Museum Exhibit Technician

Fairgrounds St. Pete

Fairgrounds St. Pete designs immersive experiences and collaborates with artists to create installations that transport audiences into explorable worlds of art, play and joy. As an interdisciplinary art and technology company Fairgrounds values authentic, high-quality, craft experiences that push the boundaries of immersive art and experiential storytelling using mixed-media, scenic and technological elements.

Position Overview

Fairgrounds St. Pete seeks a multidisciplinary craftsperson, with strong technical/craft abilities, to join our team as an Exhibit Maintenance Technician. In this role you are responsible for maintaining and repairing a broad range of bespoke/artist-made art installations, as well as scenic elements and interactive props. In addition, you will have to work hands on with video, audio, lighting and show control systems. Day-to-day activities vary greatly and include: carrying out exhibit maintenance schedules; repairing and touching up scenic and sculptural elements; wiring and debugging electronics; accessing computer operating systems used for configuration, monitoring and control; and maintaining shop and component inventories. When problems arise you methodically track and document issues while coordinating with different parties to work out the best solution before implementing a fix. The successful candidate is a self-directed learner with strong communication, organizational and technical skills. An ideal candidate is also passionate about learning new craft skills and technologies that underpin innovative experiences and bringing the creative vision of artists to life through immersive art and storytelling.


  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of all exhibits, scenic elements and exhibit systems
  • Maintain and repair exhibits, including structural, scenic, electrical, AV/lighting and show control systems
  • Troubleshoot exhibits and related equipment in order to identify problems and develop solutions
  • 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
  • Support daily technical operations of the exhibit and maintain operations logs
  • Produce schedules and timelines for conducting closed-day/after-hour repairs and upgrades
  • Perform routine preventative maintenance to ensure exhibits run smoothly and stay in top condition
  • 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 a dedicated team to uphold Fairground’s commitment to creating high quality experiences through material craft and artistry


  • 1 to 3+ years experience in a related field
  • 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 repairing physical/scenic elements and infrastructure—woodwork, metal, painting, fastening, patching, gluing, wiring, soldering, etc
  • 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 A/V 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 75lbs; ability to lift 40lbs overhead
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail in technical record keeping

Nice to Haves

  • Carpentry/fabrication/painting experience
  • AC electrical and/or low voltage experience
  • Experience with DMX lighting systems and/or projection mapping
  • Experience with microcontrollers and the Arduino ecosystem
  • Certification in a related field, such as technical theater, carpentry/fabrication, mechanical or electrical design


  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Compensation: Starting at $18 based on skills and experience
  • Full Time Position: 40 hours
  • Eligible for paid time off and other benefits
  • Schedule may 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