Employment at the Thomas Cole Historic Site

Join Our Team


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 – Manager of Events and Membership

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) is now hiring for a full time position of Manager of Events & Membership, reporting to the Director of External Relations. The TCNHS is a rapidly growing, entrepreneurial organization that offers ample opportunity to learn, grow, and take on more responsibilities over time. The position is open immediately.

Essential functions and responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage, plan and execute all aspects of events; including outreach, educational, and fundraising; both at the TCNHS and off-site. Coordinate with all departments for tailored event needs. Create checklist of tasks for each event and ensure all tasks are completed.
  • Utilize the Raiser’s Edge NXT database software to track RSVPs for all events and manage check-in process.
  • Manage and grow the membership program – defined as annual gifts under $1000; design levels and benefits at each level, oversee membership materials and mailings including the newsletter, increase overall membership revenue.
  • Recruit, cultivate, train and oversee volunteers for all organizational needs.
  • Oversee the design and production of all printed materials as well as emailed invitations.
  • Serve as point of contact for rentals of the TCNHS facilities for outside events including weddings.

Serve as point of contact for guest speakers; execute contracts.

The ideal candidate must be a graduate of a four-year college degree program and have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, a strong work ethic, and the ability to prioritize and track many projects at once. Experience with Special Events is essential, and non-profit experience is a plus. The successful candidate will have a cheerful and positive outlook and the energy to enjoy an environment with many changes and rapid growth.

This is a full-time positon with some benefits offered. Salary DOE.

Application Instructions
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.


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 through October 2018. The work schedule requires a minimum of 2-3 days per week.

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
  • 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, helping to manage unforeseen emergencies, and facilitating large group tours.
  • 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
  • Staff 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.

rootEmployment at the Thomas Cole Historic Site