Specialty Counselor

This is an exciting opportunity to join our "Tight Knit"  Community.

The Handwork Studio's summer camp programs are uniquely fun, creative and educational, where we believe children learn by making! 

In order to do this, we are looking for the needle in the haystack, the magical unicorn, the ultimate teacher and crafter!

If this position has piqued your interest then you might be the one!  Start off by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Do you like children?
  • Do you like working with children and crafting With high expectations for quality work and always ready to roll-up your sleeves and jump in, we want you!  Together we will empower and inspire the next generation.


ObjectiveThe Specialty Counselor supports the Lead Counselor in facilitating camp activities and supervising campers. He/she is responsible for knowing the whereabouts of each camper in his/her charge at all times during camp hours and must represent The Handwork Studio in a positive manner with parents, campers and within the community.

Status: Non-Exempt



  • Demonstrates skills to include but not limited to, knitting, machine sewing, hand sewing & crocheting
  • Assists Lead Counselor with camp activities
  • Participates in the supervision of campers
  • Reports a camper’s absence from a camp activity immediately to the Lead Counselor
  • Report all camper issues to the Lead Counselor
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of campers at all times
  • Report supply needs to the Lead Counselor
  • Ensure that all materials are being utilized effectively at his /her site (limited waste)


  • Bountiful energy to sit, stand, sing, and stitch throughout the day
  • Classroom management and teaching skills
  • A passion for crafting
  • Crafting skill level: Competent crafter in any of the following needle arts but not limited to hand and machine sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc.
  • Keeps workspace organized and tidy
  • Interpersonal communication skills for working with counselors and children
  • Nurturing and compassionate with a sense of humor


  • Working on completing Bachelor's Degree or have completed Bachelor's Degree and/or equivalent experience
  • 1+ years of experience working with children preferably through summer camp experience
  • Must have reliable transportation to arrive to shift on time
  • Available to complete approximately 15-20 hours of pre-camp training (generally throughout the month of May)
  • Available to attend our mandatory Summer Orientation on June 8tth in Rosemont, PA (outside of Philadelphia) or in Washington, DC, or July 14th in Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Ability to lift and carry 35 lbs, such as sewing machines, fabric bolts, trunks of materials, etc.
  • Must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Maintained mental and physical alertness
  • Required to wear The Handwork Studio apron during work hours. Apron is provided by The Handwork Studio


  • All other duties as assigned
  • Follow The Handwork Studio rules and regulations
  • Represent The Handwork Studio according to its missions and goals






  • Demonstrates skills to include but not limited to, knitting, machine sewing, hand sewing & crocheting
  • Must be post highschool or a minimum of 4 years experience working with The Handwork Studio
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience in many of our defined crafting techniques
    • Available to complete approximately 8-10 hours of pre-camp training (generally the month of May)
    • Available to attend one of our Summer Orientation either on June 10th in Rosemont, PA (outside of Philadelphia) OR June 11th in Washington, DC