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Mark Bercheni, Manager
Campus: 139 Wyoming Hall
Mail: Dept 3422
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071-2000
Phone: 307.766.5606
Fax: 307.766.5607
Office Hours
Regular: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Summer: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Monday - Friday

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming not a job opening announcement. Look for current job openings at the following link: The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Photographic Technician

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 5223

UW Job Family: 51

SOC Code: 27-4021

Pay Grade: 17

Date: July 01, 2004

Job Purpose:

Provides photographic record of University events, personnel, or materials for news, public relations, sports, recruiting and historical purposes; performs technical and photographic services for teaching, research, publication, support and extension activities. 

Minimum Qualifications


Associate's degree in photography or related field


One year photography experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Safety regulations and material safety data sheet (MSDS) pertaining to photographic processes.
  • Equipment, tools, and supplies used in the taking, processing, enhancing, and use of photographs including hand held and study cameras of various formats, enlargers, processors, contact frames, papers, chemicals, and lights.
  • Copyright regulations and privacy laws.
  • Photographic materials, techniques, and media.
  • Theory and techniques of modern photography.
  • The need for and the use of the photographic medium in varying technical fields, legal purposes, training presentations, and industrial applications.
  • Photographic techniques to produce varying effects and messages.
  • Uses and effects of various types of lighting and methods.
  • Digital imaging techniques and methods.
  • Processes and chemicals used in the developing of films and the processing of prints.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Choose proper settings on cameras and photographic processing equipment.
  • Effectively communicate.
  • Work creatively under the pressures of deadlines.
  • Adjust focus, identify and distinguish between colors, and judge distance and spatial relationships.
  • Use necessary endurance and dexterity required for maintaining awkward positions such as climbing, stooping, and twisting for extended periods of time and in various weather conditions.
  • Move 50 pounds regularly.
  • Select the appropriate camera angles, picture composition, filtering, lighting, or other treatment necessary to produce a desired message or special effect.
  • Accurately present technical, scientific, and professional subjects and activities by photography.
  • Use industrial photographic materials such as auto positive films, masking films, and litho films.
  • Advise on technical problems in photography, camera, projection equipment, and films.
  • Recommend the purchase of photographic equipment and supplies.
  • Train others in job tasks pertinent to the work.
  • Clean and make minor repairs to equipment.
  • Maintain records; prepare reports and correspondence related to the work.
  • Work efficiently with others.
  • Maintain favorable public relations.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Photograph University events, personnel, or materials including meeting with client(s) to discuss event or photograph options, selecting photo setting, lighting and equipment to provide accepted final print.
Make press-ready line and half-tone negatives from original art and copy; enlarge or reduce prints to desired size.

Transform copy and art into color or black and white transparencies, diazos, inter-negatives and duplicate slides.

Process black and white and color film; enlarge and process black and white negatives into custom, reproduction-grade prints.

Provide advice and consultation to clientele on photographic projects.

Work with digital imaging techniques and methods. 

Supplemental Functions:

Maintain records; may number department negatives for computerized filing system.

Mix photographic chemicals as needed; assist with performing supply inventory.

Clean and perform general equipment maintenance. 

Working Conditions:

Laboratory, darkroom, and studio environments; frequently on location for indoor and outdoor events; regular exposure to chemical hazards, fumes and vapors. 

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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