Job no: 233581-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications, Editing, Broadcasting, Media, Graphic Design, Other

Position Summary:

PBS Wisconsin is seeking a multi-skilled designer who is adept in creating environments for digital and physical spaces. The Environment Designer is a creative and collaborative individual who will report to the Creative Manager within the Design department. This position is responsible for the conceptualization, design, and creation and maintenance of dimensional spaces, through digital 3D modeling tools as well as scenic design and construction. As part of a multi-faceted creative team, this position is key to advancing the mission of PBS Wisconsin through high-quality design.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Associate's degree in Theatre Scenic Design, 3D Design or related field preferred, but not required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- At least 2 years of scenic design and construction experience, which includes experience with CAD and/or 3D modeling tools and processes (such as SketchUp, Vectorworks, Blender, Maya).
- Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Demonstrates artistic sensibilities for composition, texture, color, and form in physical and digital designs.
- Demonstrates necessary knowledge of materials, tools, techniques, methodologies, and safety in production and scene shop environments.
- Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.

- Experience with the 3D asset pipeline including texturing, rigging, lighting, and rendering.
- Experience creating interactive experiences, including but not limited to VR, AR, 360, or physical spaces.
- Experience with 3D development tools including Unity and/or Unreal game engines.
- Experience with fine cabinetry construction, welding, model making, painting skills, and sculpting.
- Experience with accessibility design in physical and virtual environments.
- Experience with project management.

Additional Information:

We expect to pay in the mid-$40,000's to low 50,000's for highly experienced candidates who exceed the qualifications. Actual pay & title will depend on experience and qualifications.

The person in this position will be required to comply with the PBS Wisconsin Code of Ethics located here: https://pbswisconsin.org/about/ , in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.

This position typically works Monday through Friday 9:00-5:00, with the occasional need for shifted hours to accommodate evening and/or weekend events. Additionally, the person in this position must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, must be able to climb a ladder and use a personnel lift and must be comfortable driving a panel van for errands.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $45,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

The following must be received for your application to be complete:
1) Resume;
2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job duties and minimum and desirable qualifications;
3) One document containing 4-6 work samples demonstrating your approach and success in creating environment designs. The work samples should focus on showcasing a breadth and depth in approach. CAD drawings and design sketches are encouraged to be included. Feel free to include background and context for your work samples.

As applicants progress to interviews, they will need to provide at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (include at least one supervisory reference).


Erin Cook
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Apr 21 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: May 21 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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