Open Positions: Northern Spark Production Staff

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
04.20.2017
 

We are looking for several individuals for multiple positions on the Northern Spark 2017 Production team! 

Northern Spark is a free all-night art festival exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects happening in neighborhoods along Metro Transit’s Green Line.

From sunset on June 10 to sunrise on June 11, Northern Spark will illuminate and draw audiences to neighborhoods and public spaces all along the METRO Green Line, connecting Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  Experience the largest Northern Spark yet, with nearly 70 art projects organized around neighborhood nodes: Cedar Riverside/West Bank, Weisman Art Museum/East Bank,Little Africa/Snelling Ave, Rondo/Lexington Ave, and Little Mekong/ Western Ave. In downtown Minneapolis the festival moves from its usual river location to The Commons, the new green space at Portland and 5th, and culminates in Saint Paul at Union Depot, the Green Line terminus in Lowertown.  northernspark.org

 

Available roles listed below. Submit cover letter and resume to jobs@northern.lights.mn with the desired job title in the subject line. Production Lead, Technical Lead, and/or Production Assistant.

 

Production Department Festival Roles – Job Descriptions

Production Lead

Each Production Lead manages multiple projects within a specific festival “zone” as well as general festival set-up & strike within that zone. Duties may include: checking artists in & out, on-site problem-solving, placing bike racks, moving road barricades, checking signage is correctly placed, etc.  The Production Lead is part of the Zone Management team which includes the Tech Lead and the Volunteer Lead.  That team will manage the entire zone during the festival as well as set-up and strike.

Advance work includes detailed review of artist projects with Producer (on-site) and potentially 1-2 production meetings as well as minimal communication with each artist/project to confirm final details before load-in.

Festival staffing hours are approximately 12pm-9am (Sat-Sun), with breaks.

Specific Tasks include:

  • Maintain communications with NS Production Team as necessary
  • Act as public and artistic point-of-contact for event questions or issues
  • Maintain production and logistical elements of the event including:
    • Signage
    • Restrooms
    • Trash
    • Security personnel (check in and communications)
    • Audience flow and safety
  • Coordinate with Tech Lead to support technical needs including power, lighting, audio, staging, etc.
  • Coordinate with Tech Lead to ensure artist projects comply with local and state noise ordinances
  • Manage Food Vendor locations, set-up and trash handling
  • Retain festival and civil documentation including marketing materials, schedules and permits.
  • Protect festival integrity by encouraging adherence to even schedule (ie., tear down times)

STIPEND: $1000

SCHEDULE:

May 16, 2017 – Production Meeting with Artists and Partners (2 hours) – REQUIRED

May 20, 2017 – Training Orientation (2 hours) – REQUIRED

May 24, 2017 – Press Preview (2 hours) Optional

Volunteer Orientation  (2 hours) – Date TBD – REQUIRED

Site visit – Date TBD (2 hours) – REQUIRED

Production/Volunteer Team neighborhood crawl – Date TBD – Optional

June 10-11 – Festival (Estimated: 20 hours: Saturday 1pmSunday 9am)

Festival Debrief Meeting – Date TBD (1 hour) REQUIRED

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Technical Lead

  • Maintain communications with NS Production Team as necessary
  • Act as artistic point-of-contact for technical questions or issues
  • Coordinate with Production Lead to ensure artist projects comply with local and state noise ordinaces
  • Protect festival integrity by encouraging adherence to event schedule
  • Manage rental gear through out the evening, including checking in and out.
  • Coordinate with Production Lead to ensure all projects are running by the start of the festival.
  • Assist artists with technical elements in case of inclement weather.
  • Manage power distribution to the artists.

Necessary Skills

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Knowledge of Lighting, Projection and Sound
  • Ability to troubleshoot Lighting. Projection and Sound
  • Ability to think quickly  on their feet
  • Knowledge of local suppliers
  • Communicate and assist people of varying technical knowledge/skills
  • Comfortable working in the dark overnight
  • Understand electrical safety standards
  • Experience in one off, outdoor events
  • Kneeling and standing ability
  • Ability to work as a team

STIPEND:  $1000

SCHEDULE:

May 16, 2017 – Production Meeting with Artists and Partners (2 hours) – REQUIRED

May 20, 2017 – Training Orientation (2 hours) – REQUIRED

May 24, 2017 – Press Preview (2 hours) Optional

Volunteer Orientation  (2 hours) – Date TBD – REQUIRED

Site visit – Date TBD (2 hours) – REQUIRED

Production/Volunteer Team neighborhood crawl – Optional

June 10-11 – Festival (Estimated: 20 hours-Saturday 1pmSunday 9am)

Festival Debrief Meeting – Date TBD (1 hour) – REQUIRED

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Production Assistants 

We are looking for Production Assistants to support all aspects outdoor art festival production. The team will count on you for various crucial tasks, from organizing supplies to distributing signage to setting up tents.  Production Assistant (referred to as “pa’s”) assists the production team and zone leads with setup, strike and festival operations. A PA also assists in the production office/back of house area with general tasks as needed.

  • Assist Production Coordinator and Producers with general set-up and strike duties in all festival zones
  • Assist Production Coordinator with loading and unloading production vehicles and organizing supplies, both at storage areas and onsite.
  • Make sure that appropriate safety measures are taken into account at every step of the process
  • Advocate safety practices to the rest of the staff
  • Act as a runner distributing messages or items within crew and production team
  • Perform administrative work (answering phones, paperwork etc.)
  • Undertake errands as assigned

High energy and commitment are essential. Need individual who can multi-task, solve problems and do things proactively. The goal is to ensure production gets on smoothly and problem-free.

Requirements

Computer savvy
Excellent organizational and multi-tasking ability
Resourcefulness and problem-solving
A team player with great communication skills
Physical strength and stamina
A valid driver’s license

Ability to drive a rental van (age 25 or older)
Relevant training (e.g. production courses or experience) will be an advantage

Lift 40lbs

Read a site plan

Follow Instructions

Show up on time

Have a personal cell phone that can maintain a charge for 8-10 hours

PAYMENT: HOURLY

SCHEDULE:

June 10 – Day-of set-up (up to 12 hours) – $20/hour stipend

June 11 – Festival Strike (up to12 hours) – $20/hour stipend

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TO APPLY: submit cover letter and resume to jobs@northern.lights.mn with the desired job title in the subject line. Production Lead, Technical Lead, and/or Production Assistant.