Mechanic and Animatronics Specialist

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.

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.).


  • 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.


  • 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

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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