Lead Exhibit Technician

Posting Date: Nov 18, 2023

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx


The Ministry of Arts, Culture and Status of Women works to improve Albertans’ quality of life through support of cultural development, historical preservation and increased gender equality. The Royal Alberta Museum collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits objects and specimens related to the heritage of Alberta’s people and natural environment. In collaboration with other branches within Heritage Division, the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) Branch is responsible for designing and producing galleries, exhibits, and interpretive features for 18 of the division's museums (including RAM), historic sites and interpretive centres located throughout Alberta. The RAM Branch's Visitor Experience Unit is instrumental in leading this work.
For more information about the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) please visit our website at: https://royalalbertamuseum.ca

Job Information

Job Title: Lead Exhibit Technician 
Job Requisition ID: 47870
Ministry: Arts, Culture and Status of Women
Location: Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate(s) selected
Classification: Subsidiary 12B 3625 Info & Creative Tech Serv 5
Salary: $​2,694.27 to $3,537.86 bi-weekly ($70,320 - $92,338/year)


As Lead Exhibit Technician, you will be reporting to the Manager of Design, Production & Operations. Your primary role will be to coordinate and supervise the Exhibit Technical team. This versatile team is responsible for performing a wide variety of work required in preparing galleries; developing, and installing exhibit components of various scales; maintaining exhibits; and decanting and disassembling exhibits once closed. 


You will lead the team through the implementation, maintenance and disassembly of visitor experiences (primarily exhibitions) of varying scales. This involves handling a range of technical functions such as fabricating exhibit components (carpentry, painting, metalwork); maintaining AV hardware (screens, projectors, sound systems, and related media players); setting up exhibit lighting; repairing simple mechanical and/or low voltage electrical devices; installing exhibits (cases, plinths, positioning objects, etc.); and finishing walls/galleries. 


Key responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating with a range of colleagues and stakeholders in the integration of exhibit products and design elements to achieve the objectives of an overall interpretive plan.
  • Cultivating a positive team environment, emphasizing continuous improvement, growth, excellence and accountability.
  • Contributing to the development and deployment of a creative development process, while supporting the achievement of Visitor Experience Unit Plans and Priorities.
  • Leading the technical review for the production of all projects, ensuring sound decision making in the planning of the fabrication and installation phases.
  • Maintaining relevant procedures and processes, providing training, and coaching the Exhibit Technicians to ensure they work in a safe and efficient manner in line with all Occupational Health & Safety requirements and safety protocols.
  • Planning and supervising team operations to ensure exhibits are fully functional for visitors.
  • Assessing the in-house fabrication and installation capacities, identifying and supervising on-site work to be done by contractors and/or specialized trades and services.

Minimum Recruitment Standards

Two-year diploma in a related field plus 1 year related experience or trades certification in relevant field is ideal (e.g., carpentry, technical theatre, audiovisual, applied technical museum studies, etc.) plus at least seven (7) years relevant experience in a key leadership/management role in a manufacturing or related operational environment. Direct work experience as one of the team’s function is a must. Equivalencies of related experience or education may be considered. 

  • Proven track record in a supervisory or lead technical experience, with the ability to engage and motivate a technical team.
  • Team leadership skills with the ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously while creating productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Advanced knowledge and competence in at least one of the team's functions fabrication (carpentry, painting, metalwork); AV hardware (screens, projectors, sound systems, and related media players); gallery/exhibit lighting; repairing simple mechanical and/or low voltage electrical devices; setting up exhibition setup and logistics; with expertise in one or more functions.
  • Knowledge of the museum sector or cultural institutions, with experiences during all stages of planning, design, fabrication, and production for all types of exhibits.
  • Excellent financial acumen with expert budget management and financial planning skills.
  • Experience working on multifunctional teams with broad and diverse skill sets. 
  • Experience in procurement processes (purchasing, contracting of services).
  • Competency in reviewing and understanding technical drawings and plans, with advance skills in troubleshooting and problem-solving, suggesting solutions on materials and fabrication processes used in display production and indoor/outdoor signage.
  • Knowledge of safety regulations and material handling practices, including those stipulated by Alberta's OH&S laws and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.
  • Ability to operate and train others to work on an elevated work platform, boom lifts and a forklift, plus maintain necessary certifications.
  • Valid driver's license and experience loading, unloading, and operating cube vans and 5-ton trucks.


A cover letter outlining how your experience, skills and knowledge relates to the qualifications of this role is required.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.


This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/system/files/custom_downloaded_images/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf 


The APS Competencies to assist you:

  • Agility
  • Drive for Results
  • Develop Self and Others
  • Build Collaborative Environments
  • Develop Networks
  • Systems Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving


Hours of work are 36.25 hours weekly. Some evening and weekend work is required.


The position will require some travel within the province of Alberta.


In your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Also, please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full time. 
Your cover letter and resume will be used as a screening tool to assess your written communication

Final candidates will be required to undergo a security screening


Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses, will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in. 


Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

How To Apply

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Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/job-application-resources#before for more information.


Current employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.


Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.


It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) or from recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.


We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.


If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Saren Frias at Saren.Frias@gov.ab.ca.