Venue Technician

Date Posted: Apr 30, 2019
Application Deadline: May 20, 2019
Start Date: Aug 20, 2019

Salary Range: 40K - 60K
Province: Yukon
City: Whitehorse
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Yukon Arts Centre

A non-profit performing arts centre in located in the beautiful Canadian North. With two performance venues, and three galleries, the Yukon Arts Centre is a national leader in presenting cutting-edge works to the Whitehorse community, drawn from local, national, and international artists.

Job Description

The Venue Technician is an integral part of the Yukon Arts Centre production team, which is comprised of two full-time venue technicians, one part-time emerging technician, and casual staff/volunteers. The Venue Technician works within a small team environment which is managed by the Director of Production and is expected to be self-motivated, organized, pro-active and have broad experience to support an eclectic season which is comprised of presentations, conferences, community events, festivals, a residency program, and special events. The Venue Technician is an omni-tech position and will be expected to have working knowledge of audio/lighting equipment/software, live event audio mixing as well as a working knowledge of stage carpentry. The Yukon Arts Centre supports three venues, The Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage Proscenium Theatre, the Old Fire Hall (Black Box Venue) and The Wharf (outdoor venue).
The Venue Technician is expected to be a seamless part of any larger crew when loading in and striking shows as well as participating in venue maintenance. At times, the Venue Technician may be called upon to lead crews and create work plans for shows in consultation with the Director of Production.
The Venue Technician will be expected to contribute to production administration duties as assigned by the Director of Production, which may include internal/external reports, advancing shows, financial reconciliations, expense claims, etc.
The production team supports the @YAC residency program which offers venue and labour support for Yukon artists and companies. This program is designed to encourage the creation and production of new and existing works in dance, theatre, music, music theatre and interdisciplinary performance. The Venue Technician will be expected to participate in creating a supportive and collaborative space with artists and technical design teams during these residencies.
The Venue Technician will be expected to support all audio/lighting production technical needs of Yukon Arts Centre, ensure consistent and positive customer service, train and manage casual and volunteer technical crew, and track and maintain current audio equipment inventory.


1) Knowledge:
a) Graduation from a recognized theatre technical programme (college or university) or equivalent experience.
b) Knowledge of current audio/lighting equipment/software and live event audio mixing.
c) Knowledge of stage rigging for the theatre.
d) Knowledge of theatre production protocols
e) Basic carpentry and electrical training
2) Skills:
a) Competent, self sufficient audio mixing and operation
b) Basic lighting installation, design
c) Basic operation and management of stage elements
d) Basic scenic shop skills
e) Good time management and the ability to schedule others
f) Basic production administration
g) Supervision of stage crew
h) Production planning and scheduling
3) Abilities:
a) Effective verbal and written communication
b) Self motivating and able to inspire others
c) Ability to work well with other technical staff and Yukon Arts Centre Staff
d) Ability to share knowledge, teach and in turn learn
e) Ability to work efficiently under stress and maintain a good sense of humour
f) Ability to adapt to a variety of client or artist demands
g) Ability to analyse technical problems and offer effective solutions
h) Ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment
i) Ability to work effectively with non-professional volunteers

Additional Info:

1) In the absence of the Director of Production liaise with clients, presenters or artists to determine technical requirements. Ensure that information is shared among staff as may be required.
2) Prepare for, set-up, manage and operate presentations as may be required.
3) Facilitate the effective use of theatre’s technical systems to maximize the quality of any presentation.
4) Maintain and operate sound (primarily) and lighting, rigging and other theatrical equipment as may be required.
5) Supervise and/or Train casual crew/volunteers and the emerging technician, as assigned.
6) Ensure that all production related paperwork is completed in a timely fashion including show reports, time sheets etc.
7) Maintain the stage, shop and related areas in clean and safe condition.
8) In consultation with the Director of Production, plan and execute equipment and systems maintenance. Advise the Director of Production on Capital or Major Maintenance requirements.
9) Foresee and avert potentially dangerous situations.
10) All Yukon Arts Centre employees shall be sign off on the Respect in the Work Place Policy, Drug and Alcohol Policy, and Health and Safety regulations published by the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board.
11) Support the coordination, training and organizing of technical volunteers.

How to Apply:

Email cover letter and resume to CEO Casey Prescott at