Employment

Working at Olana

  • Current Openings

    Seasonal Position at Olana and Clermont State Historic Sites

    Supervisor: Tim Dodge
    County of Employment: Columbia County
    Facility: Olana and Clermont State Historic Sites
    Current Title: PRA5
    Hours per Week: 40 (weekends required)
    Effective Date: TBD

    NY State Driver’s License Required: Yes

    Duties Description:

    Spend your summer and fall working at beautiful New York State Parks! New York State Parks is seeking a new, enthusiastic team member who will contribute to keep historic buildings and landscapes at Olana and Clermont State Historic Sites in good, well-maintained condition for the summer and fall season. Under supervision of the Park Supervisor, the seasonal position will join a dedicated team who maintains beautiful historic landscapes along the Hudson River (Olana: 250 acres, Clermont: 503 acres). Duties include but are not limited to mowing, plowing, weeding, repairing/maintaining roads, etc. and assisting with preservation of a variety of significant historic structures (basic painting/plumbing, repairs, garbage/recycling collection, cleaning bathrooms, etc.) to ensure safe public enjoyment and appreciation of these unique historic sites and scenic public parks. Shift: 40 hours/week; weekends required) Please email tim.dodge@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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    Visitor Services Associate
    Department: Visitor Operations and Engagement
    Reports to: Visitor Operations & Engagement Manager
    FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, hourly
    Part-time: 24 hours per week/ $20 per hour

    Position:

    Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent VisiHudson 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 master work. 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.

    Visitor Services Associates (VSAs) are the frontline of Olana’s visitor engagement team. Based in the Visitor Center, they are the first staff members that visitors encounter and set the tone for the overall visitor experience. VSAs are responsible for explaining tour and ticketing options and availability, completing ticketing and museum shop transactions, taking reservations by phone, tracking sales and reservations, completing end of day tabulations/reports, and providing overall excellent customer service and support. VSAs are also able to assist with parking, greeting and orienting visitors, and tracking demographic data.

    Commitment must be made for the entire 2021 season, June 12th – October 31st, with required paid training in May with up to 5 additional paid days between these dates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

    Must commit to one weekend day for the duration of the season, be flexible with schedules to help cover additional days with colleagues. Some holidays may be required.

    Qualifications:

    • English fluency (spoken and written) required; other language fluency is a plus
    • Must consent to a background check required of all staff and volunteers at Olana
    • Great customer service skills, including the ability to work with a range of individuals from diverse backgrounds; experience in conflict resolution a plus.
    • Ability to use a variety of office equipment including a cash register, credit card terminal, and iPad
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to work as part of a team and in conjunction with other teams
    • Must be able to interact with public in a professional and courteous manner at all times
    • Professional conduct, appearance, hygiene, and ability to work independently is required
    • Ability to walk on uneven ground, stand for prolonged periods of time, and lift 30 pounds
    • Must be able to comply by all COVID-19 rules and regulations; social distancing, mask wearing, etc.

    To Apply
    Submit cover letter and resume to: vjuliano@olana.org

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    Peak Season Interpreter
    Department: Visitor Operations and Engagement
    Reports to: Visitor Operations & Engagement Manager
    FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, hourly
    Part-time: 8-24 hours per week/ $20 per hour

    Position:

    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 master work. 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.

    Olana’s Interpreters deliver a professional educational experience for our visitors by means of public tours of the designed landscape and Olana’s architectural elements, particularly the Main House, in all weather. Interpreters also participate in visitor engagement, welcoming visitors and providing orientation and general information.  Formal training in all aspects of the position, including health and safety procedures and collections safety, is provided. Interpreters may also be assigned limited clerical duties and asked to support programming and operations as needed.

    Commitment must be made for the entire 2021 season, June 12th – October 31st, with required paid training in May with up to 5 additional paid days between these dates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

    Must commit to one weekend day for the duration of the season, be flexible with schedules to help cover additional days with colleagues. Some holidays may be required.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, a documented interest in at least one of the following is encouraged: history, decorative arts, art history, landscape design, environmental history and policy, museum education and interpretation.
    • English fluency (spoken and written) required; other language fluency is a plus.
    • Current driver’s license and a clean driving record required, CPR certified a plus.
    • Must consent to a background check required of all staff and volunteers at Olana
    • Ability to work as part of a team and interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures; experience with conflict resolution a plus.
    • Desire to expand knowledge and learn in a cooperative environment
    • Must be able to interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
    • Professional conduct, appearance, hygiene, and the ability to work independently is required. Must be willing to wear a uniform element and name tag that allows them to be easily identified by the general public.
    • Ability and willingness to walk 1-2 miles a day, drive an electric vehicle (training provided), stay engaged with audiences on tours, and lift 30 pounds
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Must be able to comply by all COVID-19 rules and regulations; social distancing, mask wearing, etc.

    To Apply
    Submit cover letter and resume to: vjuliano@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 Liz Bouyea or call 518-567-2170 for more information.

    At this time, there are no specific internship openings.