Working at Olana

  • Current Openings

    Advancement Assistant/Associate
    The Olana Partnership, Hudson, NY

    Department:   Development
    Reports to:   Director of Advancement and Marketing
    FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

    Position Description

    The Olana Partnership is seeking an Advancement Assistant/Associate to support its growing outreach and advancement needs.  Candidates should have exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills.  Candidates should have a ‘can do’ attitude and be flexible with their work and be able to adapt to business demands.  The candidate will report to and support the Director of Advancement and Marketing with a wide range of tasks. Title will be determined by the amount of prior experience the selected candidate has.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Assist with the implementation of development and communication strategies;
    • Provide support to internal teams;
    • Draft and edit development and marketing materials;
    • Assist in the design of development and marketing materials;
    • Support website maintenance;
    • Maintain calendars and appointments;
    • Prepare reports;
    • Update and maintain spreadsheets and data entry;
    • Assist Development department as needed;
    • Assist with photography for social media and promotion;
    • Assist with press pitches and outreach;
    • All other tasks as assigned.

    Supervisory Duties: NA


    • Bachelor’s Degree;
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
    • Be a self-starter and be able to manage a variety of tasks;
    • The ability to work cooperatively with several departments and accept feedback;
    • An interest in visual materials, photography, art, landscape and a good eye for composition and design;
    • Excellent attention to detail and a commitment to quality in all work;
    • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and verbal skills;
    • Willingness to have a flexible work schedule including occasional nights and weekends;
    • A collegial approach to her/his work and a sense of humor; and,
    • An appreciation for discretion and confidentiality.

    Salary Range: $41,000-$46,000 based on experience. The Olana Partnership offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

    To Apply:
    To be considered, candidates must submit resume, cover letter (describing interest in this position), as well as two design or writing samples to jbatterton@olana.org; applications received by July 15 will receive priority review.

    As required by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, all candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening, and all offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check.

    Olana State Historic Site is a tobacco-free environment.

    The Olana Partnership is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    About Olana and The Olana Partnership: Olana is the greatest masterwork of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the most famous American landscape artist of the mid-19th century and the most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. The landscape is open for guided touring, and reservations are highly recommended. The landscape is open daily 8 AM-sunset.

    Olana State Historic Site, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit cooperative partner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Olana State Historic Site.


    The Olana Partnership: Per Diem Educator, K-12 Programs

    Department: Education
    Reports to: Education Coordinator
    FLSA Status: Per Diem

    *Now hiring educators fluent in Spanish and Bangla

    Position Description
    The Olana Partnership seeks two Per Diem Educators to join the Education staff to provide interactive experiences for K-12 school audiences at Olana State Historic Site. Olana’s field trip curricula focus on art history, art education, civic readiness, social studies, English language arts, and environmental sciences through place-based learning at a landmark site of American art. Onsite and virtual tours incorporate inquiry-based teaching strategies and hands on activities to foster learning experiences for a wide range of school audiences from kindergarten through high school. Per Diem educators will participate in trainings and facilitate The Olana Partnership’s field trip curricula onsite. There is some flexibility as to which days of the week candidates are available, but priority will be given to those who can work Tuesdays-Fridays from 9:00-1:00pm and can be available two or more days a week.

    The Olana Partnership (TOP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret Olana, Frederic Church’s artistic masterwork. We operate Olana State Historic Site in a cooperative agreement with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Comprised of a 250-acre designed landscape containing a Persian-inspired house and studio and a historic farm complex, Olana is a masterwork of American landscape art created over 40 years (1860-1900) by famed Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. The Olana Partnership’s (TOP’s) vision is to make Olana the most widely recognized artist’s home and studio in the world, and since our founding in 1971 we have worked closely with our New York State partners to make this vision a reality. Olana hosts more than 170,000 visitors annually and is a National Historic Landmark. TOP continuously introduces new educational programs to reflect our vision of Olana as a true teaching museum, offering diverse learning experiences like field trips, virtual webinars, workshops, and classes, walking tours, family programs, and events.


    • Implement field trips and school programs by engaging students in inquiry and hands-on activities for groups in grades K – 12.
    • Attend 1-3 trainings led by The Olana Partnership staff throughout the year.
    • Work within the guidelines for each school tour curriculum to design a lesson plan for specific tour groups responsive to grade level and developmental needs.
    • Prepare materials, research, and teaching tools for your group’s visit.
    • Clean up after each group’s visit and aid the Education Coordinator in maintaining the organization of the Wagon House Education Center.
    • Work with full-time staff to communicate about group needs, and concerns about programs, and/or evaluate programs as needed.


    • BA or BS in art, art education, education, history, art history, or museum studies.
    • Prior K-12 teaching experience is required.
    • Prior experiences teaching in a museum or cultural setting is appreciated.
    • Excellent communication skills an enthusiasm for working with school-aged children is a must.
    • An interest in researching content related to Frederic Church’s Olana to prepare for field trips; an ability to learn and retain information to support age-appropriate program facilitation.
    • A reflective approach and ability to think creatively.
    • Ability to work independently and proactively while being a team player.
    • An interest in fostering accessible and equitable experiences for school groups in museum and cultural spaces.
    • Commitment to DEI initiatives and accessibility within education environments. Documentation of this commitment preferred.
    • English fluency required; Spanish language fluency is a plus.
    • Red Cross First Aid Certification preferred

    Works on select program days when available Tuesdays-Fridays. Must be able to carry chairs and tables (around 30lbs), walk longer distances during outdoor programs, and work outside in all seasons. Please note that all per diem educators will be required to go through a background check.

    Educators are paid $200 per program ($100 for abridged tours). This rate is inclusive of prep, research and clean-up. Training rate is $20 per hour.
    To apply, please submit a resume, short cover letter, and a sample lesson plan demonstrating your past experiences working with youth audiences in an educational capacity to education@olana.org.


  • Internships

    The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site offers annual internships in different departments and areas of responsibility. Internships aim to teach research and administrative methods and project assignments are tailored to interns’ specific interests. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis based on availability. Submit a brief cover letter and resume via email to Carolyn Keogh or call 518-567-2170 for more information.

    At this time, there are no specific internship openings.