Employment at the Thomas Cole Historic Site

Join Our Team.

Working at the Thomas Cole 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: Part-Time Tour Guide

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site seeks a part-time interpreter to give guided tours, conduct school programs, and participate in other visitor activities at the historic site from August through October. The work schedule will be 9:30 am to 5 pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. For more information or to apply, please contact Melissa Gavilanes at 518-943-7465 extension 5. Click here for more details. 


Review of applicants for the 2015 Cole Fellowship will begin winter-spring 2014-15 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site selects three Fellows each season to join us and participate in the research and interpretation of the work, home, and studio of Thomas Cole. Designed for exceptional graduating or recently graduated college seniors, the program offers significant hands-on experience in the museum field through a combination of research and interpretation projects, on-site touring, daily operations, presentations, field trips, and professional development. Free housing at the site is provided, as well as a monthly stipend. Program runs from late May to early November each year, and participation in the entire five months is required. Review of applications for the upcoming season will begin this winter. 

Please click here for the full description of the Fellows Program and how to apply. For questions contact Kate Menconeri, collection and exhibition manager at: (518) 943-7465 ext. 2 or kmenconeri@thomascole.org


Now Seeking Docents!

Training for the upcoming season is going on now, so if you act quickly you still have time to join in. Please see our volunteer page for more information about this opportunity to join the fun and fascinating group of people who give tours of the historic site, conduct programs for visiting children, or lead hikes into the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Undergraduate Internships

Please see our internships page for more information about this opportunity to work at the Thomas Cole Historic Site while gaining class credit at your school or college.