Hive Instructor

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 architectural structures, making nature-based drawings or sculpture, and constructing a camouflaged outdoor environment. 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.

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, 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.

Instructors are 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 high school junior instructors 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 is 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 large-scale, collaborative project.

After a required all staff planning/training meeting around June 1 (exact date TBD), instructors are responsible for working both individually and in collaboration with other instructors leading up to the hive to develop curriculum and the big project around each week’s theme and prepare their studios for campers. This includes artist, exhibition, theme, and material research; lesson and project planning; phone andor in-person team meetings; and studio set up.

Instructors are paid hourly for meetings, preparation, instruction, set up, and clean up. The camp day runs from 9:30 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 staff meeting on Wednesdays until 6:00 pm. We are looking for instructors who can commit to two sessions: Week 2 July 15-19, 2019 and Week 4 July 29-August 2, 2019.

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 to [email protected]. The position will remain open until filled.   

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