New Zealand – Drone Light Show Artist

The Drone Light Show Artist position exists to provide artistic support to the creation of drone light shows for clients.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work alongside creative consultants to explore ideas for drone light show designs
  • Build designs using Blender and Skybrush software
  • Simulate different designs for different quantities of drones
  • Work alongside the Chief Pilot and Operations Coordinator to ensure that flight paths of artistic designs conform with operational safety procedures
  • Work alongside the Business Development Manager and CEO to produce simulations for potential clients (e.g., simulating a logo in the sky or other simple designs to help advance negotiations)
  • Other duties that may be required from time to time

Requisite Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience using Blender software is a must
  • Experience using Skybrush is desirable (training can be provided)
  • Experience programming with Python is desirable (training can be provided)
  • Any relevant qualifications in art or animation would be beneficial, though not strictly necessary
  • Some exposure/experience with working in aviation or another safety-sensitive industry is desirable though not necessary
  • Must be proficient in English and able to provide presentable written work

Personal Expectations

The appropriate candidate will be:

  • Diligent and able to work independently to meet timeframes
  • Flexible and able to adapt to different artistic requirements
  • Able to work within a team environment with multiple priorities (e.g., trade-offs may exist between artistic ideas and operational considerations)
  • Creative and innovative, and able to come up with novel ideas

Accountabilities and Lines of Reporting

Direct report to Business Development Manager

Indirect reporting lines to Chief Pilot and CEO

Working Conditions

  • This job would primarily involve working from home, with no expectation of regular travel
  • If travel is required, travel-related costs will be covered, including reasonable expenses for meals and drinks


This role is for a 0.2FTE position (8 hours of work per week) as a contractor for a term of 3 months.

At the end of the contract, there will likely be the opportunity to scale up to a 0.5 FTE (20 hours of work per week) position as a permanent employee. Any extra work agreed to in the interim would be at the pro-rated hourly rate of the contract salary.

Remuneration Package

Salary range: $60k – $75k per annum based upon experience and capabilities, pro-rated to the agreed hours (over a three-month period at 0.2FTE this would equate to between $3k and $3.75k in remuneration)

About Droneshows Limited

Droneshows is a New Zealand-based start-up trying to revolutionise the drone light shows industry by creating a new hardware and software solution that is safer and more interactive. While we plan to sell this system internationally, beginning in 2025, we are beginning work in 2024 performing drone light shows around New Zealand. Presently, 50 production prototypes of our Whetū drones are undergoing testing and will be operational from March. This will be quickly followed by an additional 50 in April or May, and 300 of our Kahui Whetū drones later in 2024. This is an opportunity for a 3D artist to profile their work in a very public way, with flexible working conditions, and collaborating with a great team of people.

How to apply

To apply for this position, you will need to prepare the following:

  • A short cover letter/note outlining why you would like to apply for this position
  • A CV outlining your experience and qualifications and how these address the job description requirements
  • A portfolio of three works that you have created using Blender

Please send to our CEO, [email protected]

Applications are open until 26 January 2024.