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Set Designer/Carpenter for Summer Arts Camp

This is a paid summer position at a full-schedule, 501(c)(3) non-profit residential arts program!

*We enthusiastically invite people from historically marginalized communities, such as BIPOC, LGBTQ folx, and people with disabilities, to apply for all positions at every level of staff experience in the summer.*

Buck's Rock Camp is hiring a wide variety of Camp Counselors for its upcoming season in 2023. Counselors arrive in late June, a week before campers, and reside on-site through late August. They spend these two months working with kids and teens ages 10-17, while immersed in a thriving community of nearly 500 artists of all ages and from all walks of life and enjoying access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for the furthering of their own art practice . "Revolutionary" and "life-changing" are some of the words that our alumni have used to describe this unique experience.

In particular, Buck's Rock is seeking staff for its Scene Shop. These counselors work closely with fellow staff and campers as dedicated arts instructors within their respective shop, as well as providing on- and off-stage support for theater performances throughout the summer. Typically, these staff members work every day during primary shop hours from 9 AM to 6 PM, with one hour off per day (in addition to two hours off midday for lunch and rest hour), and one day off per 7-day week. This schedule is flexible, however, and fluctuates based on the schedule of performances and shows particular to each summer. Because these often fall outside of primary shop hours, Scene Shop counselors can expect to work between 6 PM and midnight at least twice/week, and later than that at least once per week. They are lodged on-camp, a short walking distance away from all amenities, in bunks with up to 3 other staff members. Their responsibilities and daily routines include...

  • Under the direction of the Head of Shop, working closely with the Production Manager(s) and campers to design, build, and install sets for approximately 12 performances (theater, dance, clown, music, etc.) per summer
  • Instructing campers in proper, safe usage of power tools
  • Thinking creatively to develop set designs and design paperwork that both fall within the shop’s pre-established budget and match the artistic vision of each show’s respective Director
  •  Implementing (and enforcing throughout shop staff and camper assistants) construction methods that ensure the safety of the actors who will be interacting with each set piece
  • Helping to maintain the Scene Shop facilities, equipment, and materials
  • Reading through scripts and devising designs and design paperwork as necessary
  • Collaborating with dozens of other instructional staff working in a variety of disciplines across Buck's Rock's 30+ shops, spanning both creative/visual and performing arts
  • Cultivating feelings of joy, belonging, and purpose in young creative minds!

Ideally, qualified applicants...

  • Observe a personal or professional design/construction practice at home or at school
  • Are confident in the use of power tools
  • Have at least six (6) credits worth of study in a related field (or equivalent work experience)
  • Have meaningful experience teaching their craft to teenage learners - or are hoping for more experience in that regard
  • Work well in collaboration with others, and can thrive in a busy communal living environment
  • Are comfortable spending long periods of time in the heat, as summers in the Housatonic Valley can be very hot and most camp facilities lack air-conditioning
  • Have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

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Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), and The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA), it is the policy of Buck’s Rock Camp to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact us today at, by telephone at (860) 354-5030, or by mail at 59 Buck’s Rock Rd, New Milford, CT 06776