Work with Us
Assembly Festival set the standard for theatre, comedy and entertainment and are one of the largest multi-venue operators on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We present high calibre work in temporary theatre spaces across the city ranging from lecture theatres and churches to tents and shipping containers. 2018 marks Assembly’s 38th year, and we will present a programme of over 200 shows in comedy, theatre, dance and music drawn from over 12 countries across 5 hubs including the magnificent Assembly Hall, our year round home – Assembly Roxy, Assembly Rooms, George Square and surrounding spaces and Assembly Checkpoint.
Assembly Festival supports the principle of equal opportunity in employment and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religious or political beliefs. To avoid discriminatory practise in recruitment of new employee’s, selection for interview is based entirely on job related criteria.
Our application process for 2018 is now open, and if you’d like to work with us, please use the links below to search for available positions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Temporary Roles - Festival 2018
There are a variety of paid positions available with Assembly as part of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We require all our staff to be over 18 (due to Licensing restrictions), available for work for the month of August and be prepared to work flexible hours, have a UK bank account, speak fluent English and have the necessary visa requirements to work in the UK.
Applications for these positions can made via our online application form which can be completed from here, and further information about the roles available can be found below.
We try to interview all members of staff prior to employment and interviews will take place in Edinburgh, London and via Skype during April and May. We will also be posting additional information about any temporary management roles on this page, so do keep checking back for further information. However due to the large volume of applications received we can’t contact everyone who applies so if you don’t hear from us by June then we’re very sorry!
As part of the Assembly Festival team you will receive a highly coveted Assembly Festival staff pass, which gives you the chance to see any Assembly Festival show for free, and gives you a significant discount at Assembly Festival bars. On top of that, as well as knowing you are part of the most exciting venue team on the Fringe, we can guarantee a whole heap of fun and the chance to meet loads of new people. Last year our quality programme of 170 shows each day included comedy, dance, music, theatre and juggling, this year there’s over 200 shows so there’s definitely something for everyone in the programme! Alongside our artistic presentation we run a number of fantastic bars across our five Festival hubs, including the famous Assembly George Square which becomes the beating heart of the Fringe each August and in over 35 years of operation, Assembly has developed a reputation for excellence with both artists and audiences, and people travel from all over the world to join our team during the Festival; this year, why not join us.
Front of House Team
We’ll be looking for gregarious and outgoing people who love chatting with the public, working as part of a team and getting things done on time. You will be responsible for getting our audiences into and out of our venues safely and smoothly at the start and end of each show, and ensuring that we keep to a tight running schedule. You have to be interested in theatre, music and comedy and be able to talk to customers about Assembly shows, as well as being polite and helpful, even when under pressure, and conveying enthusiasm for, and knowledge of our diverse artistic programme.
Box Office Team
The team are trained to have a thorough knowledge of the ticketing system and our extensive multi-arts programme. As a member of Box Office staff you will be an important and skilled team member, able to sell all varieties of tickets and special offers, resolve customer queries, advise and direct customers, and make recommendations from our exciting and diverse range of shows. We will be looking for cheerful and professional people happy to gather and organise information for our customers, providing unbeatable customer service at this front line position.
Are you confident, charming and never sit still? Then the Assembly Festival Street Team is the place for you! Every year the Assembly Festival Street Team promotes and upsells tickets for a variety of our shows. Assembly Festival needs people who can quickly learn about our shows and sell like a pro, you will actively engage the general public in conversation, on the streets of Edinburgh, about our shows so we need people who bring bags of enthusiasm, confidence and self-motivation. You will be a frontline Assembly brand ambassador, which involves maintaining an impeccable uniform and tidy appearance, being polite and helpful (even at the end of your shift when it’s raining!), and conveying enthusiasm for and knowledge of our diverse artistic programme.
Bars are an essential part of the Assembly Festival experience, they are the social areas where audiences and performers gather, adding to the energetic buzz of the Fringe. At Assembly we pride ourselves on creating unique, professional and safe environments for performers and audiences to unwind. We run a number of fantastic bars across all five of our Festival hubs, including in our famous George Square Gardens which becomes the beating heart of the Fringe each August. If you have previous bar or waiting experience, are passionate about all aspects of bar service, willing to work hard and learn new skills, then it may be for you.
We operate a number of street food outlets around George Square and need keen foodies, servers, chefs or people who just like working hard to join our team. It’s a part of our organisation of which we are immensely proud and take very seriously, as it sits alongside our Food Festival in July. It can be hard going as we can serve over 1000 people a day through a unit, meaning more than a person a minute, which is a lot of pizza and pad thai! It’s fast paced, stressful at times but always served with fun and a smile and you get to know that you’re keeping the festival running, as there wouldn’t be shows without food for the performers and other staff!
There are a number of roles currently available on our Technical Team, and we contract over 100 technicians including lighting and sound technicians, stage managers, carpenters, riggers and general site crew to build and deliver our programme in 24 temporary venues. Our team transform old churches, lecture theatres and grand halls as well as creating a Spiegelgarden in George Square. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality professional service, and our technical team comes from all over the world to work with us and the companies that form our programme. If you’re an experienced professional or a recent technical graduate and are if you’re interesting in a challenging role working as part of our awesome team then please drop a CV and cover note to email@example.com
We require a Site Electrician to join our Site Team, to assist with the build and delivery of our 25 temporary venues across Edinburgh. Our team transform old churches, lecture theatres and grand halls as well as creating a Spiegelgarden in George Square. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality professional service, and our site team comes from all over the world to work with us and the companies that form our programme.
The role will require the applicant to have highly developed skills in the following areas:
- Experience in installation of outdoor heavy mains.
- Electrical distribution
- External lighting design and installation
- Basic understanding of BS7909 and BS7671 and current regulations as applicable.
- Rigging and truss installation.
- Exercising all necessary safe work practices and job safety analysis.
- Use of hand and power tools, including the ability to problem solve creative ways to completes tasks safely.
- Communicating quickly and accurately throughout the team and across departments.
- Managing priorities and expectations as tasks are completed or delegated.
If you’re interested in a challenging role working as part of our awesome team then please drop a CV and cover note to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are recruiting for a Website Coordinator and Digital Content Coordinator to join the team for the festival this year. These exciting roles, are essential in the shaping and communictaing of our festival season. If you are interested in a busy and challenging role, working as part of our marketing team read the job descriptions below.
To apply please send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com. Interviews will take place at our Edinburgh Office or via Skype. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as we will be shortlisting and interviewing throughout the process. The roles are Edinburgh based.
Download Job Description here
Digital Content Coordinator
Download Job Description here
Assembly Festiival are seeking staff to run our Reception throughout the festival. This role is key to the opertaion and communication of our festival, supporting artists, visiting companies, promoters and the wider Assembly team.
This role is Edinburgh based, and interviews will be held in Edinburgh, the week commencing June 25th.
Applications close Midday, Monday 25th June