Summer Jobs

Chautauqua Institution - Chautauqua, NY


Chautauqua Institution is a ‘not-for-profit’ global convener of dialogue and debate on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of arts, education, religion and recreation. The Chautauqua community is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in Southwestern New York State and comes alive each summer with a unique mix of visual and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship/programs, and recreational activities.

Employment Opportunities

We are seeking thousands of employees who are passionate about our mission for dynamic employment opportunities – both summer seasonal and career positions are available. Employees may also enjoy a full – season pass for complimentary access to most Chautauqua programs and concerts as part of a personally enriching employment experience.

Application Process

In order to officially receive consideration for open positions (listed below), candidates must complete an online application at Please follow the link to create an account on the online career portal and start your easy application process. You will want to retain your login (email address) and password, as you will be required to log back into this portal to complete your electronic onboarding process at time of hire.

Hiring Process

Hiring processes are variable by position/department. If you are qualified for an open position, you will be contacted by a hiring manager directly via phone and/or email to coordinate an interview. You may not necessarily be contacted for your ‘first choice’ position. If you are selected for employment, you will be directed to complete an electronic onboarding process using same login (email)/password that you used to complete your application at

Summer Season and Work Schedule

While select departments operate year-round, Chautauqua Institution primarily hires to support summer seasonal operations from June 22 – August 25, 2019. Your work schedule will be customizable and flexible, but most positions require some evening and weekend availability.

‘Minor Friendly’ Positions

There are select positions available for minors (ages 11-17) who possess a valid New York State Work Permit. Please click the following link or visit for more information:‘Minor friendly’ positions will be marked as such on the website.

Employment opportunities are updated constantly on Please check our website frequently, as the list below may not be inclusive of all available opportunities or representative of the positions which have already been filled.


Retail Cashier/Customer Service

Campus Planning & Operations

Buildings & Grounds Maintenance

Watershed/Dock Laborers/Supervisors

Gardens & Landscape Crew/Supervisors


Police Department/Security

Transportation (CDL Required)

Chautauqua Foundation

Database Specialist (Full Time, Year Round – Career Position)

Administrative Assistant (Full Time, Year Round – Career Position)


Director of Youth & Family Programs (Full Time, Year Round – Career Position)


Literary Arts

Special Studies

Youth Counselors

Teacher/Teacher Assistant

Youth Activities Center (Snack Bar)

Food & Beverage

Afterwords Café & Café at Fowler-Kellogg

Restaurant Manager

Shift Supervisor

Cashiers/Deli Counter

Prep Cook

Bellinger Hall

Dining Room Manager

Kitchen Manager/Assistant

Cook – Entry Level (Prep, Breakfast/Lunch and Line)




Brickwalk Café

Restaurant Manager/Assistant

Kitchen Manager/Assistant

Shift Supervisors

Cashiers/Deli Counter

Barista (Proudly Serving Starbucks)

Ice Cream Scoopers


Cook – Entry Level (Prep)


Plaza Market

Restaurant Manager

Shift Supervisors


Heirloom Restaurant (Fine Dining)

Shift Supervisors


Cocktail Server


Busser/Food Runner


Heirloom Kitchen

Kitchen Manager

Sous Chef

Chef and Sous Chef (President’s Cottage)

Chef and Sous Chef (Special Events)

Pastry Chef/Assistant

Cook – Entry Level (Prep, Breakfast/Lunch or Events)

Cook – Mid Level (Breakfast Lunch, Fry/Hot Appetizers, Line, Pantry or Events)

Cook – Experienced (Expo, Grill and Sautee)



Guest Relations

Gate Attendant/Parking Gate Attendant

Guest Relations Ambassador

Switchboard Operator

Ticket Sales


Font Desk/Reservations


Night Audit

Gift Shop

Maintenance Technician


Housekeeping Supervisor


Laundry Attendant

Banquet Servers/Set Up

Banquet Supervisors

Human Resources

Payroll Manager (Full Time, Year Round – Career Position)

Information Technology

Computer Programmer (Full Time, Year Round – Career Position)


Chautauquan Daily Newspaper Carriers/Sellers

Audio/Visual Crew

Journalism Internships

Performing & Visual Arts


Amphitheater Cleaner/Sweeper/Usher

Amphitheater Stage Crew


Resident Assistant


Audio/Visual Crew


Beach and Pool Lifeguards (Red Cross Certification)

Golf Course Maintenance

Golf Pro Shop

Fitness Center Assistant Manager

Fitness Center Desk

Sailing Instructors

Tennis Instructors

Tennis Pro Shop

Sports Club Attendant

Job Type: Part-time

Overtime often available:

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