Sound Technician (Seasonal, Staff Position – Assistant Rate)
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
February 21, 2018
Part Time - Experienced
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is the official partner to the National Park Service in providing concert and performance programming within Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation is dedicated to creating excellent performing arts experiences for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences. In addition to the work at the park, the Foundation programs and produces music year-round at The Barns at Wolf Trap, manages Wolf Trap Education’s varied programs for life-long learning and operates Wolf Trap Opera’s internationally renowned training and performance program.
The Foundation seeks an experienced Sound Technician (Assistant, Sound Department) to join our stage technician staff at the Filene Center in the Park. This position will provide sound reinforcement to our live audiences in an outdoor and semi-outdoor environment. A wide range of pop music concerts, grand opera, dance, Broadway musicals, and symphony orchestras are presented. Staff members are asked to participate in the planning of both operational and capital improvements as well as equipment maintenance at the Filene Center, which is part of the National Park Service (NPS). The Sound Technician works closely with both the Foundation’s Program and Production department and NPS Division of Performing Arts’ staff at the Filene Center.
Qualified candidates must have experience in all aspects of audio system set-up, strong product knowledge, solid “bench” skills, knowledge of electronics and solid general stagehand experiences. Most performances require engineers at three different digital mixing consoles. Currently house PA (under the roof) is a Digico SD-7, lawn PA (no roof) is an SD-8 and onstage monitors D5 or an SD-5. Demonstrated mixing abilities in all three environments on this equipment is essential. In addition, successful candidates also need to possess all-around stagecraft skills. Ability to work long hours with a wide variety of personalities in stressful environmental conditions and under pressures of time deadlines is important.
The seasonal commitment is typically 20 to 22 weeks from April/May through late September. The 2018 season will start April 30th and end on September 16th. Work usually continues seven days a week, sometimes around the clock.
The position works under a contract between Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and IATSE Local 22 that guarantees a weekly minimum of $2,433 plus benefits in 2018. The position has a two season/year probationary period.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues, the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns is operated by the Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of a...rts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.”
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