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Painting props backstage



The Santa Fe Opera seeks an experienced and motivated carpenter/welder to join its scene shop staff, seasonally. The Santa Fe Opera works year-round to produce 5 operas for the summer festival season.

Candidates must have:

  • BA in Theatre Production or comparable professional experience.
  • Excellent layout and construction skills are a requirement.
  • Repertory building experience preferred.
  • Must exhibit excellent time-management skills and be willing and able to work collaboratively with others.
  • Must be able to use a respirator in accordance with OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard.  Must be able to carry 75 pounds and be able to climb and work from ladders.

Rate for this position starts at $18.00 p/h, based on experience, with overtime potential after 40 hours. Agreement would be for 9-27 weeks. Assistance with securing housing and travel stipend.

This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. The fundamental job requirements are included, and these are the essential job functions. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The Santa Fe Opera has an industry-wide reputation as an excellent employer, providing rewarding opportunities amid a setting of great natural beauty. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Santa Fe Opera celebrates diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, political affiliation or philosophy. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

The Santa Fe Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees/interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID to perform work for the company or have been approved for an accommodation based on disability or sincerely held religious belief. Employees will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster.

Application Process

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022 with the earliest start date of January 2, 2023.
Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.

Submit a cover letter and resume (including references) to Michael Ortiz, Technical Director at

No phone calls please. Must provide documentation proving eligibility to work.