued. The starting date of the position is flexible. The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents. We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees. Apply online: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SCI1003/JobBoard/c166f9af-3e28-a8e2-590c-1b51cbf69a53/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=18390ba8-99e2-4357-a0f7-069694c033bd
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