Seasonal Art + Nature Camp Instructor - Lincoln, MA

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The Opportunity.

For both The Hive and Summer Studio, we are looking for creative, passionate, open-minded instructors who are knowledgeable in multiple disciplines and engaged with the world around them. We are looking for artists, carpenters, architects, scientists, naturalists, culturists, and makers of objects, ideas, images, and more. Instructors are responsible for a group of 10-14 campers.


The Hive day runs from 9:30 am–4:30 pm and Summer Studio runs from 11:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday with additional set up, clean up, and organizational time at the beginning and end of the day, and a mandatory weekly staff meeting. The Hive staff is required to stay for deinstallation of the weekly project in the Park on Fridays.

After a required all staff planning/training meeting on June 4th, instructors are responsible for working both individually and in collaboration with other instructors leading up to camp to develop curriculum and the big project around each week’s theme. This includes artist, exhibition, theme, and material research; lesson and project planning; remote and/or in-person team meetings; and studio set up.

In This Role You Will:

  • Research and develop curriculum in connection with deCordova exhibitions and the weekly themes
  • Demonstrate comfort with and ability to work with traditional and unconventional art-making materials
  • Execute singular lessons and extended projects designed to encourage campers to investigate, discover, express themselves, and work together while immersed in art and nature
  • Collaborate to generate large-scale park installations
  • Directly supervise and mentor junior instructors (Hive Instructors only)
  • Communicate on-site with parents around camper safety, discipline, and productivity
  • Collaborate with museum staff on identifying and resolving camper behavior concerns


  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, art, the sciences, the humanities, or other relevant course of study is required; graduate work in art and/or education preferred
  • At least 3 years of experience working as an art educator, classroom teacher, or informal educator
  • A special interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary, place-based education and the intersections of art, nature, and science
  • The physical and mental wherewithal to teach indoors, outdoors, and in a museum setting
  • A familiarity with deCordova’s educational philosophy

Other Requirements

  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORB)
  • Must have or be willing to obtain (training is available) Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR certification
  • Able and willing to work across a 30-acre site both indoors and outside in all types of weather
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds

About Camps at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

DeCordova runs 2 camps each summer. The Hive runs from July 5-August 5, 2022 (5 weeks, 56 campers and 15 staff members each week). Summer Studio for Teens runs from August 8-19, 2022 (2 weeks, 10 campers and 5 staff each week). Both experiences are inspired by art in the Museum, in the 30-acre Sculpture Park, nature on deCordova’s campus, and each participant’s creativity.

THE HIVE is designed for children ages 5-12 who are curious about the world around them and interested in exploring nature and contemporary artistic ideas through energizing collaborations. The goal for each uniquely themed week is to design and construct large-scale installations in the Park.

SUMMER STUDIO FOR TEENS offers a space for students ages 13-16 and to refine and expand their artistic skills as they dive into theme-inspired projects. Each session offers opportunities to learn practical artistic techniques, create meaningful connections, and develop confidence in each student’s own unique artistic voice.

Click here for more information about The Hive and Summer Studio’s exciting weekly themes and projects

To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, The Trustees of Reservations requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants who believe they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.

About The Trustees 

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 70,000 member households. 

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission. 

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

The Opportunity.

For both The Hive and Summer Studio, we are looking for creative, passionate, open-minded instructors who are knowledgeable in multiple disciplines and engaged with the world around them. We are looking for artists…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Start Date
    June 4, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    June 3, 2022
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Experience Level
At least USD $20
/ hour


51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773, USA

How to Apply

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