Employment at the Thomas Cole Site

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To work 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. Learn about our open employment opportunities below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Paid Museum Guide

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site seeks seasonal museum guides at the historic site from July through November 2022 for four to five days per week. Additional opportunities for approximately three days per week through January are possible, programming-dependent. Training sessions will also take place in June, estimated at 1-2 days per week. The position offers the opportunity to join a dynamic team at a beautiful historic site in Catskill, New York, in the scenic Hudson Valley. Hourly rates range from $13.50 – $18.50, based on experience.

Essential functions and responsibilities include becoming skilled in the following:

  • Facilitate self-guided experiences for visitors at the home and studios of Thomas Cole, maintaining a level of knowledge in order to substantively inform the public and respond accurately to their questions
  • Lead guided tours of the site
  • Lead and/or assist with school programs, both on and off-site
  • Facilitate positive visitor experiences for visitors, school groups, and other audiences in a confident and professional manner
  • Act as the tour staff’s ‘go-to person’ on a rotating basis along with other guides to ensure daily tour operations are running smoothly. This includes tasks like managing unforeseen emergencies, and facilitating large group visits.
  • Lead activities at various events
  • Participate in group discussions to brainstorm innovative methods of historic site interpretation
  • Keep informed about special offers, events/programming, and the surrounding area of Catskill and be able to communicate this information to visitors
  • Keep informed about our policies, our operations, the structure of the season, and be able to communicate this information to visitors
  • Run the Visitor Center by greeting and orienting visitors, operating the cash register and online ticketing system for sales and reservations, and keeping the shop and desk area neat
  • Logistics of security, and opening/closing procedures
  • Help with small tasks around the site such as refilling brochures, wiping down interpretive panels, and maintaining visitor writing/art areas.

Qualifications: The position requires a comfort and natural ability 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 ideal candidate will enjoy working as part of a team, can problem-solve effectively and take initiative when needed, and can calmly handle many different kinds of situations with patience, and with a smile. It is critical that the candidate be punctual, reliable, and responsible, as well as open to constructive 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. Flexibility in schedule is preferred.

How to Apply
In a single PDF document, please submit (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter explaining why you are qualified and interested in the position, and (3) contact information for at least three professional references via e-mail to employment@thomascole.org. Deadline to submit is May 13, 2022.


Facilities and Grounds Assistant

Position Summary: Working under the supervision of the Facilities Manager, assist with keeping the buildings and grounds in pristine condition and insuring that facilities and equipment are well- maintained and operating at peak performance. This is a flexible part-time position.

Reports to: Facilities Manager

Position Description:

  • Execute day-to-day tasks associated with maintaining the grounds and gardens.
  • Perform routine grounds maintenance, including mowing, weeding, mulching, laying gravel, clearingdebris
  • Back up for custodial crew – cleaning and security
  • Remove snow from paths and small lot areas not cleared by plowing service
  • Deliver stock orders from the Office to Visitors Center
  • Assist in moving crates, furniture and equipment in preparation for exhibitions and repairs
  • Basic maintenance of tools and equipment needed to perform assigned tasks.
  • Perform other repair and maintenance duties as assigned by Facilities Manager & Grounds Manager
  • As needed: install signage, remove fallen branches and trash from grounds.
  • Assist with building maintenance duties, including painting, drywall, minor electrical repairs,plumbing, carpentry

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience and knowledge of basic home, facilities and grounds maintenance.
  • High level of attention to detail, sense of urgency, and ability to adapt to quickly changingpriorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to both work in a team and follow instructions from supervisors and work independently.
  • Experience and knowledge of basic plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and mechanical systems (including relevant equipment and tools)

Location, Schedule and Compensation: The site is located in Catskill, New York. This is a part- time permanent position with flexible hours. Compensation is based on skills and experience.

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift, push, pull, hold, and/or carry objects and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis. Must be able to climb stairs; stand for up to 4 hours at a time on a frequent basis; stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl frequently throughout the day; work outside during inclement weather

Vaccination Policy: The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has a universal vaccination policy requiring a COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster, for all employees. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered and decided on a case-by-case basis according to New York State and Federal Law.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to admin@thomascole.org


The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has a universal vaccination policy requiring a COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster, for all employees.  Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered and decided on a case-by-case basis according to New York State and Federal Law.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.

Staff photo by Adam T. Deen

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