Recreation: Theater Technician

City of Sunnyvale
4 per week $25 - $32 Per hour CA Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States



(Recreation Technician Job Code: 9328)

Hours: Casual non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than twenty-five (25) hours per week and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Seasonal non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than six (6) consecutive months and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

The City of Sunnyvale is seeking qualified, self-motivated, energetic, responsible individuals to join our team at the Sunnyvale Theatre, a state-of-the-art, fully equipped, 200-seat venue. Home to a resident theatre company, the facility is also in demand as a rental venue for smaller performing groups, dance and music school recitals, lectures and film screenings. This position is required to work evenings and weekends. This position will report directly to the Technical Coordinator. 

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • Staffing rentals and City-presented performances on an on-call basis (typical call length is 4 hours)
  • Operating lighting and sound boards during performances
  • Supervising rentals
  • Setting up/striking sound/lighting equipment
  • Working as deck crew
  • Training/supervising volunteer stagehands and house staff as needed
  • Assisting with light building and equipment maintenance
  • Lift up to 50 lbs., climb ladders and occasionally work in high or tight spaces
  • Must attend mandatory theater training 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum age is 18 years old 
  • High School Diploma or GED 
  • Technical theatre experience, including lighting and sound board operation at college or professional level
  • One (1) year or one (1) theater season of experience with theatrical lighting, rigging and sound set up and strike at college level or above
Licenses/Certifications: Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver’s license and a safe driving record or the ability to supply alternate transportation as approved by the appointing authority.
  • Ability to improvise lighting design/general theatrical lighting experience is a plus 
  • Sound engineering expertise (live music, theatre)
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin or Farsi 
  • Experience interacting with the public 
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Have excellent attention to details and deadlines
  • College courses in theater, music, recreation or related classes 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a completed application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources.

City application forms, completed in full and responses to the supplemental questions are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience and/or skills relevant to this position. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the application, please do not indicate "see resume." Electronic applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page; go to, Search: Jobs.  Late or incomplete applications will also not be accepted. Please submit application materials as soon as possible to be considered for this position as this job posting may close without notice.

Applications competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and information regarding next steps in the recruitment process will be sent via email. Please check your email regularly for status updates. You may contact Faye Brand at or 408-730-3015 for application updates. 

Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly- hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

For more information regarding this employment opportunity, contact Richard Hall, Assistant Recreation Coordinator, at 408-730-7354 or by email to For information relating to the application process contact Faye Brand, Human Resources Technician at 408-730-3015 or email: .The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.