Video Apprentice

Fisher Center at Bard

60 Manor Ave
NY 12504




Jan 11, 2023

The Video Apprentice is part of the Video Team in the Production Department, and will support the execution of video elements and needs for Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival. They report to the Video Supervisor, working closely under the Festival Video Engineer and Assistant Video Engineer along with other production team members and video/projection designers.

The Video Apprentice supports and operates video systems for the Bard Summerscape and the Bard Music Festival. During show runs, they will serve as a PTZ camera operator, a video playback operator, or Video deck crew as needed. Outside of show run, they will participate in maintenance and troubleshooting activities with the Festival Video Engineer.

This is a seasonal position from Tuesday, June 6 - Monday, August 14, non-exempt (overtime eligible), paid hourly at a rate of $14.20. Hours will average 35–40 hours/week, with potential for overtime. In addition, all employees are able to receive three meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday for free via Bard Dining, and twice a day, brunch and dinner, Saturdays and Sundays.

This position requires local residence during the dates listed above. Housing is provided as needed and includes a single bedroom and shared amenities based on availability.


-Maintain a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace at all times.
-Assist the Video team in the preparation, installation, operation, and maintenance of all video aspects of all productions and special events.
-Actively participate in all video work calls.
-Assist the Video team in maintaining all video equipment, including rental gear.
-Attend and work technical rehearsals and performances.
-Assist the Production Manager in providing video support for all orchestra rehearsal.
-Assist the Video team in the preparation, installation, maintenance, and operation of streaming systems.

Company-Wide Responsibilities:
-The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to:
-Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism
-Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture


-Frequently works at heights above 6 feet.
-Frequently exposed to vibrations, noises, and electrical connections.
-Frequently works in show conditions with theatrical and atmospheric elements including but not limited to: haze, strobes, dim lights, loud sounds, dry ice and more.


Bard’s beautiful 1,000-acre campus is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, in Annandale-on- Hudson, New York. Community life is defined by numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and by proximity to New York City. Nearby towns and villages include Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and Red Hook, New York.

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future. The Fisher Center demonstrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Fisher Center offers outstanding programs to many communities, including the students and faculty of Bard College, and audiences in the Hudson Valley, New York City, across the country, and around the world. Building on a 162-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders.

Learn more about the Fisher Center, its programs, and values at


Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 162-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit




-High school diploma or equivalent
-Familiarity with a variety of signaling, camera, and display technologies.
-Familiarity with general camera operation and experience with cameras and video signal distribution is helpful , but training will be offered on specific equipment in use during SummerScape.
-Basic knowledge of general theatrical production practices.

-Strong attention to detail, general troubleshooting, and willingness to learn .
-Ability to work in an organized, self-directed, and detailed manner.
-Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
-Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, as determined by the production schedule.
-Ability to climb stairs and ladders.
-Ability to move and lift up to 50lbs.
-Ability to push, pull, hang, reach, lean and balance.
-Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time.
-Successful candidates possess strong communication skills and a keen attention to detail. They are collaborative, self-motivated, and bring a positive, can-do attitude!


-Ability to understand schematic drawings of video systems
-Experience with CCTV monitoring and conductor cameras.
-Experience and exposure to several different PTZ camera systems is helpful.
-Experience with playback or programming in WATCHOUT, Isadora or Qlab.
-Experience with Photoshop/Premiere Pro/After Effects.

Application Instructions


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Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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