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Ways to Support the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo 

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo has an 80-year+ legacy of inspiring a passion for science, appreciation for nature, and love of exploration for children of all ages. With your support, we can continue and expand our mission of engaging a child's curiosity in science and nature by providing early childhood experiences and science education to the community.

Join Our Team as a Volunteer or Employee


Help little explorers make big discoveries in our Zoo or Museum, at our Baylands Nature Center, or during Special Events. Teenagers to Seniors are welcome to volunteer with us. 

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We'd love to have you on our team! Click the link below to learn more about career opportunities at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. 

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Exhibits Technician

City of Palo Alto

Exhibits Technician (Arts & Science Professional II - H)


$29.41 - $36.10 Hourly


1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA


SEIU Hourly




Community Services Department

Position open until filled.  To apply please send resume and email of interest to


The Exhibit Technician will maintain and improve existing hands-on exhibits as their primary responsibility.  In addition, the individual will facilitate the construction of exhibits from initial prototypes to completed exhibits for future exhibits. The position requires both collaborative work within project teams as well as independent work. For maintenance, an ability to develop creative and simple solutions to persistent and tricky exhibit problems is required. For exhibit fabrication, an ability to work from schematics, sketches, or verbal descriptions is required. Willingness to work creatively within project constraints is a must. This part-time position will be 12 hours per week and reports to the Exhibits Director. Schedule will be set and require work on the weekends. Benefits include a medical stipend ($3.48 per hour), sick time, and retirement. Hourly rate is between $29.41 and $36.10, depending on experience.


  • Inspect existing exhibits weekly and perform repairs,
  • Purchase necessary parts and supplies for maintenance, and ensure that back-up replacement parts and consumable exhibit materials are kept in stock,
  • Contribute to and develop systems that minimize downtime for exhibits, 
  • Be responsible for regular maintenance,
  • Contribute to design ideas with the expertise of functionality, building knowledge, and repair,
  • Design and build mechanical interactives so they perform functions as specified by Exhibits Director and Senior Exhibits Designer/Developer,
  • Source parts and materials for exhibits,
  • Create design drawings for custom parts,
  • Identify and communicate with potential vendors and fabricators,
  • Perform specified purchasing as required,
  • Improve functionality of exhibits,
  • Adhere to timelines and budgets,
  • Assist in workshop tools and equipment maintenance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience, in science, art/design, museum studies, engineering, or related fields,
  • At least five years professional experience repairing, building, and/or designing interactive, mechanical exhibits for museums, zoos, or a similar profession,
  • Creative, inventive, and problem-solving abilities, 
  • Advanced fabrication skills; knowledgeable of metalworking, woodworking, plastic techniques, and shop safety standards,
  • Advanced design and fabrication skills with an excellent understanding of issues affecting usability, durability, maintenance, and practicality of exhibits in a hands-on setting,
  • Experience in electronics and technology-based experiences,
  • Ability to adhere to budgets and timelines for projects and to proactively communicate expected variances,
  • Excellent sense of value and efficiency as expressed in effectiveness of solutions, use of materials, and personal time management,
  • Must have the ability to work independently on multiple projects and problems simultaneously with minimal supervision,
  • Demonstrated ability for collaboration and effective teamwork,
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented,
  • Strong written and oral communication skills,
  • CAD or production drawing skills desirable, 
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Able to climb ladders. Able to move body: bend, stretch, grasp, reach, kneel and twist – sometimes beneath exhibits in tight spaces.



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Make a Donation

The City of Palo Alto and the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo work together to support and enhance the Junior Museum & Zoo, and to ensure that the Junior Museum & Zoo provides an equitable and meaningful experience to visitors of all communities, backgrounds, and abilities. 

You may make a gift to the City of Palo Alto via check. Please make your checks out to the City of Palo Alto and write a comment on the check that designates which Junior Museum & Zoo Program you would like to support. You can mail your check or bring it in person to the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo at 1451 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94301.

You may make a gift to The Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo's Annual fund. General operating support allows the Friends to allocate dollars where they are most needed and helps to fund programs that expand access to the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo and science education, like Super Family Sunday and Science Outreach.

You may also designate your gift to support the Commemorative Block Campaign for Exhibits. This helps fund exhibitions in our new and improved facility by making a commemorative gift to a donor block wall. Blocks may be custom inscribed with a name, a dedication, a memorial, or an inspirational quote. Your commemorative block will become part of a community donor wall and will be displayed for a minimum of 15 years.

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Support with your Membership: Each annual membership at the Supporting Family level provides a tax deductible gift of $100.00 that supports the operations of the Junior Museum & Zoo.

Leverage your gift with your employer: Did you know that many employers will match your donation to the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo? Corporate matching can double your impact. 

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