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Theater Technician - Lighting and Audio/Video

Job Id: 
Performing Arts & Events Center
$17.00 - $25.00/hour
Job Description: 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:      Temporary, Part-Time

SALARY RANGE:                $17.00 - $25.00/hour

OPENS:                   January 2, 2018

CLOSES:                 When Filled


NOTE: This is a temporary, part-time position with no benefits. Hours may vary depending on facility usage. Shifts may include days, evenings, weekends, holidays and extended hours.  



Under the general direction of the Performing Arts and Event Center (PAEC) Technical Supervisor, the Lighting Technician and Audio/Video technician perform a variety of duties related to stage/conference technical support within the PAEC while having considerable public contact in a fast-paced environment. These positions assist in supporting both community arts productions and professional touring events; serve as production equipment operators during technical rehearsals and performances; ensure that lighting, sound and rigging equipment are in proper working order and operating in a safe manner; install and assist in the maintenance of stage lighting, audio, and related technical systems; operate sound, lighting, communication and stage equipment; perform other related duties as assigned.



  • Serve as lighting engineer on select events and facilitate the experience of guest engineers and artist crews; oversee event lighting installation and operations.
  • Assist in advancing lighting specifications with facility users.
  • Possess knowledge of all types of lighting equipment, including control consoles, DMX, dimmers, lighting fixtures, and lighting plots. span>
  • Read and understand light plots while leading crew in implementing light plots, circuiting, hanging and focusing lighting fixtures; trouble-shoot theatrical electrical problems efficiently and safely; program computerized lighting consoles for conventional and intelligent fixtures.
  • Possess an expert-level experience with product lines from ETC and Strand.
  • Possess experience in designing, programming and operating lighting for live stage events.



  • Serve as audio engineer on select events and facilitate the experience of guests engineers and artist crews; oversee event live sound, webcast/broadcast mixing and archival recordings as needed.
  • Possess knowledge of all types of audio equipment, including mixing consoles, playback units, amplifiers, speakers, and microphones.
  • Possess an expert-level experience with product lines from Yamaha, Digidesign, Digico, XTA, Meyer Sound Laboratories, D&B Audio and L-Acoustics.
  • Possess experience engineering audio for live events and live webcasts.
  • Possess knowledge of UHF band radio frequencies and mitigation of intermodulation and multi-pathing within FCC secondary-user class equipment.



  • Assist with the load-in and operation of staging, lighting, backline, video and audio for events.
  • Operate all types of lighting equipment, including computer and manual lighting controllers, follow-spots, and theatrical, lighting instruments.
  • Operate all types of equipment including video equipment and projection equipment.
  • Safely operate a theatrical counterweight system, including the loading and unloading of arbors from both a loading bridge and stage floor.
  • Install both small- and large-scale symphony shells, including towers and flown ceilings.
  • Install and take down the equipment required for all Production Department events in the facility, including areas outside of the theater hall.
  • Conduct work in a technical position and know how to operate technical equipment during events, rehearsals, and performances.
  • Clean and maintain all theater production equipment and backstage areas.
  • Knowledge of practices, materials, resources, and tools associated with stage production.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of the basic principles and philosophy of community and professional stage events.
  • Digital networking in AV and IT based systems; knowledge of router protocols, switches, etc.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and related safety precautions to be observed in working around stage equipment.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.
  • Skill in communicating effectively in English both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to safely operate power tolls, hand tools, office equipment and materials appropriate to the specific job assignment.
  • Ability to respond to numerous public inquiries and disseminate accurate information while maintaining a high level of customer service.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform custodial duties in line with regular and specialized facility maintenance.
  • Ability to utilize computer applications and technology related to the work.
  • Ability to bend, climb, reach and carry a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Ability to climb ladders.
  • Ability to work in low-light work environments.
  • Must be punctual and reliable; report to all work calls at the scheduled time.



High School graduation or equivalent is required, plus 3 to 5 years of experience in a theater setting. Some college coursework or other training in Stagecraft, specifically lighting or audio/video, is preferred.


TO APPLY:  Please complete a required City of Federal Way application form and attach resume and cover letter.  Applications available at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, online at www.cityoffederalway.com, or by calling 253-835-2530. Successful candidates for this position will be subject to a background check pursuant to RCW 43.43.832.


The City of Federal way is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Applicants may request a copy of the City’s EEOP Utilization Report by contacting Human Resources at 253-835-2531. Any person requiring ADA accommodation should advise the City of the need. For telecommunications relay service for voice and text telephones call 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388/TTY or 1-800-833-6384/voice.