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Job : Museum Educator (Tinkering Specialist)



The Museum Educator (Tinkering Specialist) is responsible for using their educational background, teaching and facilitation skills to design, build, present and facilitate informal science, art, and technology workshops in collaboration with Exploratorium Tinkering Studio staff, visiting artists, scientists, and educators. The position requires the ability to facilitate adult and youth visitors in the Tinkering Studio, a public space for making and tinkering on the exhibition floor. The Tinkering Studio Education Specialist is also responsible for the fabrication of new activity elements, environmental designs, and technical support for tinkering program elements.


  • Participate in the creation of content, and ongoing design and fabrication for workshops.
  • Provide facilitation for Exploratorium visitors in the Tinkering Studio.
  • Participate in mentoring and training for Explainer floor staff facilitating in the Tinkering Studio.
  • Coordinate and interface with visiting artists, and collaborate with makers through the Tinkering Studio programs.
  • Prototype and produce props, examples, activity models, and other interactive elements for the Tinkering Studio and Tinkering networks’ uses; mentoring and support for core Tinkering Studio team members in the use of tools, construction materials, fabrication methods, and processes.
  • Serve as liaison with other Exploratorium departments in support of Learning Studio and Tinkering Studio programs.
  • Participate in department meetings, events, and programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree, in education or a closely related field, and 5 years’ experience teaching, training, or facilitating workshops, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Minimum three years’ exhibit development or activity fabrication experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an informal educational setting.
  • A proven track record of partnership with the local and national arts, science, and informal education community.
  • Demonstrated vision and enthusiasm for the future of educational technologies and community of visiting artists, scientists and educators.
  • Intermediate technical skills including woodworking, metal and/or plastic fabrication, metalwork, and digital tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and writing skills.
  • Experience designing activities and workshops for a professional development audience.
  • Willingness to work nights, weekends and with some schedule variation.
  • Ability to use a computer and general office equipment; move from place to place; lift and carry up to 25 pounds short distances; reach, bend, and twist.


Open until filled.

This is a regular, full-time, union position that includes benefits. Please, no phone calls in regards to the job.

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

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  • museum
  • tinkering
  • making
  • Exploratorium



The Exploratorium is considered one of the leaders in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources.