The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue.
Chautauqua's Special Studies program offers classes for all ages in a variety of subjects, including art, music, business, computers, culinary, handcrafts, history, photography, music, and theater. A monitor is a summer volunteer for Chautauqua Institution, and a limited number of new positions are available each season. Openings, when they occur, are generally filled between April and June.
The monitor's duties include checking in students for classes and the collection of tuition fees for those classes, some of which allows attendance on a daily basis. The monitor is also a friendly and helpful assistant to the instructor and to the students. It is most important that a monitor possess good inter-personal skills, basic accounting, punctuality, flexibility and a positive attitude. The monitor works closely with the Special Studies registrar, monitor coordinator and registration clerks to facilitate an exceptional guest experience for all Special Studies students and instructors.
A monitor must have basic technology skills and be comfortable with learning new computer programs, and must be able to get from one location to another on the grounds, sometimes quickly. A typical week consists of approximately 15-hours at varied times, days, and locations on the grounds. You must be present for all 9 weeks of the Season. The compensation for this job is a season gate ticket.