Alternate Realities Technician

Hiring x2 AR Technicians


The AR Technician is pivotal to the delivery of the Sheffield DocFest Alternate realities exhibition. They provide key technical support within the technical delivery of the exhibition to both the AR Programme Producer and the venue teams. They will have confidence and familiarity with VR equipment, interactive technology, tethering and trouble shooting to ensure the exhibition remains usable throughout the festival period.

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist with the install and production of technology aspects of Sheffield DocFest 2024 Alternate Realities (AR) Exhibition
  • To provide support and ad-hoc training to AR team and XR hosts invigilating in the gallery
  • To support artists with installation and continuing exhibition of their works, ensuring appropriate set up, power, and maintenance is in place.
  • To work with the Venue Coordinator in providing support for the Alternate Realities Exhibition where needed, flagging issues for attention in a calm, professional and methodical manner.
  • To manage loading of content onto headsets in the festival VR cinema
  • To manage VR equipment in the festival VR cinema, maintaining headsets and ensuring a system of recharging and checking, ensuring spares are available, charged and well maintained
  • To attend the dedicated training session with the Alternate Realities Production team and provide guidance to volunteers and XR hosts on proper use and support of the exhibits
  • To adhere to Site Gallery safety requirements, assisting with maintaining clear walkways, proactively tidying as required, and undertaking any other required adjustments
  • To take every care of artists works and materials at install, de-rig and throughout the exhibition
  • To assist the Volunteers with any technical issues that may arise where appropriate, and escalating to the Alternate Realities Production Team where necessary
  • To ensure XR equipment, Headphones and other batteries are on charge and swapped out regularly as agreed between sessions
  • To lead on morning setup and checks (as scheduled), ensuring that all works are up and running and optimised, and technical elements are switched on and off at the start and end of each day.
  • To oversee and maintain cleanliness and hygiene standards of the space and the exhibits


  • Actively promote and support diversity and inclusion in all Sheffield DocFest’s activities
  • Adhere to Sheffield DocFest health & safety policy
  • Adhere to and actively participate in how Sheffield DocFest delivers on our commitment to the environmental policy
  • Ensure all data stored is GDPR compliant
  • Create and maintain good working relationships with all Sheffield DocFest colleagues
  • Be an ambassador for Sheffield DocFest and maintain professional approach at all times
  • Commit to and uphold Sheffield DocFest values: creativity, empathy, freedom, inclusivity and internationalism

This role description is not exhaustive and other reasonable duties may be required by the post holder as relevant to their department and function

Specific Knowledge/ Experience/ Skills needed

Excellent computer literacy and a good working knowledge of Meta/Oculus, SteamVR and game engine software (Unreal/Unity) -E

Experience in supporting VR experiences and troubleshooting with artists to ensure delivery of experiences to audiences– E

Experience in loading VR experiences onto Meta/Oculus Quest 2 and tethering VR projects onto Meta/Oculus Quest 2 and laptop set up -E

Experience in onboarding VR experience maintenance/loading to VR hosts and communicating processes -E

Interest in documentary film and excited to find out more -E

Experience in working in a high pressure environment-E

Able to remain calm under pressure-E

Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail-E

Independent worker that can demonstrate initiative-E

Experience of working within a team-E

Experience of creating a Camera obscura or working with analogue projection and lenses-D

Experience of working with haptic speakers and spatial audio software-D

Experience of gallery/exhibition installation of technical build projects-D

How to Apply

Please read the full job pack with information on how to apply on our official website –

The deadline for applications is: 12:00 noon BST on Monday 20 May 2024
Interview date: TBC
Festival dates: 12th to 17th June 2024