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Compass Project Program Instructor

Engine seeks a Program Instructor to implement its Compass Project program. The Compass Project is a boat building program for youth and young adults. The ideal candidate will provide structure and support to youth through hands-on and project-based experiential educational opportunities. Experience in a formal or informal education environment, experience in woodworking/boatbuilding, and knowledge of the boatbuilding and maker community as well as an aptitude for youth engagement is strongly preferred.

The position reports currently to Engine’s Executive Director but may, in the future, report to a Program Director.

The position will require 12-20 hours per week. Compensation is $20/hour. There are currently no employment benefits with the exception of being able to use the shop off-hours for personal projects. For the right candidate, opportunity to move to full-time by developing new and expanding existing programming.

Specific duties and responsibilities include: 

  • Coordinating and implementing youth programs for the Compass Project, including semester-long classes at high school and college level, year-long school-based collaborations, and camp programs. 
  • Managing boat sales, and boat donations. 
  • Working with a diverse demographic of alternative learners, including at-risk youth.
  • Coordinating, training, and managing volunteers.
  • Managing the program budget.
  • Managing curriculum.
  • File management of Google Drive.
  • Maintaining equipment and cleaning the workshop.
  • Purchasing necessary supplies required for coursework.
  • Promoting the Compass Project and Maine FabLab to the community at large.

Additional duties desired but not required:

  • Participating in fundraising and development.
  • Spearheading marketing and promotion for the program and facilities.

Required skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of woodworking.
  • Knowledge of boat construction and boat design.
  • Candidates must possess strong organizational, communication and supervisory skills and the ability to relate well to students, staff, parents and volunteers.
  • This position requires flexibility, organization, creativity, and an interest in making.
  • Candidates must have the ability to manage multiple projects/programs at the same time.

Please send resumé and qualifications to director@feedtheengine.org no later than July 1. 


Have something you like to teach? We are always looking to expand our teaching roster for future programs. New ideas are always welcome, as well as cross-discipline approaches to workshops. Qualified individuals are invited to submit sample proposals to apply for consideration in the following areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, animation, graphic design, industrial design, game design, 3d printing and rapid prototyping, ceramics, photography, woodworking, fibers/textiles, book arts, and mixed media.

Submit a proposal: Send a proposal and a resumé. Proposals would include 1) dates available, 2) a brief description of the camp, class, or workshop proposed, 3) desired age range of participants, 4) and the length of the program. Programs can be week-long whole days, week-long half days, weekend-long workshops, and one-time 2-3 hour sessions.

If you don’t have a specific proposal in mind but would like to be considered for future opportunities, please send along a resume and cover letter and we can keep you on file.

All inquiries should be sent to director@feedtheengine.org.


  1. Minimum 18 years of age.
  2. Teaching experience working with youth.
  3. Professional artistic training, background, and work demonstrated through work samples, photos, or other documentation.
  4. Sincere respect for children and demonstrated work ethic and professionalism to serve as a mentor and role model.
  5. Holds unwavering respect for students and individuals with different gender and sexual identities, cultural backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities, and asks for help when needed in supporting these populations.
  6. Ability to work well in a small community.
  7. Is collaborative, punctual, flexible, energetic, and enthusiastic.
  8. Ability to provide leadership and to communicate clearly.
  9. Able to organize, implement, and successfully complete projects in a learning and work environment with limited supervision.


Not a lead instructor, you say? Maybe you want to offer support to our instructors. No problem! We are always SEEKING VOLUNTEERS! Volunteering can be a great way to build your experience to lead future camps, classes, and workshops. Register as a VOLUNTEER here!

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