Education K-12
Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Summer Arts Counselor

Paid30-40 hoursNew Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Washington D.C., MarylandSummer


If you believe a job is to inspire and create, smiles are a part of the uniform and don't mind occasionally getting tangled in thread, we need to talk! Join our team as a Summer Arts Counselor in any one of our 30+ locations in DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA and/or VA. There is sure to be a location near you!

The Handwork Studio is where kids learn by making. We pass down the tradition of teaching practical arts, such as knitting, crocheting, hand and machine sewing, embroidery, quilting, fashion, woodworking, baking and crafts, in a fun and inspiring environment.



Support the Site Director to operate a camp location
Teach class by following The Handwork Studio Curriculum
Assist in ensuring all staff are adhering to The Handwork Studio mission and values
Report all staffing related issues to the Site Director
Report supply needs to the Site Director and oversees proper use of materials to reduce waste and duplicate orders
Manage changes and additions to class enrollment
Participate in set-up and break-down of site(s). (Depending on region, may need to set up and break down multiple times throughout the course of your summer employment.)
Participate in all required trainings
Know the whereabouts of campers at all times
Ensure the safety of children at all times
Complete self-evaluation, meet with manager(s) halfway through camp tenure and at end of camp season
Provide feedback for staff evaluations halfway through camp tenure and at end of camp season

Bountiful energy to sit, stand, sing, and stitch throughout the day
Classroom management and teaching skills
A passion for crafting
Crafting skill level: Competent crafter in any of the following needle arts but not limited to hand and machine sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, woodworking, baking etc.
Keeps work space organized and tidy
Interpersonal communication skills for working with counselors and children
Nurturing and compassionate with a sense of humor

leadership experience
experience working with children preferably through summer camp experience
Must have reliable transportation to arrive to shift on time
Available to complete approximately 15 hours of pre-camp training (generally the month of May)
Available to attend our Summer Orientation either on June 9th in Rosemont, PA (outside of Philadelphia) or June 10th in Washington, DC


Must be able to lift and carry 35 lbs, such as sewing machines, fabric bolts, trunks of materials, etc.
Must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time
Maintained mental and physical alertness
Required to wear The Handwork Studio apron during work hours. Apron is provided by The Handwork Studio

All other duties as assigned
Follow The Handwork Studio rules and regulations
Represent The Handwork Studio according to its missions and goals