Workshop Teachers

Being a Teacher at The Putney School Summer Arts is a rewarding and challenging experience with endless opportunities for personal growth, building professional connections and working with deeply talented teenagers. Being in a creative environment like Putney can help fuel your own creativity while immersing yourself in education and artistic collaboration.

Currently seeking teachers for:

  • Animation
  • Ceramics
  • Culinary
  • Farm
  • Graphic Novels & Illustration

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and lead one or two daily 2.5 hour workshops for 4 weeks
  • Supervise students in afternoon open studios, evening and weekend events 
  • Provide in-depth lesson plans and supplies/materials requirements in advance
  • Provide thorough student evaluations within 7 days of program completion
  • Provide students with consistent support throughout the four week program
  • Monitor student schedules and attendance
  • Form positive, professionally appropriate relationships with students to further enhance their summer experience

Work Hours and Benefits:

  • Mandatory staff training from Tuesday, June 25th through Friday, June 28th 2024
  • Program runs from Saturday, June 30th through Friday, July 26th 2024
  • Option to lead one or, depending on enrollment, two workshops each weekday
  • Option to lead an arts activity for two evenings per week (additionally compensated)
  • One 24-hour day off per week
  • Additional $250 stipend for returning staff
  • Room and board (vegan & gluten free options available)
  • Develop your skills and gain experience working with creative teenagers aged 14-17
  • Comprehensive training
  • Opportunity to visit museums, participate in farm work and cultural activities, together with students and colleagues
  • Engagement in a deeply creative community
  • Competitive rates of pay

A sample week for a Teacher at The Putney School Summer Arts:

9:30-12pmWorkshop 1Workshop 1Workshop 1Workshop 1Workshop 1
12-1pmLunchLunch MeetingLunchLunchLunch
1:30-4pmWorkshop 2 Workshop 2 Workshop 2Workshop 2 Workshop 2
4:15-5:30pmOpen studio for workshop 1Open studio for workshop 2
7:15-8:15pmLibrary SupervisionCommunity Events

*note that Sunday shared supervision hours are not listed here but are a requirement of the role;
**workshop times will be scheduled according to enrollment (either morning or afternoon)

**workshop times will be scheduled according to enrollment (either morning or afternoon)

Our ideal Teacher candidate:

  • Has experience teaching in the arts and enjoys working with teenagers
  • Maintains an active art practice
  • Is eager to collaborate with fellow artists and educators 
  • Responsible, reliable, punctual and flexible
  • Has previous summer camp experience
  • Enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Must be 21 years of age or above
  • Must be eligible to work in the US for the duration of the program

Desired but not required:

  • First Aid training
  • Gallery coordination experience
  • Camping / hiking experience
  • Valid driver’s license
  • School bus driver endorsement that is valid in Vermont

Things to expect at Putney Summer Arts:

  • Changing schedules to adapt to the needs of our students
  • No smoking or vaping for the duration of the program
  • No alcohol, drugs or illicit substances for the duration of the program
  • No internet-ready devices (including smart watches) outside of your room

Employment is contingent on enrollment. Candidate must pass a background check before employment.

Any questions about the position should be directed to Program Director Dan Folgar at