Scenic Carpenter I

Scenic Carpenter I

CATEGORY: Technical

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland, OR 97520

Job Details


The Scenic Carpenter will work to build all OSF production in repertory - creating platforms, wagons, flats construction using wood and metal, install, transport, and maintain all scenic elements for OSF productions as detailed by Associate Technical Director and Shop Supervisor.

This is full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position ideally starting in September of 2019 and ending in July 2020, with the possibility of renewing another seasonal agreement for 2020/2021. Successful candidates will be able to pass a background check.

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.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Attend ED&I, sexual harassment, and any other anti-bias trainings and workshops as scheduled by the institution.
  2. Model and support the mission and values of OSF.
  3. Updates the Scene Shop Supervisor or Associate TD daily on work progress and informs them on whether projects will be completed on time.
  4. Participate in the daily clean-up of the scene shop at the end of each workday.
  5. Builds scenic elements and rehearsal units for our stage productions.
  6. Safely deliver and transfer scenic elements to the theatres and rehearsal halls using company vehicles. Drivers will inspect load straps before transport.
  7. Work load-ins of each production and as called upon by the Associate TD, and assist in changeovers when needed.
  8. Interprets both construction, and designer drawings.
  9. Perform basic mathematical calculations in the construction of scenic elements
  10. Maintains and repairs Scenic elements on all productions as instructed by TD, Associate TD or Scene Shop supervisor.
  11. Notifies the department business manager when inventory of stock materials are low.
  12. Strikes and restores scenic elements at the end of the production run. When the productions are co-productions, purchased, or rentals, the carpenter will assist in packaging, labeling and loading trucks for safe and protected transport of scenic elements.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Repairs and maintains Scenic shop tools and equipment, including a clean and efficient work space and tool cart.
  2. Performs other related duties as assigned by Technical Director, Associate Technical Director, and scene shop supervisor.

Salary Rate: $19.69


Education: High school diploma or GED

Work Experience: Two years of experience in professional theatrical scenic construction. Two years of combined training and technical experience will be considered in lieu of professional work experience.

Qualifications/skills: Basic skills 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. Thorough knowledge of carpentry, welding, sculpting, mold making and casting, and soft goods. 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, wear fall arrest harnesses, wear respirator, frequently lift, load/unload vehicles and move scenery, regularly squat and maintain position while assembling projects, regularly crawl and kneel while assembling projects, regularly reach above shoulders to assemble overhead projects, regularly climb and work from ladders and personnel lifts, occasionally climb vertical ladders, stand and walk for up to 8 hours.

Other Skills, Ability and/or Knowledge: Ability to communicate 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.

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


PREFERRED: A bachelor's degree with a concentration in technical theatre with an emphasis in scenic construction is preferred. Basic knowledge of AutoCAD or other drafting program. Some knowledge of electrical wiring, foam, plastic and fiberglass techniques.


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 that 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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