Shop & Studio Lead

Purpose: To manage the daily upkeep of Meow Wolf’s fabrication shop and artistic studio. 

Location: Santa Fe, NM.

Compensation: This is an exempt position. The starting pay for this position is $70,000. Compensation will vary based on experience.

Meow Wolf is a social impact art project that fuels a business, and a business that fuels a social impact art project. We create immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences into fantastic realms of story and exploration.

Do you thrive in a creative environment and come with experience managing an art studio or shop? Meow Wolf is seeking a multi-talented Shop and Studio Lead to join the Artistic Development & Production team; the position is an integral member of the leadership team and an important support role for the entire department of people making physical art. The Shop and Studio Lead will manage the day-to-day upkeep of the fabrication shop and artistic studio, including equipment maintenance, managing space allocation, preparing areas for new builds and mockups, inventory management and stocking shop consumables, leading demos and training for specific heavy equipment, and fabricating wood and metal projects as needed. There will be occasional opportunities for production team build projects as well, as needed.

The Shop and Studio Lead will have experience working in a collaborative environment and will demonstrate proficiency working with a variety of artistic and fabrication materials and techniques. They will display a strong ability to proactively identify and solve issues that could hinder production. The Shop and Studio Lead is expected to independently make decisions according to the following principles, in order:

  1. Safety
  2. Find ways to make it easier for team members to create art
  3. Identify efficiencies in our operation

The Shop and Studio Lead will field day-to-day tasks from the Production Director, Production Managers and the Sr. Director of Design & Production. They will strive to bring out the best in others, both creatively and culturally, as a considerate and reliable team member.  


You will maintain and manage various areas of the fabrication shop and artistic studio, thereby providing a safe and creative space for Meow Wolf artists to make their art. 

How you will do it…

  • Perform or supervise tool maintenance in all Artistic Development & Production Team work areas: Art studio, casting, fabrics, wood, metal, 3D Printing, CNC. Track maintenance records and duty cycles in Meow Wolf’s maintenance and inspection database.
  • Coordinate and manage outside maintenance vendors when needed 
  • Manage production inventory and restock consumables and tools as needed 
  • Instruct team members on safe operation of all tools and equipment
  • Keep up-to-date records of safety instructional confirmation sign-offs for team members on each major piece of equipment 
  • Lead material process demos for team members  
  • Plan and execute shop upgrades and layout optimization as needed
  • Research new equipment options and prepare purchase requests
  • Build shop furniture and other shop fixtures including movable walls, racks, and tables
  • Prepare work areas before new builds and mockups commence
  • Regularly organize the studios and shops, working with Production Managers to ensure studios and shops are set up to best serve current projects 
  • Work with the Purchasing Team to ensure that inventory items are reordered when inventory items are running low and work with the Shipping and Receiving Team to accept new materials as they arrive. Restock all consumables and inventory materials as needed.
  • Lead the charge during Tidy Fridays (our end-of-week, 1 hour full team cleanup), mobilizing people to help in the areas that need the most work
  • Work as fabricator/artist support member on team build projects when needed
  • Maintain an OSHA 30 certification

To be successful in this role...

  • You bring 5 to 7 years experience working in an artistic, fabrication, and/or production focused field
  • You come with studio/ shop maintenance and teaching experience 
  • You know how to safely and skillfully operate a forklift, scissor lift, and gantry crane 
  • You possess experience with a wide variety of tools and art processes 
  • You are a patient teacher and communicator 
  • You are an excellent collaborator and can work with a variety of personalities 
  • You come with basic Google Suite experience 

Essential tools to set you up for success…

You must possess an in-depth knowledge of core tools and equipment as they will be utilized on a daily basis (subject to change): 

Panel saw - Table saws - Band saws - Chop saw - Jointer - Planer - Belt Sander - Router table - Millermatic Welders - Metal saws - Mill - Lathe - Drill press - CNC Router - Vacuum Former - Amada Laser Cutter - Epilogue Laser Cutter - FDM & SLA 3D Printers - Spray Booth with Matthews Paint System

Work environment and physical demands…

  • This position is based in Santa Fe, NM.
  • This is a full-time position averaging 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm MT or 10 am to 6 pm MT. Alternatively, a 10 hour/4 day week schedule may be implemented instead, and will be at the company’s discretion. Occasional evening and weekend work, as well as travel to off-site locations, may be required as job duties demand. 
  • All employees will comply with company and OSHA standard workplace safety protocols. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions..
  • This role also includes standard equipment use such as powered and non-powered tools and various art making materials.
  • The employee will routinely use respirators in the presence of any dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gasses, smokes, sprays, or vapors.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds
  • The employee may also be required to drive ~ 2 hrs round trip on occasion to pick up or drop off specific equipment. 

We will teach you the Meow Wolf way by…

  • Taking a deep dive into departmental inner workings and reviewing project goals.
  • Exploring Meow Wolf Origins.
  • Attending Meow Wolf’s Immersiversity.
  • Reviewing Meow Wolf’s purpose and corporate policies and training.

Are you…

  • Forward thinking and creative in your approach to problem solving with the ability to identify process improvement opportunities?
  • Experienced in managing processes or projects and driving change through positive influence?
  • Adept at learning new platforms?
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks while demonstrating excellent time management?
  • Able to exhibit professional judgment and decision-making skills?
  • Self-motivated, self-managing, adaptable to changing needs and taking on new tasks, and receptive to receiving direction?
  • Patient with yourself and with others, and able to work collaboratively and thoughtfully with fellow human beings?
  • Able to contribute to the overall happiness and health of the team and help keep the vibe alive?

If you answered ‘YES’ to all of the above, then what are you waiting for? APPLY MEOW!


The organization is comprised of individuals who inspire creativity in people's lives through art and exploration, so that our combined imaginations can transform the world we live in. Every role is a vital component and thereby essential in creating exhibitions that will serve as anchors, borne in deep radical collaboration with local artists and communities, thus fueling our social impact initiatives. Each hire allows us to enhance our surrounding communities and the true source of our creativity, reputation, and vitality.

Meow Wolf is committed to our DIY roots and grassroots community support principles. To document that commitment, we converted our legal designation into a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation and have certified as a B Corporation. As a B Corp, we have a triple bottom line of supporting financial, social and environmental wellbeing in our community.

Our four areas of impact are:

·       Respect for Creative Communities

·       Respect for Collaborating Artists

·       Respect for our Environment

·       Respect for our Employees


The choices we make concerning our benefits during enrollment periods are among the most important we select for ourselves and our families. As part of the total compensation package for full-time employees, Meow Wolf offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various options to meet individual healthcare and financial needs along with many perks.  Please visit for more information.


Meow Wolf is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to ensuring all employees enjoy and thrive in a work environment where differences make us the vibrant, wonderful community we are! All employment decisions at Meow Wolf are based on business need, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, veteran status, service in the military or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law