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Scenic Artist/Carpenter (6335C) 27473
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 29, 2021
Title Scenic Artist/Carpenter (6335C) 27473
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education
    Art - Painting/Drawing

Scenic Artist/Carpenter (6335C) 27473

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making, and public programming.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 7, 2021

  • Execute, construct, and install scenery and scenic properties for all Department productions with specific focus on scenic art and paint treatments. Decorate, paint, and apply treatments to scenery and theater facilities from design and design specification provided by scenic designers within allocated budgets: Mix paint to match design specification; paint, form, and decorate scenery, from designs and renderings, in various types of paint and materials, on and in wood, steel, foam, plastics, and fabric; determine techniques for effective and efficient execution of paint treatments and applications as specified in scenic designs and renderings. Construct scenery from design and construction specifications as directed.
  • Review and evaluate in consultation with the Technical Director the renderings for painting and treatment of scenery for issues and concerns. Be able to offer solutions and feedback on such issues. As directed by the Technical Director, develop and submit for approval, working drawings, paint treatments, and samples from scenic designs and sketches necessary for the completion of projects. In consultation with Technical Director, schedule scenic art and treatment projects and student labor. Order materials as directed. Attend weekly production meetings as directed. Participate in all strikes.
  • Research new materials and techniques to fulfill designers' concepts. Consult with and advise supervisor, colleagues, designers, and directors as to variations in designs and textures that can lead to economical solutions of problems; may design new techniques to promote efficient methods of application for scenic treatments on stage or in shop.
  • Responsible for daily maintenance of paint shop; ensure the orderly and safe storage of all equipment, painting materials, and supplies, in compliance with EH&S and OSHA specifications. Assist in maintaining the scene shop and paint shop in a neat, orderly and safe condition. Participate in daily clean up. Inspect, repair, and maintain painting, carpentry, welding, rigging, and drapery tools and equipment with specific emphasis on painting tools and equipment. Maintain, as directed, inventory of expendable supplies including paints and other applications, painting supplies, adhesives, and lubricants. Coordinate all tool repairs. Recommend expenditures for equipment. Advise on planning of major alterations of existing facilities or development of new facilities. Assist in the maintenance and cleanliness of the backstage areas, including, but not limited to, backstage proper, rigging system, trap room, and assorted storage areas.
  • Supervise temporary (casual) employees and ensure that all employees meet all safety requirements.
  • Supervise, train, and instruct in the work of approximately 4-5 work study and 20-30 registered students per semester assigned to work in the scene and paint shops and theater facilities for laboratory courses including but not limited to THR 60 (Stagecraft), 170 (Theater Laboratory), 173 (Scenography: Scene Design for the Theater), 182 (Summer Laboratory) and 176 or 179 (Applied Theatrical Design). Train in decoration and construction of scenery from working drawings or renderings to ensure accuracy, including tool use, standard painting and construction techniques, safe working practices, and techniques and practices of rigging and installation.
  • Evaluate student performance for grading purposes. On occasion, participates in lectures or demonstrations for various courses.

Required Qualifications
  • Must have working knowledge of (or can quickly learn) significant number of University policy groups, financial (procurement card, purchasing policies), Environmental Health and Safety (chemical inventory, shop safety manual, shop inspections, personal safety equipment, staff safety training), and computer use and security issues. Must have knowledge of (or can quickly learn) Department internal policies regarding same areas.
  • Must have knowledge of non-university policies and guidelines, including some building codes, OSHA, Fire Marshall, etc.
  • Significant (mastery level) knowledge in the professional field of scenic art and painting: Knowledge of the history of standards and current applications of theatrical techniques in scenic treatment and the history and techniques of fine arts (painting and sculpture). Knows and applies techniques of sculpture in a variety of media. Knowledge of properties of materials to ensure effective use, and workability of various materials to achieve desired looks and functions of designs.
  • Knowledge of techniques of commercial and industrial finishing materials and techniques.
  • Knows and applies principles of mathematics, especially geometry.
  • Knowledge (journey level) in the professional field of scenic construction and fabrication for the theater and related industries and knowledge of theater practice, including, but not limited to knowledge of techniques of scenic carpentry and soft-goods construction, rigging, properties construction and craft-making, and theater facilities. Knowledge of standard operations and uses of basic theatrical machinery (elevators, traps, rigging, fly systems), stage equipment, and construction tools of all kinds. Knowledge of architectural/mechanical and theatrical drafting techniques.
  • Additional knowledge of tool use and maintenance specific to the scene and paint shops, and theater facility. Knowledge of standards of practice in field and standards of safety and safe operation in theater and related fields (concert, dance, opera, film, etc.).

Scenic Art:
  • Standard techniques and practices of scenic artistry and treatments including: traditional and digital rendering; color mixing; freehand painting techniques; painting and paint treatments (spattering, translucencies, marbleizing, texturing, wood grain, etc.), in and on wood, metal, fabric, foam, plastic, etc.; sculpting; finish techniques; proper use of hand and power tools particular to paint shop such as air brush; spray equipment; texturing devices (feather, sponge, graining tools), etc. Good color sense. Specialty skills (e.g. foam carving, sculpting, model building).

Scenic Construction:
  • Standard techniques and practices of scenic construction including: carpentry and scenic carpentry; knowledge of hand and power tool, and stationary power tool operation; jig construction; sewing and construction of soft goods and scenic drops; furniture building; welding and metal working of steel and aluminum; fabrication in other media (e.g. plastics, concrete, copper-mesh); electrical wiring; safe lifting; drafting.

  • Operation of theatrical rigging equipment including: counter-weight purchase systems (single or double); hemp systems (block and tackle, block and fall, sand bag picks); Proper identification and assemblage of rigging components and knots; hanging and flying of scenery and/or lighting equipment.
  • Production Coordination:
  • Must be familiar with all aspects of production. Coordinate across all technical areas to ensure timely realization of event. Advanced knowledge of production methods and techniques:

Lighting (some knowledge preferred):
  • Hanging and circuiting of a light plot.
  • Basic operation of most lighting components (followspots, ellipsoidal spotlights, PARs, fresnels, dimmers, control systems).
  • Troubleshooting of lighting systems and plots.
  • Basic operation of standard theatrical lighting control consoles.

Sound (some knowledge preferred):
  • Correct and appropriate installation of a sound system.
  • Operation of most sound system components, esp. communication systems, and industry-standard control consoles).
  • Troubleshooting of sound systems and plots.

Multi-Media(some knowledge preferred):
  • Correct and appropriate installation of various multi-media systems. Basic operation of most multi-media components (slide projectors, dove units, film projectors (16mm and 35mm) video projectors (RP and front), VTRs, VCRs, video cameras and SVGA projection).

Computer Skills:
  • VectorWorks (CAD), Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, email and network, etc.

  • Ability to lift up to 100 lbs.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Ability to supervise and delegate.
  • Ability to prioritize competing needs over time between short (production based) and long term (organizational) goals.
  • Effective oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex instructions and information to disparate constituencies.
  • Can work independently.
  • Demonstrated time management skills.
  • Can teach and train.
  • Two years of college and three years of experience in theater production; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Salary & Benefits

Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience within the range of $31.58- $33.82 (stepped rates).

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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