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: Two-Year, Full Time Position in Public Humanities 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) is seeking full time person with a recent MA or PhD degree to fill a two-year “Position in Public Humanities”, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, starting immediately. The new position will be a part of our project team that is implementing a new interpretive exhibition at the historic site. Read complete details and how to apply.


FALL INTERNS / Now seeking undergraduates for fall 2015  

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



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 applicants begins in December each year. 

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



The 2015 season has begun but we are always ready to welcome exceptional docents. 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.