6 Jun 2024


Special Assistant Carpenter/Driver

The 5th Avenue Theatre  →   Seattle, WA


The 5th Avenue Theatre job

Job Description

Position: Special Assistant Carpenter/Driver
Department: Production
Reports to: Head Carpenter
FLSA Classification: Hourly; work schedule varies with the production schedule and includes periodic overtime evening and weekend hours through load-ins and techs.
Compensation: The base pay rate is set by the current IATSE Local 15 CBA contract rate, currently at $42.70.
Benefits: Benefits are provided through Local 15 according to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
Work Locations: Downtown Seattle. The 5th Avenue Theatre and administrative office located within Skinner Building (1326 5th Avenue, Suite 735), The 5th Avenue Scene Shop (860 S Cambridge St, Seattle, WA 98108), and our Kent, WA warehouse (22703 72nd Ave S,)


The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America’s leading musical theaters.

As a nonprofit company and our region’s largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals, enrich the community with this art form, and give the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. Through our nationally acclaimed education programs, we reach more than 75,000 young people with programs designed to develop new musicals and ensure the next generation of great musical storytelling.

We share a core belief that Musical Theatre is critical to uplifting and reflecting the humanity around us, and that The 5th Avenue is a vital resource for Seattle, Downtown, and The Pacific Northwest. Our diversity of people and talents are unified behind these truths, working hard to make great art and sustain a great work culture of belonging & inclusion.

Applications from those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the theatrical industry are strongly encouraged. We are striving for our staff to be inclusive of a diverse and vibrant community that represents multiple identities, perspectives & influences.


Position Summary

The Special Assistant Carpenter/Driver works with the Head Carpenter and affected Department Heads, to install and strike season shows/events. Additional work may be available as a swing for show run crew.

This position is represented by IATSE, Local No. 15.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drive a 20’ to 26’ box truck, (5 ton) and transport company resources.
  • Drive a forklift to load/unload trucks or assist with warehouse storage of company resources.
  • Assist with warehouse asset management.
  • Work with Head Carpenter to prep equipment for productions and events.
  • Assist Head Carpenter by running small crews.
  • Operating and maintaining department related items and equipment.
  • Comply with all safety and security procedures related to the show and The 5th Avenue Theatres’ safety policies.
  • Comply with the policies and procedures of The 5th Avenue Theatre, including personnel rules and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Uphold the artistic standards and achieve the artistic vision of The 5th Avenue Theatre.
  • Model and support the mission and values of The 5th Avenue Theatre.


Essential Knowledge and Qualifications

Work Experience
• Will have experience driving a 20’ to 26’ Box Truck.
• Will be proficient in securing loads for safe travel in trucks.
• Be an excellent collaborator in transport related logistics.
• Will have experience running show tracks onstage.
• Will be a proficient deck carpenter.

• Will possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Navigate downtown Seattle safely in a large vehicle.
• Safely pull in/out of narrow alleys.
• Communicate with forklift operators to safely load equipment in/out of trucks.
• Safely operate several different types of box truck lift gates.
• Coordinate with vendors/destinations in order to schedule pickup/drop off of equipment or materials.
• Work at The 5th Avenue Theatre requires collegial and positive collaborations with staff across multiple departments. A successful candidate will exhibit excellent interpersonal diplomacy and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work as a team member and independently.
• General knowledge of theatrical safety.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills (English primarily).
• Analyze and understand issues pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Physical Requirements

• Candidate should be able to stand and work for long periods of time.
• Ability to lift, move, push, pull 20-4 lbs. occasionally, alone or with assistance
• Duties will require stooping, bending, and reaching.
• Candidate will occasionally be required to work at height from a ladder, fixed position or platform, or mobile personnel lift.

To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume & 3 references by July 15 to careers@5thavenue.org
Please include “Special Assistant Carpenter/Driver” in the subject line.


Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Special Assistant Carpenter/Driver
The 5th Avenue Theatre
 Seattle, WA

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: carpentry, non-profit, and performing arts. States: Washington.
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