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New York Metro, Part-Time Apprentice Piercer



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

Studs is a category-defining ear piercing and earring brand named one of “the 10 most innovative companies in retail for 2023” by Fast Company. Studs connects ear piercing with aftercare and earring shopping to create an end-to-end Earscaping® experience. We offer a better retail and digital experience that prioritizes safety and expertise in a cool, fun and welcoming environment, along with a wide earring assortment—all at an accessible price point.

Want to get paid to become a piercer at Studs? Apprentices undergo a minimum 6-week paid piercing training program inclusive of classroom style learning, observation, and hands-on training. We are looking for Apprentices to join our training program that will kickoff in August in our Rockefeller Center Studio location. Upon successful completion of the program, graduated Apprentices will become eligible for Part-Time Associate Piercer positions in our NY Metro Studios.

Hourly Rate:

  • Graduated apprentices make $31.25 - $32.25/hour as Associate Piercers, plus tips
  • During the 6-week training program, apprentices make $16/hour, plus tips

Key Responsibilities:


Service Oriented

  • Embodies our performance-oriented culture by meeting and exceeding expectations
  • Serves as a brand ambassador: educates clients on the unique Studs’ experience through our selling cycle
  • Delivers confident, clear, and professional communication with clients during their entire Studs’ experience


Decision Quality & Execution

  • Leverages Studs’ resources and policies in decision making
  • Becomes well-versed in piercing operating procedures and regulations to ensure client experience and work safety standards are met
  • Shows consistent and detailed record keeping of all maintenance, sterilized inventory and tools



  • Prioritizes Studio compliance and is accountable to standard operating procedures and company policy
  • Admits mistakes and is not afraid to escalate when help is needed
  • Lives out our Core Values
  • Shows consistency by providing best in class service to everyone in the Studio
  • Provides solutions-oriented feedback and is open-minded to receiving it


  • 3 years of relevant work experience, including at least two years as a Medical Assistant or Phlebotomist (performing venipunctures and/or finger sticks
  • 18-29 hours per week, with required availability from Friday-Sunday
  • Must be able to stand for 8+ hour shifts
  • Must pierce a minimum 18 appointments a day
  • Must be able to visually inspect ear anatomy to execute advanced piercings
  • Must be able to deliver piercings with a steady hand
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs
  • Must be able to handle chemicals safely
  • Driven, creative problem solver that consistently acts with integrity and speaks up
  • Owner’s mindset, with the ability to approach feedback and problems with a positive attitude.

Benefits & Perks include:

  • 30 hours of accrued Sick Time
  • 401k
  • Exclusive employee piercing and jewelry discounts (plus discounts for friends and family)
  • Learning and development opportunities to support development and foster an inclusive culture

Studs is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a work environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, creed, sex, religion, national origin, disability (physical or mental), marital status, citizenship, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or any other legally protected status. Studs considers qualified applicants with criminal histories. We comply with applicable state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which we operate. If you require an accommodation for the application process, please fill out this form.

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