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Portland, OR
Full time

What does it mean to be a professional piercer at IRIS?

IRIS was established in 2005 with the goal of offering safe piercings with the highest quality jewelry, done in a fun, welcoming environment with a professional atmosphere. Since the beginning, IRIS has been an entirely disposable studio that is primarily tool-free as well.

A piercer at IRIS is expected to maintain those standards as to continue to offer clients the best experience possible.

IRIS operates primarily by appointment with schedules that tend to be fairly consistent, based off the needs of the other team members. Piercers at IRIS will work with top names in the jewelry industry; NeoMetal, Anatometal, LeRoi, Pupil Hall, and BVLA, along with jewelry designers exclusive to IRIS, such as Suzanne Kalan, Shiva, Megan Thorne and our own IRIS line.

What qualifications do I need to be a piercer at IRIS?

At this time we are looking to add piercers who have a minimum of three years piercing experience. You will need to have an understanding of how to offer piercings done properly using aseptic technique. First Aid and Blood-borne Pathogen certification is to be complete and up to date.

We are looking to add team members who can provide a portfolio showing their work and references we can contact. IRIS piercers are expected to be able to work well with their team, sharing their knowledge with their Gallery Assistants and aiding them in the studio as needed.

IRIS piercers need to be able to reinforce the inviting feel the studio has to offer. Communicating with clients and coworkers calmly and effectively, without ego is expected.

Piercers at IRIS are members of the APP. If you are not, we can work with you to help you become one.

To apply, you must provide us with a resume. You may upload your resume on this page.

Our hours

Our hours vary seasonally and depending on how many days we are open. This position is for a 4-day work week where weekends are required. Opening time is 12pm with closing time anywhere from 6pm to 8pm, with 7pm being the most common. We expect our team to arrive 20-30 minutes before open. You will get a 10 minute break twice a day and a 30 minute uninterrupted break in the middle of the day. We usually leave about 15 minutes after close.

Please read on to see a detailed view of the Piercer job description.

Job Title


Reports To

The Piercer will report to IRIS Management


We offer a competitive base pay with the opportunity to earn commissions. We also offer great benefits such as:

  • Health Insurance contribution
  • 401k plan with employee match
  • 6 days of accrued sick leave which can be used for mental health days
  • 5 days of PTO with the opportunity to earn more

Job Overview

The Piercer position is to provide IRIS clients with the best in customer care and piercing services. Success within this role will be determined by the amount of piercing services performed, positive reviews and internal and external customer service.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide excellent and high quality piercings.
  • Provide jewelry changes/insertions, stretching and troubleshooting of a client’s current piercings.
  • Provide jewelry changes and piercings within given time periods of your appointment calendar.
  • Complete jewelry changes and piercings within time reflected in your appointments.
  • Use aseptic and sterile techniques while performing piercing services.
  • Be BBP and First Aid/CPR certified and maintain certification.
  • Have and maintain an Oregon Piercing License
  • Share piercing knowledge and expertise with all staff and clients.
  • Assist staff in picking out appropriately sized jewelry for our clients.
  • Assist clients in picking out appropriately sized jewelry.
  • Put away loose jewelry in back stock or displays.
  • Review aftercare with each piercing and troubleshooting client.
  • Update sterilization log for each sterilization cycle.
  • Maintain or ensure the use of spore tests on a weekly basis for each autoclave.
  • On a weekly or bi-weekly basis, keep track of piercing, cleaning and sterilization supplies and submit a list for order.
  • Apply direction and feedback given from HQ and the Piercer Training Specialist. This will include new responsibilities that become a part of the Piercer role as it evolves.
  • Use a consistent and professional approach when delivering feedback with all staff members.
  • Set an example of professionalism and excellent customer service.
  • Maintain statim filters and seals. Change them when necessary.


  • At least three years of piercing experience.
  • Consistency in job function as a Piercer.
  • Ability to garner positive reviews from clients and internal staff.
  • General Statim maintenance knowledge (this can be taught onsite at IRIS).
  • BBP Certification and First Aid & CPR certification maintained.
  • Local piercing license where required

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job you will be continually required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; talk or hear. Required to stand, walk, stoop, lean over and reach with hands and arms.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


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Thank you. Your application has been received successfully. Someone from our team will reach out shortly. If you haven't heard from us within a few days, please email directly chelsie@irispiercing.com