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.

Now Hiring Museum Educators and a Youth Programs Coordinator:

Museum Educators

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site seeks seasonal museum educators at the historic site from May through November 2020, 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.

Application Instructions:

In PDF form, 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 Apply is March 20, 2020

Youth Programs Coordinator

The Thomas Cole National Historic site is now seeking a Youth Programs Coordinator. This is a two-year, full-time position, with the potential to be extended. They will be a key member of the museum staff and will work across the Education department to build sustainable relationships with schools, and youth audiences. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in museum programming, and be comfortable multi-tasking while maintaining attention to detail and quality. The position requires strong problem-solving, organizational, and interpersonal skills. This is a full time, Monday through Friday position. In addition, special projects/events may take place on weekends. Reports to both Manager of Visitor Engagement + Director of External Relations.


  • Oversee multi-year project to create online experience for youth audiences
  • Design educational experiences for school groups – groups that visit the Site, and off-site visits to schools
  • Design educational experience for youth audiences
  • Conduct research using primary sources and archival collections to create content for lesson plans, online experiences, programming, etc.
  • Teach lesson plans/activities to students, both during on-site visits and by making trips to school classrooms
  • Nurture newly formed relationships with schools and other youth organizations and develop new ones.
  • Explore new ways to connect with schools and youth audiences, such as leading certified professional development sessions, and creating a youth council.
  • Regularly meet with teachers and administrators to discuss broadly and in detail, best ways to become more involved in local schools
  • Maintain the Education tab on the TCNHS website
  • Create new programs and interpretive elements for children and families visiting the Site
  • Stay up to date on current theories of childhood education and museum interpretation
  • Lead group tours around the Site that consist primarily of children or students
  • Become a trained educator and provide support within touring operations, approximately two days per week, with the potential for more during busy weeks
  • Seek and secure repeat yearly funding for school buses
  • Create and maintain a record system that summarizes relationship with schools/educators.
  • Periodically train other site educators about how best to engage younger students, and how to lead lesson plans in classrooms and on site
  • Work with the Director of External Relations to make updates to the website, assist with social media and email blasts, and draft grant narrative reports

Application Instructions
In PDF form, 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. The position is open until filled.

If you are looking for information about the annual Cole Fellowship program, please find more information here. 

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 Jon Palmer

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