Seeking Talented Individuals

Hotopp is always accepting employment inquires regardless of hiring needs. Our practice of crafting highly engaging experiences, attractions, branded environments, and exhibits provides career opportunities in design, management, marketing, communication design, fabrication, and administration. We are always seeking talented individuals and we encourage you to submit your cover letter, resume, references and work samples to

Hotopp offers a competitive base pay with a full benefits package including: medical/dental coverage, PTO, 401k, and employer funded transit.

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Current Openings




Experienced Designer/Drafter

We currently have an opening for an Experienced Designer/Drafter in our Seattle Office. This is a full-time position and would start immediately. Applicants must be available to work at our Seattle office Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week.

Who you are:

You love design. Creativity fuels your fire. You have a can do attitude and are passionate about your work. You have an eagerness to learn and enjoy a challenge. You are focused on building relationships and working in a collaborative environment. Ideally you have a background in attractions, architecture, theatrical design, branded environments or events but those with experience in other industries (graphic design, environmental design, interior design and industrial design) may also apply.  


  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a friendly and courteous demeanor
  • Comfortable with collaboration
  • Ability to be both a team player and work independently with little or no supervision
  • A self-starter
  • Strong attention to detail
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent logic and problem-solving capabilities
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with varying priorities 

What you'll do:

You will help the team to develop rough ideas into viable design solutions. Using a pencil, software program, or whatever it takes to draw, you will take abstract ideas and turn them into a tangible, visual representations. You will also use your technical skills to aid the team in creating renderings and pitch materials, draft bids and design drawings for project construction and provide design support during project execution.


  • Able to visually interpret other people’s ideas while you also develop your own ideas
  • Communicate design concepts through rough sketches and research
  • Develop concept renders and graphics
  • Create, edit, and render 3D models in AutoCAD, or a similar software, based on rough sketches from a designer and/or the project’s design parameters
  • Develop design and construction drawings from existing 3D models
  • Render images from a 2D or 3D model

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to visualize perspective while understanding 3D space & scale
  • Proficient to advanced skills using AutoCAD (2010 +) to develop construction drawings from existing 3D models.
  • Proficient to advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite with emphasis on: Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator and After Effects
  • Ability to create and edit 3D models in AutoCAD and/or Rhino, based on rough sketches from a designer and the project’s design parameters
  • The ability to generate 3D concept and final renderings for design communication and approval.
  • At least 4 years professional experience as an AutoCAD drafter, preferably in a multi-user environment
  • Understanding of drafting standards and the ability to conform to existing company-wide drafting practices
  • Understanding of general construction, production and fabrication practices, preferably those specific to theatre, events, attractions or a similar field
  • Revit and/or Rhino skills a plus

 Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter with brief description of experience level and availability
  • Résumé
  • 3 references
  • Several work samples including:
    • Concept sketches by hand or computer
    • CAD drafting, particularly examples demonstrating 3D proficiency in AutoCAD
    • 3D modeling samples, generated in either AutoCAD or Rhino
    • Rendering samples

Work samples may be submitted as a PDF or as a link to a web site. Work samples should show evidence of capability. Please provide information about the software used with all submitted samples.

**Please note we weight the samples heavily when considering applicants. Resumes will not be considered without providing the requested sample material, at time of initial submission. The more you can show us about how you approach and execute work, the better we will be able to determine your qualifications for this position**







ICE! 2018 Props Manager

We are currently seeking 4 Prop Managers with theatrical production experience for a seasonal, part-time position on ICE!. ICE! is a holiday-themed attraction built in place by master ice carvers on location at the Grapevine, Nashville, Kissimeee & National Harbor Gaylord Hotels and Resorts. The Props Manager for ICE! will be responsible for receiving, organizing, inventorying and repairing props, as well as other production-related tasks and errands. The Props Manager will work both independently and with an assigned team and must reside within reasonable driving distance of the production venue. Travel expenses to and from the venue will not be reimbursed.

