Lighting Designer

Posted Date: February 1, 2019

About the Company

Meow Wolf is an art collective and production company creating and operating immersive, interactive multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages to 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 exhibitions throughout the United States working with hundreds of artists. 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 ethos of the company is often described as radically inclusive; collaborators are given 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

Lighting Designers work in Meow Wolf’s Tech Department as members of the Lighting Team creatively integrate lighting into permanent exhibitions and other installations. Meow Wolf’s highly immersive world-building aesthetic calls for a diverse array of custom embedded lighting fixtures, projection mapping, as well as a palette of Meow Wolf approved industry fixtures that exist as part of the built environment. The Lighting Designer will work in various areas of the design and technical process depending on the project, from conceptual design, to specifying fixtures, to building out previsualization and lighting plots, to physical integration and programming.  The Lighting Designer should not only have a solid grounding in lighting design aesthetics, but also have familiarity with lighting integration and control within permanent architectural spaces and art installations.

The Lighting Designer will work collaboratively with a team of lighting stakeholders, including other lighting designers, installation artists and creative direction, systems designers, and a variety of Tech Department members.

Job Requirements

Required Education and Experience

  • Lighting Design degree or equivalent experience
  • Expertise within 2 of the following 3 areas: large industry fixtures, projection mapping, and addressable pixels.
  • Designing and programming using a lighting consoles (Hog4), TouchDesigner, and Arduino LED libraries

Familiarity with the following a plus:

  • Paradigm
  • GeoPix
  • FastLED
  • Processing and Java
  • C# & Unity
  • Color Theory


  • Accountability
  • Adaptability
  • Communication
  • Quality Focus
  • Radical Inclusiveness
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Team Focus

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


Travel is expected in 2019.

Job Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work with Creative Directors and Lighting Creative Leads to develop lighting design of spaces
  • Work with Lighting Team to develop interactive lighting experiences
  • Specify lighting fixtures and control systems for various custom applications
  • Integrate lighting into design process with lighting plots and previz
  • Plan and manage physical lighting integration
  • Program lighting sequences and animations
  • Rapid prototyping and troubleshooting of lighting systems
  • Documenting systems after completion
  • Reporting to Tech General Manager and Tech Project Manager keeping on track with milestones and deadlines

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional studio and office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. This role also includes standard equipment use such as powered and non-powered tools and various art making materials. The employee will comply with company and OSHA standard workplace safety protocols. The employee will routinely use respirators in the presence of any dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors.

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 40 pounds. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those of medium work. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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.

Time Commitment

Full Time


Business Unit


Full-time employees receive the following benefits:

  • Paid time off
  • Health Insurance
  • Free gym membership (Santa Fe only)
  • 2 classes per semester at Santa Fe Community College
  • As a rapidly growing company, our benefits will be expanding and a more comprehensive package is soon to follow.

This is an opportunity to become a part of a dynamic and collaborative culture, a beacon of creativity and community in the global economy. Meow Wolf employees 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.