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Children’s Lead Teacher 

Lead camp instructor at our Echinacea Location June-July (ages 5-9), then camps at C&a through Aug. 20th (ages 8-12).


Possibility of 20+ hours/week instruction/program development Sept.-May


Hours: June-August 20th 8:15-3:30 M-F


Pay: $20-24/hour depending on experience. One hour/PTO for every 25 worked.


Start Date: As soon as possible. Open until filled. Must be able to commit 100% to summer staffing needs.


Contract: Continuing


About The Craftsman & Apprentice children’s programming

We believe in the power of creative play and building self-sufficiency through heritage craft traditions like woodworking and fiber arts. We develop all of our programs knowing that kids are smart and capable of some pretty tough work. Pair excellent materials and instruction with creativity and the freedom to make mistakes, and you've got a place where kids thrive on making and doing. When kids explore materials, ideas, and techniques in a safe place, they can both succeed and fail with the confidence of knowing that it's all part of the process. We've taken what we know from more than fifteen years working with kids and created programming that speaks to the craftsperson in all of us. 

Job description:

The Lead Children’s Teacher will have the ability to facilitate off-site workshops at local schools, camp days, birthday parties, open workshops, and special event workshop sessions for Craftsman & Apprentice. As a lead teacher, you will be responsible for creating fun, safe, and engaging maker experiences for kids ages 2-15 (kids younger than 4 have a caregiver present). The lead teacher must communicate positively, maintain an organized and calm work environment, and differentiate instruction quickly. A strong sense of workspace management is a must. The lead teacher will prepare and maintain materials and tools, clean the workshop or off-site location post-shift, and proactively communicate with clients and staff. In addition to implementing our curriculum, you will have the freedom to develop programming and projects that align with the mission and aesthetic of C&a. If you have a passion for community, art, craft, and old-school tinkering, join our team of passionate educators.

Essential Functions: 


  • Prepare materials for each day according to lesson plans 
  • Ensure that materials are stored and presented in an organized and functional way ● Use power and hand tools to create materials safely 
  • Maintain an up-to-date supply list for the program director 
  • Maintain an organized, clean, and usable space for children to work 
  • Alert program director in the case of needed repairs, concerns, etc. 
  • Facilitate and monitor all lessons and activities 
  • Actively support the emotional and physical safety of all children 
  • Follow all policies and procedures stated in the handbook, including handwashing, snack preparation, etc. 


  • Participate in regular communication and reflection on the workshop 


  • Ensure that staffing ratios are maintained at all times 
  • Assist with record-keeping including sign-in/sign out sheets and 

injury/accident reporting in a timely fashion 

  • Stay aware of changes in activities/policy/procedure/scheduling via 

email/verbal communication 

Additional Functions: 

  • Ability to adapt quickly to children’s needs 
  • Fun, energetic, and positive effect 
  • Knowledge of best practices in arts education 
  • Ability to differentiate instruction and support 
  • Stay aware of current programming and be able to “sell” our clients 
  • Take payments and maintain the retail area 
  • Be a leader: Direct/train workshop assistants 


  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license
  • First Aid/CPR certified (we can help with this) 
  • CBI background check 
  • 21 + years old 
  • 2 + years of experience working with children in a creative setting (visual arts education background a plus) 
  • Physical 

o Be able to lift 50 lbs 

o Be able to walk, bend, stand, sit on the floor with children 

for 8 hour day 

o Be able to respond in an emergency physically 

o Understand the risk of exposure to blood and bodily fluid 

and use universal precautions in such situations. 

Declaration: The previous description of duties and responsibilities is not a complete description. Other tasks and responsibilities may be assigned as needed. 

How to apply: 

  1. Read through the Nuts & Bolts and our available positions. 
  2. Ready to throw your hat in the ring? 
  3. Send your resume and in place of a cover letter, tell us about a time when you were working with a child or group of kids that had a significant impact on you. 
  4. Send both documents attached to an email with the subject line: Summer Job 2021 (+ the job you are applying for)

Nuts & Bolts:

We’re here to empower you to be the best teacher possible. It’s a practice. We’re here to support each other. 

  • You must be able to work the entire length of the contract. 
  • We’ll pay for you to be CPR/First Aid certified!
  • Must pass a state and national fingerprint background check.
  • Potential for year-round employment
  • Must be comfortable utilizing a range of materials, tools (power included), and techniques. 
  • Must be comfortable wearing a mask during the workday. You will be eligible for the vaccine upon hiring. 
  • We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. There’s no place for hate here at C&a.