On-Call Camera Operator

San Francisco, CA
Multiplatform TV
Mid Level
The On-Call Camera Operator is responsible for operating camera, audio, lighting and grip for KQED remote productions, including filming on-camera interviews, b-roll and drone footage.  This position requires proficiency of operating handheld cameras, audio, lighting and basic grip equipment. The on-call camera operator will collaborate with a field producer.  This position is in the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) union. 

KQED envisions a public media organization with a culture that centers on human dignity, equity, and belonging. This will enable us to better serve and reflect the Bay Area through diverse and inclusive storytelling. 
We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.
KQED Code of Ethics  https://www.kqed.org/about/code-ethics

The mission that drives us:

KQED provides citizens of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.   We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The successful candidate will be required to join NABET Local 51. 
Salary Information: $42.46 to $75.85 per hour

  Essential Functions:
  • Filming video on location, including on-camera interviews, b-roll, beauty shots and drone
  • Knowledge of cinematic Canon cameras
  • Operate aerial drone
  • Proficiency in sound recording, including wireless, lavalier, handheld and boom microphones
  • Proficiency in lighting techniques
  • Working with creative teams to execute video shoots
  • Basic cleaning and maintaining remote gear including camera, audio equipment, lighting and grip equipment
  • And of course, perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge/Experience Required:
  • Minimum two years of experience as a camera operator/videographer
  • Licensed to operate aerial drone
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Demonstrable grasp of show/story structure and pacing to provide post-production team footage for editing 
  • Experience troubleshooting video, audio and lighting issues
  • Knowledge of editorial principles, ethics and standards
Physical Demands:
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment
  • Ability to operate camera for extended periods
  • Agility to film in quick-paced and tight environments, such as kitchens, restaurants, crowds
  • Ability to stand and/or sit for extended periods

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