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Temporary Audio/Visual Technician

Job Details

MOCA - Los Angeles, CA
$22.93 - $22.93 Hourly


Temporary Audio/Visual Technician works onsite under the supervision of the AV Technical manager to provide assistance for MOCA rental events, exhibitions, film and video presentations, performances, lectures and presentations and various other programs at both MOCA locations (MOCA Grand and MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary). Primary responsibilities include preparing, installing, activating, operating, troubleshooting and breaking down audio visual and other equipment in a variety of contexts as well as the upkeep and maintenance of equipment in the museum’s inventory, collection, and as installed in exhibitions. Because the scope of the Museum's programming incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, Temporary Audio/Visual Technician will have a variety of tasks and functions to perform, relating to all aspects of technical installation and live events. Some evening and weekend work will be required. 

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for handling, installing and troubleshooting complex artworks, assisting with projection, audio engineering (including live sound), videotaping, and lighting.
  • Works with AV Technical Manager and Exhibition Technicians in preparing and installing all AV equipment for exhibitions and with other MOCA staff for programming and events.
  • Maintains operations of exhibitions including monitoring all media elements, performing routine maintenance with supervision of AV Technical Manager.
  • Assisting in the preparation of exhibitions, including the handling of artworks, light construction and routine maintenance. 
  • Assists with care, maintenance and tracking of the museum’s A/V equipment.
  • In coordination with the AV Technical Manager, provides audio-visual services for live events, including setup and operation of media for museum’s programming, rentals and other functions.
  • Must be able to work well as a team member in a professional manner with a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel in accomplishing projects with high production standards.
  • Must be able to work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.
  • Must display creativity in solving technical problems, and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.
  • Must be willing to understand and learn new technologies specific to MOCA installs and events
  • Partnering with the Rentals Program Manager, Registration Department, Curatorial Department, Exhibitions Department, Education Department, and visiting artists and curators working on museum projects
  • And other duties as required



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Film/Video, Theater, Audio Production, Media Arts, Performing Arts or a closely related field strongly preferred. Experience may count towards a degree.
  • Minimum experience of two years working with film, video, audio, new media or related production work.
  • Computer competency required.
  • Basic electrical knowledge required, advanced electrical knowledge preferred.
  • Working knowledge of tools and proper application required.
  • Must demonstrate safe use of equipment including, but not limited to: media equipment, electrical equipment, personnel lifts, and various portable and stationary power tools.
  • Must be ok presenting both conventional and nonconventional art forms that can be experimental in nature.
  • Must be willing to follow Injury Illness Prevention Program.
  • Ability to follow a number of systems for identifying, evaluating, and preventing occupational safety and health hazards, in addition to initiating Employee Safe Training with all stationary and mobile power tools and in the handling of all relevant materials and substances.

Rate: $22.93

Position covered by MOCA/AFSCME Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement: YES

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following:

  • Stand for long periods
  • Bend, stoop, reach, lift, and climb to move materials and operate equipment
  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders
  • Reach both above and below shoulder height
  • Be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Manual dexterity to operate manually-controlled equipment and artwork
  • Ability to visually inspect work; specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this JD describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.