Reporting to the Associate Director of Exhibit Content Development, and working as part of an exhibit team, this position plays a key role in development of new Academy exhibits. The Exhibit Content Developer is responsible for creating engaging scientific content and developing successful interpretive strategies for Academy exhibits, researching and writing exhibit and aquarium labels, and collaborating with Academy colleagues to develop exhibit interactives and media.



  • Responsible for assigned exhibit development projects. Conduct content research and develop interpretive strategies for assigned exhibits. Includes literature review, visitor research, theme and topic development, brainstorming with other team members.
  • Collaborate, communicate progress, and coordinate work with cross-functional teams including project managers, designers and developers, scientists and other subject matter experts, collections staff, educators, and other Academy staff.
  • Research and interpret science information, images, objects, tools, and technologies. Develop exhibit content for delivery through text, images, interactives, video, and audio. Includes writing lively text for labels and scripts; editing, revising, fact-checking, and proofreading; researching, selecting and helping to secure specimens, artifacts, images, diagrams, video, and other educational resources.
  • Serve as an audience advocate, striving to create exhibit experiences that make science engaging, surprising, and compelling for broad audiences.
  • Ensure that exhibit goals, objectives, and key messages are clearly established, reviewed at specified points in the process, achieved in the exhibit, evaluated and redressed by remediation, when practical.
  • Facilitate content review by in-house staff and outside consultants and incorporate feedback; coordinate distribution of exhibit content summaries and updates.
  • Follow and contribute to the Academy’s exhibit development process.
  • Ensure timely completion of work so that exhibits are done on time and within budget.
  • Stay current in exhibit development field to pursue best practices, initiate relevant partnerships, and serve new audiences.
  • Follow Academy safety regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, museum studies, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in exhibit development for informal science or similar setting.
  • Gifted science communicator and storyteller with demonstrated experience in research and science writing for diverse public audiences.
  • Experience at successfully handling multiple projects simultaneously and meeting tight deadlines.
  • Thorough understanding of exhibit development process, design principles, and concepts.



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to write clearly, concisely, and imaginatively.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop thematic structure for exhibits using a variety of methods and techniques that communicate concepts to general audience(s).
  • Ability to read and understand scientific literature.
  • Knowledge of exhibit evaluation methods in informal education settings.
  • Knowledge of conservation factors and proper presentation of artifacts.
  • Knowledge and skill in museum exhibit methodology.
  • Detail-oriented and accurate.
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Office and other digital media tools and equipment to create and manipulate text documents, spreadsheets, images, and other digital assets. Some familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
  • Ability to ensure that exhibit content is intellectually and emotionally engaging. Exhibits should have a “fun” or “Wow!” factor that will drive attendance to the Academy.
  • Ability to read and interpret floor plans and elevations, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.



  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write eloquent reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.
  • Ability to read and interpret floor plans and elevations.



The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing his or her duties, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 75% of the time. Must be able to lift 40 lbs.\



Please submit your cover letter and resume online at http://calacademy.snaphire.com. Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.


The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is also not allowed anywhere in Golden Gate Park.

Job Details
Reference # 11413
Posted: Sep 27, 2013
Work type(s) Full-Time

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