Employment Opportunity – Second Carpenter

Employment Opportunity

Second Carpenter

The Grand Theatre is seeking to hire a Second Carpenter to fill a full-time seasonal position.

About Us

We are a large professional regional theatre located in the heart of London, Ontario. We produce a season of 6 to 9 plays from September to May, and employ a full team of props, wardrobe, scenic art, and carpentry artisans and craftspeople. We are World Curious and London Proud. Our mission is to create transformative experiences on our stages, through our stories, and to connect and inspire our communities.

At the Grand we are:
Joyfully Adventurous
Unflinchingly Respectful
Purposefully Inclusive
Inspiringly Bold
Abundantly Creative

This is where you come in.

About the Job

Variety is one of the best parts of this job, as you never know what you’ll be doing from one day to the next (in a good way)!

Your main duties include:

  • Construct scenic elements for Grand Theatre productions
  • Advise and collaborate on material selection and construction methods of scenic elements
  • Function as the primary metalworker on the scenic construction team
  • Participate in set load-outs, load-ins, setups and strikes where required
  • Collaborate on development of build schedules
  • Collaborate with and support the work of Scenic Artists
  • Assist with maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Assist with maintaining inventory of tools, equipment, and consumables
  • Advise on new tool and equipment purchases
  • Mentor and guide overhire carpenters
  • Abide by Grand Theatre Health & Safety policies, and actively participate in maintaining safe and healthy workspaces.
  • Abide by Grand Theatre policies as laid out in the Employee Handbook and elsewhere
  • Respect and uphold the Collective Bargaining Agreement between IATSE Local 105 and the Grand Theatre
  • Be or become a member of IATSE Local 105

Other duties may include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Develop and install mechanical effects and scenery automation, in collaboration with others
  • Participate in Health and Safety inspections where required
  • Work occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Collaborate with other production departments on cross-departmental projects
  • Support the promotion and publicity activities of the theatre to promote the work and shows at the scene shop and at the theatre.

About You

You are someone who loves to work with their hands. You have strong rough and finish carpentry skills, and can work quickly and accurately. You are skilled at reading and interpreting drawings in forms ranging from fully detailed CAD drawings to napkin sketches, and have sufficient drawing skills to communicate your ideas effectively and efficiently. You are flexible, and adapt easily to changes. You are comfortable working under pressure, and pride yourself on meeting deadlines. Ideally, you have 3+ years of theatrical scenic construction experience. You love to think outside the box, and have excellent problem solving skills. You can think and solve problems in three dimensions with ease. You have strong artistic metal-working skills, and are very comfortable with a MIG welder. You have a strong mechanical aptitude, and are comfortable working with industrial electric motors to make things move. You have a strong understanding of pneumatic systems as they apply to theatre. You are able to safely lift heavy things on your own and as part of a team. You are comfortable on ladders, elevated work platforms, and scaffolding, and have working at heights and elevated work platform certifications. You have current WHMIS certification and First Aid training. You are able to stand to work for up to 12 hours a day, for up to 60 hours per week. You are a great collaborator who values working as part of a tightly knit team. You value and respect the ideas and opinions of others. You work well independently and as part of a team.  You are a strong supporter of our company values. You are a life-long learner.


The Second Carpenter reports through the Head Scenic Carpenter to the Production Manager.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

We firmly believe in hiring staff based on their proficiency and fit within the organization, not their race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics that don’t affect their ability to perform their work. We celebrate diversity in all its forms and endeavor to provide equal access to opportunities for all qualified applicants.

Dates of Employment

The Second Carpenter position is defined as a “Houseperson” by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Grand Theatre and IATSE Local 105. This position is guaranteed 40 hours of work per week, and a minimum of 28 weeks of employment per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30), with a maximum of two weeks unpaid layoff within the operating season. The exact dates vary from season to season. The 2018-19 dates for scenic carpentry are July 23rd 2018 to March 15 2019, with an unpaid layoff from December 24th 2018 to January 6th 2019.

Pay and Benefits

The Second Carpenter is a union position and, as such, pay is stipulated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In the 2017-18 season, the rate of pay was $25.77 per hour. Overtime and vacation pay, benefits and RRSP contributions are governed by the Collective Bargaining agreement.


Please send applications with a cover letter and resume by email to:

Paul Fujimoto-Pihl
Interim Production Manager
pfujimotopihl [at] grandtheatre [dot] com

Review of applications will begin June 15th, and will continue until the position is filled.

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