Employment and Volunteering

Shelburne Museum has full-time, year-round, part-time, and seasonal staff as well as unpaid academic internships. Seasonal positions run from the end of April through the end of October.  Positions are posted on this page as they become available.

Benefits of employment at the Museum include competitive compensation; access to exceptional collections and exhibitions; working in a dynamic, creative, team-oriented environment; and contributing to one of Vermont’s major cultural and educational institutions.

To apply for listed positions; download job application and mail completed application as well as any additional requested materials to:

Human Resources, Shelburne Museum, P.O. Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482. Final approval for hiring will be dependent upon successful background check.

Official Shelburne Museum job applications are required for all positions. Download application here.

All materials should be mailed to the address listed. Emailed applications and materials will NOT be considered.


Director of Development

Position Type: Year-round, Full-time, Staff position

Department: Development

Reports to: Museum Director

The director of development oversees the design and execution of the Museum’s fundraising and membership strategies and plays a key role in creating marketing and communication plans for the institution.  Primary goals including increasing and broadening philanthropic support, coordinating development staff efforts to generate annual fund income, special project funding, and capital campaign leadership.

In close collaboration with the Museum director, board of trustees, and staff, identify and clarify priorities and effective means of accomplishing the following goals:

Essential Job Functions:

  • Coordinate development staff efforts to generate at least $1.5 million a year in contributed income for operations;
  • Coordinate development activities including grant writing, corporate and individual giving in support of active education and exhibition programs;
  • Capital Campaign Leadership;
  • Supervise mailed appeals, direct solicitations, grant research and writing, corporate sponsorship proposals, planned giving and other fundraising materials, and membership outreach;
  • Develop and maintain positive, productive relationships with major donors, volunteers, and prospects;
  • Produce special events for donors, members, prospects, and other key constituents in service of the Museum’s development objectives;
  • With the Membership Manager, implement strategies to grow the organization’s member base of approximately 5,000, identify prospective new donors among the membership, and encourage deeper philanthropic support from members;
  • Manage staff of 6

Supervisory Responsibility:

Supervise the Membership Manager, Grants and Endowments Manager, Annual Fund Coordinator, Public Relations Specialist, Graphic Designer, and Digital Media Specialist.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desirable.
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in development, preferably in the non-profit sector.
  • Proven experience developing and implementing a significant and successful fundraising effort in an institution that has a reputation for excellence.
  • Capital Campaign Leadership experience required.


  • Computer literacy, proficiency with Raiser’s Edge required.
  • Effective writing and public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge about the New York and New England funding community.
  • The ability to communicate Shelburne Museum’s mission and interests to a broad audience with genuine enthusiasm.
  • Demonstrated experience and strength in managing people and budgets.
  • Ability to organize a broad range of social events.
  • A passion for art and culture.
  • A positive attitude and enjoyment of working with people is paramount.
  • Considerable national/regional travel may be required.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as events require.


The Development Director is a full-time, full-benefits, salaried, exempt, employment-at-will position.



Shelburne Museum is a wonderful place to volunteer your time. If you have a few hours a week and would like to help support an important educational institution in your community, we encourage you to consider volunteering with us.

On a seasonal basis, Shelburne Museum seeks volunteers interested in gardening, carpentry, helping out with family programs and special events, and assisting with administrative and office tasks.

Volunteers are integral to Shelburne Museum, and are offered great benefits, including free admission to the Museum with a Volunteer Badge, an annual recognition event, and more.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to request a volunteer application.

Email: volunteer@shelburnemuseum.org

Phone: (802)985-0865

Mail: Volunteer Coordinator, Shelburne Museum, P.O. Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482

Mail completed Shelburne Museum application , Cover Letter, and Resume to: Human Resources: PO Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482. Final approval for hiring will be dependent upon successful background check.

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Shelburne Museum
6000 Shelburne Road
PO Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482