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Like music? Dig the outdoors? Hang in Cambridge much?

Posted by Joel Brown  March 21, 2012 05:44 PM

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HireThen boy, have we got a job for you. Earn $14.28 an hour listening to tunes out in the fresh air. It sounds like some Craigslist scam or email spam come-on. But this is straight from HireCulture, the Mass. Cultural Council's "free, searchable database of cultural employment opportunities in Massachusetts."

Usually the ads on Hire Culture range for curators to janitors - not that I'm looking - and like job listings everywhere they're rich in indentured servitude internship offers. But this seasonal gig seeks applicants for THREE part-time, seasonal positions as a ...wait for it...Street Perfromer (sic) Monitor for the Cambridge Arts Council.

The job description for this awesome summer gig?

"The Street Performer Monitor(s) will work under the direction of the CAC Community Arts Program to carry out to the following: Enforce the articles of the City of Cambridge Street Performer Ordinance (Ord. No. 1176) as outlined in the Sidewalk Use Ordinance (Chapter 12.16, Section 12.16.170). Ensure that all performers active on public property have and display valid city-issued Performer Permits. Manage sound levels of performers through the use of a calibrated decibel reader and care taking of said decibel reader through due diligence which the equipment is in your possession. Respond to program-related complaints as necessary and at the request of the Director of Community Arts and CAC staff. Submit weekly reports on performer/monitor activity to the Director of Community Arts. Act as the official liaison between the Cambridge Arts Council and performers, residents and members of the business community in matters pertaining to the Street Performer Program."


"MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Ideal candidates have a strong interest in music and/or performance art, excellent verbal and mediation skills, a desire to work with a diverse community and a commitment to sustaining the cultural life in the City of Cambridge. Bachelor's Degree required. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Street Performer Monitors are expected to spend between 10-20 hours per week in the field conducting routine monitoring, mediating performer conflicts, and responding to program-related complaints. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, walk, and hear. Must have sufficient mobility to travel back and forth to and from various sites throughout the city. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. WORK ENVIRONMENT Performs duties inside and outside of buildings. Exposure to all weather conditions. Exposure to moderate noise level caused by music and other live performances."

No word on whether you can wear earplugs, due either to those noise levels or the erratic quality of the performers. The application period ends April 19. See the full ad here. And tell 'em HubArts sent ya.

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