Gameplay Animator (Temporary Assignment)

This position is for a temporary engagement through our staffing partner Yoh Services.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for this position.

Demo reel submissions for this position MUST INCLUDE GAME FOOTAGE


Naughty Dog has spent the last decade+ carefully curating some of the top gameplay animators and technical minds in the world. This group of individuals is what allows us to create characters with the fidelity and believability that we put into games like The Last of Us and Uncharted series. We are looking for a gameplay animator to help us continue to raise the bar of interactive animation for our future project(s). If you are comfortable in the AAA game space, detail oriented, and want to be part of the bleeding edge of visual quality and tech, you may just be the one we are looking for.


  • Ability to create high quality animation content in Maya and implement them correctly in our Naughty Dog engine
  • Work with senior animators to create new awesome, mind blowing systemic animations
  • Learn how Naughty Dog gameplay systems work
  • Be able to work with any system using the most efficient practices
  • Ability to use the engine debug tools to solve gameplay problems and work with senior animators to find a solution
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed

Requirements & Skills: 

  • Good eye for animation is a must
  • Passion for pushing the envelope of interactive character animation
  • Must be comfortable using a script editor
  • Excellent problem solver / fire fighter
  • Highly motivated and proactive with a CAN DO attitude
  • Deep knowledge of Maya: layers, time/trax editor, mocap tools

Bonus Skills:

  • General technical knowledge of how games work
  • In engine animation layering knowledge
  • Familiar with an existing Animation system: Unreal, Morpheme, Unity
  • Experience with one of the following systems: player locomotion and traversal, melee, non-playable character navigation, traversal, weapon systems.

As a part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates will be expected to provide a demo reel of their work and may be asked to complete an animation test. Reels must showcase in-game systemic footage. Please provide description of the system worked with.

Apply Now

Current Openings

Job Opportunities

If you think you have what it takes to join our talented Kennel, please review our current openings.

If you don’t see your desired position listed—don’t fret! Just apply under the General Application tab and send us your resume, along with a link to your portfolio or demo reel (if applicable). Please do not send us any unsolicited game ideas, scripts, treatments, code, or other creative works. Sorry, Naughty Dog does not offer any internships or student work-study opportunities at this time.

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: We do not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our website or to any of our employees. We will not pay fees to any third party agency, outside recruiter or firm without a mutually agreed-upon contract and will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered our property and will be processed accordingly.

It is the policy of Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC. (SIE) to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. SIE does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law. SIE also makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled employees.

The Recruiting Process

We feel it is important to let you know how the recruiting process works here at Naughty Dog. Here is what you can expect from us:

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an automated message stating your resume has been received and will be reviewed thoroughly by our recruiting team.
  2. Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not possible to respond directly to each candidate.
  3. If you are selected, you will be contacted for an initial phone screen or test.
  4. The next step is a second phone or Skype interview, or an invite to come out and meet us at the studio.
  5. In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.
  6. If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file for future consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Naughty Dog.