CNC Operator

CNC Operator

CATEGORY: Technical

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland, OR 97520

Job Details


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is seeking a CNC Operator to start September 30, 2019. The CNC Operator will oversee the daily operation of our computer controlled machines, such as the CNC Router, CNC lathe, laser cutter, and 3-D printer, in helping to build scenic and prop elements for OSF productions.

This is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position that runs from September 30, 2019 thru July 31, 2020, with the possibility of continuing employment in the 2020/2021 season.

All OSF employees are expected to understand and embrace our mission statement, in particular how it is reflected in our commitment to respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions- on stage and off. OSF company members work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and work to interrupt behaviors that hinder our diversity and inclusion efforts.

Salary Rate: $21.67/hr

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  1. Operates machines daily including: setting the machine’s tools according specific job order; downloading control programs; loading and unloading materials required for scenic and prop elements; monitoring machines during operation for quality control.
  2. Provides final finish and cleanup of fabricated parts (i.e. cleaning up the edges).
  3. Attend ED&I, sexual harassment, and any other anti-bias trainings and workshops as scheduled by the institution.
  4. Model and support the mission and values of OSF.
  5. Provides daily progress reports, including project deadline updates, to Scene Shop Supervisor or ATD.
  6. Maintains a clean and efficient work space including daily cleanup of the CNC room and short term storage area.
  7. Ensures regular maintenance of computer controlled machines, scene shop tools and equipment.
  8. Notifies the Scene Shop Supervisor when inventory of stock materials are low.
  9. Performs basic mathematical calculations in the construction of scenic elements.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Construction of scenic elements and rehearsal units, including but not limited to: platform and flat construction using wood and metal, trim detail fabrication, and automation projects as needed.
  2. Participates in the load-ins, load-outs, and transfer of scenery.
  3. Performs other duties as assigned by Technical Director, Associate Technical Directors, and Scene Shop Supervisor or Master Carpenter.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent

Work Experience: Experience in CNC machine operation with some knowledge of theatrical scenic construction. Associate degree or trade school with a concentration in machine operation may be considered in lieu of professional work experience.

Qualifications/skills: Demonstrated knowledge in hands-on construction techniques and standards and the physical capability to operate standard wood working hand and power tools, specifically saws, routers, staple guns and lathes. Ability to read scaled construction or design drawings. General knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).


Physical Ability: Must be able to: Lift and move materials and equipment weighing up to 75 pounds, stand and walk for up to 8 hours, frequently lift, load/unload vehicles and move scenery, regularly squat and maintain position, regularly crawl and kneel, regularly reach above shoulders, occasionally climb and work from ladders and personnel lifts, wear fall arrest harnesses, wear respirator.

Other Skills, Ability and/or Knowledge: Ability to communicate in English both verbally and in writing to obtain and explain information. Ability to do shop math. Valid Driver’s License and ability to drive an 18’ box truck. Ability to drive a forklift (OSF to provide training) and personnel lifts. The ability to self-manage a workload in order to meet deadlines. The ability to create a positive working relationship with designers, staff and other departments, even in stressful situations. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity.

Special Hours Requirements: Occasional night-time and weekend hours are required for load-ins and load-outs.


PREFERRED: Two years of experience in CNC machine operation

Our Competitive Benefits Include:
Sick & Vacation Time
Relocation support for eligible employees
Health & Wellness Plan
Flexible Spending Account 
Retirement Plan & Company Match 
Employee Assistance Program 
Long Term Disability
Paid Holidays
Complimentary Tickets to OSF productions and other select events
Discounts at select local businesses


About the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Located in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, our Tony Award-Winning company of extraordinary artists present seasons of ten to twelve plays in rotating repertory between the months of February/March and October. A robust and highly dedicated staff of over 500 employees produces these performances each season across three venues: the Allen Elizabethan, Thomas, and Bowmer Theatres. Inspired by Shakespeare's work and the cultural richness of the United States, the productions on our stages reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory and guided by our values of Excellence, Inclusion, Company, and Stewardship. We are also excited to usher in a new creative era this season as recently announced Artistic Director Nataki Garrett takes the helm!

In addition to our main stage plays, we offer an eclectic array of enrichment programs for audiences and staff alike including backstage tours, educational workshops, prefaces, prologues, a lecture series and the Green Show. We also partner with local organizations and community members on a number of immersive events and celebrations including an annual Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration, Juneteenth Celebration, OSF Out Weekend, and Daedalus Project.

Why Should I Apply:
Be a part of an industry-leading professional non-profit regional theatre in its 84th season with a rich history and values arts, excellence, and inclusion. OSF is nestled in a scenic mountain valley near the Oregon-California border where the weather is idyllic with mild winters and hot, dry summers. We are one of the only regional theatres of our size and caliber that is not located in a major metropolitan area! Southern Oregonians love the outdoors, and because of our non-urban setting, an abundance of stunning rivers and lakes, nearby state and national parks, hiking trails, outdoor music venues, white-water rafting and hang gliding excursions are just outside the front door. Southern Oregon also offers robust culinary experiences with dozens of top-notch restaurants, local breweries, charming cafes, and award-winning wineries. We care about community, and our region’s dedication to supporting local businesses and agriculture is notable. Our employee benefits are first-rate, too!

At OSF we believe that diverse ideas, cultures and traditions reflect the broad diversity of the nation and enrich our insights into the work we present on stage. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relation efforts, education programs, strategic recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors. People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

If you wish to apply for this position please be prepared to provide:


3 work references (name, email and phone number)

A cover letter is requested but not required.


Only complete applications will be considered.





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