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Current Openings

 House Sound Engineer

Start Date: October 1
Full Time

MASS MoCA is devoted to contemporary art in all media, presenting 65+ events/year and three multi-day festivals on a 13 acre campus that includes a 10,000 sq/ft black box, a 3,500 sq/ft club, and three outdoor venues.

The House Sound Engineer will supervise, engineer, and direct sound on all productions. The engineer maintains all sound equipment and works in all other production areas as needed - this includes carps and electrics.

Must have experience as front of house and monitor engineer for concerts and theatrical productions with knowledge of microphones and technique, frontline and backline gear, signal processors, amp racks, cable and, above all else, the ability to trouble shoot on critical timelines. Must be familiar with conventional practices of theater stagecraft. BA/BFA or equivalent professional experience.

We work with a wide range of artists in a variety of non-traditional venues. We're looking for a flexible House Sound Engineer who enjoys getting involved in all phases of producing shows and who looks forward to providing excellent service to visiting artists and collaborators.

Send resumé to:, ATT: House Sound Engineer. No phone calls please. Fax or mail maybe be sent to 413.664.4519, ATT: Eric Enderle or

ATT: Eric Enderle
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247

MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.

 Master Electrician/ Stage Crew

Start Date: ASAP
Full Time

Located in North Adams, Massachusetts, MASS MoCA is one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. MASS MoCA presents approximately 65 events per year and operates a 10,000 sq/ft black box theater, a 200- seat club space year round, two outdoor venues in the summer months, plus one to three outdoor summer music festivals per year. Responsibilities include: work with directors and guest directors on lighting for all productions, lighting design for in-house productions and spaces, maintain lighting equipment, serve as light board operator, and set up and strike for all productions.

Although all crew members have their own focused area of expertise, the crew operates as a team and each person assists in all areas of production including stage and riser builds, sound, lights, A/V.

Requirements: BA /BFA or equivalent professional experience, familiar with traditional and conventional practices of theatre stagecraft. Should have experience with executing lighting plots for dance, concerts and theatre productions, as well as ability to adapt to untraditional venues, such as galleries, outdoor stages and street events. Knowledge of ETC ION lighting console preferred.

We work with a wide range of artists and change venues frequently, including off-site and in-gallery productions. We are looking for a master electrician who enjoys being fast on their feet, and likes getting involved in all phases of production from creation to finished product. We also require a person who looks forward to providing excellent service and ideas to visiting artists-in-residence.

Send resumé to: ATT: Master Electrician. No phone calls please.

MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.

MASS MoCA Internship Program

MASS MoCA seeks full-time interns for various departments. Spend any season in the culturally rich, naturally beautiful Berkshires, while gaining invaluable professional experience in the arts. Paid interns are given $100/week stipend and free housing within a block of the complex (cable, internet, and utilities included). Each applicant may apply to a maximum of 2 departments.

Winter/Spring Application deadline:  Monday, November 3, 2014
Internship Dates: Monday, Jan 5, 2015 - Monday, May 25, 2015

Visual Arts (1): Interns assist in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial and education department, giving regular tours of exhibitions, assisting with visiting services, artists relations, transportation of both artists and art, and in the preparation and planning of upcoming exhibitions at MASS MoCA. Must have a valid driver's license, as you will do a fair amount of driving.

Performing Arts Production Interns (2): Interns work with the Production Coordinator, Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, House Sound Engineer, and house crew on all aspects of music -in all sizes from club and festival setup/strike, technical theatre and film. This includes hands-on in all of the following areas - carpentry, lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew.

Marketing/Public Relations (1): Interns work on all aspects of publicizing the organization including writing press releases, giving tours of the galleries, preparing press packets, advertising for all upcoming performing arts events in surrounding areas, researching new forums for publicity, and assisting with public outreach and special events.

Archive Intern: (1): Intern will work in cooperation with several departments to introduce a practical framework for MASS MoCA's collection of  archival media. The candidate will consist of 50% content creation and 50% archiving through our Digital Management system. Applicants should submit a formal portfolio of still images and videos. The portfolio consists of 90% of your application. In addition to your CV, cover letter, and letters of recommendation please include any relevant links: your blog, twitter, tumblr, a favorite blog, website, flickr, etc.

Graphic Design (1): Intern assists in day-to-day tasks of MASS MoCA's in-house design studio, both digital and physical, working closely with the design, curatorial and marketing departments. Working directly with the Creative Director and Senior Designer, this position is 1/3 graphic designer, 1/3 production, and 1/3 jack-of-all-trades. Projects include (but not limited to) production and installation of vinyl exhibition and way finding signage, weekly advertising design, digital archive management, vendor contact, daily museum photography, upkeep of website components, and general studio tasks. Intern should demonstrate enthusiasm, stamina, and willingness to work with a team. Excellent knowledge of Adobe CS4 or higher (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) required, with working to advanced knowledge of Flash. Excellent knowledge of digital photography hardware and intermediate photo editing skills.

