We're Studio Wildcard, developers of the smash indie hit ARK: Survival Evolved -- one of the most popular and original video games in recent years. Despite our massive success, we've been able to stay independent, so that we can steer our own future in games and beyond. There's never been a better time for you to join this adventure and help us build ARK Survival Ascended, the next chapter of our original hit franchise! We're expanding and updating many of the ARK community's most beloved features while taking full advantage of the latest tools and technologies. And now we're searching for an exceptionally talented and passionate Senior Animator who can create high-impact work for the expanding ARK franchise.


  • Create human animations utilizing new techniques and methods focusing on 3rd person perspective.

  • Work with the lead animator to ensure all animation deliverables are completed at a desired quality on time

  • Iterate on animations with cross-functional teams and leads through prototyping and critiques


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in game development as a 3D animator with at least 1 shipped title

  • Proven understanding of animating realistic human motion with both keyframe and mocap.

  • Experience with animating melee combat using varied techniques

  • Strong knowledge of traditional animation principles

  • Communication, Self-motivation, Organization skills, and a Collaborative team-player attitude

  • Understanding and awareness of both self & team tasks and the ability to scope appropriately

  • Ability to problem solve and prototype with direction from leads


  • Experience in the Unreal 4 Engine. Implementation, tools, and techniques

  • Experience animating player characters for both gameplay and cinematics

  • Experience with full-body physics and IK systems

  • Experience with Rigging

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter (optional)

  • Demo Reel/Portfolio (online)

  • Be willing to complete an animation test if requested to do so

About Studio Wildcard

Studio Wildcard was founded in 2014 by industry veterans Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak, with the mission of bringing AAA quality to ambitious indie productions designed for core gamers. With countless years of combined industry experience across multiple independent and studio-backed titles, Wildcard's core team continues to grow, with offices in Redmond, WA, and Gainesville, FL including distributed team members across multiple continents.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Wildcard is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by applicable laws, regulations or ordinances. If you need assistance and/or reasonable accommodations due to disability during the application or the recruiting process, please let us know.

Pay Transparency Information

The expected annual base pay range(s) for this position vary based on a variety of factors, which include: (but aren't limited to) skills, competencies, qualifications, knowledge, and experience. Each pay range is only relevant to those residing in WA state and can vary based on geographical location.

Wildcard Benefits

We pay 100% of all premiums for the employee and discounted rates for dependent premiums. Our coverage includes Medical (5 different plans to choose from), Dental, Vision, Short Term and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, 401(k) option, 100% covered Parental Leave, PTO, Paid Holidays, Unlimited Sick Time, and FSA/ HSA options