Exhibit Designer

Sep 07 2018
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Full Time, $40,000 - $50,000 / year
Job Description

Working independently, produces exhibit design specifications requiring knowledge of, and skill in, two and three dimensional design techniques. Performs research on and develops and produces interactive prototypes through floor exhibits. Creates clear, detailed, and concise plan drawings for builders to utilize for fabrication.  Plans and organizes project-related budgeting and scheduling tasks. Organizes and assists with exhibit fabrication and installation. Collaborates on Public Program Division projects, programs, and initiatives, such as events and website.


Duties and responsibilities  

  • Serves as designer for exhibit projects in coordination with other Exhibit Designers, project managers, exhibit project teams, and other museum staff especially the Public Programs Division.
  • Produces: detailed concept sketches, floor plans, production drawings, prototypes, models, case layouts, plans for custom mounts and props, and specification packages for soliciting fabrication quotes.
  • Organizes and assists with exhibit fabrication, preparation, and installation. Provides clear communication with project team through meetings, review of sketches, plans, schedules, budgets, and production drawings.
  • Collaborates on Public Program Division projects, programs, and initiatives, such as events and website by creating exhibitry, assets, interactives, digital media, etc.
  • Initiates research of materials and concepts and acquires resources for departmental use and efficiently utilizes time management, and budget to stay aligned with deadlines.
  • Provides supervision and guidance to graphic designers for design and production of graphic panels, captions, labels, banners, and signage.
  • Interacts with staff and clients in a professional manner. Strengthens customer and staff relationships.
  •  Works in a safe manner. Complies with safety rules and regulations and establishes safe work practices. Reads all safety material received. Reports unsafe conditions and unsafe acts directly to supervisor. Promptly reports accidents to immediate supervisor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • BA, BFA or educational equivalent in a related field desired
  • Must have a minimum of three years experience with the design and production of exhibits,
  • Demonstrates an understanding of professional museum practices and conservation standards.
  • Strong experience with drawing and other design programs such as Vector Works/AUTOCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Freehand or Illustrator.
  • Experience with html markup and scripting (such as PHP, JavaScript/jQuery, or ColdFusion).
  • Familiarity with office and project management programs such as Microsoft Office.
  • Interest in Hawaiian culture and traditions or natural sciences a plus.

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.

  • Professional business-casual like appearance

  • Good Attendance

  • Detail oriented

  • Ability to work in a group setting and collaborate with others


    Direct reports


    N/A at this time


    Working conditions



    Physical requirements

     Primarily sedentary with some light duties. Position duties require the ability to sit, stand, walk, climb, stoop, kneel, reach and handle files, and design materials. Computer work involves fingering ability and hand-eye coordination. Physical strength sufficient to push, pull, lift, operate hand and power tools and carry up to 40lbs needed. Must be able to communicate effectively with co-workers, vendors, and outside trades persons both in-person and over the telephone. Good-to-excellent vision and color vision required.