Employment at the Thomas Cole Historic Site

The Cole Site is hiring! 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.

Current Openings

Visitor Center Associate and Museum Educator

Full Time, May 1 - Oct 30, 2016 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site seeks a full-time seasonal visitor center associate and museum educator to sell admission tickets, greet and process group tour admissions, give guided tours, be a gallery attendant, and participate in other visitor activities at the historic site from May 1 through October 30, 2016. Schedule for this position is Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-5pm. 

The position offers the opportunity to join a dynamic team at a beautiful historic site in Catskill, New York, in the scenic Hudson Valley. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first major art movement. Cole's profound influence on America's cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through educational programs that are relevant today. The Thomas Cole Historic House is an independent non-profit organization and an affiliate of the National Park Service.


• Open and close Visitor Center/Bookshop

• Greet visitors, orient them to the site, and answer questions about Thomas Cole programs, events, membership, and the surrounding area of Catskill

• Answer phone calls and forward messages as necessary. Visitor Center is the point of contact for general public questions and information.

• Operate cash register for ticket sales and bookshop sales

• Answer bookshop customer questions and provide general information on available books and products

• Assist the Visitor Center Manager with maintaining a full inventory of products, updating displays, stocking shelves, and keeping the shop and desk area neat.

• Keep informed about special offers and events, discounts, and promotions and be able to communicate this information to visitors.

• Conduct guided tours of the home and studios of Thomas Cole

• Serve as gallery attendant in the Thomas Cole’s New Studio and answer visitor questions about current art exhibition

• Lead activities for both children and adults at various events

• Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications: The position requires the following: 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 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. Retail or customer service experience and proficiency with computers preferred. The position requires moderate physical activity including climbing stairs and moving about the historic site in hot summers and cool spring and fall weather.

CONTACT Carrie Tuccio for application guidelines: ctuccio@thomascole.org  


CALL  for spring INTERNS / 2016 Exhibition Associate & Education Interns

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is now seeking winter-spring exhibition associates and educational interns to help plan and implement the 2016 season of exhibitions and events. Interns are welcome on a rolling basis year-round. The winter-spring season spans: February-May, Summer: May/June-August, and Fall: September - December. All selected Interns work closely with staff and gain valuable, behind-the-scenes museum experience. Projects may include exhibitions and research, collection management, planning and design, and museum education and interpretation.Read complete guidelines and how to apply. 



We are always looking for 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.