The Intrepid Museum has a 9,000 foot area dedicated to a series of hands-on, mission-relevant installations intended to engage audiences of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Established in 2009 and regularly updated, it is now time to conduct a thoughtful audit of this project. It is the most effective approach? How should we think about the next iteration of these experiences? Which culturals are the leaders in this practice and what can we learn from them?

Working with a small internal museum team, the Contractor, Intrepid Museum’s “Hands-On” Learning Area will offer direction for present- and future-focused audience trends in New York City relating to hands on learning. Project will culminate with a white paper reviewing the current context and advising on the future of the space including content, budget and staffing.Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Will collaborate with a small internal team, led by the SVP of Exhibits/Education/Programs
  • Review our current exhibit installations and usage of the space (both physical and programmatic) and make recommendations
  • With the support of existing evaluations and additional observation, identify current strengths and weaknesses for how the space as a whole, and individual installations within the space, is inclusive for families of all kinds.
  • Review current communication with the media/public regarding the project and make recommendations
  • Provide a comparative/competitor analysis of local and regional museums and other comparable spaces.
  • Recommend prefabricated installations (local and national) that are mission appropriate
  • Participate in project team meetings, either in person or remotely.
  • Produce a comprehensive white paper that is data driven; analysis driven and provides clear information (content, staffing and budget implications)


  • Museum professional specializing in hands on, informal learning for audiences of diverse backgrounds and abilities. 
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents. 
  • Ability to interview museum staff (including education, exhibits, security, special events, visitor services and marketing) at the Intrepid Museum, as well as at local and regional museums to learn about opportunities. 
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly, and to address staff and budget implications when making recommendations. 
  • Extensive knowledge of and interest in hands-on experiences in a museum and informal setting; understanding of how people learn individually and in family units. 
  • Clear understanding of the theory behind best practices for designing hands-on installations in a versatile and multi-purpose environment. 
  • Ability to conceptualize engagement strategies for a mobile, multi-purpose environment. 
  • Knowledge of other institutions that may have hands-on areas within their museum. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills at all levels of an organization. 
  • Demonstrated experience in producing reports. 
  • Excellent writing skills. High ethical character with an ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.

Salary: $25,000 for project period (with up to $5,000 for potential travel)


Job Date: 2020-03-06

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Application Info: For consideration, e-mail resume and cover letter to:

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NO PHONE CALLS. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Name: Elaine Charnov

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