Watershed’s year round staff is supplemented during the summer by seasonal employees. These summer staff members are essential to the operation of the residency program and are an integral part of the Watershed team. Positions include work in the studio, kitchen and dining room, administrative office, and housekeeping.

While each staff position has specific responsibilities and duties, a strong emphasis is placed on teamwork. Friendliness, politeness and interpersonal communication skills are vital to working effectively in a dynamic environment that is often intense and demanding. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times and to contribute to the general upkeep and appearance of the facilities. The focus of all work is to provide an exceptional experience to our resident artists.

Summer staff work a minimum of 35 hours per week. Additional hours are expected during events and some evening and weekend hours will be required. During their time at Watershed, summer staff members are provided with shared housing, all meals, a modest stipend, and dedicated studio space, however, limited time may be available to produce personal artwork.

Watershed accepts applications annually until February 15. 

Position Descriptions and Applications

Studio Staff

Studio Staff (3 positions) are responsible for the general appearance and efficient operation of Watershed’s residential studio environment. Studio Staff members interface with the resident artists on a daily basis and are expected to facilitate the organization of group firings and address the resident artists’ studio needs. They are responsible for material inventory, clay production, equipment, buildings and grounds maintenance and repair, and general custodial duties. They also assist with special Watershed events.

Applicants should have a demonstrated proficiency with firing gas and electric kilns, safe studio practices, and standard clay and glaze chemistry knowledge. They must possess excellent customer service skills, excellent communication skills, and be capable of working as an integral member of a team in a sometimes demanding and fast-paced environment. Flexibility is required. Experience with construction, grounds maintenance, equipment repair, and organizational skills are all desired attributes.


Kitchen/Dining Staff

Kitchen/Dining Staff (2 positions): The Watershed kitchen feeds 25-30 people three meals daily during the summer. Working in conjunction with the lead cook, the dining team is responsible for organizing, cleaning and stocking the dining room, assisting with food shopping and prep, and light cooking duties. They also oversee work exchange assistants who help with clean-up after meals. 

Applicants should have food service experience either working in a professional kitchen or as wait staff, runners, bussers or baristas.  Experience delegating responsibilities and managing others is desired.  Successful applicants will be self-starters who possess a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.


House Manager

The House Manager plays a pivotal role in providing artists-in-residence with a welcoming and comfortable experience during their stay at Watershed.  At the start of each session, the House Manager greets and checks-in new residents, and follows up with the artists throughout the session to make sure their accommodations are meeting their needs. The House Manager is also responsible for the daily cleaning and upkeep of common living areas, including restrooms, and may supervise resident assistants in house-cleaning activities. Between sessions, the house manager launders linens and cleans residential cabins. The house manager also assists with special projects throughout the summer related to event preparation and planning, special projects, and campus maintenance.

Applicants should possess excellent communication, customer service, and organizational skills, strong attention to detail, a friendly demeanor, and a willingness to tackle a range of cleaning tasks.  Experience delegating responsibilities and managing others is desired. 


Office Assistant

The Office Assistant provides crucial support in the daily operation of the office and with event planning. Responsibilities include communicating with artists prior to their arrival, assisting with Salad Days and other event preparations, data entry, mailings, office organization, and financial tracking and processing. This staff person also organizes artist slide talks, gives group tours, and sells Watershed merchandise. In addition to providing general administrative support, the office assistant may also help with a project to archive important documents, images, and artifacts related to Watershed’s history.

Applicants should be willing to tackle a diverse range of tasks and have a friendly, flexible demeanor. They must possess excellent customer service skills, excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail, and be capable of working as an integral member of a team in a sometimes demanding and fast-paced environment. Experience working in an administrative setting and knowledge of donor databases, Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Creative Suite, and Cloud based file sharing and is desired. This position is well suited to those interested in  arts administration, curatorial studies, or art history.