Employment + Volunteers

Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

Full-time position beginning July 2019

The ideal candidate has an M.A. or Ph.D. in history or art history and 4+ years full-time curatorial experience organizing and curating exhibitions and collections. She/he is a scholar familiar with the professional practices of an AAM-accredited museum for the care and presentation of collections; has superior writing, communication and organizational skills; is a team player (7 f/t, 12 p/t staff); likes working with volunteers and interns; and is proficient in Microsoft office suite and collections database management software.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develops two exhibitions per year in Special Exhibitions Gallery (990 sq. ft.)
  • Oversees independent contractors’ work including designer and, when hired, guest curators
  • Organizes packing, shipping and insurance for occasional loan exhibitions
  • Works closely with Exhibitions Committee to vet and evaluate proposals for special exhibitions.
  • Conducts research on the permanent collection (3,000 objects) and is responsible for its preservation, care and planning for its greater impact and accessibility
  • Rotates collections on exhibit in Permanent Collections Gallery (500 sq. ft.).
  • Provides seasonal interpretive displays in Bush-Holley House and oversees cleaning of period rooms; supports education department with training on its collections
  • Presents items for acquisition to the director and Collections Committee
  • Works closely with the development, marketing and education departments by supplying them with information required for funding, publicity and program planning
  • Presents gallery talks and/or pubic lectures on the museum’s exhibitions and collections


Email cover letter and resume to with “Curator Search” in the subject line by June 15. No phone calls please.

Archival Processing Intern

Paid internship beginning in January 2019

Position Description

The Archival Processing Intern will work under the direction of the Curator of Library and Archives on processing and description of one or more archival collections. This will include arranging and re-housing collection material in appropriate enclosures.  The intern will perform research as necessary to create scope and content notes, develop finding aid(s) to provide intellectual access to collections and may prepare collection inventories and content lists for use by staff and researchers. Digitization (scanning) of selected collection items and application of metadata to digital images may be required. Collection information will be recorded by the intern in an ArchivesSpace database.

This is a paid internship ($18/hour) with a duration of 175–180 hours. Internship will begin in January 2019. Weekly work schedule (Monday through Friday) is flexible based on academic commitments.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program pursuing a degree in library and information science, archival studies/administration, museum studies or a related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Excel and Word). Experience with ArchivesSpace collection management software a plus
  • Experience using a flatbed scanner and performing basic imaging processing
  • Familiarity with primary sources and experience working with and researching in archives
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential
  • Good organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently after initial training
  • Ability to climb ladders, bend and stoop to access and move collection enclosures and lift archival boxes weighting up to 40 lbs

To Apply

Please send resume, letter of interest and contact information for three references to Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives at

Current Volunteer Openings

Is Gardening Your Game?—Join the Green Team!

We are seeking volunteers to join the Green Team, a group that assists with the planting and maintenance of the Bush-Holley Historic Site’s flower and vegetable gardens. The heirloom vegetable garden is planted each year based on journals kept by artist Elmer MacRae in the early 1900s when the house was his home and the center of the Cos Cob art colony. MacRae’s notes have left us a perfect source for interpretation of our beautiful historic landscape. 

The Green Team provides a wonderful opportunity for beginners, master gardeners, scout troops and garden club members who seek a meaningful, hands-on opportunity. Perks include sharing in the garden’s bounty, recognition in our annual report and at our annual volunteer reception, and an invitation to the annual Green Team dinner held each autumn to celebrate the harvest season.

For more information, please contact Michele Couture, Director of Operations and Visitor Services, or call 203-615-8904.