Working at Olana

  • Current Openings

    Job Title: Director Education & Public Programs

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

    A National Historic Landmark, Olana is the greatest masterpiece of America’s preeminent artist of the mid-19th century, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). He created Olana over 40 years, beginning in 1860. Church designed every aspect of Olana: the eclectic fantasy of the main house, the bucolic assemblage of the farm complex, and the 250-acre landscape that provides a romantic, picturesque setting for the whole and engages sweeping 360-degree views. In 2019 there were approximately 170,000 visitors to the landscape and 30,000 ticketed admissions.

    Olana’s collections of art, artifacts, and archives range widely, including Church’s own art and that of his contemporaries to objects that demonstrate the broad range of his and his family’s interests. The Church-designed landscape includes parkland, farmland, an orchard, and five miles of scenic carriage roads.

    About the Position:
    The Director of Education and Public Programs is a key member of the leadership team and contributes to the overall growth of The Olana Partnership (TOP) and our public-private partnership with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in the operation and interpretation of Olana State Historic Site. This position requires a proven leader with experience in an institutional setting – academic and/or cultural. The ideal candidate is prepared to take on significant responsibility at a rapidly growing organization and is adept at mediating the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders. The Director of Education and Public Programs is under the direction of TOP’s President and works closely and collaboratively with the entire TOP-OPRHP leadership team to support our shared vision of Olana as an outward-facing, visitor-centric educational environment.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    • Create, execute, manage and evaluate programs and initiatives that encourage new, diverse, multi generational audiences; strengthen and increase participation; and foster active learning and curiosity. Established Programs and initiatives include but are not limited to: K-12 school group program; Family Storytelling tours; Artists on Olana tours; Panorama Summer Camp (3 weeks); Olana Summer Market; Healthy Hikes (partnership with Columbia Memorial Hospital); and Seeding Vitality in the Arts Creative Aging program.
    • Ensure delivery of relevant, engaging, accessible, diverse and inclusive mission-based experiences, educational programs and activities that broaden the contemporary understanding of Olana as a holistic, artist-designed environment and of American art and landscape design with a particular focus on exhibition-related programming.
    • Work closely and collaboratively with the Curatorial team to develop public programming that uses Olana’s collections and exhibitions as springboards to support organizational goals and outreach.
    • Expand and enrich relationships in the community, region and state with a concentration on schools, educators, and collaborating non-profit and corporate organizations.
    • Establish programmatic impact goals in advance of implementation that ensure mission and strategic alignment, creative engagement and learning across all demographics. Monitor effectiveness by gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative statistics, including attendance and other engagement metrics, for use in evaluation, reports, grants and other funding proposals.
    • Recruit, train, mentor and supervise education and program staff, including Education Coordinator and Education Interns.
    • Develop and manage the education and public programs budget, including the tracking of income and expenditures, reporting on its progress throughout the fiscal year to the Director of Finance and President.
    • Lead the planning and delivery of training programs for all education, public program and interpretive programming staff in coordination with leadership, curatorial staff, and Interpretative and Visitor Experience teams.
    • Plays a leadership role in responding to public safety and security concerns on site (should receive CPR/First Aid certified training).
    • Collaborate with Development and Communications teams by preparing information and supporting materials for fundraising, marketing and PR in an organized and timely fashion.
    • Support the leadership team and colleagues in public interpretation and visitor services in the development of interpretive materials, website content, and visitor publications.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

    • Bachelor’s degree in arts education, museum studies, public humanities, cultural studies or related field with five to seven years’ experience required.
    • Master’s degree in arts education, arts administration, museum studies, public humanities, cultural studies or related field with three to five years’ experience preferred.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of art and museum education theory and practice, especially current trends in interactive learning technologies, facilitated dialogue, project-based learning, equity and inclusion, and visitor-centered experiences.
    • Experience developing participatory experiences for adults and children, especially engaging low-income, historically underrepresented and/or culturally diverse populations.
    • Demonstrated project management and evaluation experience.
    • Enthusiasm for and ability to work in a positive, cooperative team environment with frequent group meetings for collaborative decision-making.
    • Recognized experience in public speaking and superior organizational, writing and verbal communication skills.
    • Fluency in Spanish (or a second language), a plus.
    • Able to balance multiple priorities in order to meet deadlines and ensure completion of projects on schedule and on budget.
    • Ability to conduct meaningful program evaluations, interpret data and communicate results.
    • Extremely organized, reliable, punctual, accurate and detail-oriented.
    • High level of computer literacy including, MS Office Suite and calendaring.
    • Use of CRM and database systems – experience with Ascent and Counterpoint is a plus.

