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Job Title: Seasonal Landscape Interpretive Guide

Facility: Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534

Program Dates: May 26-November 5, 2017
2-4 days a week (Fri, Sat, Sun, Tuesdays)

Compensation: $175 per diem

Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, is a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region. It is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Olana, Frederic Church’s artistic masterpiece. Our collective vision is a fully restored Olana, vibrant with the activity of students, visitors, scholars and artists; and to be the most widely recognized artist’s home and studio in the world.

The Olana Partnership is seeking part-time professional Landscape Interpretive Guides, with current drivers’ licenses, to work select dates by contract, which include weekends and holidays during the months of May-November. The Landscape Interpretive Guides will deliver a professional, positive, and educational outdoor experience for Olana’s visitors by means of tours that are being offered to the public 4 days per week as part of a new program. These tours will be delivered both as walking tours (approximately one mile in length) and electric vehicle tours. The guides will be paid to be formally trained, and are required to become familiar with Olana’s safety procedures, and enforce rules and regulations as needed for the well-being of the visitors and the protection of the site and the collection.

Guides will prepare and provide tours of the carriage roads, landscape design, and overall grounds at Olana; follow all guidelines for interpretation of Olana; perform minimal
administrative duties relative to visitor ticketing, and other duties as they arise. In addition to walking tours, TOP is also offering GEM electric vehicle tours which requires applicants to have an active driver’s license and a clean driving record. Information regarding tour content, interpretive paths, and vehicle specifics will be provided in advance of the start date.

Qualifications and Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree preferred, however a documented interest in at least one of the following: history, art history, landscape development and viewshed protection trends, education, or interpretation is required
• English fluency required; other language fluency is a plus
• Current driver’s license and a clean driving record required
• Red Cross First Aid Certification preferred
• Must be able to interact with public in a professional and courteous manner at all times
• Professional conduct, appearance, and ability to work independently is required
• Ability to stand, walk the one mile loop at least two times a day including walking on uneven gravel carriage roads with typical outdoor/weather exposures, and ability to stay alert for long periods of time outdoors throughout the year is required; ability to lift 40 pounds.

To Apply: E-mail resume and three references to Amy Hufnagel, Director of Education, The Olana Partnership

Deadline: March 15, 2017


Curatorial Department Intern
Interns in Olana State Historic Site’s Curatorial Department work on projects related to the collections and the main house at Olana.  Projects might include research on a collections item, research related to a future exhibition in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery at Olana, helping with the furnishing of the second floor, collections management, changing the displays on the tour floor, writing an article for the news letter and other curatorial tasks.  The intern would receive a good introduction to the daily workings of the Curatorial Department.  The Curatorial Department would be happy to supply any documentation necessary for the intern to receive college credit.  Applicants must be college students or further along in their academic pursuits and should be prepared to commit a minimum of 60 hours over the course of a semester, 120 preferred.  Submit cover letter and resume to via email Valerie Balint, 

Museum Education Intern
Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership team up to offer internships annually (fall, spring, and summer). Education internships aim to teach research, program design & implementation, administrative support, and public education methods. Interns will work on projects relating to Olana’s adult and youth audiences. Project assignments will be tailored to our interns’ specific interests; participants take on a distinct project and can use as a work example in future job interviews. Interns will work directly with senior level staff who can assist with formal recommendations or academic credit requirements. Applicants should be prepared to commit a minimum of 2 days per week over the course of a semester or the summer. Olana is committed to interpretation that spans centuries and continents.  Multicultural applicants are encouraged to apply. Interns will receive a small honorarium at the completion of their internship. Submit brief cover letter and resume via email, or call 518-828-1872 x105 for more information. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for Summer 2017 is May 1st, Fall 2017 is August 1st, Spring 2018 is December 1st.

Marketing and Development Intern
Interns in the Marketing and Development Department work closely with development staff to advance marketing and development objectives for the organization which includes upcoming exhibitions, events and programs. The intern will gain valuable hands-on experience in a nonprofit advo­cacy organization while improving their communication and organizational skills. Responsibilities will include research, writing, editing and project management for a nonprofit whose mission is to advocate for Olana State Historic Site. The Development and Marketing Communications Manager will work in conjunction with university or college staff to coordinate requirements for credit. Applicants should be prepared to commit a minimum of 60 hours over the course of a semester, 120 preferred. Submit cover letter and resume via email to Melanie Hasbrook,

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