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The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is a public-private partnership between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit. The city owns and maintains the Aquarium’s buildings and provides administrative support while the foundation procures and maintains the collection of animals and exhibits. The foundation is also responsible for fundraising efforts and various scientific research, education, and conservation programs.

Exhibits Technician I - Scientific Exhibits

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is looking for an individual with the skills to maintain, repair, and upgrade the interactive and audio-visual exhibits that contribute to memorable experiences for our guests. The ideal candidate will have the ability to troubleshoot and problem solve and have basic skills in carpentry, electronics, computers, plumbing, and mechanics. The ability to work independently and as part of a team is necessary for success in this position.  Duties include the following.

  • Ensure interactive and A/V exhibits are working properly prior to opening each morning and take care of shutting down of selected exhibits at closing.

  • Perform routine and preventative maintenance on motors, compressors, and other exhibit components in order to minimize down time for exhibits.

  • Maintain and repair computer and A/V exhibit components including monitors, computers, software, speakers, sound and video, acrylics, display cases, cabinetry, graphic panels, backlit graphic panels, digital signage, banners, electrical components, and Arduino switches.

  • Assist in the building and repair of wooden, fiberglass, metal, and acrylic components of exhibits.

  • Assist animal care teams with husbandry related projects or upgrades for animal habitats.

  • Operate and maintain basic shop tools such as drills, routers, compound miter saw, and table saw.

  • Manage pump and filtration systems for water play exhibits.

  • Assist with installing, focusing, and maintaining lighting within the exhibit galleries.

  • Assist with staging for events such as Halloween at the Aquarium.

  • Assist with technical aspects of distance learning virtual programs.

  • Collaborate to solve repair problems, identify cost-saving measures, select materials and supplies, and develop best practices for accomplishing tasks effectively and efficiently.

  • Greet guests and focus on providing a positive guest experience, to provide basic information about the aquarium when doing work in the public areas.

  • Perform other job duties requiring skills, knowledge, and physical requirements as demanded by those duties described or less. Individual assignments will be determined by the supervisor based on current workloads and department needs.

Experience Required

MINIMUMS: High school or GED plus two (2) years experience in fields, such as museum, aquarium or science center exhibits work that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have, or obtain, a current and valid driver's license.

Further Comments

The ideal candidate will have the following preferences. Hands-on skills and experience in two or more of the following: carpentry; electronics; computers; plumbing; and mechanical systems. One or more years FT experience working or volunteering in an aquarium, zoo, museum, science center, or similar facility. Customer service experience. Experience building theater sets, changing/temporary exhibits, or similar or working with lighting systems. Valid Pool Operator certification.

Perks

The City of Virginia Beach offers an excellent benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance; retirement and savings plans; holidays, paid time off; as well as access to the Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union, a non-profit service agency which is owned and operated exclusively for City employees and their dependents.

Salary

Pay Range for this classification G.14 $31,844.80 - $46,696.00

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please visit https://www.vbgov.com/employment

The City of Virginia Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: 757-385-FISH

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