Stage Hand

Stage Hand Job Description

Under the supervision of the Viejas Arena Production Manager or Crew Chief, the Stage Crew is responsible for moving and set up of sound, light and stage equipment for various musical, theatrical, and corporate events at the Viejas Arena & Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. The Stage Crew is an integral part of the venue that assist in setting up and taking down various equipment for events. The Stage Crew are required to perform physically tiresome tasks for extended periods, often until late at night.


Primary Functions

  • Responsible for the loading and unloading of sound, lighting, and stage equipment from trucks and positioning the equipment on stage
  • Additional responsibilities include communication and close coordination with the Crew Chief, Viejas Arena Production Manager, and touring crews

Customer Service and Collaboration

  • Interacts with various departments within Viejas Arena & Associated Students. Also will interact with members and personnel of touring shows


  • Ensures all operations are conducted with safety of staff and customers as first priority, and in accordance with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and other safety policies
  • Adheres to Associated Students and Viejas Arena Code of Safe Practices
  • Reports accidents, injuries, maintenance problems and/or broken and unsafe equipment to the appropriate party immediately


Minimum & Preferred Requirements


  • Must have working knowledge of how to lift and move heavy equipment with or without equipment and with or without assistance
  • Some work with lighting and sound equipment, mechanical and/or electrical experience is preferred 


  • Must be able to have a working knowledge of lifting techniques and safety precautions of stage work
  • Must be capable of working with sound reinforcement equipment, lighting hardware and various mechanical and electrical apparatuses 


  • Experience working as a stagehand for concerts or theatrical productions is preferable 


Must be available to work lengthy hours (late nights into early morning often exceeding 12 hours per shift). THERE ARE NO GUARANTEED SHIFTS OR HOURS. WORK IS CONTINGENT UPON CONFIRMED SHOWS AND NUMBER OF CREW REQUIRED PER SHOW. The stage crew may sometimes work split shifts starting in the morning through afternoon and then returning to work after the concert to load out the equipment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work conditions may vary depending upon the location of work and/or events; work and/or events may occur indoors and outdoors, therefore requiring exposure to a variety of elements. While working in the office, lighting and temperature are adequate with the use of standard office equipment available. While working outdoors, the work environment may involve exposure to various elements including but not limited to: sun, heat/cold, dust, pollens and other environmental risks. Event work may include exposure to moderate to extreme noise, limited lighting in areas, exposure to moving mechanical parts and exposure to high, precarious locations. Exposure to artistic expression that may seem offensive to some (written/verbal foul language, creative clothing, etc.) may also occur.

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 employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear, and walking for extended lengths of time. This job requires lifting, pushing, pulling, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop or kneel, moving and carrying items up to 50 pounds (unassisted) and 75 pounds (with assistance). May also be required to use ladders, high scissor lifts, and the operation of equipment such as light trucks, pallet jacks, forklifts, boom lifts, or other light power driven equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The use of walkie-talkies and wearing of earbud communications for long periods during events may also be required.


Inside the Organization:

  • Reports to the Viejas Arena Production Manager and takes direction from the Viejas Arena Crew Chief