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JOB TITLE:              Broadcast Engineer / IT Administrator

DEPARTMENT:      Engineering

REPORTS TO:        Director of Engineering

STATUS:                  Exempt


SALARY RANGE:   TBD upon experience

Summary of Job: Primary responsibility for maintenance and repair of equipment used in broadcast and production operation.  Assist in maintenance and repair of station physical plants.  Support computer operations.


Note: This position, due to the responsibilities listed below, requires that the Broadcast Engineer/ IT Administrator be available on-call to meet technical emergencies occurring in broadcast operations.

1)         Maintain all RF equipment; secondarily, maintain all studio and master control equipment.

  1. Install, troubleshoot, and maintain station computer network and desktop PC’s including data transmission and connectivity and broadcast/production computers.

3)         Insure that proper records are maintained to insure timely preventive maintenance, inventory control and FCC legal requirements.

4)         Train operating engineers on broadcast and production equipment.

5)         Maintain current knowledge of RF and studio facilities used in station’s broadcast and production operations.

6)         Other duties pursuant to the technical operation of the station may be assigned by the Director of Engineering.


Education & Training:  Must be a graduate of an electronics technical school, or have other equivalent education beyond high school level.  Should have good mechanical aptitude.

Work-Related Experience: Must have a minimum of at least two years TV station experience, preferably in component-level equipment maintenance.  (Military experience will be determined on the basis of evaluation by Director of Engineering.)


Education & Training: Graduate of electronics course beyond high school.  Must have demonstrated electronics and mechanical aptitude; ability to understand complex electronic and data systems and evaluate problems. Knowledgeable of current computing and data network operation and maintenance.

Work-Related Experience: Five years broadcast maintenance experience, three years digital equipment maintenance, including ability to use all common software.

Computer knowledge: Must have ability to operate/maintain computer network, analog and digital systems used in broadcast operations.


Must have a valid New York driver’s license.


Capable of hiking to station remote transmitter/translator sites.  Comfortable flying in helicopters as a passenger.  Adequate hearing and vision.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume  to:

Human Resources

Mountain Lake PBS

One Sesame Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

- or –



STATUS:                   EXEMPT




Summary of Job:

Senior manager responsible for supervising the Production/Production Services departments and managing the creation of Mountain Lake PBS’ original programs in support of the organization’s strategic plan.


  • Represent the Production & Production Services departments in the station’s strategic planning process and manage the achievement of the department’s goals.

  • Responsible for the supervision and administration of the Production department, including personnel management, annual budget, daily and long term staff assignments, staff development, and periodic performance evaluations.

  • Oversee production of local program material which responds to audience needs and interests, station long-range plans, client needs, and timeline and budget guidelines.

  • Develop and administer contracts, budgets, and production timelines, and coordinate production funding/underwriting for local and national productions.

  • Oversee direction, production and coordination of all phases of studio and field program productions.

  • Work with the Director of Programming and On-Air Fundraising in coordination of programming schedule, including fundraising and interstitial programming.
  • Supervise the station’s production services activities (contract production).

  • Assist in preparation of grant proposals to acquire funding for Mountain Lake PBS programs and projects.

  • With the approval of CEO, actively seek and cultivate collaborations between Mountain Lake PBS departments and external media and community partners i.e. colleges, non-profits, etc.

  • Assist the Development department with proposals seeking funding of Mountain Lake PBS’ original productions.

  • With Engineering’s assistance evaluate Mountain Lake PBS’ production equipment maintenance, operation, and needs.

  • Research and develop new production initiatives including programs and series and multi-platform productions.

  • Maintains records and documentation related to programs and series as required by the FCC and policies of Mountain Lake PBS.

  • Supports fund-raising activities and all other duties as assigned.


Education & Training:

Graduate of an accredited college or university or equivalent professional experience.Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Work-Related Experience:

Broadcast production experience; substantial experience supervising the program production process and personnel.


Education & Training:

Graduate of an accredited college or university with an undergraduate degree in broadcast communications, journalism, or related field, or equivalent professional experience.Master’s degree preferred.Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Work-Related Experience:

Significant broadcast production and supervisory experience, including full time and freelance employees, independent producers, and student interns; management of multiple productions, including projects with budgets exceeding $100,000 for a public television station.

Television production experience and proven track record of producing programs and/or series.Strong writing skills and ability to generate grants proposals and develop project budgets.Knowledge of PBS system and regional networks.

Multimedia and website production experience.


Valid New York driver’s license


Ability to carry video equipment; adequate sight and hearing to accomplish job.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to:

Human Resources

Mountain Lake PBS

One Sesame Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

- or –

2015 New York State Broadcasters Association Intern Program.

Attention high school seniors and undergraduate college students interested in a career in radio and television broadcasting - would you like to work at Mountain Lake PBS? If you’re at least 17 years old and a career in broadcasting sounds interesting, send us a letter and resume telling us why you’d like to work for us. We’ll review your letter and perhaps call you in for an interview. The intern will be expected to complete up to 180 hours at the station and will be paid $8.75/hour for their time. At the conclusion of the internship the intern will be expected to complete a written evaluation of the experience including the intern’s intentions to further a career in broadcasting. Send your letter to the NYSBA Intern Program, WCFE- Mountain Lake PBS; One Sesame Street; Plattsburgh, NY 12901.


- at least 17 years of age

- residents of New York State and/or attending school in New York State

- first time entrants into the program

Mountain Lake PBS is an equal opportunity employer, and offers employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines including production, programming, development, communications, engineering, information technology and many other areas.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your salary requirements, cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901roduction Assistant

Duties may include studio setup and camera operation, logging video, transcribing field interviews, working for production during live studio events (debates, specials, fund raising, etc.) Flexible hours but must work agreed minimum per semester.


This position is coordinated through the SUNY Plattsburgh Mass Communications Department and is full time for one semester. An academic internship is dependent on department approval, required courses, and GPA, and is normally done in senior year. Interns assist in local productions as production assistant, videotape editor, videographer, or researcher. When appropriate and in collaboration with a producer interns serve as writer or field interviewer. This internship is for credit hours only and is unpaid.

Marketing & Promotions

Opportunities to become involved might include assisting with the writing press releases, researching media opportunities, creating and placing advertising, planning and executing special events, assist with mailings, as well as handling details of a wide range of projects and activities related to the promotion of Mountain Lake PBS. Minimum 6 hours per week. This internship can be for credit hours or as a volunteer position.


Internships in this field allow you to expand your knowledge of non-profit administration and improve your communication skills in various forms. As an intern you would assist with: letter writing and/or design for appeals, thank you letters to donors and volunteers, budget development, revenue analysis, information and data management, expanding the overall mission of Mountain Lake PBS with creative ingenuity, and events and member drives.

If you are interested in an internship with Mountain Lake PBS, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
Attn: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY, 12901

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