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Peak Season Interpreter

  • March 31, 2021 10:58 AM
    Message # 10256579

    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.


    • 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 send resume to: vjuliano@olana.org

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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