Seasonal Staff

Watershed hires seasonal staff annually to help run the residency program. Job descriptions can be found below. Links to applications below the job descriptions are live when Watershed is accepting candidates.

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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, as well as current Maine CDC requirements during their employment.

Summer Staff General Info

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.

Studio Assistant

The Studio Assistant works closely with Watershed’s year-round Studio Manager to maintain the general appearance and efficient operation of Watershed’s residential studio environment. Prior to the residency season, the Studio Assistant will collaborate with the Studio Manager and other seasonal staff to move into and open Watershed’s new, state-of-the-art studio building. During the residential programming season, the Studio Assistant will interface with the resident artists, facilitate the organization and oversight of group firings, address the resident artists’ studio needs, and contribute to the routine daily operations of the community studio. Areas of responsibility include material inventory, clay production, equipment maintenance, and general custodial duties, including the implementation of COVID-19 studio protocols. They also assist with Watershed special events.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a demonstrated proficiency firing gas and electric kilns, knowledge of safe studio practices, and standard clay and glaze chemistry. They must possess excellent customer service skills, excellent communication skills, and be capable of working both independently and as an integral member of a team in a sometimes demanding and fast-paced environment. Successful applicants will be comfortable working long hours on their feet and have the ability to lift 50 lbs. Experience with wood and metal shop fabrication, equipment repair, and organizational skills are all desired attributes. 

Employment Dates and Compensation: Applicants must have a vehicle that they can bring to Watershed and be available to work from  May 18 through October 29, 2021. Compensation for the season includes a $6,000 stipend plus free room, board, studio space, materials, and firings.

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Kitchen Assistant

The Kitchen Assistant helps prepare and serve three delicious meals daily to the Watershed community of 15-20 people. Working closely with the Watershed Chef, the Kitchen Assistant is responsible for food prep, stocking and organizing, dish washing, cleaning, and cooking duties associated with the dining area and kitchen. Food service and dining set-up will comply with the highest standards for Covid-19 and food safety; a face covering will be required at all times while working in the kitchen and dining areas. 

The Kitchen Assistant will also be part of a team that cleans and sets up the campus in May and early June prior to the arrival of artists, including preparations in Watershed’s new studio; kitchen duties will begin in mid-June.

Qualifications: Interest in preparing and eating a variety of foods, as well as experience working in a professional food service environment is strongly preferred. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a face paced environment with a strong work ethic is a must. This is a physically demanding job that requires lifting and moving heavy items, and standing for long hours. Successful candidates will possess a positive attitude and the ability to function in a diverse set of conditions.

Employment Dates and Compensation: Applicants must have a vehicle that they can bring to Watershed and be available to work from May 18 through September 19, 2021. Compensation for the season will be a $5,000 stipend plus free room, board, studio space, materials, and 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. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with other seasonal staff to clean and prepare the residential cabins and studio for the arrival of artists; 
  • 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 to safely secure materials and supplies from 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;
  • Track summer staff expense receipts and manage AIR check-out billing process;
  • Assist the Salad Days Coordinator with tasks related to the event; and
  • Help prepare the campus for winter at the end of the last session.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess excellent customer service and communication skills, as well as a friendly, flexible demeanor. They must be highly organized, self-directed workers who are willing to tackle a diverse range of tasks, often juggling multiple projects. The ability to work as an integral member of a team in a sometimes demanding and fast-paced environment is essential. Successful candidates will possess a can-do attitude and feel comfortable rolling up their sleeves while tackling both detail-oriented and physically demanding tasks. Prior experience working in support of an artist residency program or in a comparable environment preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and cloud-based file sharing is required. An undergraduate degree in the arts or organizational management field, or an equivalent amount of education and experience is preferred.  

Employment Dates and Compensation: Applicants must have a vehicle that they can bring to Watershed and be available to work from May 18 through September 19, 2021. Compensation for the season includes a $5,000 stipend plus free room, board, studio space, materials, and kiln firings.

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