Exhibit Content Developer

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Exhibit Studio

About the Opportunity
The Exhibit Content Developer reports to the Associate Director of Exhibit Content Development and works with the Exhibit Content Team to develop engaging science exhibitions. The position is responsible for researching scientific content, organizing project materials, creating appealing interactives and media, and participating in visitor evaluation testing. We are looking for someone who has experience in museum exhibitions or informal science education with strong collaboration skills and the ability to work in cross departmental project teams. Come join our talented creative professionals committed to making current environmental science content accessible to a diverse public through experiential learning.

Organizational Culture:
Join a team dedicated to the Academy’s mission, vision and values! Currently, the Academy has a new strategic plan including three initiatives – Hope for Reefs, Thriving California, and Islands 2030 – that leverage biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement to regenerate fragile ecosystems around the world. Learn more at https://www.calacademy.org/about-us/major-initiatives.

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The mission of the California Academy of Sciences is to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every one of the qualifications for the position.

This position is based in San Francisco, California. Staff are currently expected to work from the Academy offices at least 2-3 times per week, which may fluctuate based on department or project needs. Please do not apply if you are not able to work onsite. Candidates are required to have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination, including receiving a booster shot, as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions in accordance with applicable laws. Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from the California Academy of Sciences will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.

About the Exhibit Studio Team
The Exhibit Studio Team serves the Academy’s diverse audiences in developing engaging exhibitions that make environmental science content accessible, intriguing, and memorable.  Exhibitions also help highlight California Academy’s collections, research, global reach, and mission of regenerating the natural world. In addition to in-house exhibitions, the Team manages temporary exhibitions and the production of seasonal installations. 

Key Responsibilities

Support exhibition content development on small to mid-sized projects, from idea generation and concept development through design and fabrication.

Research and interpret scientific information, images, objects, and technologies; support exhibition topic, theme, and narrative development informed by literature reviews and visitor evaluation.

Draft copy for interpretive messages using original research and current scholarship for delivery through text, visual media, interactives, and audio.

Draft copy for labels and media scripts; edit, fact-check, and proofread writing by other content team members and contractors.

Produce written materials for project teams, internal, and external audiences.

Partner effectively with scientific and public engagement staff, disseminate information at various phases of a project, facilitate content reviews by internal and external experts and incorporate feedback.

Engage with cross-functional teams of project managers, designers and developers, subject matter experts, collections staff, educators, and others.

Assist with visitor research and evaluation in the exhibition development process Maintain records of quantitative and qualitative evaluation data.

Work with teams to develop prototypes, test with audiences, iterate, analyze findings, and implement recommendations.

Support the translation process for multilingual exhibitions tracking copy progress with vendors.

Contribute to the Academy’s exhibition development process, bring new ideas, and find efficiencies to evolve the processes.

Complete work in a timely manner to meet schedules and budgets.

Participate in professional development opportunities to learn and share knowledge with colleagues.

Follow all Academy safety regulations

Perform other duties as assigned



4+ years of experience producing content for the creation of exhibitions.

Bachelor’s degree in life sciences, environmental studies, museum studies, or a related field.

Understanding of exhibition development processes and design principles.

Demonstrated experience in informal science communication and science writing for diverse public audiences.

Experience developing interactive exhibits.


Ability to synthesize and organize information and apply a variety of methods and techniques to communicate science concepts to general audiences.

Ability to ensure that exhibition content is intellectually and emotionally engaging. Exhibitions should have a “fun” or “Wow!” factor that will drive attendance to the Academy.

Knowledge of exhibit evaluation methods in informal education settings.

Passion for the Academy’s mission to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration.

Good verbal and written communication skills and ability to write clearly, concisely, and imaginatively.

Ability to work on creative projects both independently and on collaborative teams.

Proven ability to balance multiple projects and meet deadlines, taking responsibility for on-time, on-budget products, while maintaining high standards of quality.

High attention to detail and accuracy.

Skilled in using Microsoft Office and Google Apps; fluency in a range of computer software collaboration tools such as Evernote, Box, and others to create, manipulate, and share documents, spreadsheets, images, and other digital assets. Some familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is desired.

Maintains and models a positive, collaborative, supportive, and flexible culture.

Commitment to equity and inclusion.

Physical Environment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to move, work in an office environment, reach with hands and arms, in addition to using a computer for long intervals of time, communication on the phone, in person, and online meetings/calls. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 75% of the time. Must be able to transport 30 lbs.

Regular on-site work for collaboration, prototyping, and reviews of the public floor will be required. Other work may be done remotely, in keeping with Academy and Exhibit Studio Policies.

Compensation and Benefits
Hourly hiring range: $33.65-$36.54 per hour. Hourly rate will vary based on experience and relevant skills/knowledge set. The Academy offers a total compensation package that emphasizes both base salary and comprehensive benefits
Schedule: Full-Time, 40 hours per week. Benefits will be determined based on hours per week worked.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on January 19, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please upload your resume and complete the brief online application

The California Academy of Sciences will give full consideration for employment to all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, place of birth, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, height or weight, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


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