Estimated time commitment:

  • This is an onsite, part-time, seasonal position, from approximately mid-September through the end of December. Hours will vary depending on the phase of the project and overall production schedule. 
  • Load-in phase (approximately 48 total hours): Hours will vary depending on the production schedule and prop delivery dates, but will be primarily daytime, weekday hours. Weekend calls may be required.
  • Grapevine, TX: 9/10/18 - 10/4/18
  • Nashville, TN: 9/13/18 - 10/5/18
  • Kissmmee, FL: 9/12/18 - 10/10/18
  • National Harbor, MD: 9/20/18 - 10/11/18
  • Construction (ice carving) phase (approximately 100 total hours): Hours will vary from week to week and will include time on weekends but will be primarily daytime hours. Schedule flexibility is required. 
  • Grapevine, TX: 10/5/18 - 11/8/18
  • Nashville, TN: 10/6/18 - 11/7/18
  • Kissmmee, FL: 10/11/18 - 11/13/18
  • National Harbor, MD: 10/12/18 - 11/14/18
  • Operation phase (Approximately 6 hours per week)
  • Grapevine, TX: 11/9/18 - 1/1/19
  • Nashville, TN: 11/9/18 - 1/1/19
  • Kissmmee, FL: 11/15/18 - 1/6/19
  • National Harbor, MD: 11/16/18 - 1/1/19

Duties will vary with the phase of the project, but will include:

  • Coordinating prop deliveries with the shop and venue. Overseeing unload of props as needed. 
  • Unpacking, inventorying, assessing, organizing and tracking of props. Communicating information about any missing or damaged props to the shop. Minor onsite prop repair and assembly. 
  • Supervision of prop installation by others.
  • Maintaining a log of any prop issues and resolution status, for reference on future shows.
  • Coordinating labor requests and attending work calls for the onsite assembly and rigging of props.
  • Attending weekly production meetings.
  • During the operation phase, performing weekly walk-through of ice attraction. Photographing and reporting any issues with ice maintenance to ice carving vendor and client. Reporting any issues with props to prop shop and client.

Skills Needed for Success:

  • Excellent communication and client management skills.
  • First-hand experience and knowledge of theatrical production processes and properties management.
  • Basic knowledge of theatrical rigging equipment and related safety practices for a theater environment preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic construction techniques and ability to perform minor repairs and touch-up on props.
  • Experience scheduling and managing temporary labor. 
  • Basic knowledge of trucking logistics.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

Additional requirements:

  • The Props Manager must provide his/her own laptop computer or other mobile device with Microsoft Excel or other compatible spreadsheet software, email, internet access, and ability to upload photos from a digital camera to file sharing site.
  • Transportation: The Props Manager must have reliable transportation to run errands. It is preferable that he/she have access to a vehicle for this task. Mileage for errands will be reimbursed.
  • Cold gear: Note that the ice construction area is kept at a temperature varying from 8-12 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind from air handlers. The Props Manager may need to be in the cold for 30-90 minutes between warming breaks. Appropriate warm clothing, gloves and reinforced toe boots are required. Hard hats are required during construction.
  • This position requires some lifting, up to 50 lbs., when unloading and organizing props, and may require other physical activity such as climbing ladders and working in a construction zone with potentially slippery conditions.
  • Drug testing is required 

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and résumé 



Design Intern

Interested applicants should e-mail:

  • Cover letter with a brief description of experience level and availability

  • Résumé and references

  • Several work samples including:

    • CAD drafting

    • 3D modeling

    • Relevant examples of other design or assistant design work if available

Work samples may be submitted as PDF or as a link to a web site.


**Please note we weight the samples heavily when considering applicants. Resumes will not be considered without providing the requested sample material, at time of initial submission. The more you can show us about how you approach and execute work, the better we will be able to determine your qualifications for this position**



Initial Contact

1. The hiring department is made up of full-time designers and project managers, so it is difficult for us to respond effectively to phone inquiries. Please correspond with us by e-mail.

2. We respond best to concise, well organized resumes, with examples of your design work attached. We prefer cover letters that are short and to the point, and only accept digital submissions.  Please no unsolicited hard copy submissions.

3. We also accept links to online portfolios.

4. Please email work samples as a compressed PDF that can be easily printed as 8 1/2×11 or 11×17 format without compromising your presentation. Please email your application to and ensure it can be opened and printed from either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. We will not accept attachments larger than 10Mb (smaller is better), nor compressed folders. Please make sure that the submission does not require downloading from a third-party website and that it is easy for us to review.

4. If we determine that your skill set and experience match any current openings, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

The Interview

1. We are an office of design generalists interested in hiring people who are drawn to all aspects of our diverse practice. This includes conceptual design, management, client relations, construction documents, overseeing consultants, mentoring less experienced designers, and overseeing on-site construction. We will be looking for a passion for design combined with the ability to work on a team.

2. Interviews typically last about half an hour. It is critical we see examples of your design abilities and working documents, please pre-select those examples that you feel best describe you and your abilities.