The Graphic Technician utilizes diverse skills in the creation of temporary & permanent Museum signage (directional & interpretive) as well as sign construction, installation, upkeep and maintenance. Job will be 85% technical and 15% design. Proficiency in working with various power tools, vinyl-lettering applications, acrylic material, wood, paint sprayers and related materials is required, as well as suitable graphic design skills on a Mac (Adobe CS) platform. Ability to work and communicate effectively with vendors, volunteers & Museum personnel is essential. Person must be energetic, highly organized and a creative problem-solver with the ability to work independently and professionally.

Please note: An online portfolio of design work is greatly desired for consideration of position. If you do not have an online portfolio, be prepared to bring one if an interview is arranged.

Summary of Job Description The Graphic Technician utilizes diverse skills in the creation of temporary and permanent Museum signage (directional and interpretive) as well as sign construction, installation, upkeep and maintenance on Museum grounds by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

–    Maintain and upkeep temporary and permanent signage by repairing and/or replacing (occasionally requires digging holes or drilling into concrete to install signage)

–    Timely production of special event signs

–    Laminate temporary signs

–    Fabricate/construct and install new exhibit/directional signage

–    Design (or utilize templates) to print and install backlit sign labels

–    Design/layout temporary directional signage, flyers, posters and other collateral (with direction)

–    Organize jobs, maintain and keep up-to-date sign inventory, order necessary supplies and materials

–    Provide a well-informed ‘eye’ concerning on-grounds signage-related issues

–    Keep current with modern signage materials and production techniques

–    Position may coordinate work with a volunteer

Position Requirements                

–    Education and/or Experience

–    Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Successful candidates often have a background in the fine arts.


–    Ability to use or learn to use (including but not limited to): engraving machine, table saw, drill press, laminate machine, router, and paint sprayer– as well as work with chemicals in line with OSHA and MSDS requirements

–    Must be competent in Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator (basic skills) and PhotoShop. Microsoft Office

–    Possess suitable design skills and creativity along with a developed understanding of typography

–    Ability to think critically in finding workable solutions to signage problems

–    Ability to order and correctly apply vinyl lettering on various substrates

–    Ability in working with acrylic, wood and related materials

Please note that a high percentage of this job requires the employee to be outdoors and on-grounds year-round. Position will require lifting and cart driving. Position reports to the Graphics Manager. The above position description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities, reporting relationships and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Please understand that if offered a position, you will as a final condition of employment be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen.

Open Date  This position was opened on March 29, 2017 and does not have a closing date. It is considered open until filled; however, it is recommended that all credentials be submitted for consideration as soon as possible.

Perks ASDM paid life insurance and long-term disability plans. On a shared premium basis: PPO medical with HRA and a choice of two dental plans, an optional vision plan, additional voluntary life insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan.

 More about the Desert Museum The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to conservation & research of the Sonoran Desert region while continuing its mission to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The 98-acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, aquarium, and research institute. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors. Exhibits recreate the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region.  Within the 21 interpreted acres and along the 2 miles of walking paths through various desert habitats there are more than 230 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.


Organization/Company: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Location: Tucson, AZ
Deadline: Open until filled.
How to Apply: How to Apply Applications are accepted only for open positions and must be completed and submitted online. To apply please go to our website: No phone calls please. The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.