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.

Now Seeking Interns

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is now seeking interns to help with exhibition planning and events. The Summer/Fall season spans: June-October and the Winter/Spring season spans: March-May. All selected Interns work closely with staff and gain valuable, behind-the-scenes museum experience. Projects may include touring, exhibitions and research, collection management, development, event planning, and museum education and interpretation.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain in-depth experience for those looking to pursue a career in the museum field. Candidates with a passion for art, museums, history, and/or education are encouraged to apply. Academic credit can be arranged for students who complete a minimum number of hours per week, as determined by their college or other academic institution. Interns may work two to four days per week for a period of three to six months.

To Apply please email (PDF files only):

+ Letter of interest detailing your areas of interest
+ Current resume
+ Names and contact information for 3 references (professional or academic)

Contact: info@thomascole.org 


Now Hiring Museum Educators

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site seeks seasonal museum educators at the historic site from May through November 2019, for three to five days per week. Mandatory training sessions will also take place in April/May, dates to be determined. The position offers the opportunity to join a dynamic team at a beautiful historic site in Catskill, New York, in the scenic Hudson Valley. The position pays $13 per hour.

Essential functions and responsibilities include becoming skilled in the following:

  • Lead guided tours and 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 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 educators to ensure daily tour operations are running smoothly. This includes tasks like writing/distributing a daily schedule, managing unforeseen emergencies, and facilitating large group visits.
  • Lead activities at various events
  • Participate in regular 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 explain such things 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 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.

To Apply please email (PDF files only):

+ Current resume
+ Letter of interest explaining why you are interested and qualified for the position
+ Names and contact information for 3 professional references

Contact: employment@thomascole.org 

Deadline to Apply is March 20, 2020

rootEmployment at the Thomas Cole Historic Site