The Steel Yard is committed to diversity and inclusion. It is the policy of the Steel Yard that there shall be no discrimination with respect to race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender, age, physical limitations, or military status. Lived life experience will be considered over degrees; Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. Read our DEI & Anti-Racism Statement here.


The Youth Engagement Coordinator will support the functions of The Steel Yard’s Education Department, with a specific focus on our youth camps in the Summer of 2024. The Steel Yard offers three 2-week long day camps instructed by professional artists who work in the industrial arts. Each camp offers educational workshops & studio time in a real working industrial shop for folks ages 14– 18. Two camps focus on metals and ceramics, respectively, while Camp Sparkle is a metals camp with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ youth identity and development.

In addition to the following, the Youth Engagement coordinator will be expected to assist in administrative work required to prepare for the camps, evaluate camp applications, coordinate community building activities, and support the artistic and emotional development of campers.

– Prepare Camp Education Materials

– Develop community building exercises

– Coordinate student showcases at the completion of the camp

– Facilitate lunchtime programming with other local organizations, including a resource fair


▪ experience teaching or leading groups, preferably youth

▪ experience with arts or youth development

▪ strong writing, communication, and presentation skills

▪ familiarity with Microsoft Office programs

▪ enjoys working with children and community members in various settings

▪ commitment to and experience in community work, education, and arts

▪ excellent organization, time management, work ethic, leadership, communication & writing skills

▪ an aptitude for multitasking projects at various states of completion

▪ eager to learn and able to solve problems independently and as part of a team


▪ experience creating lesson plans, managing a classroom, and facilitating workshops

▪ familiarity with mental health first aid

▪ understanding of RI DCYF mandatory reporting procedures

▪ experience in Ceramics, Jewelry, or Welding

The Youth Engagement Coordinator will be on-boarded on The Steel Yard’s Youth Policies, and history of camp programming. They may observe Open Enrollment course sessions in order to better understand the flow of a class.


The Youth Engagement Coordinator will be paid a stipend of $2500, paid in two installments, at the beginning of the first camp and after the completion of the last camp.


If you are interested in applying, please email your resumé and relevant information to


The Steel Yard’s Public Projects department works directly with municipalities, neighborhood organizations, businesses and nonprofits to produce public art and creative artistic functional amenities that are accessible to everyone.

We support the arts economy by contracting independent artists to design and fabricate locally inspired custom products. We seek folks who problem solve creatively, work well and independently in a shared industrial shop, meet deadlines, and produce quality, long-lasting work. All work is performed in our fully equipped industrial arts shop.

Most projects require the following skills: Welding, Metal Fabrication, Design

The artist is paid by project as a contractor and not an employee of The Steel Yard. Payment is typically dispersed as a lump sum, but you can estimate $20.00 to $27.50/hour depending on experience, with room to adjust as your skills grow.

Please submit an application here!


Steel Yard courses aim to give community members exposure to a range of industrial art forms in a safe, fun, welcoming, and creative environment. Interested artist instructors must have proven experience in their medium and teaching. This includes understanding the process, ability to see a project through, correct and safe use of equipment, and ability to give clear directions to students of different ages with varying levels of experience and learning skills.

The Steel Yard seeks experienced artists to teach community courses in blacksmithing, welding, ceramics, jewelry, and iron casting. Instructors are needed for introductory, advanced, and project-based courses; new course ideas are welcomed. Courses run all year round and include weekend workshops, single-night events, and multi-week classes. Compensation is $27.50/hour , with pay made for contact teaching & prep hours.

For consideration, please submit an application here.