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Thank you for your interest in The Jim Henson Company! We are looking for hardworking team players who embody the creative and innovative spirit of our company. We enjoy working in a fun and relaxed environment. If you have a sense of humor and positive attitude, we would love to hear from you!

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Human Resources will contact you directly if there is interest in your qualifications. Please note submission materials cannot be returned. All submissions become property of The Jim Henson Company.

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Jim Henson's Creature Shop Positions

Part-Time
Burbank, CA
Posted 8 years ago

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Recent credits include Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Apple TV+), Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (discovery+), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix), Word Party (Netflix), and Earth to Ned (Disney+). Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the Sesame Street puppets and the classic Muppets, as well as the iconic characters from DinosaursFarscape, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and many more. Other feature film credits include Where the Wild Things AreForgetting Sarah Marshall, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Five Children and It. 

The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. A recipient of more than 9 Emmy Awards for its outstanding work building puppets for Sesame Street, the Shop also received an Academy Award for its visual effects work on the film Babe. Other awards include a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the Henson Performance Control System, a powerful custom-based interface for puppeteers, and an Emmy Award for its work in developing the Henson Digital Performance Studio, a patented control system technology that enables puppeteers to perform computer-generated characters in real time. www.creatureshop.com

We are adding to our roster for future projects on a short-term freelance basis. Work will be performed on site at our NY or Los Angeles Shops. We are currently seeking Mechanical and Animatronics Specialists. We actively encourage individuals belonging to diverse groups (racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, etc.).

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively in a fast-paced creative environment to bring unique characters both large and small to life.
  • Work well under pressure, be highly organized, and have a positive attitude.

Skills

  • Puppet mechanisms and engineering
  • Other fabrication skills are a plus

Please apply online by submitting your portfolio to (see below). You may also include resume and cover letter.

Pay Range: $20-$75/per hour

Submit portfolio, resume and cover letter to sheller@henson.com

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

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Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Re...

Part-Time
Burbank, CA
Posted 9 years ago

Burbank, CA

To Apply

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is seeking portfolio submissions from designers for consideration for future freelance design work focusing on character/creature design, environment concepts, and storyboard work.

We are currently NOT accepting applications or attachments via the online link below. No phone calls or walk-ins please. Please apply via email at sheller@henson.com with:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Portfolio (URL or PDF recommended, but not required)

No phone calls, please.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

Job Features

Job CategoryJim Henson's Creature Shop

Burbank, CA To Apply Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is seeking portfolio submissions from designers for consideration for future freelance design work focusing on character/creature design, environment ...

Internships

Thank you for your interest in an internship with The Jim Henson Company. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to dedicate themselves to enhancing our company environment. We seek individuals who are organized, mature, and have a great sense of humor. You must have a positive attitude, desire to learn, and willingness to be flexible. This is a fun, relaxed place to work with a lot of creative energy and a good mix of hard work. You will see how our company functions from behind the scenes, and play a large role in contributing to our goals.

Please do not feel that you need to be a puppeteer, a puppet maker, or an arts and crafts buff to be considered for an internship. In fact, our internships are primarily in an office atmosphere located in our Los Angeles or New York offices. However, we welcome applicants with a special interest in the Company and its projects.

Interns must assume responsibility for their own transportation, living arrangements, etc.

Please note:
* We do NOT teach puppeteering, puppet making, mold making, sculpting, animatronic construction or foam latex construction.

Feel free to be creative with your application (although this is not necessary), but please maintain professionalism.

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Puppeteering

At the present time we do not have any openings for new performers. However, we are always happy to consider the work of practiced puppeteers who are new to us. If you’re interested in contacting us, please send a brief 5–10 minute video, showing us your work with puppets and demonstrating a range of character voices. The video should be sent to:

PUPPETEER APPLICANTS
The Jim Henson Company
3718 Northern Blvd, Suite 400
Long Island City, NY 11101-1636