Jobs & opportunities

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At Watershed's heart we are all about people. This is the place to discover how you can be part of our story and what it is like Working at Watershed.

Any current job vacancies will be listed below. We also advertise a diverse range of other opportunities – such as talent development programmes, artist residencies and filmmaking competitions.

In addition, we work with a wide variety of people on activities that enable audiences to discover, connect and be creative at Watershed. Get in touch if you have an idea that you think we should know about.

Current opportunities

Watershed external building, the sky is overcast and stormy.
Closes Thu 18 August, 17:00
We are looking for an experienced Finance Director to pro-actively lead Watershed’s financial strategy through a period of change and transformation and oversee our day-to-day financial management.
Image by Jon Aitken of a coffee being poured
Closes Thu 25 August, 17:00
Work as part of a team to provide an excellent visitor experience, maintaining consistently high levels of customer service, cleanliness and product knowledge across our Café & Bar, Kitchen, Events and Front of House.
Composition of a photo of filmmakers and the Shorts2Features logo
Closes Fri 2 September, 12:00
Talent Development
BFI NETWORK, Encounters Film Festival, Bristol UNESCO City of Film and NFTS Cymru Wales are excited to launch this new six-month career development scheme.
An image of the Pervasive Media Studio, illustrating Residents experimenting with robotic cranes.
Closes Wed 14 September, 17:00
Coordinate information and schedules across the Research, Talent Development and Studio Community teams with a key focus on supporting residents, programmes and events in the Studio space.
Playable City - South Korea 
Ongoing opportunity
After a two year pause, applications are now open to join our exciting community of artists, technologists and creatives at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio.

Working at Watershed

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Working at Watershed transcript with visual description

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[Furaha] For me, it's been quite an eye-opening experience to join Watershed because this career change is unlike any that I have ever attempted before. Working at Watershed has given me the chance to finally indulge my inner creative that I feel I've had to suppress to get by in my career in the past.

Watershed logo. View of the Watershed building from the harbourside. A staff member is seen at work on the Box Office desk. Quick cuts to kitchen staff and exterior shots of artwork on the building facade. A poster inside Watershed reads "I feel like it's a place where I belong."

[Kat] Working at Watershed just feels like a really accepting place, a place where I kind of can be myself, but also where I can learn and grow, and I think it's a place where you can step outside and think differently and take risks and I really appreciate that.

A person is making notes on paper. People are having a brainstorming session, sharing ideas and writing their thoughts on a large sheet of paper. 

[Lucy] It's the first job where I saw people who looked like me and I felt included.

A chef finely chops vegetables and prepare food to be served.

[Tony] Watershed is really excited to try new things and to wear that on its sleeve a little bit. So some things work really well, some things maybe don't work so well, but there's a real kind of a group effort towards creating change, I think, and kinda seeing where change can come from and what that change can be.

A cinema ticket is placed under a custom built scanning device. A group of people sit at a table having a meeting. People sitting down are focusing on a speaker.

[Ailsa] Our DMs are super supportive and really look after us, which is lovely, way more than in any other job that I've had.

People participating in an exercise of play with much energy and cheering.

[Mark] For me, each day is different, it's dynamic and there's so much change and difference that happens in the organisation.

Cinema 1 signage above an entrance. A staff member opens the door and we enter. Quick cuts of different events that have occurred in the cinema involving prominent artists and experts such as Edson Burton and Mark Kermode.

[Bernie] It's a beautiful building. It's light, it's airy. It's on the Harbourside in Bristol, which is one of my favourite spots in Bristol. What's not to like?

The corridor to the cinemas at Watershed. The harbourside with the Watershed building in view.

[Marta] What I love the most about Watershed is the people. Well, not just the people that work for the organisation, but anyone that collaborates with us and clients and customers and everybody is just happy to be here.

People sitting at a table outside enjoying Undershed, Watershed's harbourside cafe & bar. A greeting is translated in many different languages on signage in Watershed's stairwell. A close-up of plants and fairy lights in the cafe bar.

[David] It's not stuffy. That's definitely something I looked for in life, not a stuffy job.

People sitting on bean bags while a small robot crawls around the floor. Two people share a moment as they laugh.

[Luke] I've been supported through some really difficult stuff and I'm still here and I still feel enabled to do my job. There can't be many places that can do that for people.

Multiple screen devices displaying hundreds of thumbnail photographs while a person with a child walks past. Two people stand at a desk getting involved with a studio resident's project. Timelapse of passersby at the entrance to Watershed.

[Suki] If I was talking to myself about applying to Watershed, I wouldn't think about it, I would just go for it, because there's just so much to be gained from this Watershed experience from what it has to offer in growth, in personality, in meeting people, in everything it has currently and will have in the future.

A barrister starts to make a coffee. A bar tender pours a pint, makes drinks, and pours a glass of champagne. The barrister expertly puts the finishing touches on a cappucino. Two pints are placed on a serving tray.

[Jon] There are other places where it's just, well, "I don't wanna go in today." "Oh, I didn't wanna go there." But I'm up and I'm out and I'd never feel like like that, which is quite good, I think.

Watershed building exterior on the harbourside. Close-up of Watershed signage outside the entrance and of the signage on the stairs in the foyer. Someone skips up the stairs. Interior shots of the cafe and bar and the Pervasive Media Studio. Watershed staff in a Zoom meeting waving goodbye.
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