Museum Exhibit Technician

Fairgrounds St. Pete

Fairgrounds St. Pete is seeking a skilled technician with expertise in AV/lighting and electrical aptitude to join our team as an Exhibit Maintenance Technician. At Fairgrounds St. Pete, we proudly showcase a diverse array of customized and artist-crafted artwork installations, accompanied by audio, lighting, projection, and interactive electronic devices that communicate through a computer network.

Day-to-day responsibilities encompass a wide range of tasks, including exhibit maintenance, the repair and enhancement of scenic and sculptural elements, troubleshooting and wiring of electronics, managing computer operating systems for configuration, monitoring, and control, as well as maintaining inventories of shop supplies and components. When challenges arise, your meticulous approach to tracking and documenting problems while collaborating with various stakeholders to identify the optimal solution before implementing a fix will play a vital role.

The ideal candidate is a self-directed learner with excellent communication, organizational, and technical skills. Furthermore, they should demonstrate a passion for expanding their skillset and embracing the cutting-edge technologies that drive our immersive art and storytelling experiences.

To apply


  • Conduct routine startup/shutdown/setup of exhibits for normal operation and for events
  • Diligently monitor the museum during operation to ensure a seamless experience for visitors
  • Support daily technical operations of the exhibit and maintain operations logs
  • Perform routine preventative maintenance to ensure exhibits run smoothly and stay in top condition
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of all exhibits, scenic elements and exhibit systems
  • Troubleshoot exhibits and related equipment in order to identify problems and develop solutions
  • Troubleshoot low voltage devices, circuits and wiring using multimeter, replacing and resoldering new components as needed
  • Troubleshoot AC power components, building outlets, circuit breakers and power distribution devices
  • Identify specialty repair jobs, and coordinate with team members or trade of expertise to ensure proper completion
  • Interpret specifications, schematics and diagrams and construct layouts and reference points for workers
  • Produce schedules and timelines for conducting closed-day/after-hour repairs and upgrades
  • Maintain a maintenance inventory, specify and order materials/supplies as needed
  • Contribute to standard operating procedures (SOPs) to improve quality and efficiency of maintaining exhibits over time
  • Self-learn new skills, tools, techniques and software to tackle new challenges as they arise
  • Work closely with our team to uphold our commitment to creating high quality experiences through material craft and artistry


  • 2 to 4+ years experience in a related field
  • AC electrical and/or low voltage experience
  • Experience with DMX lighting systems and/or projection mapping
  • Strong general knowledge of wiring, power supplies, controllers, projectors, video monitors, audio equipment, lighting fixtures, and how these elements work together to create an interactive, immersive experience
  • Experience with electrical diagnostic tools—ohm meters and voltage testers
  • Extensive hand and power tool experience
  • Commitment to working in a safe and efficient manner, especially when working with electricity, on ladders or at heights
  • Ability to safely mount AV/lighting components from trusses at ceiling height
  • Ability to cleanly manage and route cabling in-ceiling with attention to service loops and cable strain relief
  • Position or moving of objects up to 75 lbs; ability to lift 40 lbs overhead
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail in technical record keeping

Nice to Haves

  • Experience with computer systems and networking
  • Experience with microcontrollers and the Arduino ecosystem
  • Experience with creative coding frameworks and web programming using JavaScript/NodeJS
  • Certification in a related field, such as technical theater, carpentry/fabrication, mechanical or electrical design


  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Compensation: Starting at $20/hr based on skills and experience
  • Full Time Position: 40 hours
  • Eligible for paid time off and other benefits
  • Schedule will overlap weekend days
  • Occasional evening and overnight required as job duties demand
  • Work environment is primarily indoors, with exposure to sonic environments, dim lighting, visual effects including some strobing lights, special effects, fog machines and small and/or enclosed spaces
  • This role routinely uses standard equipment such as ladders and power tools; as well as specialty lighting, low voltage equipment, sensors, micro-controllers, computers, lights, sound, video, and electromechanical elements

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