Pottery Kiln Technician

  • Sunnyvale, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Library Services
  • Salary: $29.23 Hourly USD

Job Description



(Recreation Technician)


Note: Casual non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than twenty-five (25) hours per week and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

The City of Sunnyvale is seeking 2 self-motivated, energetic, responsible individuals interested in employment as a pottery kiln technician. Under general supervision of the Recreation Services Coordinator, a kiln technician is responsible for firing participants' works (cone 06 and cone 10+), mixing glazes and general oversight of the pottery studio. Technician schedules are semi-flexible.
Essential Job Functions
May include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Load and off-load participant works.
  • Fire 4 industrial sized kilns (2 electric and 2 gas) according to schedule.
  • Order supplies and mix glazes for the studio.
  • Oversee the maintenance and repairs for studio equipment.
  • Oversee open studio hours assisting students with technical questions.
  • Maintain a safe, friendly and inclusive environment for all participants.
  • Report to work in a timely manner and appropriately prepared.
  • Drying slip for disposal.

Position requires regular sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing personal customer service. The need to lift, drag and push, pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds is also required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.
Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:
  • Graduation from high school or tested equivalent; AND
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience with loading and off-loading kilns; AND
  • A minimum of 1 year maintaining pottery equipment or equivalent maintenance experience; AND
  • A minimum of 2 years of glazing and firing experience

Knowledge of:
Pottery and ceramic techniques including centering, wheel throwing, slab rolling, wedging, glazing, hand-building and low- and high-firing is required.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • A degree in pottery/ceramics.
  • Practicing potter/ceramicist.
  • 1 year experience teaching pottery/ceramic classes by leading and demonstrating techniques associated with the subject matter.
  • Ability to develop class curriculum for beginners.
  • Knowledge of alternative firing techniques.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
Application and Selection Process
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your City of Sunnyvale employment application, the required supplemental questions and required certification to the Department of Human Resources.

City application forms, completed in full, are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at Sunnyvale.ca.gov , Search: Jobs. Application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. Individuals with the best match to the position will be invited to participate in an interview.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and information regarding next steps in the recruitment process will be sent via email. Please check your email regularly for status updates . You may contact Faye Brand, HR Technician at: fbrand@sunnyvale.ca.gov or 408-730-3015 for recruitment updates.

Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

Individuals receiving offers of employment are required to provide either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination or receipt of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 calendar days prior to their start date. Individuals receiving offers of
employment from the City who do not comply with this policy will have their offer of employment rescinded.

For more information regarding this position, please contact Kristin Dance at (408) 730-7758 or by email to: kdance@sunnyvale.ca.gov. For information relating to the application process contact Faye Brand, Human Resources Technician at (408) 730-3015 or email: fbrand@sunnyvale.ca.gov.

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), religious creed, color, sex (includes gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military and veteran status, marital status, family relationship, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.

No City benefits are offered with this Temporary Position.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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