Job Opportunities

Curatorial Assistant

About the position

The Curatorial Assistant serves an instrumental role in ensuring that Storm King Art Center’s Curatorial Department meets its goals and obligations with regards to Storm King’s acquisitions, exhibitions, research, publications, and collections management.   The Curatorial Assistant reports to the Senior Curator and works closely with the Curatorial team and cross departmentally (for instance, with archives, facilities and conservation, education, visitor services, legal, and external affairs). Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with all aspects of the planning, researching, coordination, and installation of Storm King’s annual exhibitions and publications.
  • Manage and produce artwork checklists through the Collective Access database; maintain collection database and files.
  • Conduct and coordinate exhibition research, fact checking, and proofreading for curatorial publications and printed materials, as well as other interdepartmental publications as needed.
  • Prepare research dossiers for Senior Curator and Director & Chief Curator as needed.
  • Research, draft and edit historical art texts for publications, object labels and press as requested by the Senior Curator and Director & Chief Curator.
  • Correspond with artists, lenders, dealers, and other museums regarding all aspects of exhibitions and related publications.
  • Coordinate accommodations, travel and hospitality for visiting artists and other constituents.
  • Conduct VIP tours for donors, artists, scholars and as needed.
  • Conduct art-historical research.
  • Assist in the development of materials for the collection and exhibitions to educate the public, employees and docents.
  • Draft extended texts for wall labels, review tombstone information for permanent works.
  • Coordinate the production of the catalogue, brochures, short films, and websites for yearly exhibitions.
  • Oversee the Collective Access Database to manage internal collection and exhibition information as well as publish museum collections to the public-facing website including locations of all works, basic information, images, reproduction information, accompanying texts, exhibition history, and contact information.
  • In collaboration with Legal and the Executive Assistant to the Director & Chief Curator, manage all incoming and outgoing loans for yearly exhibitions and long-term loans.
  • Maintain and uphold the Storm King style guide pertaining to the Sculpture Guide across interdepartmental art-related documents.
  • Assist in all aspects of preparation for Collections & Acquisitions (C&A) meetings, and Board meetings if needed.
  • Assist with managing the Curatorial budget, process invoices, and W-9 payments.
  • Provide administrative support to the Senior Curator; schedule internal and external meetings and appointments, order, set up and clean up refreshments and/or food, prepare materials and meeting notes as appropriate; assist with correspondence.
  • In consultation with the Senior Curator, keep informed of current activity in contemporary art and sculpture.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • BA or BFA required with a preference for degrees in art history, museum studies, or a related field.
  • 1-2 years of work experience in the visual arts, and/or relevant internship experience required. Knowledge of, and interest in, modern and contemporary art desired.
  • A strong belief in Storm King’s mission and vision, and the ability to articulate this in a persuasive and inspiring manner.
  • Demonstrated passion for the visual arts, with a strong commitment to making art more accessible and meaningful to the general public.
  • Excellent communication skills overall with focus on research and writing skills.
  • Ability to safeguard confidential information and perform with a high level of discretion, professionalism, and integrity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to interact with all levels of staff as well as artists, the public and visitors in a positive, professional and friendly manner.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, along with strong project-management skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite; ability to learn databases.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team and collaborate across departments.
  • Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as appropriate.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Works in an office environment
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Ability to stand or walk for long periods of time during events or tours
  • Frequently sits for long periods of time
  • Frequently speaks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard
  • Requires occasional lifting, stooping, or bending
  • Requires some time outside of normal business hours, including weekend work
  • Requires occasional travel to NYC and local venues
  • Ability to occasionally commute to libraries and other arts-related sites within the tri-state area
  • Flexibility with schedule to work exhibition openings and special events

Benefits

This position is eligible for the full benefit package including a generous paid time off program, medical, dental, vision, 403(b), and more.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to employment@stormkingartcenter.org with “Curatorial Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Docent Volunteers

About the Department of Education & Public Programs:

The Department of Education and Public Programs offers opportunities and experiences for a wide-ranging community of visitors. Primarily presented during Storm King’s open months of April through November, programs include concerts and performances, lectures and artist talks, family programs, school and adult tours, moonlit walks, and much, much more. Education and Public Programs reflect Storm King’s ongoing dialogue with art, landscape, and nature. Programming aims to spark immersion, inspiration, investigation, and innovation for an ever-expanding audience.

About the Opportunity and Requirements:

Storm King Art Center is currently seeking volunteer docents. Docents are specially trained to support the educational mission of Storm King. Working with visitors of all ages and backgrounds, docents guide adult, college, and school groups on tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions, as well as helping with public programs and events, and providing general information to Storm King’s visitors.

Candidates must be enthusiastic, curious, and eager to learn. Working with the public requires an affable disposition and impeccable reliability. Candidates must be able to lead hour-long outdoor tours in variable weather conditions on Storm King’s hills, grass and gravel pathways. A background or interest in modern and contemporary art and/or landscape design is preferable.  Teaching experience and fluency in other languages, especially Spanish, is a bonus.

Once selected, new docents will take part in a three-week intensive training course.  Full-day sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 14th where docents will be introduced to best practices in museum education, as well as important information about Storm King’s operation, history, collection, and exhibitions. After completing the introductory sessions, docents are required to commit to at least one year of volunteer service. This includes attending regular meetings and ongoing learning opportunities, as well as leading a minimum of ten tours per season.

