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National Aquarium

Exhibit Builder

The National Aquarium is looking for an Exhibit Builder to assist in the fabrication and maintenance of interpretive (dry) exhibit components as well as live (wet) installations. This position reports directly to a supervisor chosen by the Director of Fabrication & Operations in the Planning & Design division and is part of a current team of exhibit builders. This position is paid hourly and wearing an aquarium uniform is required.

Qualified candidates should have previous experience in light construction techniques such as wood & steel stud framing, steel reinforced concrete, wood & synthetic finish and trim, paints and coatings, etc. Candidates must be experienced and comfortable with common woodworking tools and equipment. Candidates should also possess a good working knowledge of fasteners and adhesives, exhibit casework construction and repair, display lighting terms and techniques, etc. Requirements of this job include specialized vocational training or a minimum of 3 years practical experience in custom fabrications.

Job related tasks cover multiple disciplines using a wide range of materials and methods, such as (but not limited to):

•             Cabinet building and carpentry

•             Specialized mechanical hardware

•             Fiber-reinforced plastic stock

•             Polymer resin systems

•             Concrete

•             Metals

•             PVC plumbing

•             Application of paints and coatings

•             Electrical and electronic components

•             Computer controlled and stand-alone display lighting

•             … and more, etc.


Candidates must be able to follow directions and communicate effectively using notes and dimensioned sketches. Good problem-solving skills, thoroughness, attention to detail, and computer (PC) competency are required.

Candidates are expected to have documentation and photos of previous work.

Animal husbandry experience, a strong knowledge and appreciation of the natural world, fluency in a modern CAD system, and CNC knowledge are all a plus. Also desirable is any knowledge or experience with DMX, WDMX, Networked DMX (ArtNET & sACN), MS Windows Networking, TCP/IP, etc.

Hiring range: $38,925 - $43,188

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

About the National Aqauarium

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, is a nonprofit organization that’s changing the way humanity cares for our ocean planet. The Aquarium’s award-winning habitats are home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. We are proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and strive to meet or exceed AZA standards in all aspects of animal care and welfare. A dedicated team of full- and part-time employees and volunteers drives the Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than a million guests visit the Aquarium each year, and millions more participate in its conservation, education and engagement initiatives.

Our Culture

The National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a visitor attraction and has evolved into a conservation organization that operates a world-class aquarium. Our core values—integrity, innovation, service, excellence, and engagement—form the basis for our beliefs about our organization, our colleagues and ourselves, and serve as the framework to guide our behavior and actions to achieve our mission. Through unparalleled exhibits, science-based education programs and hands-on field initiatives, the Aquarium is at the forefront of efforts to connect people with the natural world and raise awareness of the challenges facing our ocean.

Our Mission and Goals

By connecting people with nature, the Aquarium drives conservation action for the benefit of people, animals and the planet. The Aquarium’s mission—to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures—begins within the walls of its buildings, but it does not end there. The Aquarium protects, enhances and restores natural resources through education and engagement, habitat restoration, animal rescue and sustainable business practices, with its conservation work guided by three overarching goals—to combat climate change, save wildlife and habitats, and stop plastic pollution



$38,925 - $43,188

How to Apply

National Aquarium
Baltimore, MD 21202

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