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Work opportunities at VenueTech

Full-time Employment

37.5 hours per week
Applications before 15th January 2023

VenueTech seeks a friendly and capable production technician to join our team for 2023.

This is a diverse role that centres around Venue Technician duties in support of hirers of Whakatu Nelson's Theatre Royal and Centre of Musical Arts. Includes involvement with regional festivals and stand-alone events.

Core duties encompass:

  • Providing professional hands-on technical support utilising venue sound, lighting, av, and rigging systems.
  • Custodian-type tasks, including providing hirers access, briefings and general production/venue support/supervision.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of technical facilities and equipment.
  • Pre-production administration to assist with broader planning.

Our ideal candidate understands all event technical disciplines and has previous experience in a similar role.

Ideal strengths that would complement our existing team include the following:

  • Theatrical lighting systems
  • Lighting operation for theatre and live music
  • Operation of and rigging to counter-balance fly-towers
  • Production/stage management workflows.

We work alongside various venue hirers and performance styles that encompass community productions and touring professionals.
Practical industry-centric hard skills are as crucial as a handle on best/safe practices, clear communication and leadership soft skills.

While we would love to attract someone with a foundation of industry experience, we acknowledge the skills shortage in our sector, so we are prepared to offer training for the right candidate.

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week.
Starting rate between $24-28/hr (depending on the applicant's skill/experience)
90-day trial period to assess our suitability to one another.

Work hours are irregular, scheduled to meet our client's needs and include long days and shifts on weekends and evenings.
We are targeting a start date of 7th February 2023, but we can be flexible to accommodate the circumstances of the chosen candidate.


To Apply
Submissions and enquiries to before 15th January 2023.

Casual Technical Crew

No fixed hours - Apply at any time

While we may not have any immediate opportunities, we are always open to receiving a CV or letter of interest from people looking for mahi - especially if you are (or will be) based locally, and have a background in the industry.

Nelson is a small town with a very limited market which is not always enough to sustain more than our core team, though we like to keep an open mind that this may not always be the case!

About VenueTech

VenueTech was established in 2019 by JR Richardson as the natural progression from a decade of sole-tradership. The goal was to increase capacity and enjoyment by building a team of like-minded professionals to work alongside regularly.

While the pandemic was a significant challenge, our longstanding relationship with Nelson's Theatre Royal and Centre of Music Arts kept us busy enough to get through. VenueTech continues to care for and upgrade these facilities while working closely with each of its hires to support whatever their events require.

VenueTech also supports standalone events and regional keystone festivals, including the annual Nelson Arts, Fringe and Ceol Aneas Irish Music, and the biennial Adam International Chamber Music Festival.

Beyond events, we offer maintenance programs to facilities such as high school drama rooms and halls; educational workshops on sound and lighting, and regularly host gateway students or secondary school interns.

We have an inventory of excellent live sound equipment and a desire to expand our offerings to include lighting and AV solutions.
Our team is small but quietly growing, and our workload is incredibly diverse.

We pride ourselves on providing clean and well-maintained venues; reliable and modern equipment; fostering positive working environments that are inclusive and low-stress while attaining high-quality outcomes that connect audiences to artists - and vice versa.