Tinkering School

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Overnight Collaborator (Counselor) 2016

This is a position for our Overnight Camp at Tinkering School.


Tinkering School is a place where kids build amazing things. We are looking for that rare person who can both build incredible things and work with kids as peer, mentor, and guardian. We are looking for someone who knows the right way to make a go-cart, but can let the kids take the lead and work with them to make their own ideas become a reality. This person can deftly improvise a wheel and axel solution with nothing more than a threaded rod and some wood.  They also love and have experience working with kids and sees them as whole and awesome people who deserve our focus and respect. They can sit patiently with the needs of an 8 year old, and can talk to our teenagers like the adults they are becoming.

We are hiring two or three Collaborators and one Cook and House Steward this summer. You will be working with our Founder, Gever, the camp staff, and a rotating cast of volunteers and visiting Day Camp Counselors.


Apply to join our team by emailing Karen with your resume, a cover letter, and samples (photos are fine) of some cool project you’ve worked on. Applications accepted on a rolling basis (sooner is better). Submit your application in PDF format only, please.



  • Comfortable using a chop saw, power drill, drill press and all general purpose shop tools

  • Boundless Energy; overnight camp means being responsible to and for kids all day, everyday

  • Incredibly flexible. Every plan is a starting place and subject to change.

  • Additional experience with project-based curriculum design, working with gifted children, knowledge of inclusive special education theory and practice, fine arts, applied arts or any other personal superpowers are welcomed.


  • Experience working with kids, especially in the 8-16 age range

  • Experience in open ended building and educational environments

  • Experience finishing projects on a deadline.

  • A valid driver’s license

  • Having your own car is preferred but not needed.

  • While we welcome out-of-town applicants, as a nonprofit camp we are unable to reimburse the cost of any travel associated with the hiring process.

Working Hours and Dates

You will be employed with us from 6/13/2016 until 8/24/2016
Camp is in session from 6/27/2016 to 8/19/2016

Like all the overnight camp positions, this position is 24 hours a day most days. We will make sure every staff member has one full day off and 2 nights off every 7 days.

Clean up and break down at the end of summer
This is a big deal and hard work. We leave the property better than we found it. Timing has been different each year; you will be paid for however long it takes to break the camp down. Flexibility in your schedule is required from 8/12/2015 through 8/15/2015.


We offer a stipend of $700 a week (depending on experience). Room and meals are included.


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