Circus Arts Intern

Payomet Performing Arts Center is a volunteer-driven, non-profit performing arts organization located at Highlands Center, an abandoned air force base, in North Truro, MA on beautiful Cape Cod. We are committed to sustainable growth in order to remain true to our core mission: to produce exciting professional live music, theater, circus arts, and humanities events with social impact. Our artistic decisions are informed by the eclectic tastes of our Outer Cape audience. Payomet programming is embedded in core values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and can be described as “outside the box and inside the community.”


Equal Opportunity Employment

Payomet is an equal opportunity employer. Payomet is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of discrimination including gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status, ancestry, and marital status.


Application Deadline: Applications welcome until position is filled

Position Type: Part-time, Seasonal Spring and/or Summer 2023. Flexible start date. Must be available nights and weekends.

Compensation: $20/hr. Mileage reimbursement.
Housing*: Payomet has some housing options for early applicants who commit to a term of 10-12 weeks.


*Please note that this position will require reliable transportation and housing.

Payomet is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore. Our venues are primarily outdoors, undercover, in a large tent. The applicant will be working frequently outdoors in a natural setting during the warmer months.



  • Relevant experience in circus arts, performance and/or production management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational skills and the ability to complete tasks on time
  • Ability to take initiative on assigned projects
  • Ability to multitask and balance multiple projects at once
  • Willingness to ask questions


  • Assist with Sound Checks
  • Event facilities crew - Light physical labor such as assisting with load-in and set-up shows and classes, including moving chairs, sweeping, light painting, care and clean-up during and after shows/classes, etc. Clean, casual attire is our norm but for certain shifts, appropriate apparel might resemble rugged work clothes
  • Assist with Circus Shows/Classes
    • Traveling with touring circus artists, setting up and breaking down for regional standouts
    • Set up of show 2 hrs before doors open - sound, set, props, rigging assistance etc
    • tech during show - running sound and light cues, rigging changes, some supporting role
    • strike of show
  • Occasional tasks include set construction and upgrades to performance space. 

How to Apply

Email your cover letter and resume as a single PDF file to with "Circus Arts Intern" in the subject line. The cover letter should include relevant experience, how you became aware of the position, and any direct experience you have had with similar positions and organizations. No phone calls, please.