BC: References: Glaser, J. R. (1996). Museums: A Place to Work, Planning Museum Careers. New York, New York: Routledge. Schlatter, N. E. (2008). Museum Careers: A Practical Guide for Students and Novices. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press.
1: Visitor services are responsible for "admissions tickets, parking" and other important aspects of a "positive" experience at a museum (Schlatter, p. 94). | Parking (above) charged $5 to park in a safe area. The ticket office (right) was helpful in describing the different packages available to us, and which discounts we were eligible.
2: Visitor services put together a great map (left) which was obtained at the visitor information desk. It outlined all the exhibits, and even had a schedule of all the special events throughout the day, with the most popular events in bold. | The main entrance (right) had inspirations from visitor services and the designer. The open space allowed for group pictures. It's beautiful design was done in 3-D with this eye catching backdrop at the entrance (Schlatter, p. 60).
3: The facilities manager takes care of "maintaining and improving the museum's building and property" (Schlatter, p. 100). In addition to the tasks shown, the facilities team would also be responsible for "housekeeping... telecommunications, protective services, and the physical plant" (Schlatter, p. 100). | One facilities staffer landscapes the grounds (left), while another pulls weeds from around the penguin's habitat (below).
4: "The conservator is primarily responsible for the physical well being of a collection" (Glaser, p. 78). This conservator is feeding a stingray and cleaning the algae in its tank.
5: The primary role of a dolphin trainer at Sea Life Park is that of an educator. The dolphin trainer educates the audience on the many interesting facts of the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, the Pacific White-sided Dolphin, and worlds only Wolphin (half dolphin, half killer whale). The exhibition and lighting staff also played a role in the dolphin show as a major attraction show. The facilities manager must assure that the audience area is well maintained for the three shows each day.
6: The educators "write text...to be used by the museum" (Schlatter, p. 80). Being educated on the history of each of the museum's attractions is important to appreciating the collections. The behaviors and origins of the animals at Sea Life Park helped us understand what they are like in their natural environments. | Information about the Green Sea Turtle (above) and the Penguin (right).
7: The exhibition designer works with the educators "through rendering, drawings, scale models, lighting, arrangement of objects, and signage" (Glaser, p.94). The designer would work with the educator to assure that material was presented in an attractive, logical, and user-friendly way. | Information about the creatures in the Hawaiian Reef Tank (above), and the origins of the Penguin (left).
8: Make Sea Life Park coins (left), or take a Sea Life Park themed souvenir picture (below). | The marketing staff has strategically placed marketing tools near some of the museum's major attractions. These items help "increase public awareness" of the museum for others who see these items which are taken to the homes or workplaces of the visitors (Schlatter, p. 86).