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Current Openings

 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.

 Security Staff

Enjoy people? Enjoy art? MASS MoCA is hiring temporary seasonal security staff.
The right candidates will enjoy working in a museum environment and have the ability to communicate clearly and cordially with our guests. A flexible schedule including weekend and holiday work, walking and standing for extended periods of time, and just a touch of patience will be required.

To apply, obtain and complete an application from MASS MoCA's Box office at 87 Marshall Street, North Adams. You can also email a resumé and cover letter to No phone calls please. MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce. Retirees encouraged to apply.

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.

Summer Internships dates: Monday, June 1 - Monday, September 7 (subject to availability). Applications due: Monday, March 2.;

Stage Tech / Performing Arts Production (3):  Interns work with the Production Coordinator, Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, House Sound Engineer, and house crew on all aspects of technical theatre, music, and films.  This includes hands-on in all of the following areas: carpentry, lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew.  During the summer, there will be a full load-in/out of a 3-stage and 3-day music festival, Solid Sound, curated by Wilco, and a 3-week residency with Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute.

Visual Arts (1): Interns assist in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and help with the preparations for upcoming programs as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. Responsibilities may include administrative duties, research, writing, and any number of unexpected errands or jobs required to help maintain an ambitious exhibition program of contemporary art. Interns will also devote 1.5 days per week to the Education department, giving regular tours of exhibitions, interacting with museum visitors, and developing focused "spotlight" talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, strong writing and research skills, and a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule.  Must have a drivers’ license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

Archive/Photography: (1): The intern will be managing MASS MoCA’s digital assets by sorting, indexing, and uploading visual and performing arts materials, including artist interviews and work-in-progress rehearsals.  You will be digitizing all of MASS MoCA’s archives, art fabrication, and installation and producing short videos on MASS MoCA’s website and other outlets.  You will be using Final Cut Pro X, and will be working in cooperation with Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Information Technology staff to manage MASS MoCA’s large video works, both video archival and new material in our Digital Asset Management system - Resource Space.

Graphic Design: 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 advertisement 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.

Senior Museum Education Intern (up to 12 months, starting June 2015 - 1 position available):
This internship is a great opportunity for a recent college graduate to spend up to a year upon review deepening his/her experience in the many dimensions of museum education; many of our past interns have gone on to graduate school for education or have been placed in education positions in schools and other museums. The Senior Intern position’s responsibilities are broken down by semester. During the summer, the intern will focus on learning about public engagement by: conducting conversational-style tours in the main galleries; covering shifts at the information desk; running public hours in Kidspace; helping visitors explore the exhibition and create their own works of art at the drop-in ArtBar; and assisting with Art Ninjas Summer Camps. During the fall, the focus turns to school programming and responsibilities including: conducting school partnership tours; planning artist residencies; and developing Art Assembly performances teacher guides. During the spring, the intern continues conducting tours while also focusing on Kidspace museum curation including: assisting with floor plans; arranging meetings with artists; and developing exhibition text and teacher guide materials. The intern plays an integral role in the department working as part of a team in planning programs, and serves as the right hand of the Director of Education + Kidspace, assisting her with everything from grant writing to exhibition planning.

Museum Education Intern (3 months, June 2015 - August 2015 - 1 position available): 
The summer internship is an opportunity for a current or recently graduated college student who wants to explore the dynamic world of museum education. The summer intern is primarily responsible for interacting with the public by conducting conversational-style tours in the main galleries, serving at the information desk, and running public hours in Kidspace, helping visitors explore the exhibition and create their own works of art at the drop-in ArtBar. The interns also help with teen programs including the month-long Teen Artist Residency, and other public programs as needed. The intern is also assigned specific projects that may include preparing materials for programs, writing tour guide information packets, and conducting research on artists and educational programs. Successful candidates should be self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, strong oral, writing, and research skills, an enthusiasm for public speaking, and strong customer service skills. Preference is given to candidates with museum / art education experience. Weekend hours required.

Box Office (1):  Interns assist both the Box Office Manager and Box Office Coordinator with promoting performances and exhibitions to the public, acting as a greeter, and providing customer service (general information about MASS MoCA, North Adams, Western Massachusetts - often includes giving directions and/or recommendations of other highlights of Berkshire County), as well as maintaining the overall look of the lobby. Interns are responsible for providing phone and administrative support, processing ticket orders, maintaining mailing list database, pulling a variety of lists from our database, and responsible for daily cash draw. Interns will also assist in giving tours of the galleries, updating and organizing all visitor service materials including maps, database of hotels and any other visitor relation duties that may arise. Interns will be responsible for knowing and serving as the information source for after-hour outdoor exhibitions.  Candidates must be able to move in Sunday, May 17th and stay through Sunday, August 30th, not negotiable.

TO APPLY: Send application, cover letter, resume, and 2 reference letters to: MASS MoCA, c/o Meghan Robertson, Intern Coordinator, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, email, 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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