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​ArtCorps Student Worker Program (Fall 2022)

Japanese Friendship Garden
Education Assistant

Position filled

No longer accepting applications

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  • Departments: Community Engagement, Education, Events, Programming, Operations, Outreach
  • Art Forms: Culture
  • Communities: Asian, Asian American
  • Work Mode: In-person
  • Address: ​1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Supervisor: ​Eriko Saxon, Education Curator

​Please note: all ArtCorps student worker positions receive $16/hr before taxes and work 400 hours over the course of the semester (around 20 - 25 hours a week). To apply, you must be a current or recently graduated undergraduate student attending an institution in Phoenix or living in Phoenix yourself.


About this position

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What you'll do

The Education Assistant provides support for the implementation, development, and innovation of engaging experiences at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix which celebrate the rich arts, culture, and history of Japan. The Education Assistant will work with the Education Curator and Executive Director to support and advance JFG programming efforts. The student will learn a variety of tasks related to event management and development, fiscal oversight, professional networking and collaboration, in addition to processes for gathering constituent feedback.

Specific responsibilities

  • Assist with implementation, development, and innovation of all Garden educational programming including classes/workshops, tours, exhibits, and events
  • Assists on-site with execution of educational programming, serving as primary staff point of contact for classes/workshops, tours, First Fridays and other programs as needed
  • Performs maintenance of program database, including building online listings for registration, monitoring capacity, and assisting with reporting
  • Responsible for coordinating with Private Rentals Manager and Gift Shop Staff to maintain master events calendar
  • Responsible for providing needed supplies for programming (collaborating with JFG where necessary) and tracking supply inventory
  • Collaborates with Private Rentals Manager to ensure event staffing for programs
  • Executes program surveys in alignment with program goals and Garden brand standards; collect and share feedback with Education Curator
  • Assist Education Curator with all expense and month-end reporting. Support staff with reaching revenue goals​

Desired qualifications

  • High levels of passion and enthusiasm for horticulture, Japanese gardens, and/or Japanese arts and culture
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Japanese language a plus
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to thrive with independent work and collaborate in a team
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 lbs
  • Standing and walking in an outdoor setting is required 25% of the time.  ​

Apply for this position

​No longer accepting applications

Oh no! We're sorry, but this position is no longer accepting applications ​and has been filled for Fall 2022. If you're still interested in learning more about the position, you can keep reading. Otherwise, you can find more student worker positions​.

Meet the supervisor

Education Curator Eriko Saxon

Eriko Saxon has been working for the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) for 11 years. She has a great passion for Art & Culture and education. She is involved with the community, teaching Japanese Calligraphy at Arizona Gakuen (Japanese Saturday School), volunteering at the Matsuri Festival in Arizona, and is an advisory member on the committee for the Japan Culture Club of Arizona.  Her original role at the Japanese Friendship Garden was designing event flyers and posters as well as the garden’s original merchandise, such as T-shirts, magnets and mugs. Those skills and experiences were developed when she established her own design company in 2007.  She also worked as a Media Specialist, managing Social Media postings and maintaining website content at the Japanese Friendship Garden. She is currently responsible for all aspects of  JFG workshops and exhibits as a cultural arts manager, which includes contracting instructors and creating promotional materials and videos. Eriko’s communication and management style reflect a collaborative, team approach, as she finds that this is an effective way to maximize the unique talents of the whole.  

About this organization

Japanese Friendship Garden

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden, Inc. is to maintain a beautiful, serene Japanese garden in the heart of Phoenix and provide educational and artistic programs and events that continue to deepen our relationships and celebrate the rich history and culture of Japan. To learn more about the Japanese Friendship Garden, visit their website at http://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org.​

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About the program

The Phoenix ArtCorps​​

The Phoenix ArtCorps is a student employment program from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture  that seeks to provide students with​ the comprehensive skills, mentorship, and experience ​they need to launch their arts and culture careers. Over the course of a semester, each student works 400 hours for $16/hr (around 20 to 25 hours a week), with additional stipends and professional development opportunities. To apply, students must be current or recently graduated undergraduate students at a community college, university, or other institution of higher education based in Phoenix (or live in Phoenix themselves). Applicants must be at least 18 years old. There are no other enrollment requirements. Students do not need to be majoring in the arts or similar fields to apply. To learn more about the program and browse positions, visit our website at http://phoenix.gov/arts/artcorps​. ​​​​​​​

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