Working at Olana

  • Current Openings

    Curatorial Assistant
    The Olana Partnership, Hudson, NY
    5720 Route 9G
    Hudson, NY 12534

    The Olana Partnership (TOP) seeks a Curatorial Assistant for a full-time role at the Olana State Historic Site, the home, studio and designed landscape of Frederic Church in Hudson, NY. The Curatorial Assistant will be a core member of the small team that oversees special exhibitions, conducts research on, and cares for, Olana’s diverse and internationally significant collections. Curiosity and flexibility will be paramount as the Curatorial Assistant provides essential administrative and logistical support, working closely with educators, scholars, State Parks staff, and the general public. This opportunity will provide valuable experience and mentorship in all aspects of museum work, including the opportunity to grow in the role to curate installations and special exhibitions.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Manages curatorial correspondence and logistics for permanent collection and exhibition projects in collaboration with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).
    • Works with the Director of Collections & Exhibitions to prepare loan requests for referral to the OPRHP Collections Committee;
    • In collaboration with the Director of Collections & Exhibitions and OPRHP staff, identifies priorities for conservation treatment and acquisition of museum collections;
    • Recruits and supervises interns and volunteers for curatorial projects;
    • Implements seasonal displays and other installation changes in the historic rooms of the main house;
    • Develops and maintains checklists of works on display and communicates with OPRHP about the location of accessioned objects;
    • Assists in the development of new projects by handling staff research requests and sharing knowledge and insights about the collections with all staff;
    • Works with TOP’s Education staff to provide information and access to collections for programs;
    • Supports the Director of Collections & Exhibitions and guest curators in developing and implementing special exhibitions including assisting with exhibition research, writing, and installation;
    • Coordinates TOP’s requests for publication and/or use of images of museum collections by assembling information, writing captions/credit lines, and providing other curatorial support as needed;
    • In coordination with TOP’s Librarian/Archivist, responds to research and image requests, assists on-site researchers, and provides general research support;
    • Occasionally participates in group and private tours of the house and other interpretive and educational programs;
    • Contributes curatorial content for website, blog, social media and TOP publications;
    • Supports Curatorial and Advisory Committees that relate to projects and areas of responsibility;
    • Manages supplies of conservation materials and reconciles applicable budgets;
    • Assists on all other tasks as requested by supervisor.

    Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervises curatorial interns and volunteers.

    Ideal Experience, Skills and Abilities:

    • BA in art history, history, or related fields. MA preferred;
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with collections at a museum or historic site;
    • Experience with conservation and art handling a plus
    • Strong written and oral communication skills;
    • Strong organizational and computer skills;
    • Ability to become passionate about the mission of sharing Olana with the world;
    • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends when needed;
    • A valid driver’s license;
    • Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds.

    To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with a list of references by September 20 to Joyce Batterton at jbatterton@olana.org


    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 Ahufnagel@olana.org. 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 Amy Hufnagel, 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 Melanie Hasbrook.

    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, Amy Hufnagel, 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.