Preservation Technician | BAVC

Preservation Technician

Bay Area Video Coalition

2727 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94610

Video Production
Local (Bay Area)
August 18

Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)’s Preservation department seeks a full-time Preservation Technician to perform preservation-grade digital transfers of archival tape-based media.

BAVC was founded when a group of media makers and activists met in January of 1976 to devise practical ways to encourage independent video-making in the Bay Area. In 1994, in partnership with the Getty Research Center, BAVC’s Preservation Department was created. BAVC Preservation works with museums, artists, and cultural institutions around the world to reformat, archive and make accessible seminal creative and cultural significant works on video and audiotape, as well as community-based works that are broadly used in academia, research, and other media projects. Today, BAVC’s Preservation work represents one of the nation’s longest-standing nonprofit audiovisual preservation programs. With current and past funding from various government and philanthropic foundations including NEA, NEH, Mellon, Rockefeller, and Knight, BAVC Preservation has implemented practices and services that helped define the field of video preservation. BAVC Preservation continues that work today by pursuing a range of field-building initiatives and services.

The Preservation Technician will work on ongoing grant-funded and fee-for-service projects within the Preservation department to promote BAVC’s continued excellence in the field of audiovisual archiving. The Preservation Technician will work hands-on with tape-based media from artists and cultural heritage organizations to provide the highest quality transfers possible, reporting directly to the Preservation Manager. This is a salaried full-time position with benefits. The salary range is $45,000 to $49,000 commensurate with experience.


• Inspecting, evaluating, baking, cleaning and labeling audiovisual materials such as reels, cassettes, discs, and digital storage media

• Performing supervised transfers and keeping a log of errors

• Maintaining and cleaning equipment as needed   

• Performing quality control on materials transferred by BAVC staff, contractors, and subcontractors

• Assisting with installation and maintenance of equipment

• Providing additional support for the Preservation staff and facility in general, when needed


• Proficiency with analog and digital video and audio formats and their associated playback environments

• Understanding of analog and born-digital audio, video, and data preservation techniques, theories, and workflows

• Technical expertise in the cleaning, handling, and storage of reels, cassettes, discs, and digital storage media

• Knowledge of Macs, PCs, extensive knowledge of multimedia software; ability to troubleshoot problems; signal flow, patchbays, VTRs, time base correctors, scopes, other video equipment

• Strong customer support skills

• Ability to lift equipment and materials up to 50lbs


To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume with the job title in the subject line.