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EMPLOYMENT

Engine is seeking teaching artists and makers who are experienced in bringing art, design, and STEAM education to youth. We provide exciting vacation camps, workshops, and after school programs for youth led by outstanding teaching artists who can also be supportive counselors and mentors.


CARDBOARD BOATBUILDING SESSION SUMMER INSTRUCTOR
AGES 12-15

Engine’s Compass Project program is seeking an energetic, organized, and experienced instructor to teach two (or three) week-long Cardboard Boat-Building projects with international students ages 12-15 at Thornton Academy. Students will learn the basics of boat design and construction in this class. Working in small groups, they construct a boat out of cardboard, glue, duct tape, and paint. The class concludes with an exciting boat launch and swimming in the Saco River.  

There will be three week-long class sessions:

  • Session 1: July 22 – July 26
  • Session 2: July 29 – August 2
  • Session 3: August 5 – August 9

Details about the program: Each day will consist of two 1.5 hour morning classes plus an afternoon on the water the final day of class (25 hours total/week); 15-20 students per group; 12-15 years of age.

Compensation: $500/week

The program’s intent is to introduce visiting exchange students to hands-on STEAM activities connected to the Maine outdoors in the Biddeford/Saco area.

Instructor qualifications:

  • Exhibit and encourage teamwork: groups will have a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time.
  • Knowledge of boats helpful, but boatbuilding experience not necessary – we will train.
  • Craftiness and creative problem solving skills are essential.
  • Must love working with kids.
  • Experience with project-based learning is important.
  • The position requires the instructor to have time to prepare prior to the class starting, to familiarize themselves with plans and construction process. Prep time is paid.

All inquiries should be sent to director@feedtheengine.org.


SUMMER INSTRUCTORS

We would love to have one instructor able to teach all three courses listed below, but are open to having a person for each opportunity as well.


Boatbuilding Ages 9+

Tuesdays and Thursdays June 25-August 15 • 9:00am-11:00am
Compensation: $20/hr up to 44 hours which includes prep time.
Classes will be held at Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association.

Boatbuilding students will work collectively and collaboratively to plan, assemble, and paint a full-size wooden boat that will be added to the KBIA fleet at the end of the summer.  This class is hands on, focused on the use of basic hands tools and power tools, and traditional boat construction techniques. Materials will be prepared by instructor.

Responsibilities will consist of curriculum delivery, material and kit prep, working with KBIA staff to ensure attendance is reported and helping students transition between activities.  Average class size is 3-10 students.


Wooden Model Building Ages 9+

Tuesdays and Thursdays June 25 through August 15 • 11:30am-1:30pm
Compensation: $20/hr for 4 hours per week which includes prep time.
Classes will be held at Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association.

Kids will build their own wooden model boats, trucks, airplanes, or whatever other creative idea comes to mind to take home at the end of the day or week.  Kits will be prepared by instructor from a pattern and included in prep time.


Woodworking Ages 7-10

Wednesdays June 25 through August 15 for 3 different time slots
9:00am-10:30am // 10:30-12:00pm // 12:30-2:00pm
Compensation: $20/hr up to 6 hours per week for 7 weeks which includes prep time.
Classes will be held at Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association.

Each week students create a new project using wood and a variety of hand tools and supplies along with their own creativity and imagination. Participants will complete and bring home a new project every week. Kits will be prepared by instructor from a pattern and included in prep time.

All inquiries should be sent to director@feedtheengine.org.


THE IDEAL CANDIDATE…

  • Must love working with kids!
  • Must be on time and prepared for each session
  • Must be comfortable with hand and power tools.
  • Must be able to think creatively and be resourceful.
  • Must be able to manage classroom dynamics in an applied, informal setting.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Teaching experience working with youth.
  • Professional, artistic, or educational training in woodwork, boatbuilding, STEAM, architectural, or vocational discipline; applicable work experience will also be considered.
  • Sincere respect for children and demonstrated work ethic and professionalism to serve as a mentor and role model.
  • Holds unwavering respect for students and individuals with different gender and sexual identities, cultural backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities, and asks for help when needed in supporting these populations.
  • Ability to work well in a small community.
  • Is collaborative, punctual, flexible, energetic, and enthusiastic.
  • Able to provide leadership and to communicate clearly.
  • Able  to organize, implement, and successfully complete projects in a learning and work environment with limited supervision.
  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Teaching experience working with youth.
  • Professional, artistic, or educational training in woodwork, boatbuilding, STEAM, architectural, or vocational discipline; applicable work experience will also be considered.
  • Sincere respect for children and demonstrated work ethic and professionalism to serve as a mentor and role model.
  • Holds unwavering respect for students and individuals with different gender and sexual identities, cultural backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities, and asks for help when needed in supporting these populations.
  • Ability to work well in a small community.
  • Is collaborative, punctual, flexible, energetic, and enthusiastic.
  • Ability to provide leadership and to communicate clearly.
  • Able  to organize, implement, and successfully complete projects in a learning and work environment with limited supervision.

OPEN CALL FOR INSTRUCTORS:

Have something you like to teach? We are always looking to expand our teaching roster for future programs. New ideas are always welcome, as well as cross discipline approaches to workshops. Qualified individuals are invited to submit sample proposals to apply for consideration in the following areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, animation, graphic design, industrial design, game design, 3d printing and rapid prototyping, ceramics, photography, wood working, fibers/textiles, book arts, and mixed media.

Submit a proposal: Send a proposal and a resumé. Proposals would include 1) dates available, 2) a brief description of the camp, class, or workshop proposed, 3) desired age range of participants, 4) and the length of the program. Programs can be week-long whole days, week-long half days, weekend-long workshops, and one-time 2-3 hour sessions. 

If you don’t have a specific proposal in mind but would like to be considered for future opportunities, please send along a resume and cover letter and we can keep you on file.

All inquiries should be sent to director@feedtheengine.org.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL TEACHING POSITIONS:

  1. Minimum 18 years of age.
  2. Teaching experience working with youth.
  3. Professional artistic training, background, and work demonstrated through work samples, photos, or other documentation.
  4. Sincere respect for children and demonstrated work ethic and professionalism to serve as a mentor and role model.
  5. Holds unwavering respect for students and individuals with different gender and sexual identities, cultural backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities, and asks for help when needed in supporting these populations.
  6. Ability to work well in a small community.
  7. Is collaborative, punctual, flexible, energetic, and enthusiastic.
  8. Ability to provide leadership and to communicate clearly.
  9. Able  to organize, implement, and successfully complete projects in a learning and work environment with limited supervision.

INTERN: SUMMER ARTS EDUCATION INTERN

COMPENSATION: unpaid (will work with internship placement offices to arrange for school credit when needed)

Engine is seeking an energetic, flexible, and enthusiastic Intern who is interested in working with youth ages 7-14.

All inquiries should be sent to director@feedtheengine.org.


VOLUNTEER!

VNot an instructor, you say? Or you want to offer support for our instructors. No problem! We are always SEEKING VOLUNTEERS! Volunteering can be a great way to build your experience to lead future camps, classes, and workshops. Register as a VOLUNTEER here!