    Other Requirements and Working Conditions
    • This is an exempt, 37.5-hour/week position that includes benefits. This position typically works Tuesday through Saturday, with additional weekend days and evenings as required. Work schedules may require expanded hours and flexibility when needed, including for major Olana events beyond those organized by Education and Public Programs.
    • Valid driver’s license with good driving record; ability to drive a golf-cart style electric vehicle used in public programming on site.
    • Physical requirements: combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis. Lifting modest weights (up to 30 pounds) may be required occasionally.

    Salary Range:

    How to Apply:
    Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with list of references by February 14 to DEPPSEARCH@olana.org

    The Olana Partnership is an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, different abilities, gender identity or veteran status.

    Job Title:  Specialist Educators

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

    Program Dates: Ongoing 2020-2021

    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 per-diem, specialty educators for K-12 field trips, and other special groups, ongoing. These educators will deliver tours of Olana’s Main House & Historic Landscape. The guides will receive honorariums to be 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.

    About the Position:

    As part of the education staff, per deim special educators will take part in leading and teaching within Olana’s Main House & historic landscape. Applications are rolling, and we are particularly interested in persons with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, art history, decorative arts, museum education, and 19th century history.


    • Must have flexible schedule, M-F availability, typically either a full day or three-hour blocks, between 8:30am-6:00pm.
    • BA preferred, with interest in applications with 2 years’ experience working with children between ages 5-18 in a classroom, day camp, afterschool program or museum education, including curriculum development and hands-on teaching.  Object-based and/or place-based learning is required.
    • Flexibility and ability to quickly assess the needs of a situation, including group management and conflict resolution skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, especially with culturally diverse communities and varying backgrounds.
    • Ability to work independently, or as part of a team.
    • Desire to work with and inspire children through art, historic collections, and the environment.
    • English fluency required; other language fluency is a plus.
    • Positive energy and enthusiasm; flexibility and a sense of humor a must.
    • Ability to stand, walk a one-mile loop, including walking on uneven gravel carriage roads with outdoor/weather exposure.
    • Ability to lift over 30 pounds.

    How to Apply:

    Please submit cover letter, resume and at least two references to Louise Kerr. Please list the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

    Compensation: $150 per day (up to 7.5 hours) or $75 per ½ day (up to 3 hours) per diem stipend. Trainings are paid at same rate.

  • Internships

    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. Interns will receive a small honorarium at the completion of their internship. Submit brief cover letter and resume via email to Liz Bouyea, or call 518-751-6837 for more information. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadlines: Spring 2020 please apply by January 15th, 2020; Summer 2020 please apply by April 15th.

    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 Director of Advancement and Marketing 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 Mabel Bermejo.

    Photography Intern
    The Olana Partnership Education Department offers a photography internship annually (fall, spring, and summer). Students work with the Education staff to schedule for a variety of 10 events to shoot – art-making workshops, staged photos, tours, etc. After the internship, interns are required to send their edited and organized photo files. A memory card will be provided and there is a camera for use. Students may use their personal cameras if preferred. Every photo used in Olana’s publications will give the intern name credit for their photos. Must have some flexibility in hours and availability on Saturdays. Interns will receive a small honorarium at the completion of their internship. If interested, please send portfolio of 10-15 images, resume and cover letter to the Director of Education, Liz Bouyea, or call 518-751-6837 for more information. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadlines: Spring 2020 please apply by January 15th, 2020; Summer 2020 please apply by April 15th.

    Olana Museum Store Intern
    The Olana Museum Store at Olana State Historic Site offers an internship program geared to students wishing to gain hands-on experience while spending the majority of the internship working on the front line with customers and staff.

    You will be working closely with the store manager and assistant manager on in-store display, e-commerce sales and marketing while learning business and management skills.

    The Olana Museum Store is happy to provide any documentation necessary for the intern to receive college credit.
    This is an unpaid internship. Applicants will need to commit to at least one day a week, over the course of the semester or summer, and a minimum of 60 hours. Two days a week and 120 hours are preferred.

    Submit cover letter and resume via email to Rachel Tice.