Seasonal Employment

Watershed hires seasonal staff annually to help run on-campus programming during our busiest months of the year. Find the job descriptions and accompanying links to applications below.

We aim to ensure the safety and health of staff and resident artists during the pandemic. Seasonal staff will be expected to adhere to Watershed’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols which include providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

Seasonal Staff General Info

Seasonal staff members are essential to the operation of the Watershed residency program and play 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.

Seasonal 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, seasonal staff members receive housing, meals, a stipend, dedicated studio space, and free materials and kiln firings. Limited time will be available to produce personal artwork.

Chef

The Chef is responsible for planning, preparing, and serving three meals daily to the Watershed community of 25 – 30 people. The Chef will work to provide a variety of food choices to artists-in-residence, including options that meet various dietary needs (i.e. vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free diets). They will supervise the Assistant Cook and ensure the kitchen meets highest standards for COVID-19 and food safety.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of meal preparation and delivery, from menu planning and purchasing to storage, service, and cleanup
  • Create wholesome, healthy meals from scratch while utilizing natural, local, and high-quality ingredients. Watershed is located close to organic farms and fresh produce is readily available during the summer months.
  • Meet all diets and special needs as required
  • Maintain kitchen cleanliness throughout a shift, properly store leftovers, and clean up after meals
  • Execute in-depth cleaning projects in the kitchen and dining room
  • Ensure that inventory, wares, and equipment are clean and organized
  • Reduce waste, compost, and recycle as much as practicable
  • Prepare dishes for annual Salad Days fundraiser in July on campus for around 500 guests. Work with the Associate Director of Development and Special Events to plan the food menu and logistics for the event during the weeks leading up to the event.

Qualifications: 

  • 5+ years of experience working in a commercial kitchen and/or preparing food for large groups of people
  • Experience and interest in farm-to-table concept dining and utilizing organic produce
  • Experience as a supervisor with the ability to delegate tasks
  • Proficient in food budgeting, as well as ordering and organizing inventory
  • Knowledge of safe food handling practices, the nutritional value of foods, and common food allergies and sensitivities
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends, early mornings, and/or evenings
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with a strong work ethic is a must
  • Possess excellent customer service and communication skills, as well as a friendly, flexible demeanor
  • Ability to work while standing for long hours, lift up to 50 lbs, and possess a full range of physical mobility including walking, stooping, carrying, reaching, and manual dexterity

Employment Dates and Compensation: 

Applicants must have a vehicle that they can bring to Watershed and be available to work from May 8 – September 8, 2023. The compensation package for the season (18 weeks) totals $16,750, which includes $15,040 payable on a biweekly basis as well as meals and lodging (single cabin, shared bath) collectively valued at $1,710. In addition, each staff member receives studio space, materials, and kiln firings. 

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter detailing relevant experience to  watershedemployment@gmail.com

Assistant Cook

The Assistant Cook works closely with the Chef to prepare and serve three delicious meals daily to the Watershed community of 25 – 30 people.  Food service and dining set-up will comply with the highest standards for COVID-19 and food safety. 

Responsibilities:

  • Assemble, prepare, cook, and serve a variety of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Assist with food ordering, shopping, and stocking
  • Wash dishes, clean, and maintain a sanitary and organized kitchen
  • Operate a variety of kitchen equipment in a safe manner
  • Participate in each session orientation for the artists-in-residence
  • Collaborate with other seasonal staff to clean and prepare the campus facilities before and after the summer residency season
  • Assist with special projects through the summer including tasks related to Watershed’s annual Salad Days event
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: 

  • Experience working in a professional food service environment
  • Interest in preparing and eating a variety of foods
  • Knowledge of safe food handling practices
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Possess excellent customer service and communication skills, a strong work ethic, as well as a friendly, flexible demeanor
  • Ability to work while standing for long hours, lift up to 50 lbs, and possess a full range of physical mobility including walking, stooping, carrying, reaching, and manual dexterity

Employment Dates and Compensation:
Applicants must have a vehicle that they can bring to Watershed and be available to work from May 8 – September 8, 2023. The compensation package for the season (18 weeks) totals $10,500, which includes $8,790 payable on a biweekly basis as well as meals and lodging (single cabin, shared bath) collectively valued at $1,710. In addition, each staff member receives studio space, materials, and kiln firings. 

