top image

Working Artist-in-Residence: Glass Studio Technician

Department: Fine Arts
Position:  Six month letter of appointment
Salary:   $1,500.00 monthly stipend
Union Affiliation:  None
Posting Date: July 2018
Start Date:  September 24, 2018 through March 24, 2019


The University of Montana Western (Western) is seeking a capable, responsible and accountable glass worker who will work directly with Associate Professor Michael Hengler in the studio as needed.  The job will consist of:

  • Ensuring a safe working environment for students during out-of-class hours (being in the studio outside of class time).
  • Maintaining, repairing, and improving the studio and its equipment.
  • Helping university students excel with their projects as one’s technical and conceptual experience allows.
  • A general engagement and excitement for glass and a positive attitude.
  • The work schedule is flexible, though the position will require 30-40 hours of work per week.

The successful applicant will also be given time to use the studio facilities to continue their own studio practice.  Below are the allocations of time per studio, and hours awarded:

Hours of Availability (excludes times when class is in session, and are subject to when studio is hot/operational):
Hot Shop: four hours/week
Flame Shop: four hours/week
Fusing: four firings/week
Cold Shop: 7am-10pm (except when class is in session)
Flat Shop: 7am-10pm (except when class is in session)


A BA or BFA is preferred by applicants.  Professional experience could be a substitute for the formal academic degree.  Curatorial, gallery, managerial, team or production experience should also be noted, if applicable.


Send letter of application responding to the job description, a curriculum vita, transcripts, evaluations of teaching, if available, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three (3) current professional references.  Application materials may also be made into a single pdf document and attached to an email.  Please submit materials to:

Patti Lake
Payroll & Benefits Supervisor
Administration and Finance
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic St
Dillon, MT 59725

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Michael Hengler via email @ or by calling 406-683-7344

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

Click here for a printable version of the job description