Performing Arts Administration (2): Intern works directly with the Managing Director of Performing Arts in the coordination of current and future season planning, general office work, and maintaining and updating all performing arts files. The intern will alternate between the Assistant to the Managing Director and Company Manager with drafting event programs, researching upcoming artists, assisting with artist services, and arranging transportation and housing logistics of visiting artists, staff, and fellow interns. You must have a valid US driver's license, as you will do a fair amount of driving.

Development and Special Events (1): : Intern will be working directly with the Manager of Foundations and Corporate Grants and the Membership Coordinator on all aspects of MASS MoCA’s fundraising activities, including research, grant-writing, direct mail, special events and database management. Interns will be required to work up to 50 hours per week, although some weeks could be longer.  In an average week, you will spend two days working on foundations and corporate grants and two days on membership, with the remaining day alternating as workload requires.

TO APPLY:    Send cover application, letter, resume, and 2 reference letters to: MASS MoCA, c/o Meghan Robertson, Intern Coordinator  1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247 or Fax: (413) 664-4519


Q: How do I apply via email?
A: We encourage you to apply via email. You may submit application materials (this application, cover letter, resume, and two reference letters) in the text of an email or as Microsoft Word attachments. Reference letters may be submitted separately by the person writing the letter. Please ask reference to include contact information in their letter. Submit all applications to Meghan Robertson.

Q: May reference letters be submitted via email?
A: Yes. Two reference letters may be submitted via email with your application or separately. Please ask letter-writers to include contact information.

Q: May I apply via regular mail?
A: Yes. Please address mailed applications to Meghan Robertson, Company Manager, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247.

Q: Are MASS MoCA internships open to international applicants?
A: MASS MoCA can only accept applications from applicants who already have US citizenship or a work visa for work in the USA. Unfortunately we are unable to be a host organization for an international applicant.


Q: How much is the stipend and which departments offer stipend and housing?
A: All departments offer each intern $100/week stipend plus housing for the duration of the internship in that department.

Q: What is housing like?
A: Located within walking distance from MASS MoCA, intern housing is furnished with basic furniture, pots and pans, and silverware. Interns share a bedroom (usually 2 interns per bedroom) and common areas with fellow interns. Interns are responsible for their own meals.

Q: Are pets permitted in intern housing?
A: No. Pets are not permitted in intern housing. Please find alternate pet care for the full duration of your internship.


Q: How many hours do interns work?
A: Full time Interns will work 50+ hours per week. This is the best way to experience the inner workings of each department. Days off are determined by each department according to its needs.

Q: Are interns allowed to leave for several days at a time?
A: If you have a wedding or some other brief (2–3 days) event to attend that has been planned in advance, please inform us ASAP if you are selected for an interview. If you would need to leave the internship for one week or more, please do not apply now. Consider applying in the future when your schedule is more flexible. We are looking for people who can work continuously for the duration of an internship.


Q: Will there be any sort of intern education outside of working in the departments?
A: Yes. Once a week interns will meet for a presentation and discussion by department heads and/or visiting artists. During the summer season, we also plan all-intern excursions to other regional cultural institutions, such as the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theater Festival, Jacob's Pillow and more.

Q: Who covers travel expenses?
A: Each intern is responsible for his or her own travel expenses.

Q: More questions?
A: Please email Meghan Robertson.

 Volunteer Opportunities

Event Staff/Ushers work at live events and gallery openings to help assist patrons. Volunteers need to be able to stand for at least an hour at a time (possibly more, depending on event) and communicate clearly and comfortably with the public.

Administrative helpers work with the development department as needed on mailings and other tasks. Participants must have fine motor skills and be very organized. An ability to copy-edit is also desirable.

Kidspace volunteers staff public hours in the Kidspace gallery, encouraging and assisting children in art-making. They can be responsible for clean-up and locking the facilities at the end of their shift. Kidspace volunteers must be able to work unsupervised and have a demonstrated interest in working with children. Kidspace volunteers must be willing to work alone, learn about the works on view, and offer a welcoming presence to visitors.

Gallery sitters We assist Down Street Art in finding staff for temporary downtown galleries during the summer and fall. Gallery sitters must be willing to work alone, learn about the works on view, and offer a welcoming presence to the public.

Other opportunities Past volunteers have assisted with art installation, maintained live art exhibits (plants/animals/etc.), assisted with Free Day and other community activities, and participated in residencies and live performances. To add your name to our list of volunteer contacts, please contact Catherine at 413.664.4481 ext.8109.

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