Mermaid Seeks Venue Technician


(Either 1x Full-time OR 2x Part time positions available- dependent on candidates)

Job Description & Person Specification

Mermaid Arts Centre is County Wicklow’s creative powerhouse. We connect artists and communities across County Wicklow in sharing artistic experiences that spark curiosity, delight and debate, while fostering pride, pleasure and well-being.

We gather artists and audiences together to create, participate in and enjoy unforgettable artistic experiences. We provide an artist-led creative hub and artistic resource for artists and companies in County Wicklow, working in both professional and amateur contexts. We sustain the work of artists through employment opportunities, advocacy and practical supports for their creative development. We enrich the lives of all communities in County Wicklow through the creation, co-creation and presentation of a diverse programme of excellent contemporary arts experiences.

The Venue Technician is a key member of the team and is directly responsible to the Technical Manager, and ultimately to the Artistic Director.

In consultation with the Technical Manager, the Venue Technician is responsible for the technical and staging requirements of all activities in the centre and off site. All activities, work and roles operate in a spirit of internal and external co-operation, collaboration, and communication. All staff are expected to maintain this spirit as a professional priority in their work.

Mermaid runs a year- round programme of theatre and dance, music, film, comedy, and multidisciplinary events as well as exhibitions and workshops. It also includes an important and strong element of local amateur productions. Technical requirements and involvement vary for each event / production.

Full job description available here

Person Specification

The successful candidate will ideally be a technical professional person with appropriate theatre experience as a technician and possess the following;

  • experience of working in an arts centre or similar establishment
  • a strong interest in contemporary and traditional arts, theatre, music, visual art and live events
  • the ability and willingness to work irregular and flexible hours, especially nights and weekends (parking available)
  • a positive, collaborative and inclusive attitude to work and colleagues
  • excellent time keeping and reliability
  • the ability to work well under pressure and stay calm and helpful
  • experience of working as part of a team
  • strong practical and communication skills

Recruitment Process

Please forward a CV and cover letter outlining appropriate skills and experience to recruit@mermaidartscentre.ie with ARTS CENTRE / THEATRE TECHNICIAN POSITION in the subject line.

You must submit your application to recruit@mermaidartscentre.ie by Tuesday 29th August 2023 at 5pm (no late applications will be accepted in any circumstances).

We particularly encourage applications from members of groups who are underrepresented in the cultural sector. Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from people of all genders, nationalities, races, cultural backgrounds, ages, religions, languages, different abilities, sexual orientations or socio-economic statuses. Mermaid is committed to equality and diversity in the workplace, and to supporting our team with ongoing career development opportunities.

If you have any access requirements or additional needs, please let us know and we will find a way to support and facilitate your application. We are committed to providing as much support as possible to individuals. Questions and concerns can be directed to Eoin Fegan, Technical Manager, at tech@mermaidartscentre.ie.

All applicants will receive a response by Friday 1st September and shortlisted candidates will need to be available for interview on Wednesday 6th September 2023.

Mermaid is core funded by Wicklow County Council and the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.