At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. We firmly believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices, working together, increases our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission. We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.
Under moderate supervision, maintain the visitor-facing exhibit elements and mechanical interactives throughout the aquarium, fulfill interdepartmental production requests, and support exhibit fabrication. The primary focus is operation and daily maintenance of physical and mechanical displays and exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Maintain inventory of consumable items, materials, equipment, tools, and exhibit lighting needed for the correct functioning of exhibits. Provide support to Senior Exhibit Technicians. Perform other duties as required.
Perform daily maintenance rounds on visitor-facing exhibit elements and mechanical interactives during pre-opening hours, identifying repairs, making onsite repairs, documenting work completed, and recommending preventative maintenance.
Perform general light cleaning as part of morning rounds, which can include touch up wall paint, plywood or acrylic repairs, tile and grout repair, lighting replacements, and wiping down or polishing exhibit elements.
Perform exhibit repairs in the shop. This work can include troubleshooting mechanical interactive displays, exhibit modifications, scenic painting, building new props or replacement displays based on existing, and other tasks that support visitor-facing exhibit maintenance.
Provide fabrication support to exhibits and other departments, under guidance from Manager, and based on sketches or dimensions. This work can include cutting materials, modifying displays, assisting with installation, creating equipment mounts, or building temporary construction walls.
Provide fabrication support on new projects that do not have clear cut solutions, working in collaboration with manager and senior exhibit technicians. This work can include building temporary structures for prototyping, making samples and material mounts, updating exhibit enclosures or animal care related items, creating small displays or props for guest experience and education, and coordinating with outside contractors when necessary.
Fulfill service tickets and responds to radio calls for maintenance/repairs, communicating clearly with requestor, and accurately documenting work performed.
Maintain on-site and off-site storage of stock materials, consumable items, equipment, displays and exhibit lighting (requiring the use of Aquarium trucks and vans). These duties include material handling, maintaining organized and efficient material storage, conducting inventory, retrieving and storing, identifying needed items, and submitting order requests.
Maintain equipment and tools (power tools, hand tools, mills, woodshop tools, etc), including cleaning of the shop and workspace, and trains others on safe and appropriate use of tools.
Perform various other duties as assigned by the Manager of Exhibit Production and Maintenance.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
Professional experience working with power tools and fabrication equipment
Professional experience creating or maintaining exhibit elements, scenic displays, basic construction, or carpentry
Ability to work with various hand tools i.e., screwdrivers, wrenches, some woodworking tools etc.
Enthusiasm for participating in a fast-paced, collaborative, work environment
Knowledge of, and adherence to, personal safety, safe shop and equipment operations, safely handling large materials, chemical storage, and electrical safety
Basic computer skills i.e., email, video conferencing software
Ability to keep accurate records, documentation, and to create and maintain organized files both physical and digital.
Ability and willingness to work early morning hours and weekends, as scheduled.
Ability to be flexible to changing schedules, self-motivated, self-starter, willingness to handle heavy workloads at times.
Willingness to train and certify for aerial scissor lift license, forklift license, and confined space training (with training provided by the Aquarium)
Willingness to learn new fabrication, technical, or artistic skills, with training under senior technicians and manager
Ability to learn, with training, how to operate cnc router, mills, and other machinery
Ability to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Value
High School or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
Minimum 2 - 3 years of experience
Physical Requirements to Perform Essential Job Functions:
Power tools, hand tools, mills, woodshop tools, etc.
Constant standing, walking, bending, sitting
Frequent unassisted lifting up to 50 lbs
Main aquarium and exhibits, occasional warehouse and animal care spaces