Turtle Rock Studios
Art Full Time

Fri Jan 19 2024

Lake Forest, California, United States

Turtle Rock Studios

Turtle Rock Studios

Founded in 2002, we are Turtle Rock Studios, a multi-project, award-winning independent developer located in the heart of Orange County, CA.

At Turtle Rock, we make the games we want to play. We're dedicated to providing a collaborative environment where our team members feel empowered with the creative freedom to contribute and grow. While we are based in Orange County, CA, we support flexible work arrangements ranging from in-studio, hybrid, to fully remote throughout North America. Join our award-winning game development team and help create our next AAA title.

We are seeking a passionate Animator to help deliver amazing gameplay experiences. You will collaborate with the development team to bring our iconic characters to life. The ideal candidate has a passion for games and demonstrates a clear knowledge of animation principles through their work. Join us, where the goal is to just make great games.  This position will report to the Lead Animator. 


  • Work closely with the team to create industry-leading appealing animation and immersive, memorable, and seamless gameplay experiences
  • Clean up and author mocap assets
  • Create individual character and creature animations with minimal oversight
  • Integrate animation assets into engine with minimal oversight
  • Fundamental understanding of animation system with moderate oversite
  • Collaborate with character and tech art teams during all character creation phases
  • Collaborate and iterate quickly with designers and programmers from prototype to final
  • Work in engine creating, implementing, tuning, and regularly testing animation assets with an attention to detail
  • Work closely with Production team to keep them informed of relevant tasks and related information
  • Collaborate across departments to achieve project goals


  • 3+ years game industry experience
  • Excellent mocap cleanup skills
  • Excellent keyframe animation skills showing solid understanding and implementation of animation principles
  • Shows promise in developing strong keyframe animation skills in regards to creature animation
  • Can test, identify & communicate problems with rigs in regards to features, controls, and skinning
  • Comfortable creating animations in Maya
  • Comfortable working in Unreal Engine or equivalent
  • Creative problem solving at all stages of development
  • Strong communication skills, a team player, and a positive attitude
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivated, able to maintain high quality of in-game animation and consistent progress with minimal oversight
  • Your reel must be included with your resume
  • An animation test will be required


  • Familiarity with MEL Script or Python in Maya
  • Working knowledge of modeling, skinning, and rigging for games and how it pertains to animation
  • Familiarity of development tools such as Perforce, JIRA, and Confluence


Some of the benefits and perks our employees get to enjoy, include:

  • 100% Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage for you and your family
  • 401k Matching
  • Profit Sharing Plan
  • Student Loan Repayment Plan / College Savings Plan
  • Career Improvement Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements - In-House, Hybrid, and Remote
  • Generous Time Off Policy
  • Company Events - In-Person Summer Family Bash + Halloween Party + Virtual Events
  • Fully Stocked Kitchen + Sponsored Food Trucks

The estimated base pay range for this role is: $75,000 - $105,000 USD

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.