Tech Maintenance: Sound (Las Vegas)

Posted Date: August 29, 2019

About the Company

Meow Wolf is an arts collective and production company that creates and operates immersive, interactive multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastical realms of storytelling. Founded in 2008 by a small group of artists, writers, musicians, and makers looking to create an egalitarian space for artistic expression, Meow Wolf’s first exhibits were created in warehouses on shoestring budgets. Since then, Meow Wolf has created 25 exhibits all over the United States, and worked with hundreds of artists.
The current job offering is to work at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM for training and then to transition full-time to Las Vegas, NV. Meow Wolf is one of the fastest growing startups in New Mexico and is a Delaware registered B Corporation, a socially responsible business designation. The company is working to expand to other cities, but will operate from headquarters in Santa Fe, NM.
The ethos of the company is often described as radically inclusive, where people are given the space to be expressive, creative, and effective. Unlike a traditional corporate setting, this produces an environment where no job is too low for anyone, and no ambition too high.

Job Description

The Tech Maintenance person, with a speciality in Sound, will work closely with the Tech Department in Santa Fe during the build process for Las Vegas learning best practices, standard operating procedures, as well as building and creating documentation of custom interactive artwork, objects and installations that seam together sensors, microcontrollers, computers, lights, sound, video, and electromechanical elements that will be part of the Vegas exhibition. The Tech Maintenance role will ultimately be responsible for maintaining the exhibition onsite in Vegas which includes keeping all technical systems secure, functional, and up to date.

Job Requirements

  1. QSC’s Q-Sys Platform
  2. Max/MSP
  3. A comprehensive understanding of the hardware and software pallette of the Meow Wolf Sound Team
  4. Understanding of vendors and contractors available to hire
  5. Strong composition and sound sound design background
  6. Strong creative problem solving skills
  7. Extensive experience with collaborative work environments
  8. Experience with interactive audio systems
  9. Experience with generative audio systems
  10. Experience with mechanically actuated musical systems
  11. Experience with spatial sound systems
  12. A well-rounded understanding of modern musical styles and practices
  13. Clear and articulate communication skills
  14. Clear and articulate documentation skills

Bonus points for familiarity with the following:

  1. Acoustics
  2. Film scoring
  3. Art installations
  4. Themed Entertainment

Competencies

  1. Accountability
  2. Adaptability
  3. Communication
  4. Quality Focus
  5. Radical Inclusiveness
  6. Knowledge and Skills
  7. Team Focus

Job Responsibilities

Primary responsibility will be keeping the sound show tech systems operational. This person will have comprehensive knowledge of all sound technical systems in the show. This includes all sound components as well as controlling global and local audio via the console, microcontrollers and media servers.

The Tech Maintenance person is in charge of keeping these systems operational and coordinating with the maintenance staff to fix and maintain these systems at the highest standard of quality. They are also responsible for training staff (MODs, Docent Leads, etc.) to engage with the tech in the show and fix minor daily problems via our custom show control system. When necessary they will manage the assessment, ordering, and safe repair for larger broken tech systems.

  1. Work with Docent Leads to make sure any immediately solvable problems are dealt with.
  2. Review the Docent Bug Report and Tech Failure Log for changes in daily operation.
  3. Replace electronic parts, and low voltage sound components as needed.
  4. Install new cabling in and out of exhibition as it relates to art installations.
  5. Keep track of Tech Maintenance inventory, and order parts as needed.
  6. Clean, and maintain tech closet/nook electronics.
  7. Work with other Ops teams to keep the Vegas exhibition fresh, and functional.
  8. Add new content to exhibit devices.
  9. Install, connect, and test any new electronic devices, as appropriate.
  10. Be available for consultation on any tech issues relating to the Vegas exhibition.
  11. Work with physical maintenance team to solve any AC power problems, or upgrades.
  12. Contribute creatively and technically to upgrades.
  13. Document all upgrades and changes.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. This role also includes standard equipment for immersive experiences such as sensors, microcontrollers, computers, lights, sound, video, and electromechanical elements.

Physical Demands

The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are TBD.

Travel

This position will require travel from Santa Fe to Las Vegas, eventually transitioning full-time to Las Vegas.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Application instructions:

Please provide a cover letter answering the following questions:

  1. What technologies, platforms, processes, and/or languages are you most familiar with in relation to lighting?
  2. What experience do you have in terms of Sound, Tech Fabrication, and programming physical computing experiences?
  3. What technologies do you hope to learn more about or work with in the future?
  4. What is(are) your greatest strength(s) as a lighting technician / designer?
  5. What is most exciting to you about joining the Meow Wolf?
  6. Anything else you want us to know?

Please send examples of relevant previous projects with samples of documentation you created.

Time Commitment

Full Time

Location

Business Unit