Company Name: 

UC San Diego


9500 Gilman Dr,
La Jolla, CA 92093

Job Description: 

UC San Diego


Hiring Pay Scale: $61,800-$67,920/ Annually



Birch Aquarium at Scripps aquarium.ucsd.edu is a non-profit exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The aquarium showcases over 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates. The interactive museum features research discoveries by Scripps scientists and engages visitors of all ages.


Our goal is to promote conservation efforts that protect our ocean planet. We educate visitors on how our world works and inspire them to become stewards of the planet. Our conservation efforts are based on scientific research, and we aim to connect people with nature and with a shared sense of responsibility to care for our planet Earth.


Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037.



The Exhibit Fabricator (EF) at Birch Aquarium is a dynamic, hands-on maker and supervisor responsible for the complete lifecycle of exhibit production, from fabrication and construction to installation, de-installation, and ongoing maintenance. Reporting to the Director of Exhibits, ensures that all exhibits align with original design concepts, incorporating various multimedia systems, including audio, video, digital art, and new media. Works closely with exhibit designers, project managers, and other stakeholders to conceptualize, design, and schedule projects. This role also oversees all aspects of materials and vendor research, purchasing, on-site and off-site construction, and the coordination of skill-specific craftspeople for exhibit installations.


Responsible for maintaining the exhibit's wood shop and ensuring safety compliance while managing student assistants' activities and directing lower-level exhibition specialists.



• Demonstrated experience in multi-disciplinary fabrication with a variety of materials, including thorough knowledge of the use and function of the following: Table Saw, Joiner/Planer, Drill Press, Miter Saw, Panel Saw, Welding Equipment/Plasma Cutters, Machinist Equipment, Hand Tools such as Hammer Drill, Electric Screw-Gun Driver, Hand-Sanders (Orbital, Belt, etc)

• Strong knowledge of at least two of the following: Cabinet Building and Carpentry, Metal work, Welding, Composite, and Plastic Constructions, Artistic painting

• Expert knowledge of museum exhibition design field and current trends.

• High level of computer software competencies in, but not limited to, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), AutoCAD, CNC Router and Software.

• Knowledge of the principles of conservation, security, and environmental controls, ADA requirements for public buildings, and awareness of visitor needs.

• Knowledge of exhibition production, related construction work, and preparation of artworks, which includes mounting, matting, framing, packing, transporting, archival storage, and safe use of chemicals.

• Leadership abilities.

• Ability to translate a curator's artistic and / or educational vision into an exhibit that meets the artists', public and safety needs.

• Familiarity with design software; project management skills.

• Proven ability to manage workflow and project expenses.

• Knowledge and understanding of 3D printing materials, methods, and procedures with some hands-on experience required.

• Knowledge and understanding of laser cutting and waterjet cutting materials, methods, and procedures with some hands-on experience required.

• Knowledge and understanding of various 3D scanning methods for digital model creation with some hands-on experience preferred.



• Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

• Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

• Current California Driver License is required in order to operate a university vehicle.


Duties may require direct contact with children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) training will be required. Must meet CANRA compliance requirements per the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act ("CANRA," Penal Code sections 11164-11174.4).


If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


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