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Job (Whitehorse): Venue Technician – Audio

Job (Whitehorse): Venue Technician – Audio


Status: Permanent, Full-time, Flex-time, Varied Shift Work


The Venue Technician (Audio) 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 (Audio) 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 primary focus of the Venue Technician is audio, and will be expected to have knowledge of current audio equipment/software, live event audio mixing as well as a working knowledge of stage lighting and 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 (Audio) is not limited to audio tasks and will be expected to be part of the larger crew when loading in and striking shows as well as venue maintenance. At times, the Venue Technician (Audio) may be called upon to lead crews and create work plans for shows in consultation with the Director of Production.

The Venue Technician (Audio) 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, grant applications 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 (Audio) will be expected to participate in creating a supportive and collaborative space with artists and technical design teams during these residencies.

The Venue Technician (audio) will be expected to support all audio 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.

Position History:

This position is an amendment of the Resident Technician position originally created for the April 1, 1997 PSAC Collective Agreement and revised in August 2010.

Results to be achieved:

  1. Ensure that all audio equipment is in good working order and that the expectations of the artists and clients are achieved.
  2. Ensure that the technical aspects of all productions run smoothly. This may include training and managing rental clients, volunteers and technical crew with little experiance.
  3. Ensure that clients, staff and volunteers operate safely and in accordance with Yukon Arts Centre policy and procedure guidelines.
  4. Ensure effective and timely communications internally among Yukon Arts Centre staff and externally with Yukon Arts Centre clients.
  5. Ensure good morale and teamwork among stage crew and volunteers.
  6. Ensure that both professional touring artist’s and local artist’s production needs are met or exceeded.
  7.  Ensure that relations with local arts groups and performers are managed with diplomacy, patience and a lack of complaint.


  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.
     – Supervision of staff/volunteers/Emerging Technician
     – Casual Stage Hands
     – Technical Volunteers
     – Emerging Technician
     – Supervision of Budget
     – No direct supervision of budget
  12. Provide advice to the Director of Production in preparing annual budget and capital budget.


Dress Blacks (slacks, shirt and shoes) are required when working in front of the public.


1) Knowledge:

  1. Graduation from a recognized theatre technical programme (college or university) or equivalent experience.
  2. Knowledge of current audio equipment/software and live event audio mixing.
  3. Knowledge of stage lighting and stage rigging for the theatre.
  4. Knowledge of theatre production protocols
  5. Basic carpentry and electrical training

2) Skills:

  1. Competent, self sufficient audio mixing and operation
  2. Basic lighting installation, design
  3. Basic operation and management of stage elements
  4. Basic scenic shop skills
  5. Good time management and the ability to schedule others
  6. Basic production administration
  7. Supervision of stage crew
  8. Production planning and scheduling

3) Abilities:

  1. Effective verbal and written communication
  2. Self motivating and able to inspire others
  3. Ability to work well with other technical staff and Yukon Arts Centre Staff
  4. Ability to share knowledge, teach and in turn learn
  5. Ability to work efficiently under stress and maintain a good sense of humour
  6. Ability to adapt to a variety of client or artist demands
  7. Ability to analyse technical problems and offer effective solutions
  8. Ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment
  9. Ability to work effectively with non-professional volunteers

Status: Permanent, Full-time, Flex-time, Varied Shift Work
Probation term of six months
Rate of Pay: $22.24/hour increasing to $23.14 after completion of successful 6-month probation.
Benefits: as per PSAC agreement Article 45
Annual Leave: as per PSAC agreement Article 28
Hours of Work: 40 hours
Effective Date: TBA

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