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Whether you are looking for a year round position or a seasonal one, we offer a broad range of opportunities for individuals in all stages of their careers. We are known for providing a unique and outstanding Chautauqua experience for guests and employees alike, which makes us a regional employer of choice.

Current year round openings

Digital Communications Coordinator

Artistic Director, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI)

Office Services Assistant

Finance and Data Management Assistant (Chautauqua Foundation)

Venues Manager

Seasonal Jobs

Apply here

How to Apply

  1.  Go to application website.

  2. Click the link to "view all open job positions."

  3. Click on a job title for more details and to apply.

  4. To apply, create a profile and complete an application. The button to “create with online form” will take you through our basic application.

  5. Submit your application. You will receive a confirmation email.

Have a question? Contact us at employment@ciweb.org


Chautauqua Institution is the recipient of the 2010 Silver Award from the International Awards for Livable Communities. Endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme, the LivCom Awards is the world’s only awards competition focusing on international best practice regarding the management of the local environment.

Designated both a National Historic District because of the characteristics of CHQ, the place, it is also designated as a National Historic Landmark because of its contribution to American culture. CHQ joined seven other iconic American places as the recipient of the Heritage Award from the Urban Land Institute.

In presenting the award ULI stated “If the physical archetype for traditional neighborhood developments in the United States is colonial Charleston, Savannah, or Annapolis, the holistic prototype has always been CHQ…Its appeal derives not from its historical quaintness, but from its relevance to life today.”

Chautauqua Institution has also been honored by the American Institute of Architects for its commitment to historic preservation and by Chautauqua County for its leadership role in innovative energy-saving techniques.

Smith Memorial Library

libraryThe Smith Memorial Library of Chautauqua Institution anchors the southern end of Bestor Plaza.

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Chautauqua Advocates

advocateChautauqua Advocates are a group of dedicated Chautauquans that host local gatherings and share their CHQ experiences with friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

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Women's Club

WomensClub2The Chautauqua Women's Club was organized in 1899 for literary, education and religious purposes and continues to provide a variety of programming.

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Cohen Recording Studio

cohen studioThe state-of-the-art Cohen Recording Studio located on the lower level of Smith Memorial Library.

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Bird, Tree & Garden Club

btgFounded in 1913, the purpose of the Chautauqua Bird, Tree & Garden Club is to help keep CHQ beautiful.

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book store extThe following is a list of community services available at Chautauqua Institutuion.

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CINEMA2Located in historic Higgins Hall on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution and curated by the same family for three generations, the Chautauqua Cinema is a one-of-a-kind, movie-going experience.

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Chautauqua Trail

chq trailCHQ was a social and cultural phenomenon that permeated rural North America until the mid-1920s. Today only a handful of CHQ communities survive.

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Our History

early Chaut audienceChautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities.

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Our Mission

IMG 9843CHQ as a community celebrates, encourages and studies the arts and treats them as integral to all of learning. With symphony, opera, theater, dance, visual arts and a renowned music school, CHQ produces an "ecstatic mix" of programming that can be found nowhere else.

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President and Board

MichaelHill IMG 0708 wned 2Michael E. Hill was selected as the 18th president of Chautauqua Institution on Nov. 4, 2016. He first came to the Institution in 1996 as Assistant Editor/Copy Editor of The Chautauquan Daily.

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Porchchat Master sk 4Directory of staff telephone numbers and email addresses. CHQ's primary administrative offices are located in the Colonnade on Bestor Plaza.

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Amphitheater Renewal Project

Previous C04 0708 smThe Chautauqua Amphitheater — the “Amp” — functions as our community’s most important place for assembly around arts, culture, and worship. What we see today is the result of decades of changes, and CHQ Institution intends to renew the Amp to meet the community’s needs for the next 100 years.

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GreatAmericanPicnic10071815 RW masterWhether you are a year-round resident or a first-time visitor, CHQ is a vibrant community that encourages exploration of the natural and built environment and engagement with your neighbors.

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CPOA (Property Owners)

CHQ 07292015 0247The Chautauqua Property Owners Association serves as a communication link between individuals who own residences on the grounds and the administrative officers and trustees of Chautauqua Institution.

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CHQ 08092015 2081Chautauqua Institution policies.

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Property & Construction Resources

0617 Construction RLG02master landingpgThe built environment is an integral and vital component of the fabric of Chautauqua. Private property owners have the privilege and responsibility to improve and maintain this fabric through revitalization efforts as well as the occasional construction of a new dwelling.

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Chautauqua Institution is blessed with a large community of volunteers that support the many programs that take place each summer. Our many "Friends of" groups and their networks help to strengthen connections between Chautauquans and our resident artists and presenters.




Chautauqua Institution Policies

Whistleblower Policy (PDF)


Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua specializes in the arts, education, religion and recreation and hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests each summer.

Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of 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.

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onthegroundsThe “On the Grounds” section of the Chautauqua Institution website is designed to keep community members informed on the status of Institution projects, major initiatives considered by the Board of Trustees and environmental issues. Also provided is a menu of resources for property owners, including Institution rules and regulations, Architectural Review Board information, Institution staff contact information and FAQ.

“On the Grounds” will continue to provide updates throughout the off-season.