Special Events Technician

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #651
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Carnegie Science Center connects science and technology with everyday life through hands-on science fun. Our visitors explore and interact with robots, investigate the wonders of the human body, and discover river science and animals. Plus, they enjoy engaging astronomy shows in a planetarium, live theater shows, sports challenges and a ropes course, a real submarine, a huge model railroad – and movies on Pittsburgh’s biggest screen! In addition to providing valuable scientific experiences, Carnegie Science Center offers outreach programs that serve Pittsburgh's diverse community. The Science Center is located on Pittsburgh's North Shore along the banks of the Ohio River and is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Carnegie Science Center seeks a creative, flexible, and energetic individual for PART TIME SPECIAL EVENT AUDIO VISUAL TECHNICIAN to join our dynamic team!

Our growing audio-visual team at Carnegie Science Center is seeking a qualified technician to maintain and efficiently operate the audio-visual requirements and logistics for special events across the Carnegie Science Center.  Technicians assist outside vendors and ensure the fulfilment of event is to event needs. 


Successful candidate will utilize high degree of people and technical skills to coordinate with a variety of internal and external event providers.  Ability and eagerness to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment is a must. Attention to detail, exceptional communication and computer skills, an ability to work on your feet and showing initiative will be required.


  • Leads audio-visual requirements of PointView Hall at Carnegie Science Center,  which may include external building rentals, internal departments providing events for CMP staff, customers, visitors or donors, and support for all CSC A/V functions related to theaters, exhibits and facilities.
  • Trains special events staff on the proper use of audio-visual equipment and maintaining user manuals and updating appropriate licenses as applicable.
  • Acts as a liaison between the special events department and other users of the space.
  • Assists with maintenance and management of all AV systems and equipment to guarantee the quality and reliability of the audio-visual services provided.
  • Provides event support from beginning to end based on needs outlined by special events or client technical staff.
  • Maintains all audio visual, lighting, and sound equipment and provides recommendations for upgrades, maintenance, and proper use.
  • Provides documentation for necessary paperwork.
  • Other projects and events as assigned



• Independent thinker who thrives in a creative environment.  Self-supervision.  

• Strong technical theater experience or ability to effectively understand technical, electro-mechanical, audio-visual and computer equipment
• A flexible work schedule that includes regular weekend work, holidays, and frequent evening assignments
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• A strong “can-do” attitude and creative troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
• A “people person” with a friendly, outgoing personality

• Full mobility throughout the Science Center and the various theaters
• Walking and standing within museum, sometimes for extended periods
• Ability to lift/carry up to 30 pounds

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.




The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job  with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional  guidance on essential functions  follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources.


A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function  is rarely performed, it may not be essential.


B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function.


C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential.


D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis.


E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential.


F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential. 


G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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