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Chautauqua Institution Usher (Program Office)/Seasonal Employment in Chautauqua, New York


The mission of the Program Office ( is to expand the lives of our audience (and employees) within and beyond the Institution’s gates through the power of the performing and visual arts. Events are scheduled every day during the summer season; employees are scheduled to support the operation of the performances. Shift start times vary from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

About Your Compensation

Compensation for this position starts at $15.00/Hour and, with demonstrated experience and qualifications, candidates may earn up to $15.50/Hour.

About Your Work Day

  • Customer focused and professional when greeting patrons into the Amphitheater and other performing venues.

  • Use handheld computerized device to check-in patron’s gate pass/ticket into the venue.

  • Assist patrons with disability needs, including wheelchair access/seating, service dogs, and Assistive Listening Devices.

  • Answer patron questions by providing information on venue rules/regulations, event seating, restroom locations, and general information about Chautauqua Institution.

  • Address and diffuse patron issues.

  • Ability to work in a calm and professional manner during peak periods and during high-attendance events.

  • Assist in creating a safe and pleasant patron experience.

About the Referral Program

Chautauqua Institution’s Referral Bonus Program ( is a talent solution to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse workforce that encompasses all the skills and experience necessary to deliver on our goals and objectives. Chautauqua Institution will provide a $500 referral bonus (less taxes) for active employees referring a new candidate who is hired and remains employed for at least 90-days from the first physical date of work. In the case of seasonal positions working less than 6-months, the new candidate must remain actively employed for at least 30-days from the first physical date of work and until the closing date of the season. The closing date of the season is the last Sunday in August.

About Your Schedule

Chautauqua Institution and Chautauqua Hotel Company offer flexible schedules, full and part-time, for seasonal employment during summer operations starting annually each June and concluding in August. Seasonal employment may be available earlier (pre-season) and beyond season (post-season) based on business needs and candidate availability. Schedules typically include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as a requirement.

Will be scheduled to work an average of 20-hours/week. Scheduled hours will be generally four hours/shift and five shifts/week. Hours may include evenings, weekends, and holidays based on business needs.

About Living on the Grounds

Chautauqua Institution may provide limited housing options on our grounds or assist you with locating nearby housing arrangements for select opportunities based on business needs. Housing is not an option for many positions and may be of a cost to you. Candidates should assume there are no employer-provided or employer-assisted housing options available for this position unless it is otherwise stated.

There are no employer-provided or employer-assisted housing options available for this position.

About Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua Institution ( is a not-for-profit global convener of dialogue on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of the arts, education, religion, and recreation. The Chautauqua community is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State and comes alive each summer with a unique mix of visual and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship/programs, and recreational activities. Chautauqua Institution owns and operates Chautauqua Hotel Company ( , a comprehensive hotel, food & beverage, conferencing, and events organization. The Institution’s office in Washington, DC is located strategically for an ongoing role in the cultural conversations of the nation.

Discovering Your Chautauqua Experience

There are countless ways that our talent will engage with our mission, vision, and diverse communities, and you are invited to immerse yourself in our programming as a gateway to this experience. Employees will receive a traditional Chautauqua gate pass, free of cost, which provides access to many of our programs at the Amphitheater. In addition to a traditional gate pass, employees and their families will receive full access to our current and historical programs online at CHQ Assembly ( .

Commitment to Values of IDEA

Chautauqua Institution values Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) ( as a priority in our strategic plan, 150 Forward ( . One of our five core values is “The dignity and contributions of all people.” We are committed to creating conditions in which everyone feels that they can engage as full and valued participants in the Chautauqua experience. The Institution is an equal opportunity employer committed to equitable and inclusive hiring practices and applicants will not be discriminated against based on any status protected under federal, state, or local law. We especially welcome applications from those who can demonstrate past experience, engagement, and professional expertise in IDEA.

Joining Our Talent Community

Join our talent community online at You are encouraged to learn more about Chautauqua Institution at and view the 150 Forward Strategic Plan at




  • Cooperation: Some Knowledge

  • Adaptability: Some Knowledge

  • Active Listening: Some Knowledge

  • Communication: Some Knowledge

  • Creative Thinking: Some Knowledge

  • Dependability: Some Knowledge

  • Multitasking: Some Knowledge

  • Problem Solving: Some Knowledge

  • Teamwork: Some Knowledge

  • Friendliness: Some Knowledge

  • Helpfulness: Some Knowledge

  • Empathy: Some Knowledge

  • Patience: Some Knowledge



  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

  • Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest

  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

  • Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



  • Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals



  • 1-3 year: Customer service experience.