Classroom Aide Opportunities

The Eliot School seeks Classroom Aides on a rolling basis, for both in-house classes and classes held at local public schools through our School Partnership Program.

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We seek candidates eager for classroom experience as assistant teachers in woodworking, sewing and art. We require adequate skills in the relevant subjects, absolute reliability, good communication skills and the ability to work in a team. Most of our volunteer opportunities are in our classes for children. Occasionally we do use volunteers in adult classes, particularly Woodworking and Upholstery.

Many of our aides are undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates. We also find excellent aides who are changing careers, retired, considering a return to school, temporarily unemployed, looking for a creative outlet and interested in giving back to the community.

We are happy to fill out school forms for credit and for internships, co-op programs and community service.

To apply

Please email a resumé, a cover letter and images of your artwork or a link to images. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as new positions open each term.

Our Aides Say...

“I can honestly say that this summer, starting with my time at the Eliot School, has been a highlight of my life. It was great to get to know everyone there. It is a truly unique and amazing space for friendships to form and for learning to happen.”


Our School Partnership Program sends instructors to teach art and woodworking to grades K–8 at partner schools, most in the Boston Public School system, both after-school and during the day. We continue to develop an ongoing pool of teachers and aides in Woodworking and Visual Arts. Each term, we match teachers, aides and schools based on subject, experience, location and interest. SPP classes are all developed in close planning with our partner schools near the start of each term. Most classes take place once a week for 1–2 hours in Dorchester, East Boston, Roxbury, Roslindale, South Boston and surrounding neighborhoods. Term length is usually 8–12 weeks on a rolling basis throughout the school year. Each SPP teacher is accompanied by a Classroom Aide, and most classes are capped at 13–15 students. We pay our SPP aides an hourly wage.

Our in-house classes meet once a week in terms of 8–12 weeks, on weekday afternoons or on weekends. We use aides in only a few in–house classes, mostly Woodworking and Sewing for children, and mostly on a volunteer basis. Volunteer positions in adult Woodworking classes are also sometimes available, but only to candidates with extensive cabinetmaking experience.

While we try to hire teens from our partner schools and in-house classes as aides in our Summer Program for Children, we do occasionally hire others as well.