Content Developer / Interpretive Planner

Full Time
Seattle Westlake

MIG | Portico is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic professional, interested in contributing to a boutique exhibit design studio within a 220‐person, nationally recognized planning and design firm.

  • Opportunities: mission‐driven clients; project leadership and professional growth; travel; and a collaborative design environment.
  •  Clients: Museums, visitor centers, zoos, aquariums, public gardens, outdoor play and learning environments, and other visitor‐centered organizations.
  •  Bring: enthusiasm and energy; an interest in complex projects at all scales; a good understanding of how exhibits get designed and built; a willingness to get good ideas from anywhere; and enthusiasm about project that tell great stories.

MIG has headquarters in Berkeley, CA, with 12 offices in five states. Our employees form a unique company with nationally recognized skills in planning, design, communications, management, technology and science. Our two Seattle offices include architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, exhibit design and interpretive planning. Working collaboratively, often in dynamic cross‐disciplinary teams, we bring an integrated approach to the practical implementation of our core values and ideals. Our clients connect people to nature and culture, and we help them do that through design.


  • Develop exhibit content for interpretive projects through all phases of design (Concept, Schematic, Design Development and Construction Documents);
  •  Champion an “interpretive approach” to all projects in the early conceptual phase through research and collaboration with content experts and in house design teams;
  •  Lead content development during the design process, including the creation of visitor experience goals, a cohesive exhibit storyline, exhibit messages and topics, and exhibit copy;
  •  Organize complex content ideas into a unifying interpretive experience;
  •  Communicate effectively with the design team, the client team and the fabricators to make sure the big ideas and the content details are considered and incorporated into the design throughout the project;
  •  Write about projects once they are completed, in order to communicate their story, features and innovations to a wider audience (for marketing, articles or other collateral material).


The right candidate will be a researcher and writer, with 5‐10 years of professional experience in Museum Design, Interpretive Planning or Museum Programming. They will be comfortable leading portions of workshops. Our Content Developer / Interpretive planner will act as the designated writer/editor for projects from concept design through fabrication, writing phase reports as well as museum labels, signs, graphic panels and exhibit copy.

Familiarity with the following systems are beneficial: Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe Creative Suite; Deltek Vision Resource Planning.