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Studio Assistant

The Studio Assistant works closely with Watershed’s Studio Manager and Studio Coordinator to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the Watershed community studio and campus facilities. Work will be performed in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Responsibilities: 

  • Contribute to the daily operations of the community studio
  • Maintain order and cleanliness in common areas in and around the studio
  • Interface with the resident artists and address their studio needs
  • Assist with group firings
  • Participate in each session orientation for the artists-in-residence
  • Collaborate with other seasonal staff to clean and prepare the campus facilities before and after the summer residency season
  • Assist with special projects through the summer including tasks related to Watershed’s annual Salad Days event
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Possess excellent customer service and communication skills, as well as a friendly, flexible demeanor
  • Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team tackling a diverse range of tasks in a sometimes demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Possess a basic understanding of clay and glaze formulation and a familiarity with standard ceramic studio practices and operations
  • Ability to work while standing for long hours, lift up to 50 lbs, and possess a full range of physical mobility including walking, stooping, carrying, reaching, and manual dexterity   
  • Experience with wood and metal shop fabrication and equipment repair are preferred

Employment Dates and Compensation:
Applicants must have a vehicle that they can bring to Watershed and be available to work from May 8 – September 8, 2023. The compensation package for the season (18 weeks) totals $9,000, which includes $7,290 payable on a biweekly basis as well as meals and lodging (single cabin, shared bath) collectively valued at $1,710. In addition, each staff member receives studio space, materials, and kiln firings. 

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Residency Liaison

The Residency Liaison is the general “go to” staff member for artists-in-residence regarding issues and concerns outside the studio. The Liaison provides a crucial link between staff and artists while ensuring that residential life on campus runs smoothly. Work is performed in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Responsibilities: 

  • Prepare residency orientation materials, welcome artists-in-residence (AIRs) upon arrival, and assist year-round staff with orientation programming
  • Hold daily office hours to address questions, needs, and/or concerns of AIRs
  • Maintain an ongoing line of communication with seasonal and year-round staff members
  • Facilitate slide nights, including advance prep with artists
  • As needed, assist AIRs with purchasing materials and supplies from local vendors
  • Track, manage, and order materials and cleaning supplies
  • Perform periodic housekeeping in common spaces, such as sweeping and mopping, dusting and disinfecting surfaces, creating fresh flower displays, etc.
  • Manage and sell Watershed merchandise
  • Manage AIR check-out billing process
  • Lead occasional campus tours for the public
  • Collaborate with other seasonal staff to clean and prepare the campus facilities before and after the summer residency season
  • Assist with special projects through the summer including tasks related to Watershed’s annual Salad Days event
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: 

  • Possess outstanding organizational skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, cloud-based file sharing, and point-of-sale systems (i.e. Square) 
  • Possess excellent customer service and communication skills, as well as a friendly, flexible demeanor
  • Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team tackling a diverse range of tasks in a sometimes demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Prior experience working in support of an artist residency program or in a comparable residential environment preferred
  • Successful candidate will be a self-directed worker with a can-do attitude and will be comfortable working on detail-oriented and physically demanding tasks
  • Ability to work while standing for long hours, lift up to 30 lbs, and possess a full range of physical mobility including walking, stooping, carrying, reaching, and manual dexterity

Employment Dates and Compensation:
Applicants must have a vehicle that they can bring to Watershed and be available to work from May 8 – September 8, 2023. The compensation package for the season (18 weeks) totals $9,000, which includes $7,290 payable on a biweekly basis as well as meals and lodging (single cabin, shared bath) collectively valued at $1,710. In addition, each staff member receives studio space, materials, and kiln firings. 

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House Manager

The House Manager ensures that artists-in-residence have a welcoming and comfortable housing and dining experience during their stay at Watershed. This position works closely with Watershed’s kitchen staff and the Residency Liaison to meet the needs of resident artists.

Responsibilities: 

  • Clean and upkeep common areas daily, including the dining areas and restrooms 
  • Manage the beverage station (coffee and tea) and shared dining room refrigerator
  • Manage the dish washing station in the dining room, refill and stock consumables, and dispose of trash and recycling
  • Assist kitchen staff with serving food and food storage after meals, as needed
  • Supervise student assistants in kitchen and dining room cleaning activities
  • Clean resident bedrooms between sessions with support from external cleaning service
  • Ensure regular disposal of dining room trash, compost, and redeemable bottles 
  • Launder towels and linens, etc.
  • Participate in each session orientation for the artists-in-residence
  • Collaborate with other seasonal staff to clean and prepare the campus facilities before and after the summer residency season
  • Assist with special projects through the summer including tasks related to Watershed’s annual Salad Days event
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: 

  • Possess excellent customer service and communication skills, as well as a friendly, flexible demeanor
  • Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team tackling a diverse range of tasks in a sometimes demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Successful candidate will be a self-directed worker with a can-do attitude and will be comfortable working on detail-oriented and physically demanding tasks
  • Experience working in food service and/or positions that involve cleaning
  • Ability to work while standing for long hours, lift up to 30 lbs, and possess a full range of physical mobility including walking, stooping, carrying, reaching, and manual dexterity.    

Employment Dates and Compensation:
Applicants must have a vehicle that they can bring to Watershed and be available to work from May 8 – September 8, 2023. The compensation package for the season (18 weeks) totals $9,000, which includes $7,290 payable on a biweekly basis as well as meals and lodging (single cabin, shared bath) collectively valued at $1,710. In addition, each staff member receives studio space, materials, and kiln firings. 

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