Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit global convener of dialogue on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of the 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.
The Institution has just recently passed a strategic plan (150 Forward) that endeavors to expand its reach to year-round programming and to harness its brand for continuous impact. A new Washington, DC, office has opened to allow the Institution to play an ongoing role in the cultural conversations of the nation. You are encouraged to learn more about Chautauqua Institution at CHQ.org and the 150 Forward Strategic Plan at 150fwd.CHQ.org.
Joining Our Talent Community
Chautauqua Institution has opportunities available for both career and seasonal employment. The Summer Assembly is scheduled to begin Saturday, June 26, and conclude on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Seasonal employment may be available earlier (pre-season) and beyond the season (post-season) depending on the position of interest. Please join our talent community by submitting an online application for any opportunities of interest at CHQ.org/employment.
Available summer seasonal opportunities may include: Hotel, Restaurant, Culinary, Administrative, Finance, Human Resources, Bookstore, Gardens & Landscape, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Police & Security, Transportation, Library, Archives, Camp & Youth Counselors, Teachers, Gate & Parking, Ticket Sales, Guest Relations, Journalism & Photography, Media, Audio & Video Production, Marketing, Production & Stage, Resident Assistants (Student Dormitories), Lifeguards, Golf Course, Fitness Center, Sailing, Tennis, and Sports Club.
Obtaining a Work Permit for ‘Minor Friendly’ Positions
Minors, under the age of 18, must have an original and unexpired work permit for New York State.
More Information on the Hiring Process
Hiring processes are variable by position and department. If you are qualified for an opportunity, you will be contacted by a member of the Talent Management Team at Chautauqua Institution. This process typically starts with outreach to qualified candidates for an initial phone screening and, for candidates who are selected to advance, an in-person or virtual interview with a hiring manager or managers.
We hire thousands of employees who are passionate about our mission for dynamic career (and seasonal) employment opportunities — as such, you may not be contacted for your “first choice” position. The Talent Management Team may forward your application to a hiring manager(s) in consideration for other positions for which you are most qualified.
Chautauqua Institution’s Mission and Vision
Our talent community is invited to experience our mission, which is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and enrichment in life through a program that explores the important religious, social, and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance, and teaching of the arts.
The Institution aspires to create an informed, engaged, and renewed public that fosters and actively contributes to a more civil society, nationally and within the various communities represented by its individual constituents and partners. We are committed to creating the conditions in which everyone feels that they can engage as full and valued participants as part of the Chautauqua experience.
Discovering Your Chautauqua Experience
There are countless ways that our talent will engage with our mission, vision, and diverse communities, and you are invited to immerse yourself in our programming as a gateway to this experience.
Employees (available to work for at least 20 hours/week) will receive the Traditional Chautauqua Gate Pass, which provides access to all Amphitheater programs except popular entertainment (up to two nights per week) and lawn seating for all performing arts events at the Pratt Avenue performance pavilion (a new, temporary venue for 2021). Designated popular entertainment events in the Amphitheater will require a separate ticket purchase, if tickets are available.
In addition to a Traditional Gate Pass, employees, and their families, will receive full access to our current and historical programs online at CHQ Assembly.