Work Schedule & Physical Requirements
The gear technician works 6 days/week and has one 24-hour period free from camp responsibilities, while still upholding expectations. The time commitment is flexible and fluid: the gear tech must be available whenever equipment is being used, starting when campers enter track instruction at 9:30 AM (campers are only in track-specific lessons 3 days/week). While campers are in daily instruction, workshops, or other activities, the gear tech is tracking down misplaced gear, taking defective gear to a separate area and evaluating it, and supporting staff with any gear issues. If there are no immediate concerns, the gear tech has time to work on defective gear, communicate with staff regarding upcoming performances/gear-heavy events, and complete any other administrative work. While the average amount of hours worked is 40–45 hours/week, this is a salaried position with hours worked varying from day to day.
Mid-day revolves around lunchtime performances, wherein the gear tech will assist with setup, run sound during the performance, and assist with breakdown. In the afternoon, the gear tech delegates their time as they see fit, e.g., helping residential counselors with activities involving gear, taking time for self-care. On evenings when we have events or performances involving gear/tech, the gear technician provides support as needed. The gear technician can manage their nighttime as they please, needing only be available for gear questions/issues.
The gear technician should be able to navigate a school campus in potentially intense temperatures and may occasionally need to move/lift heavy objects; however, one can always advocate for assistance. As job duties occur at all hours of the day, the gear tech may not hold a secondary job or participate in course instruction without the camp director’s permission.
Additional responsibilities include but are by no means limited to:
Before students arrive:
Arrive to camp early to help with camp move-in/setup
Oversee classroom setup, manage the movement of gear, and document where all gear belongs
Complete all required training, including reading all materials related to camp operations
Once camp has begun:
Check and sign-off on daily gear inventory and relay discrepancies to assistant directors
Supervise all gear turnover at the end of each session
Coordinate with lunchtime performers and support them with gear needs on the day(s) of their performance
Prepare setlist for final showcase and coordinate setup and breakdown
Tend to and repair (if possible) any defective gear
Ensure gear is being used and cared for properly
See that all battery-operated equipment has sufficient battery and take steps to replace it when out
Be available to instructors, residential counselors, and workshop leaders for their tech needs