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Exhibits Fabricator

Nc Aquarium At Pine Knoll Shores
Pine Knoll Shores, United States Posted: March 15, 2024

The Exhibits Fabricator at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores fabricates and maintains 3D Aquarium components including habitat inserts, tactile 3D models, interactive pieces, and props for use in permanent and temporary exhibits as well as live animal habitats. Projects may include exhibits with complex features that incorporate multiple materials such as solid surface and sheet acrylics, curved and custom wood, exhibits fixtures and props with intricate structures, and building additions.

This position serves as an integral member of the exhibits team, at the PKS Aquarium, as well as in support of exhibits for the NC Aquariums Division.

Key Responsibilities: 
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Fabricating exhibit components, tank enclosures, habitat inserts, kiosks, LSS supports, exhibit signs, interpretive panels, large format graphics, temporary walls, cabinetry, exhibit furniture, and other products necessary for the Aquarium’s permanent and temporary exhibits.
  • Work must be safe for use with live animals and people (visitors, staff, volunteers, etc.).  
  • Fabricating indoor or outdoor exhibits and props that may use a variety of materials including wood, plastic laminates, PVC boards, acrylic, hardware, fiberglass products, metal, paints, and adhesives.  
  • Under direction of the Exhibits Curator and collaborating with the Exhibits team, the Fabricator creates conceptual and final designs for components for aquatically themed exhibits and displays.
  • Repairing and maintaining exhibits as well as the overall Aquarium facility.
  • Collaborating with Exhibits and Operations staff to maintainin exhibits and various facility repairs and projects. 
  • Keeping supplies stocked for Exhibits shop.  
  • Ensuring proper care, handling, and safe use of hand & power tools following OSHA standards; overseeing and maintaining equipment and work area of the Exhibits shop.
Position Requirements:
  • Must be able to understand and work from notes, sketches, and construction blueprints; will need to determine and produce written task and material lists for work assignments.
  • Must be a self-starter and have a strong work ethic.  
  • Be able to work efficiently, often on simultaneous projects and be able to meet deadlines.  
  • Requires close attention to detail, accuracy, and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Because every project is custom, all projects require organization, creative solutions, and good communication from project assignment, through final review and signoff. 
Experience Required
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form.
  • Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must meet ALL the following KSA's listed below: Qualified candidates must have or be able to: Demonstrated experience in custom fabrication, carpentry, framing, repair, construction, and cabinetry.
  • Demonstrated experience with plastics, fiberglass, adhesives, resins, low voltage electrical wiring, or mold-making, for exhibits for wet/submerged environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing a Bill of Materials using blueprints, diagrams, and sketches.
  • Demonstrated experience working with hand and power tools and knowledge of safety requirements and protective equipment.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holiday as needed. Licensure or Credentials Required:
  • Must have a valid NC Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 50lbs.
Management Preferences:
  • Experience with creating technical drawings (using AutoCAD, Sketchup, Vectorworks or other software), as well as the ability to interpret and work from them.
  • Experience with 3D printing. Experience with laser cutting and engraving.
  • Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.”
  • If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See for details.
  • Bachelor's degree in art, art history, design or related field from an appropriately accredited institution with course work in three-dimensional design and two years of experience in museum exhibit design -OR- An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Salary:  $31,688.00 - $55,453.00 Annually             
  • Recruitment Range: $31,688-$42,000

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