Instructor | the hive

Learning & Engagement

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, is seeking experienced instructors for our summer camp, the hive. The program 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 in deCordova’s 30-acre site. Daily activities might include visual research in the Sculpture Park and in the Museum galleries, investigating flora and fauna on the woodland trails, designing animal architecture, making nature-based drawings or sculpture, or constructing a lost underwater town on one of deCordova’s lawns. Join us as we reveal, conceal, unravel, shatter, deflate, and dissolve while exploring themes from time travel to underwater worlds. The goal for each uniquely-themed week is to build large-scale, collaborative projects inspired by artists in deCordova’s outdoor and indoor summer exhibitions, such as Dewitt Godfrey, Letha Wilson, Ian McMahon, Jong Oh, and Saul Melman.

Each instructor will be responsible for a group of up to 12 students in one of the following age groups: 5–6 years, 6–7 years, 8–9 years, and 10–12 years. For part of each day, instructors and their enthusiastic high school junior instructors will work with their own groups in a studio, the Park, or the Museum, exploring the weekly artist-inspired themes through observations, artistic explorations, and other activities. The other half of the day will be working with mixed age groups (either 5–7 or 8–12) as the hive campers, instructors, and junior instructors work on the construction of the week’s largescale, collaborative project. Instructors will be responsible for individually developing curriculum around the weekly theme and working together to design and facilitate the big project.

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 carpenters, architects, scientists, poets, naturalists, culturists, and makers of objects, ideas, images, and more. Instructors will collaborate with other instructors and museum staff to create a safe yet stimulating environment in which students can learn and explore. Instructors must have at least 2 years of experience working with children in a formal or informal educational setting.

The camp day runs from 9:30 am–4:30 pm Monday-Friday please plan to add additional set up and organizational time on each end of the day, a staff meeting on Wednesdays from 4:45–5:15 pm, and Friday’s installation breakdown typically ending by 5:30 pm. We are looking for instructors who can commit to 3 weeks July 9-13, July 23-27, and July 30-August 3. The pay for each week is $1400. Instructors will be paid an additional $100 for a required preparatory meeting in the spring.  

For more information about the hive and this summer’s exciting weekly themes and projects, please visit:

To apply, please send a resume and a letter outlining your interests and experience in relation to the program by March 1 to [email protected].    

DeCordova is an equal opportunity employer; background checks are required.