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SPACE Event Staff Description

SPACE’s Event Staff manage the flow and production of SPACE’s public programs in addition to supporting representatives of the programming and operations staff. SPACE prides itself on a unique community of staffers who pursue creative projects and believe in the inclusive, experimental, and creative community we seek to foster. Our Event Staff share outreach responsibility in these uniquely public facing positions and are ambassadors for SPACE in the community at our events. 

Event Staff members work the front door/reception for concerts or larger public programs and are trained (TIPS Certification for bartending, paid for by SPACE) to tend our bar during events. Additional training is available for those who would like to become sound engineers or production support for live events. SPACE seeks to create a safe space through our event space and look for like-minded individuals who want to make an inclusive, safe space for socializing for a diverse audience in downtown Portland. 

We ask that event staff members will be able to work at least 3-4 events a month, evening and weekend availability is a must. However, based on our program calendar and staff availability, these positions can not guarantee any amount of hours per month and can range from having many opportunities to fewer during slow programming seasons. Event staff members must be available to work (occasionally late) nights and weekends. 

Our ideal candidates are creatives who would like to contribute to SPACE for additional cash, and would like to tap into the network and community SPACE fosters. SPACE supplements earned tips to ensure that event staff are paid an internal minimum of $15/hour; tips generated by bar income are split among staff. During event rentals of our venue SPACE Event Staff receive a rental bonus for their shifts, and sound shifts are $150/shift. All SPACE staff get into all events at SPACE for free.

Volunteer Open Call! Join us at Space!

Join the SPACE Volunteer Team!

Volunteers are and have been the backbone of SPACE, and we are so grateful to our public ambassadors and for their generous, vivacious, and wonderful spirits that have brightened our building and events. Thank you volunteers!

If you or someone you know would like to become a part of the volunteer team here at SPACE, please fill out this online application (Google Forms), or email Jocelyn Leighton at for more information. Jocelyn is our volunteer manager and would love to hear from you.

Volunteering at SPACE includes working the door at our events for live music, film, theater, and more. We also will be bringing back gallery sitting hours slowly but surely. Additional opportunities for volunteering include gallery installing, deinstalling, flyering, staff/volunteer trainings, and much more!

SPACE Gallery is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary art organization in Portland, featuring visual arts exhibitions, live music and performances, film screenings, lectures, workshops, community-based events, an artist-in-residence program, administers grants to artist projects throughout the state of Maine, and more. SPACE’s mission is to support contemporary arts projects, champion artists, and encourage an open exchange of ideas.

Employment Practices

SPACE is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, creed, or disability. Our organization values equity in the arts, elevates differing perspectives, and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, audiences, and artists. We strongly encourage and welcome applications from people/artists of color, of Indigenous origin, of all abilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates.

Health & Safety

Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies.

  • Until further notice, SPACE requires that all staff, volunteers, audience members, and program artists attending or performing at indoor shows wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This include indoor events in alternative venues.

Are you a Maine artist looking to fund a project? Apply to our American Rescue Plan Project grant program today. Deadline: June 26th at 11:59 PM.