Lighting Designer/Developer at Meow Wolf Inc.

Company: Meow Wolf Inc.

Location: Santa Fe, USA
Type: Full-Time
Category: Technologist


The Lighting Designer/Developer will work as part of Meow Wolf’s tech team to 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 that exist as part of the built environment. The Lighting Designer/Developer will work in various areas of this design process depending on the project, from conceptual design, to specing fixtures and building vendor relations, to building out previsualization and lighting plots, to physical integration and programming. The Lighting Designer/Developer should not only have a solid grounding in lighting design aesthetics, but also have experience with lighting integration and control within permanent architectural spaces and art installations.

The Lighting Designer/Developer will work collaboratively with a team of lighting stakeholders, including other lighting designers, physical artists and art direction, electrical infrastructure designers, and a variety of tech team members.

Salary Range: $60000 – $65000

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

Work with art directors to develop lighting design of spaces
Work with tech team to develop interactive lighting experiences
Specify lighting fixtures and control systems for various custom applications
Develop and maintain vendor relations for ordering and contract labor
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

Required Education and Experience

• Lighting Design degree or equivalent experience
• Arduino

Familiarity with the following a plus:
• Mosaic Designer
• TouchDesigner
• Processing and Java
• Color Theory

Familiarity with the following a plus: Mosaic Designer, C# & Unity, Processing & Java, Color Theory

Preferred Education and Experience
• 1-2 years of supervisory experience.
• 1-2 year of typesetting experience.
• Accountability
• Adaptability
• Communication
• Quality Focus
• Radical Inclusiveness
• Knowledge and Skills
• Team Focus
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. The tech work environment is in the same building as scenic art production and wood and metal fabrication shops.
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 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.
Low travel is expected for this position for 2018. Greater potential for travel in 2019.
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.

How To Apply:

Application instructions:
Please visit us at:
Please provide a cover letter answering the following questions:
• What is(are) your greatest strength(s) as a lighting designer/developer?
• What technologies, platforms, and languages are you most familiar with?
• What technologies do you hope to learn more about or work with in the future?
• What is most exciting to you about making interactive environments?
• What is most exciting to you about joining the Meow Wolf Creative Studios?
• What is your ideal job like?
• Anything else you want us to know?

Please send examples of relevant previous projects.

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 with Meow Wolf Inc., dba Meow Wolf Creative Studios (hereafter referred to as Creative Studios), which Meow Wolf established in January 2017 as the parent organization for all of Meow Wolf’s subsidiary endeavors. Creative Studios 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. Creative Studios currently has three subsidiaries and is raising investment to expand parent company activities to become a full creative studio.
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.