Technical Specialist, Builder

Company Name: 

Oakland Museum of California


1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Job Description: 

Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2021-1388
Category Preparation
Type Regular Full-Time
Closing Date
Targeted Job Start Date


The Technical Specialist, Builder is responsible for fabrication and finish of exhibit furniture, fixtures and cabinetry for use in museum exhibitions and displays. This position provides front line oversight of woodshop activities, maintenance, and workflow.



The following reflects OMCA's definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.



  • Support the Museum's mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future.
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement.
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives.
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement.
  • All positions will have core functional responsibilities, cross functional team activation and learning and development as a core function of each role.







  • Translate drawings, sketches, written and oral instructions into well-crafted exhibitry, scenic treatments and casework.
  • Plan, order materials, and build to a high level of finish within a given timeline.
  • Exercise judgment in details and finish of components to manage quality control, and keep production on schedule.
  • Safely work in a tight woodshop with other stakeholders.
  • Keep shop clean, maintain equipment, and notify supervisor of unsafe practices.
  • Create templates for installation and participate in final placement and installation when necessary.






  • Maintain shop inventory and order materials and supplies as needed.
  • Track workflow and provide project status updates to production and exhibition teams.
  • Provide exhibit project teams with price estimates for materials; manage payment of invoices for materials purchased.
  • Participate in organizational infrastructure and management of back of house materials storage locations.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to personal and workplace safety procedures.
  • Participate in implementation of safety and equipment training programs.







  • Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service, take and share responsibility and treat others with respect.


  • 2-3 years related experience.
  • English language proficiency in both spoken and written form.
  • Ability to perform all related functions of Associate Preparators. Knowledge of museum best practices around artifacts and objects.
  • Ability to train, coach and direct the work of other technical staff that will be assigned to projects during periods of peak production.
  • Well versed in a wide variety of woodshop materials and techniques and able to learn new skills to achieve objectives.
  • Knowledge of the limits of materials for safety and security of displays.
  • Ability to problem-solve, suggest alternatives and value-engineer given assignments.
  • Experience with interior carpentry and finish work.
  • Ability to safely operate shop tools, such as drills, saws, grinders, benders, etc.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment may include:



  • Museum environment involves both indoor and outdoor working conditions.
  • Ability to travel between OMCA locations, and other travel as required by position responsibilities.


  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires strenuous physical work including lifting, pushing and pulling.
  • Moderate to loud noise from production events, machinery, equipment or vehicles.
  • Working near mechanical parts.
  • Exposure to dirt, dust and fumes.



The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and the surrounding community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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