Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Washington , DC
Concert / Event

Expires: 04/02/20

Job Dates

06/08 - 07/17 (flexible start)


19.47 per hour

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, founded in 1967, is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall, taking place for two weeks every summer drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors.

It is an educational presentation, usually divided into 2-3 unique programs, that features musicians, artists, performers, craftspeople, workers, cooks, storytellers, and others from states, regions, and nations around the world.

For the 2020 Festival the theme will be Traditional Knowledge and the Environment, we will create custom-built structures, stages, scenery, and other infrastructural projects in our 17,000 square foot shop to be installed on the National Mall in support of four programs that feature Brazil, UAE, Solar Decathlon, and SI Conservation Commons, all of which will feature living cultural traditions, crafts, food, fashion, music, performance, demonstrations, dance, and storytelling.

Swing Exhibit Worker/Warehouse Assistant/ Driver duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Coordinates with Technical Director, Operations Manager, and Warehouse Coordinator to develop logistical schedules.
- Lead small crews to ensure proper material handling, warehouse forklift operation, and safe loading + securing, and unloading of box trucks or stake body trucks.
- Assist Warehouse Coordinator to manage the flow and distribution of equipment and supplies from the warehouse to and from the Festival site.
- Drives a box truck carrying loads of scenery, assets, and other Festival related equipment between the National Mall and Folklife Warehouse in Lanham, MD.
- Adheres to all traffic laws, production schedules, and directions to ensure on-time delivery of Festival related items.
- Interpret technical drawings.
- Processing of raw materials: steel, aluminum, and wood.
- Construction of steel, aluminum welding jigs, and plans using most efficient and effective carpentry, fabrication, and welding techniques, and wooden structures, scenery, and other program related projects.
- Will assist in other Festival production operations as assigned.

Candidate must have a valid drivers license and prior experience driving large vehicles and possess the following knowledge and qualities:
- Judgement and decision making in high stress, fast paced situations.
- Leadership experience.
- Steel and wood fabrication principles
- Welding, carpentry, and shop maintenance.
- Logistical and scheduling understanding.
- Punctuality.
- Heavy equipment operation: forklift, aerial personnel lift, and box truck.
- CDL is a plus.
- Theatre/entertainment experience is a plus.

Work will take place both in an office and outdoors during all-weather conditions, requiring lifting, walking, standing, and other strenuous physical exertion.

Please email NelsonTL@si.edu + tellihoc@si.edu with completed application, resume, and other relevant materials.

Application available online: https://festival.si.edu/jobs
Apply under Exhibit Worker/Driver title


Tyler Nelson

Technical Director



(202) 633-0658

Business Address

600 Maryland Ave SW

Suite 2001

Washington , DC 20024

Posted: 01/14/2020 16:45:29 EST

Last Updated: 01/14/2020 16:45 EST

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