Perks:

Docents enjoy complimentary admission to Storm King for themselves and guests, as well as reciprocal admission to other institutions and discounts at our Museum Store and Outdoor Cafe. In addition to these benefits, the docent program provides a vibrant social community of more than 25 volunteers, many of whom have volunteered at Storm King for over a decade.  As a team, docents enjoy sharing their knowledge, interests, and experience with visitors and with one another.  Special behind-the-scenes tours, talks, and workshops at Storm King, trips to fabricators’ and artists’ studios, and expeditions to other museums provide for fun, lasting learning opportunities.

To apply:

Interested candidates should complete the online volunteer application found here. Select applicants will be invited to interview with Storm King staff.

Please contact employment@stormkingartcenter.org with any questions. Local information sessions will be announced soon, check back for details.

Education and Public Programs Intern

About Education and Public Programs

Education and Public Programs reflect Storm King’s ongoing dialogue with art, landscape, and nature. Programming aims to spark immersion, inspiration, investigation, and innovation for an ever-expanding community of visitors.  Education initiatives include all formal and informal learning opportunities and experiences, such as concerts and performances, lectures and artist talks, family programs, school and adult tours, yoga, beekeeping tours, moonlit walks, and more.

About the Internship

This paid internship opportunity offers hands-on experience in Museum Education. Education interns play a key role in supporting and leading tours for school groups and adults, assisting with Storm King’s public programs, and welcoming, engaging, and educating visitors. Interns will acquire the skills and knowledge to lead tours for audiences of all ages. Training includes lectures, independent research, hands-on workshops, tour observations, and participation in Education Department meetings and activities. Additionally, interns will assist and coordinate across departments to facilitate public programs ranging from artist talks, concerts, performances, and hands-on activities.

Duration and Work Schedule

The internship duration is from mid-March to December and entails 30-40 hours per week; weekend work required.

Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree is required. Studies in art history, contemporary art, landscape architecture, and/or museum or classroom education are a bonus. Other subject areas will also be considered.

The role requires an energetic, enthusiastic, and organized individual who is comfortable working in an outdoor and indoor museum environment where collaboration, flexibility, and teamwork are essential. Personal and professional interests in the arts and nature are central to the position.  Excellent communication skills are critical, and Spanish-speaking applicants will be given special consideration.

To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to employment@stormkingartcenter.org with “Education Intern” in the subject.

Visitor Services Staff

About the role

Visitor Services Staff (VSS) are fundamental to Storm King’s daily operations and are involved in almost every element of the visitor experience. They are critical to the smooth operation of the site and assist visitors with way-finding, provide information on Storm King’s featured exhibitions and collection, support public programs and private events, enforce rules, and ensure the safety of visitors, staff, sculpture, and site.

Visitor Services Attendants have opportunities to be educated on the operations, collection, exhibition, artists, history, and landscape of the Art Center and can gain experience in directing traffic, operating Point of Sale Systems (cash registers), sculpture protection, and driving carts and trams.

Responsibilities

  • Interact and engage with visitors in a professional and friendly manner in wayfinding and responding to visitor needs
  • Monitor areas of the site primarily by foot and enforce site rules
  • Protect Storm King property
  • Open/closebuildings and site following established procedures
  • Respond proactively to safety issues
  • Provide support with public programs and private events including set up/break down
  • Assist with traffic control, parking, booth/point of sale, and/or driving trams if interested and trained
  • Attend mandatory training sessions throughout the season to learn about Storm King’s featured exhibitions, safety awareness, policy and procedures, and general information
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment including supporting housekeeping by moving or picking up trash, as needed

Requirements

  • Must be reliable, punctual, and flexible
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to work well both in a team and individually
  • Comfortable interacting with the public including groups of all ages, families, senior staff, VIPs, Trustees, and artists

Physical Working Conditions

  • Ability to maneuver outdoors, in all weather conditions, on 500- acres of hills, grass, and gravel pathways
  • Ability to vocalize in a two-way radio
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift/move up to 20lbs a plus
  • Ability to operate a Point of Sale System (cash register)

Education, Licensing and Experience

Required:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred:

  • Prior experience working with the public, including volunteer and internship experience
  • Knowledge of a museum environment
  • Interest in art and/or landscape
  • Art and/or art history education
  • Cash handling and point of sale experience
  • Valid driver’s license with no serious convictions (required only for some roles)
  • New York State security guard license
  • Willingness to patrol by bicycle
  • License to operate or experience driving large passenger vehicles

Hours/Schedules

Full-time and part-time positions are available for a combination of weekday and weekend schedules.   All schedules include some weekend work, with the option of working select evening and private events. Typical work schedules are:

  • April and May: Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30AM to 6PM
  • Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day: 9:30AM – 6PM or 11:30AM – 8PM

Extra hours are available, and schedules may change as follows:

  • Peak season (September to early November)
  • Morning or evening events
  • Limited Private Events hours
  • Limited winter weekend hours

To apply

Please send your resume to employment@stormkingartcenter.org with “Visitor Services” in the subject. Please indicate your preference for Booth/Point of Sale, Parking, or Tram Driver roles in your application. Preference will be given to applicants that meet current Visitor Services’ needs. No phone calls please.

All VSS are eligible to participate in Storm King’s 403(b) retirement plan.

Full-time employees may be eligible for Storm King’s benefits including medical, dental, vision, LTD, Life, and retirement plans in addition to a generous paid time off program.

Storm King Art Center is dedicated to fostering a diverse workplace. Storm King Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.

People who are of color, gender oppressed, LGBTQ, immigrants with work permission, and people of diverse social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Storm King Art Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other related consideration.