Employment at Montpelier

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Curator for Archaeological Collections
The Montpelier Foundation is looking to fill the position of Curator of Archaeological Collections. Candidates must have at least five years of lab research experience and two years of supervisory experience in historical archaeology. An M.A. in Anthropology or related fields, with a focus on historical archaeology is required, in addition to a demonstrated interest in public archaeology, proven experience in writing analytical reports, extensive knowledge of 18th and 19th century artifacts, publishing, database management, and analysis of artifacts for site interpretation. We will be giving preference for research interests in plantation archaeology and the African Diaspora, and to those with a doctorate degree and teaching experience.

The position is Full Time with benefits. Salary for the position ranges from $38-44,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Applications are due August 20th. Click Here to learn more about the position and to submit your materials.

Assistant Housekeeping Manager
The Montpelier Foundation in Orange, VA, is currently seeking a full-time Assistant Housekeeping Manager at James Madison’s Montpelier. The Assistant Housekeeping Manager will be responsible for training and supervising part-time cleaning staff, purchasing supplies, and maintaining the daily cleanliness and good repair of the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, and other foundation buildings on an ongoing basis. Nights and weekends are required, but there is flexibility in the schedule. Three years’ experience in commercial cleaning is required. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and climb 12-foot ladders as necessary. A valid VA Driver’s License is required. Motor Vehicle Record dated within last 30 days required. Deadline for applications is August 15, 2015. Full job description.

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Gilmore Intern
Seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with a working knowledge of American history, the U.S. Reconstruction-era, and historical interpretation. Excellent communication skills, an eagerness to interact with the public a must; experience with tools (both historic and modern), gardening, and animals a plus, but not required. 

This internship will center upon one of Montpelier’s post Madison-era sites, the Gilmore Farm—a Reconstruction-era Freedman’s farm. The successful candidate will devote their time to two components of this internship: 

  1. Interpretation of the Gilmore Farm—  interpret to the visiting public the experience of the Gilmore family and place their story within the larger context of Reconstruction and Jim Crow-era Virginia and America from the mid-19th through the early 20th century.   
  2. Hands-on preservation and care of the Gilmore Farm- this unique aspect of the internship will allow the candidates the ability to care for the Gilmore Farm to include: fence building, gardening, livestock care, cabin upkeep and general preservation of the site. 

Weekends, and moderate physical labor required. This internship will begin in June and conclude in early August. $11/hr.

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Seeking friendly, outgoing, and energetic history enthusiasts to join the Education Department at James Madison’s Montpelier. Duties include conducting standard and specialty tours of Montpelier’s historic home and grounds for visitors of all ages. Interpreters also have the option of working in Montpelier’s seasonal venues, demonstrating period craft and cooking techniques, and helping to maintain a historic farm. Excellent communication skills, weekends, and moderate physical labor required. This is a part-time job with hours varying by the season. $11/hr.

Please submit one document containing resume and cover letter online.

The Montpelier Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

To volunteer, contact Kathy Artus at kartus@montpelier.org or use the contact form linked below.

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