Exhibit Coordinator – Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College

The Exhibit Coordinator is responsible for the design, development, and execution of exhibitions and displays at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. This position plays a key role presenting engaging and informative exhibits that showcase the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental aspects of the Arctic region.

Key Responsibilities:

Collaborate with the Director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Curator, museum staff, and community partners to conceptualize and develop new exhibitions that align with the museum’s mission and objectives.

Coordinate and execute the design, layout, installation, and dismantling of exhibits.

Manage exhibition timelines, deadlines, and project timelines to ensure timely completion of projects and deliverables.

Adhere to museum conservation, ADA, NAGPRA regulations, and safety standards.

Manage the museum exhibit production workshop and ensure its operation meets safety standards.

Assist with monitoring of HVAC systems in museum facilities and alerts HVAC technicians about problems.

Supervise and provide guidance to Exhibit Technician and support staff involved in exhibit installation, maintenance, and dismantling.

Pay and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is expected to be: $59,000 (minimum) – $65,600 (maximum)

A variety of health insurance plans (Effective on date of hire).

Generous Retirement Plan – 10.12% annual compensation contribution (Eligible after 1 year of service and age 26).

Life and Disability Insurance.

Paid time off – Vacation, Personal, Holidays, and Special Days Off (https://www.bowdoin.edu/hr/our-workplace/college-holidays-and-special-days-off.html).

Paid parental leave.

Access to many of the College’s facilities including the gym and pool, including household.

Access to events, speakers, and sport events on campus.

Free fitness and wellness classes!

And more: https://www.bowdoin.edu/hr/benefits-perks/index.html


Master’s degree in museum design, set design, art history, anthropology, or a related design field.

Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Artifact handling experience.

Sensitivity to diversity of perspectives and willingness to represent them in a respectful manner.

Working knowledge of hand and power tools for exhibit construction, installation, and maintenance.

Ability to design, build, install, maintain, and dismantle exhibits, adhering to ADA, safety, and conservation protocols as they apply to exhibitions of museum collections.

Strong oral and written communication skills, with proficiency in computer software for exhibit design, graphics, and documentation.

Ability and willingness to learn new software applications and technologies as needed.

Attention to detail and ability to work effectively as a member of a team, collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders to achieve common goals.

4-7 years of previous experience in museum or gallery exhibition design, curation, or collections management.

Prior experience must include building exhibits, handling and installing 2-D and 3-D museum collections.

A valid driver’s license and the ability to meet the requirements of the College’s Motor Vehicle Use Policy.

This position requires a criminal background check and pre-placement physical.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process will need to submit a portfolio of previous exhibit work.


Generally, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

May be required to work occasional weekends and evening hours.

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