Employment at Montpelier

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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.

Apply online.

Archaeology Technician

The Montpelier Foundation is seeking applications for two full-time archaeological technician positions to join their historical and public archaeology department . The position comes with benefits (health insurance, retirement, vacation, and sick leave). The position is provisionally for one year, with extension beyond this dependent upon the acquisition of further grants. Applications need to be received by April 24, 2015. While this announcement may have a deadline, positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found. The Archaeology Department at The Montpelier Foundation is a research and public archaeology department focused on discovering and interpreting the plantation landscape of James Madison, our nation’s 4th President. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS) in Anthropology or a related field, and be able to effectively communicate archaeological techniques to untrained volunteers, students, and visitors. The successful candidate should also have participated in a recognized archaeological field school and have at least two years of experience in full-time archaeological field work, preferably in historical contexts.

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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.

Part-time Hospitality Associates
Part of the grand tradition of Montpelier is entertaining guests to the property in a style of which Dolley Madison would approve. Would you like to join the team ensuring donors, Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution participants, and others using our facilities enjoy unparalleled hospitality? Because of the nature of hospitality, event staff must be able to work nights and weekends and be amenable to flexible, part time schedules.

Apply 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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To volunteer, contact Kathy Artus at kartus@montpelier.org
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