Job Openings at WPTZ/NBC5

WPTZ/NBC5 currently has four job openings; Photographer/Satellite Truck Operator, Newscast Director, Account Executive and Master Control Operator.

Photographer/Satellite Truck Operator

NBC5/ WPTZ-TV, the Hearst Television station in the Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY market, is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Photojournalist/Satellite Truck Operator position. This member of our team will spend several hours each day out in the field shooting, editing, and executing live shots for stories. The winning candidate is also tech savvy and up-to-date on the most modern aspects of our medium. You must be able to shoot on Sony XDCam, GoPro, iPhone, and edit in Adobe Premiere and utilize the ENG, SNG, and wireless data to feed completed work to the station. FAA drone license and operation a plus.

During work hours, you’ll be in our brand new, state-of-the-art facility. In off hours, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best ski areas in the country, scenic mountains, and some of the most beautiful waterways in the country.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Drive and operate ENG or SNG van used for live news stories, as well as scheduled events and breaking news.
  • Operate and help troubleshoot video, audio, RF, baseband, signal processing, transport and transmission equipment.
  • Perform and log routine checks and maintenance on van and equipment.
  • When not operating the SNG van, will shoot and edit, vo’s, vosot’s and packages for broadcast and digital properties.
  • Efficient operation of ENG van, SNG van and TVU backpacks.
  • Complete daily inspection of SNG van.


  • Experience performing satellite operations in a News environment preferred.
  • Will train the right candidate.


  • Must possess a valid license, have an excellent driving record and be familiar with operation of larger vehicles. (19-23’ in length)
  • References and motor vehicle record will be checked.
  • Position requires flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays, as well as extensive travel within the Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY market and adjacent markets.

Vacancy Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/28/2019
Closing Date: 11/28/2019
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Newscast Director

NBC5/WPTZ, the Hearst Television station serving the Burlington/Plattsburgh market, has an opening for an experienced Newscast Director. This position is responsible for communicating and executing all technical aspects of live production, with all technical staff, including the Producer, Audio Operator, Studio, and Engineering. Positive pro-active attitude and schedule flexibility are necessary for this position. With a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, a dedication to hard news and the resources of Hearst Television, this is a rare opportunity to join one of the best.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Directing broadcast newscasts.
  • Provide creative input and will work closely with the newscast producer and production crew.
  • Be responsible for clean technical execution of the overall look of the newscast.
  • Must be able to call and punch a newscast.

Experience Requirements:

  • 2 years directing and technical directing fast-paced newscasts preferred.
  • Must also have experience with production switchers, video servers, and audio and studio equipment.
  • Equivalent military experience will be considered.

Qualifications Requirements:

  • MOS and basic computer network understanding.
  • Understanding of Grass Valley Automation a plus
  • Understanding of newsroom systems ENPS and video playback systems.
  • Candidate should be a problem solver and quick thinker, using technical know-how to resolve existing issues and to work around problems that arise during live news.
  • The position requires shift flexibility. Shift may include early mornings and weekend duties.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field preferred.
  • Related military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) and related experience will be considered.

Vacancy Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/23/2019
Closing Date: 11/23/2019
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Account Executive

WPTZ/NBC5, the Hearst Television owned NBC Network affiliate in the scenic Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY market, has an immediate opening for a Local Sales Account Executive. This position provides an excellent opportunity to be part of a growing television station in the market delivering entertainment and news content to the region.  Great resources including Nielsen ratings, Marshall Marketing qualitative data, and the vast digital assets with Hearst Television provide significant opportunity for building innovative and effective marketing and sponsorship opportunities for both established and newly developed clients.  The position is based primarily in our new state-of-the-art facility in South Burlington, VT.  There will also be a need to travel throughout the entire DMA.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Create, develop and nurture positive business relationships in the community
  • Sell commercial time to local and/or regional advertisers and agencies. Includes on-air and digital media platforms.
  • Generate new revenue by developing new advertisers to our medium.
  • Manage and evolve a list of current valued clients
  • Responsible for ensuring commercials are complete and ready to air on schedule.
  • Responsible for orderly flow of all sales transactions, including overseeing pre-emptions and make-goods.
  • Prepare creative presentations using rating services and other resources.

Experience Requirements:

  • Previous media/advertising experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of computer applications (MS Office) and ability to learn proprietary software (Wide Orbit, Marshall Marketing, Kantar).
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Qualifications Requirements:

  • Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record; use of personal vehicle for sales calls required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Business Management/Communications preferred, or the equivalent.

Vacancy Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/7/2019
Closing Date: 11/6/2019
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Master Control Operator

NBC5/WPTZ, a Hearst Television station, seeks a self-motivated, detail oriented, organized multi-tasking individual for our Master Control team. This position is responsible for the equipment that provides the content for our broadcast on-air program streams. You will be responsible for monitoring multiple air channels, acquiring, ingesting and preparing content, executing playlists, maintaining regulatory compliance, assuring quality control of on-air product and documenting transmission events.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate live and taped programming for broadcast on three channels.
  • Maintaining on-air operation to include running commercials, network and quality signals.
  • Monitor multiple channels to ensure regulatory compliance and quality signals.
  • Operate Harris Automation equipment.
  • Follow FCC monitoring and EAS procedures.
  • Observe transmitters and take remote readings.
  • Maintain program and transmitter logs.
  • Execute, edit, update and append daily playlists.
  • Acquire content from various distributors.
  • Troubleshoot and communicate issues and discrepancies with other MC and Engineering staff as needed.

Experience Requirements:

  • General computer and software experience required.
  • Must be a team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to learn specialized software applications.
  • Good vision, with or without correction, is mandatory.
  • Knowledge of VizRT graphics is a plus.
  • Prior experience with television operations and newscast production is a plus.


  • Will train the right candidate.
  • Equivalent military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) and associated experience will be considered.

Vacancy Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/3/2019
Closing Date: 11/2/2019
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