Employment & Volunteers

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Summer Art Camp 2019

Call For Teaching Artists

Program Description: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Summer Art Camp provides low cost art instruction for children ages 7-17 in Philadelphia.  The 6 week camp is offered at sites across the city in July and August.  The camp is split into two 3 week sessions.  Student Artist can attend one or both sessions.


The camp is structured into two 2.5 hour class periods per day.  Classes are split into the following age groups:

Junior: 7-9 year olds

Intermediate: 10-12 year olds

Senior: 13-17 year olds


Employment will begin one week before camp. During that week teachers will complete lesson planning, prepare work spaces, create supply list, and attend an orientation to discuss policies and procedures.  The week after camp will culminate in an art show.  All staff will assist in set up and attend the art show.


Position Descriptions:

Camp Directors at each site will be responsible for keeping administrative paperwork, daily monitoring of the sign in and sign out operation, addressing discipline issues, communicating with parents, opening and closing the camp site each day, keeping teaching artists on tasks, communicating any issues with Visual Arts Coordinator, monitoring supplies, scheduling teenage staff, and other tasks as needed.


Teaching Artists will be responsible for developing lesson plans, leading class projects and activities, setting up and cleaning up class, supervising children and addressing issues, monitoring supplies, attending all camp trips, working with and assisting other teachers, and communicating with camp director/parents/visual arts coordinator as needed. 


Assistant Teachers will work in collaboration with Teaching artist and Camp Director.  Assistants will be responsible to help set up and bread down supplies, assisting with projects at the direction of the teaching artists, and supervising children.  Assistant teachers may help with meal distribution, playground time, walking children to the bathroom, and setting up tables and supplies. 


Position Qualifications:

All Positions

  • Experience working with youth ages 7-17

  • Strong background in visual arts

  • Ability to travel to site

  • Ability to work outdoors in the summer

  • Ability to supply or obtain required background checks

  • Must be age 18 or older

  • Education: Must have High School diploma or equivalent or higher

Camp Director

  • Organizational ability

  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and parents demonstrating customer service skills

Teaching Artists

  • Ability to develop lesson plans and complete projects


Program Schedule: 8 weeks of employment

            June 24th: Summer Camp Staff Orientation Meeting

            June 24-28: Lesson planning and site set up

            July 1st: First day of Camp

            July 4th: Holiday (no camp)

            August 12th: Last day of Camp

            August 12-17: Art Show set up and Art Show (Dates TBA)


Rate of Pay:      12.40/hr, 35hrs/week*

                                    *Camp Director position will receive an additional stipend



8.30AM - 3.00 PM



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