Interpretive Designer (Zoo)

The Interpretive Designer is an intermediate level position. The Interpretive Designer works in a developing capacity with increased responsibility for performing a range of assignments with limited supervision from the Director of Graphics, Graphics Manager, and other assigned project managers on the presentation of thematic and interpretive materials for exhibits.

Job Description:

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality 

  • Complete assigned duties with limited supervision.
  • Make decisions and establish work priorities.
  • Know informal and formal departmental goals, standards, policies and procedures which may include familiarity with
    other departments.
  • Manage mid-sized projects with limited supervision.
  • May occasionally supervise other staff on a project basis.
  • Demonstrate mastery of duties of Graphic Artist.
  • Understand Audubon’s goals and D&E’s methods.
  • Recognize D&E role in maintaining Audubon’s image.
  • Organize workload and manages time in order to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Interact with client departments with supervision.
  • Supervises vendors; exercises quality control.
  • Maintains and organizes archive of job related files
  • Maintain and organize archive of job related files.

Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience 

  • Demonstrate advanced exhibitry skills and knowledge of production techniques.
  • Be able to work independently to present thematic and interpretive material on graphics in an organized, logical
    manner.
  • Be expected to keep up with technology advancement in required software and tools.

Educate our diverse audience about the natural world.

  • Work under supervision of Director of Graphics, collaborates in the design of animal related graphics, environmental
    graphics, and exhibitry for all Audubon facilities.
  • Design graphics and three-dimensional exhibitry with increasing levels of difficulty, including more complex
    interactives.
  • Contribute ideas and concepts toward the development of exhibits.

Desired Skills: 

  • Supervision: May occasionally supervise other staff on a project basis.
  • Experience: 1-2 years exhibit design experience. Previous experience in sculpting, drafting or technical drawing, interior design, photography, copy writing and editing preferred.


Education: BFA in Graphic Design preferred; Associate degree required.

Licensure/Certification: Not applicable.

Software Requirements: Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign. Familiarity with Mac OS preferred. Must have drawing ability and good design skills as demonstrated through presentation of portfolio.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Heavy work: exerting up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. May involve sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for
    brief periods of time.
  2. Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling and the ability to carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  3. Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required
  4. Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required.
  5. Typical ability to collect and analyze numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions and ability to determine the time, place and sequence of operations or actions required.
  6. Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
  7. Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  8. Constant ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.
  9. Standing for extended periods to construct or install signage or exhibit graphics
  10. Climbing, standing on a ladder or scaffolding
  11. Working from a bucket truck.
  12. Using various paints, solvents and chemicals.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  1. Working long hours between breaks or meals required.
  2. Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
  3. May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.
  4. Constant contact with co-workers required.
  5. Affinity for animals preferred.
  6. Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures may be required.
  7. Exposure to outdoor conditions may be required.

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