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Jobs at the Steel Yard

Industrial Arts Instructor

The Steel Yard seeks experienced industrial arts instructors 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. Times and dates vary, but Steel Yard courses typically run weekends and weeknights and range from 6 to 30 contact teaching hours during our spring, summer, and fall seasons. Teaching positions are independent contracts; compensation is commensurate with contact teaching hours. 

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 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.

If you are interested in sharing your ‘how to’ skills and feel you have what it takes, please send the following information to  with “Prospective Instructor” in the subject line.

  • Brief statement introducing yourself and your teaching methodology
  • List of your skills
  • Resume
  • 5-10 images of your work

Public Projects Artist

The Public Projects department at The Steel Yard hires artists year round to design, fabricate and install high-quality functional public art. Our projects cover a vast range from street furnishings, such as bike racks, benches and trashcans to one-of-a-kind projects such as giant stage sets or coffee carts, and everything in between. We expect our artists to be creative problem-solvers, to work well in a shared studio space, meet deadlines, and produce well-made, long-lasting work. The work we do is commission-based, so you may also be required to meet with clients to discuss or revise designs.  

We hire one or several artists per project, and pay each artist a stipend reflecting the amount of time they should be putting in to that project. We hire artists for all or part of the art-making process. The Steel Yard is responsible for the purchase of materials, and you will be given access to our shop and tools for the fabrication of the projects we hire you for.

Skills we most often hire artists for are:

  • Welding (MIG & TIG)
  • Blacksmtihing
  • Fabrication
  • Ceramics
  • Design and Graphic Design

If you are interested in being a public projects artist, please send the following information to  with “Prospective Artist” in the subject line.

  • Brief statement introducing yourself
  • List of your skills
  • Resume
  • 5-10 images of your work