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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Property Manager

Position Summary: The Property Manager oversees the care of all historic and non-historic structures, grounds and office spaces of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. This position reports to the Deputy Director, supervises the caretakers and other facilities staff and vendors, and coordinates with other staff to ensure all facilities are functioning properly and that the Site’s structures and grounds remain in excellent condition.

Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with historic preservation experts and landscape consultants, plan out the needed repairs to historic structures and grounds, identify qualified subcontractors, and ensure that the work is carried out in a manner that is in keeping with the highest standards of historic restoration.
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Director, decide what other facilities staff are needed and define their roles and job duties. Keep in communication with Curatorial and Education staff to adjust staffing plan as needed during high-demand times such as exhibition install and major events, and hire part-time labor and contractors as needed.
  • Review and update the annual plans for restoration and repair projects and maintain a schedule of regular Site maintenance. Discuss ongoing plans and costs with the Deputy Director.
  • Regularly inspect buildings and grounds, identify need for restoration/repair and devise a course of action. Procure necessary staff and/or contractors, manage bidding process when applicable.
  • Oversee a staff of facilities/grounds/caretaking staff, assign their projects and responsibilities and ensure that assignments are completed properly and in a timely manner.
  • Identify and maintain a list of construction, maintenance and other facilities-related contractors who have highest standards of quality workmanship, timeliness and dependability as well as competitive pricing. Obtain estimates and oversee their work.
  • Participate in planning of and oversee the execution of facilities-related capital projects, act as point of contact for contractors and schedule project team meetings to keep projects on schedule, report on project progress and timeline at all-staff meetings, and work with Deputy Director to mitigate changes to costs and overall project budgets.
  • Oversee security systems and supervise security-related contractors to ensure that systems are functioning at all times. Manage repairs, maintenance and upgrades as needed. Assign different facilities staff to be on call for security alarms to ensure coverage 24 hours a day.
  • Obtain all necessary permits and permissions for construction projects in a timely manner or assign this task to a contractor and ensure that it is done.
  • Identify vendors of custodial supplies that are both economical and environmentally friendly and place orders as needed.
  • Perform additional related work as assigned.

Required and Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience and knowledge of home, facilities and grounds maintenance.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills with ability to manage several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and agility to adjust quickly to changing priorities.
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and teleconferencing software
  • Preferred but not required skills:
  • Experience managing the care and maintenance of a public historic property.
  • Knowledge of 19th center historic structures and related principles, practices and techniques for their restoration, repair and maintenance.

Location, Schedule and Compensation: The site is located in Catskill, New York. This position is full time with a comprehensive benefits and retirement plan. Compensation is based on skills and experience.

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift, push, pull, hold, and/or carry objects and equipment weighing 25-50 lbs. on a frequent basis. Must be able to climb stairs. Must be able to stand for up to 4 hours at a time on a frequent basis. Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl frequently throughout the day. Must be able to work outside in inclement weather.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to admin@thomascole.org with “Property Manager” in the subject line.

 

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




rootEmployment at the Thomas Cole Site