Open Positions: Northern Spark Production Staff


We are looking for several individuals for 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.


Available roles listed below. Submit cover letter and resume to with “Production Assistant” in the subject line. Deadline to apply: May 20th, 2017.


Production Department– Job Descriptions


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.


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



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

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