Traveling Exhibits Installation Technician

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Minnesota Children’s Museum’s mission is sparking children’s learning through play. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion is integral to fulfilling our mission. As a community resource for thousands of families, Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover.

Minnesota Children’s Museum is the nation’s leading developer of traveling children’s museum exhibits, reaching 2.5 million additional visitors annually. Our current portfolio consists of 15 active exhibits, including Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails, Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious! and Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™, which are rented to children’s museums, science museums, and other family-serving organizations across North America. Our traveling exhibit program leverages the museum’s core strength of producing engaging exhibits that foster children’s learning. 

Traveling Exhibits Installation Technician leads the set up and installation of traveling exhibit components in museums, aquariums, and other family-serving organizations nationally and internationally. This position demonstrates best practices in handling, assembling and disassembling of exhibition components while employing the utmost safety standards and customer service.

PAY: $25.00 per hour plus applicable travel expenses including airfare and hotels

SCHEDULE: Ability to work weekends and a varied schedule several times a year; 3-7 days per installation.


  • Traveling Exhibits Installation Technician will lead and manage the Host institution’s crew members in an efficient and professional manner. 
  • This position will be responsible for minor repairs, touch ups, training Hosts on de-installation processes, and completing the Incoming Condition Report. 
  • This position supervises Host installation staff, volunteers, and/or interns.


  • Capability to lift heavy objects of 50 lbs or more.
  • Knowledge of safe lifting techniques and safe shop procedures.
  • Skill in operating shop machinery.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to travel by air stateside and abroad (nationally and internationally) and obtain a valid passport. Cost of passport will be reimbursed by MCM.


  • One year’s experience in exhibit fabrication and repair or related field preferred.
  • Experience supervising multiple people to complete installations.
  • Awareness of building materials, exhibit finishes, and construction techniques.
  • Ability to assess mechanical failures and formulate safe, practical, and cost-effective solutions.
  • Capability to organize time and work in an effective manner.
  • Knowledge of media hardware installation, including overhead projector and speaker rigging, along with Raspberry Pi and other technologies.


Located in downtown St. Paul, MN, MCM employs 55 full-time and 55 part-time employees and engages variety of volunteers and interns. At MCM, our workplace values that guide how we work together are: Play, Include, Grow, Serve, and Strive. 

We are dedicated to growing a diverse and culturally competent team of highly engaged staff and volunteers to reflect and equitably serve the vibrant community around us. We embrace differences in age, ability, color, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: Black, Indigenous, and people of color; immigrants and refugees; LBGTQIA individuals; people with disabilities; religious minorities; and the elderly. 


The Minnesota Children’s Museum is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our employees and volunteers. We have developed the SAFE Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every leader, manager, employee and volunteer are responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplace, and that requires full cooperation. 

The museum believes COVID vaccinations are a vital tool in protecting yourself and others. We do not mandate a vaccination at this time and encourage our staff to take preventative steps to slow the spread of COVID by staying home when you are sick, testing when sick or exposed, and masking when sick or exposed. 

Minnesota Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse work environment.