We're one of Washington's biggest and best holiday lighting service providers for commercial & public properties. We are interviewing for 15-20 seasonal/temp positions, with paid training beginning in early October. We run day & night shifts installing, maintaining & removing holiday lights, from mid-October through approx. late February or March. We work on the highest profile sites all over downtown Seattle and the greater Seattle area.
ABOUT THE JOB
The majority of holiday lighting is strung in trees by hand, as high as possible using 12' ladders. Additional projects include rooflines of commercial buildings, from shopping malls to high rises.
We also run crews, generally night shift, to "finish" or "top" many trees, using diesel or electric boom lifts ranging in size from 35' articulated to 80' stick booms. Our lift operators receive free lift safety certification classes. Previous lift operation experience is preferred for those positions, but not necessarily required.
This is temporary, near-full-time (35+ hrs/wk), fast-paced work, performed outside in winter weather conditions, 24/7, rain/shine/snow. We require our people to be prepared for those conditions with rain gear and weather-appropriate clothes (gloves, boots, etc.). Adequate weather gear is essential, as cold, wet people do not work effectively. We also require all our people to provide their own snips/cutters ($5 from any hardware store). We strongly encourage the use of protective eyewear while working in trees.
To do this work you must have good manual dexterity and balance. Much of the work is carrying, moving and climbing up & down ladders up to 12' high, ultimately standing on the highest safe step, and working with both hands simultaneously (not holding on to the ladder). All our people receive paid ladder safety training. To do this work you must also be able to carry approx. 20-30 pounds regularly, 50+ pounds occasionally. You must be able to work with your hands elevated at chest level or above for extended periods of time, and spend a good deal of time with your head inclined (looking up).
Crew members may be required to provide their own transportation to/from jobsites, especially those in downtown Seattle. Parking personal vehicles at/near jobsites in downtown Seattle can be time-consuming and expensive, so we encourage people to carpool, use public transportation or be dropped off at/picked up from job sites. Crew members who drive their own vehicles must arrange all-day parking and arrive at jobsites before scheduled start times.
From a ladder, average crew members hang 8 strings of lights in a tree per hour. The best people average 10+ strings/hr. We generally require our crew members maintain a minimum pace of 6 strings per hour. The main difference between those two figures is work ethic: some people just work harder. The best and worst workers always stand out.
Hours can vary significantly. Where necessary to meet deadlines, longer-than-scheduled shifts, occasional overtime and weekend work are required. The most reliable, productive people will be scheduled for the most work.
WHAT IT PAYS
Training wage is $10/hr. Starting wage is $11/hr. Top wage is $12/hr, assigned by supervisor discretion to the most reliable, most productive people who successfully complete a 2-week probationary period with no absences, tardiness, productivity or other significant issues.
The most reliable and productive people from our holiday lighting crews are at the top of our list for year-round, part-to-full-time warehouse positions and, eventually, full-time and near-full-time positions in our event services departments. People who show up and work hard have real opportunities to work in entertainment services year-round, with some of the best people in our industry.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US
Our core business is providing temporary electrical power & stage lighting services for major outdoor concert venues, clubs and theaters, and for events like Seafair, Bumbershoot, Bite of Seattle, Hempfest, etc. We're also a rental house, providing stage and power distribution gear for shows/venues like these all over Seattle and the greater Pugest Sound region. We have shops in both Seattle and Portland. Our industry tends to be seasonally heavy and our slowest period is generally mid March to mid May.