Summer Staff

Summer staff members are essential to the operation of the Watershed residency program and are an integral part of the Watershed team. 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 an environment that is often 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 is to provide an exceptional experience for the resident artists.

Summer staff work a full-time weekly schedule, along with additional hours during events. Evening and weekend hours will be required. During their time at Watershed, summer staff members receive housing, all meals, a modest stipend, and a dedicated studio space. Limited time will be available to produce personal artwork.

Summer staff work at Watershed from mid-May through the end of August annually. Job descriptions and links to applications (below) are live when Watershed is accepting candidates. The annual application deadline is February 15.

Please note: the 2020 application deadline falls on a Saturday. Watershed staff will not be available that day should you encounter issues with submitting your materials. Please contact us by Friday, February 14 at 5 p.m. EST if you need assistance. Do not wait until the last minute to upload your materials.

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.

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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 work closely with 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.

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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. 

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Residency Liaison

The Residency Liaison provides a crucial link between the staff and artists-in-residence. Responsibilities include: communicating with artists prior to their arrival; welcoming and orienting them to campus; organizing artist slide talks; providing non-studio support during their stay on campus; and managing the check out process, including processing financial payments.  This staff person will also assist with Salad Days and other community event logistics, give group tours, and sell Watershed merchandise.

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. Candidates who have previously worked at Watershed or who have worked at other artist residency centers are strongly encouraged to apply.

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