Exhibit Design Intern Needed : NC Parks & Recreation

Position:  Exhibit Design Intern

Length of employment: July 1 – Dec 31, 2010
Hours per week: 25
Salary: $12/Hr
Daily work times: Flexible
Office Location: Raleigh, NC

Address inquiries to:  Siobhan O’Neal, (919) 715-9612    siobhan.oneal@ncdenr.gov

Program Description

The goal of the exhibit program is to create compelling visitor experiences for all people who attend a North Carolina State Park. All our state parks were established for some special feature or purpose. Through signs and displays, we highlight that feature or purpose to promote awareness of and caring for the lands of North Carolina.

The exhibit program works closely as a unit to meet division goals, although each team member is also required to work independently on individual projects.  The work requires creativity, technical skills and a positive, customer-service oriented attitude.  Some travel may be necessary to parks across the state; a valid driver’s license is required for this.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and find creative solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team setting as well as to independently complete individual assignments to reach common goals.
  • Creative design skills to create graphics for wayside displays.  Displays may be interpretive topics that require unique designs, or may be information signs that follow a standard format.
  • Experience as primary coordinator for projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and execute projects within budget, time and quality boundaries.
  • Competence/familiarity with Adobe design software (Photoshop and InDesign) and MS Office software using a Mac computer platform; or ability to learn this very quickly.

Major Position Responsibilities

  1. Assists exhibit staff with research, image acquisition and text development for major visitor center exhibit projects and wayside displays.
  2. Designs graphics for outdoor interpretive wayside display panels in state parks across North Carolina. This can involve visiting parks to view the proposed sign location and collect information.  Designs graphics according to state park system guidelines, then works with park staff, exhibit staff and vendors to proof the signs and get them produced.
  3. Uses exhibit program’s online databases to track progress of wayside projects.

Other Responsibilities

  1. Completes evaluations of park signage systems. This includes visiting the parks to record locations and conditions of directional, information and interpretive signs, compiling data into a document and assisting in making recommendations for improvements.
  2. Completes evaluations of park visitor center exhibits. Includes visiting the park to survey the exhibit structures, doing visitor surveys and energy efficiency (lighting) surveys, compiling data, and making recommendations on improvements to better meet visitor needs.
  3. Assist exhibit staff with exhibit design drawings, video/media production, curatorial/conservation activities, and interpretive writing.