Facilities and Exhibits Technician

facilities and exhibits technician

Washington DC’s children deserve a world-class museum to spark their imagination and encourage them to dream. National Children’s Museum is an innovative, modern institution that celebrates the joy of childhood through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) exhibits and programs. As the Facilities and Exhibits Technician, you will help realize this vision for the Museum’s post-pandemic opening and subsequently for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

what you’ll do

The Facilities and Exhibits Technician will report to the Director of Operations and ensure facilities and construction projects, routine maintenance of all building systems, general repair and maintenance of exhibit components are completed on-time, on budget, and to the best quality standards. You will be a critical member of the team and a key to ensuring a memorable, positive experience for every guest.

Serve as the head tinkerer, in-house fix-it guru;

Design and maintain facility building maintenance program through regularly scheduled inspections;

Manage the upkeep of exhibits and interactives, equipment and supplies to meet functional, safety, and aesthetic standards; 

Coordinate construction and building projects with various contractors;

Perform basic building and facilities maintenance, including painting, lighting, minor electrical, plumbing, and woodworking as needed;

Collaborate with Exhibits, Experience, and Education Teams to plan and support new exhibits and experiences; 

Inspect, troubleshoot, repair, and service exhibits and interactives, including electrical, mechanical, and integrated AV/IT systems; 

Collaborate with building facility teams, subcontractors, and exhibit designers and fabricators as needed;

Support Operations team in ensuring safe and usable spaces inside the Museum;

Oversee appropriate maintenance, supply, and repair logs;

Coordinate exhibit technical and mechanical knowledge training for floor staff and provide technical assistance as needed;

Other duties as assigned.

what we believe are important experiences + traits for this role

5+ years experience in fabrication, invention, repair, set design, and/or construction administration;

General knowledge of structural, electrical, and mechanical systems and experience with hands-on equipment maintenance;

Working knowledge of computer systems and AV/IT components;

Excellent troubleshooting skills;

Must know and adhere to safety protocol in handling machinery, electrical equipment and power tools;

Demonstrated ability to balance multiple projects, prioritize work, and meet aggressive deadlines;

Must have flexibility to establish work schedule that includes weekends and occasional evenings as needed;

Must have skills to work independently, as well as part of a team;

Must be able to pass a criminal background check; 

Must be comfortable working near and interacting with children and families and a diverse customer base. 

Physical requirements include walking, stooping, kneeling, bending, standing, squatting/crouching, crawling/kneeling, pushing/pulling, climbing (ladders and genies), and reaching above the shoulders;

Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 lbs; occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 lbs;

Ability to use various machinery and hand tools, sometimes in tight spaces and difficult to reach locations;

Exposure to and proper handling of paint and other fumes, dust, chemicals, and other solvents.


Full-time position at the National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. The workweek for this position is flexible, with at least a half day of weekend coverage required. Schedule to be determined with supervisor based on flexibility and museum needs.  Working special events, weekends, evenings, and holidays will be necessary.


$50,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience and skill set.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: Facilities and Exhibits Technician.

what we value

Our mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world. The Museum is an innovative institution that sparks curiosity and wonder and a space where children feel valued. In order to do this well, we need a team that reflects the dynamic and diverse communities that we serve and brings a variety of perspectives, abilities, and skills. We embrace that this work is critical to our mission and never finished. The more inclusive we are, the stronger our Museum.