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Camera Operator with Somerset Patriots in Bridgewater · NJ

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The Somerset Patriots, the new Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, are seeking experienced professionals, college students and high school students interested in working on the broadcast production side of professional sports.
Program Description: New for the 2021 season, the Somerset Patriots have upgraded their entire broadcast setup to meet the standards put forward by Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball’s official streaming platform, This calls for the creation of four new positions needed to be filled: Technical Director, Replay Operator, Graphics Operator and Camera Operator(s). 
The Patriots are looking for different tiers of employees to fill these positions. Those with professional experience will be given top priority, but the Patriots are also looking for college students and high school students that have an interest in learning more about sports broadcast production.  
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Time Frame/Work Schedule: (Early May 2021– Mid-September 2021): These are all gameday staffer positions that run through the course of the Somerset Patriots 2021 season. The season will run from Tuesday, May 4th through Sunday, September 19th. Candidates with professional experience will be expected to have availability throughout the entire season. College students and high school students are expected to have availability as their schedule allows throughout the spring and summer.
Employees will arrive at the ballpark 2.5 hours before the scheduled time of first pitch. This will allow for proper setup of the equipment, testing of the equipment, and provide employees an opportunity to eat before the game begins. Game times will vary, but have generally started at either 6:35 pm or 7:05 pm most nights and 1:05 pm or 5:05 pm on Sundays. The team will have six-game homestands (Tuesday-Sunday) alternating every other week throughout the season with a pair of exceptions.
Camera Operator                                                    
The Somerset Patriots will need at least three different camera operators for every game for the 2021 season. There will be a high-home camera to follow the ball while in play, and cameras located down both the first and third base lines. Camera Operators will use new Sony HXR-NX5R cameras for each broadcast.
  • Previous experience working in broadcast production
  • Previous experience operating cameras for a live event (preferable experience using Sony HXR-NX5R)
  • Preferred experience working in sports production
  • Strong knowledge of broadcast software & cameras
  • Strong knowledge of baseball and how baseball broadcasts should be presented
  • Ability to remain focused without distraction for at least three hours
  • Keen eye for following game action
  • Understanding how to use video to maximize storytelling the ballpark experience 
  • Operate a Sony HXR-NX5R camera for an entire baseball game
  • Flexibility to operate 1B camera, 3B camera, High-home camera and/or wireless camera
  • Follow the game action with focus and detail
  • Listen to Broadcast Technical Director for cues on needed shots / angles
  • Assist in filming in-game promotions between innings, including possible need to operate a wireless camera on the field
  • Ensure lighting, iris, focus and all necessary settings are established and consistent on the camera for each broadcast
  • Availability to work most (if not all) games throughout the season
  • Willingness to teach/mentor younger professionals/students interested in working in broadcast production
  • Big baseball fan – understands the game, in-game situations, and the power of storytelling through a broadcast
  • Ideal candidates will have at least one year of either professional, collegiate experience or highs school experience operarting the needed broadcast software and running a production team. 
  • They need to be able to contribute to the organization both through running the broadcast and the many other facets of pre-production and assisting as needed elsewhere. 
  • Strong, diligent and detail-oriented production skills are heavily preferred, as are experience with post production. 
  • Additionally, candidates will need to have positive attitude, unwavering work ethic and an eagerness to contribute to a fun, fast-moving work atmosphere.
Please Note: Candidates MUST live within commuting distance or have housing in the Bridgewater area for the entire season. Please be sure to attach a resume, cover letter and any additional elements that illustrate why you are the best candidate experience in your application. Also, please be sure to specify in your cover letter which of the listed positions to which you are applying (you can apply for all of the positions if you want). Applications should be addressed to the Patriots’ Director of Broadcasting / Media Relations, Marc Schwartz.
Candidate’s resumes will be reviewed once submitted to the site. Most interviews will take place from February through April and will be done either on site at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ or virtually over Zoom.  If you are contacted for an interview, you will be asked to provide some dates and times that will allow you to interview.  

Job Questions:

  1. How did you hear about this job?

  2. Do you have any experience working in baseball (or sports)? If so, elaborate.

  3. Do you have experience with Sony HXR-NX5R cameras?

  4. Are you available to arrive at the ballpark no later than 5pm and work most games throughout the season?

  5. Are you a professional looking to work most games, college student looking for credit or high school student looking for experience?

  6. Do you live within reasonable commuting distance of TD Bank Ballpark? (within 45 min.)

  7. Have you filmed live sports for a broadcast production before? If so, elaborate.

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