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: Director of Development

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is seeking a sharp and dedicated Director of Development to join our fundraising and sponsorship efforts. We are looking to complete a major capital campaign and have recently secured a large Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and we are seeking a Development Director to help manage these projects and cultivate new relationships, particularly focusing on large gifts. The Director of Development will play a leadership role in building practices that increase TCNHS’s fundraising results and capacity, reporting to the Director and working with the Board of Trustees. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample (3 pages or less) to info@thomascole.org. Get the detailed position description here.


NOW HIRING: Assistant to the Director

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is now hiring for a new entry-level position that will be full time, reporting directly to the Executive Director. The opening is an ideal opportunity for a college graduate with excellent written and verbal communication skills who is looking to enter the museum field. The new hire will receive extensive on-the-job training in a fast paced environment, joining an excellent team of museum professionals. 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. See the full position description and learn how to apply.

Seeking Docents!

Training for the 2015 season will begin in Spring! 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.


Cole Fellowships 

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 takes place during the winter months. 

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