North Carolina Maritime Museum Exhibit Designer

Salary Grade: NC06

Recruitment Salary: $32,460 – $45,032

Position Location:

315 Front Street

Beaufort, NC 28516  
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Primary Purpose of the Position:
The Design Section of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System designs and produces graphics, photography, and a wide range of images, exhibitions, publications, media productions, and interactive elements inherent to the exhibition, educational, and public programs of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System and the Division of State History Museums. 

Key Responsibilities:
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Designs, produces, installs, and maintains exhibitions for the North Carolina Maritime Museum System
  • Designs, develops, and produces all aspects of exhibition features including graphics, photography, casework, structure, lighting, artifact mounting, along with static and “hands-on” exhibit elements of mechanical, electrical, and electronic nature
  • Collaborates with Design Section staff to design, develop, install, and maintain systems for audiovisual and computer-based exhibit systems 
  • Designs, produces, and manages traveling exhibits 
  • Designs and produces graphics, visuals, and other elements as required by the Museum’s Education, Collections, Curation, and Publicity Sections
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with staff, volunteers, vendors, contractors, and the general public

The North Carolina Museum of History is a history museum located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. It is an affiliate through the Smithsonian Affiliations program. The three North Carolina Maritime Museums are located in Beaufort, Southport, and Hatteras. The Maritime Museums preserve, protect, and present North Carolina’s coastal history. They paint a picture of the history and maritime culture that includes fishing, boat building, piracy, decoy carving, life-saving, war, underwater archaeology, shipwrecks, boating, the seafood industry, marine life, science, and ecology. Each of the museums is unique and offers year-round public programming and free admission.  

The Design section within the NC Maritime Museums ensures that the exhibition, educational, and public programs of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System are effective and engaging experiences for museum audiences that are produced in a highly professional and responsible manner. The Design Section further ensures that the NC Maritime Museum System’s exhibition programs and equipment are monitored and maintained to the highest degree possible.

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina. The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team. Learn more about our agency: WWW.NCDCR.GOVKnowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet ALL the following KSA’s listed below:

  1. Must have knowledge of and experience with exhibit design and fabrication. 
  2. Must have experience with design and area planning and the ability to produce plan drawings.  
  3. Must have experience as a computer designer using computer based software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, CAD, MS Word, etc. 
  4. Must have a working knowledge of woodworking and other fabrication skills along with a familiarity with power and hand tools.
  5. Must have a working knowledge of museum fabrication techniques.
  6. Must be able to prepare production schedules and materials estimates.
  7. Must be able to move objects which will require exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly.
  8. Must be able to work in inside and outside conditions with occasional exposure to hot and cold environmental conditions.  
  9. Must have good visual acuity and be able to work with various tools and objects close to the eyes.  
  10. Must have a valid NC Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of employment. 
  11. If selected for an interview, it will be required to provide a portfolio of work at the time of the interview.  

Management preferences:

  1. Experience with museum exhibition design.
  2. Experience with CAD.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Biology, Botany, Conservation, Education, History or Zoology from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of museum or related work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.  
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are “Under Review” and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-814-6670

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