Employment at the Thomas Cole Historic Site

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Executive Director Elizabeth B. Jacks and Curator Kate Menconeri

Working at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site is to be part of a team of excited and committed professionals, each with his or her own role to play in realizing our collective goals. There are several ways to become part of our operation, which are listed below. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Now hiring – Museum Educators

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site seeks part-time or full-time museum educators to conduct guided tours, lead school programs, be a gallery attendant and participate in other visitor activities at the historic site from late April through October 2018. The work schedule is flexible. Mandatory training sessions will also take place in early-mid April, dates to be announced.

The position pays $11 per hour. The position also includes free admission to a variety of educational programs and events. The position offers the opportunity to join a dynamic team at a beautiful historic site in Catskill, New York, in the scenic Hudson Valley.


  • Conduct guided tours of the home and studios of Thomas Cole, and be a gallery attendant in Thomas Cole’s New Studio
  • Facilitate interactive and hands-on learning for site visitors, school groups, and other audiences using a variety of teaching techniques in a confident and professional manner
  • Lead activities at various events
  • Provide back-up in the Visitor Center to cover lunches, and as needed
  • Participate in regular group discussions to brainstorm innovative methods of historic site interpretation
  • Work with the staff across departments on special projects as designated by the education manager

Qualifications: The position requires a natural ability and comfort with speaking in front of a group, a passion for learning about history, and the desire to communicate this knowledge and passion with others. The candidate must have a flexible schedule that allows for occasional weekend work, and be a team player that enjoys being with people and can handle many different kinds of situations with a smile. It is critical that the candidate be punctual, reliable, and responsible, as well as open to feedback and new ideas. The position requires moderate physical activity including climbing stairs and moving about the historic site in hot summers and cool spring and fall weather.


  • Brief letter of introduction describing your interest in the educator position
  • Resumé
  • References:  Include names and full contact information for 3 professional/academic references

TO APPLY: Please submit above materials – as PDF files – to the education manager, Heather Paroubek via email: hparoubek@thomascole.org. No phone calls please. Deadline to submit is March 2, 2017.


We are always looking for exceptional docents. Please see our volunteer page for more information about this opportunity to join the fun and fascinating group of people who give tours of the historic site, conduct programs for visiting children, or lead hikes into the beautiful surrounding landscape.


Interns are welcome on a rolling basis year-round. The Winter/Spring season spans: February-May, the Summer: May-August, and Fall: September-December. Please see our fellows and interns page for more information.

rootEmployment at the Thomas Cole Historic Site