Shelburne Museum is one of the best places to work in Vermont. Benefits include access to Museum exhibits and programs, discounts at the Museum Store and Café, and participation in the employee reciprocal program with many regional attractions. Our beautiful campus, just seven miles from Burlington, is a welcoming place to develop your skills, connect with new colleagues, and build and shape our community. Shelburne Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering diversity within the museum field.

Current openings are listed below. Applicants may apply online by completing the Employment Application and attaching it, along with a cover letter and resume, to an e-mail (pdf format preferred). Please send applications to:

Human Resources
Shelburne Museum
P.O. Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482

Some positions may request additional information. Final approval for hiring will be dependent upon a successful background check.

Shelburne Museum is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the EEO brochure to view your rights.

Protection Services Officer – Evening Shift

Position Type: Year-round, Full-time, Staff position
Department: Protection Services
Reports to: Director of Protection Services

Wage: $18.00-$20.00/hour depending on experience
Protection Services is responsible for the security and safety at all times of the Museum’s collections, buildings, grounds, staff, and visitors.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsible for providing a secure environment within the Museum’s campus.
  • Officers insure the art collection remains safe, yet accessible to visitors.
  • Monitor activity and provide professional assistance to Museum guests as needed.
  • Responsible for performing all aspects of Shelburne Museum security operations.
  • Conducts vehicle and foot patrols, conducts inspections of buildings and grounds, prepares reports, and monitors equipment.
  • Provides information and assistance to visitors and staff in a friendly, courteous and professional manner.
  • Provides first response in the case of emergency.

Supervisory Responsibility: none

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Security training preferred


  • Security and customer service experience required.
  • Knowledge of alarm systems helpful.
  • First Responder medical training a plus.
  • Valid Vermont driver’s license and clean driving record required.
  • Applicants must exhibit professional dress and grooming.
  • Ability to effectively perform all required duties during severe weather conditions, climb and descend stairs repeatedly, walk long distances, stand at a fixed post for extended periods, lift and carry moderate to heavy items, and work extended hours along with some weekends and holidays.


The Protection Services Officer is a full-time, fully-benefited, salaried, non-exempt, employment-at-will position.

Education Program Summer Assistants (4)


The 10-week positions run from Wednesday, June 14 through Friday, August 18, 2023.

In these fast-paced, hands-on positions successful candidates will work in one or more of several education department programmatic areas: summer camps; family programs and activities; special events; and adult programming. Program assistants will work as camp counselors, assist with logistical planning, set up, and execution of special day and evening events, and work in the family activity center leading daily artmaking activities. Assistants will also be assigned wide-ranging administrative and educational duties. Expect some long days, significant logistical work in preparation for events, and on-going public interaction.

Experience and Skills:

Candidates must be comfortable working with diverse publics. Experience working with children in academic or informal learning environments – school, camps, museums, etc. — required. Art-making and instructional experience desired. Previous customer service work experience desired. Friendly, can-do attitude necessary, with good time management skills and ability to successfully juggle multiple responsibilities. Ability to work independently, as well as cooperatively with fellow program assistants, other members of the education department, and with staff from across the museum. Assistants are expected to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Current high school – college seniors and recent college graduates may apply. Applicants should demonstrate a serious interest in the museum field and academic experience in education, museum studies, studio art, or similar. A valid driver’s license is required. Ability to lift 35 lbs; ability to walk and stand for significant periods of time.


$17.00-18.00 per hour/ 40 hours per week DOE

This position may be extended by applying to be a Passport to Learning Educator. Please find more details for Passport to Learning Educators on our website. If you would like to apply for both positions, please indicate that in your cover letter.

Application Process

To apply send a brief cover letter and resume (including contact information for two references and a list of relevant courses). Address application materials and questions to Human Resources at

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled or May 1, whichever comes first.

Passport to Learning Program – Seasonal Educators

Part-Time Museum Teachers

Passport to Learning Teacher

Program dates: May 15- June 9, 2023

Passport to Learning educators teach 20-minute workshops on topics and themes in art, language arts, math, social studies, and science to students in grades K-8 who visit the museum on school field trips. Duties include active discussion, demonstrations, and facilitating hands-on activities for school students, as well as providing customer service information for general museum visitors when necessary. Passport to Learning teachers must participate in paid staff training prior to the start of each workshop period.


Prior experience working with and/or teaching children a must. Recent graduates with a degree in k-12 education strongly encouraged to apply. Knowledge of child development and learning theory preferred. Teachers must be able to stand 5-7 hours per day; lift/carry 15+ pounds; work in multi-level sites and climb stairs; and travel across museum grounds in order to carry out security and necessary interpretive responsibilities.

Compensation and Benefits:

$17.00 – 18.00 per hour; spectacular working environment; committed, friendly co-workers; discount at the Museum Store and Café; passes to the museum to share with friends and family; and reciprocal benefits at regional museums and attractions.

To Apply:

Visit our website, to download an application. Forward completed application along with cover letter and resume to Human Resources, Shelburne Museum, P.O.
Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled or April 21, whichever comes first.

Art Handler/Assistant Preparator

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

Department: Collections

Reports to: Exhibitions Preparator

Pay Range: $18.50/hour

The Art Handler/Assistant Preparator is responsible for the packing and movement of museum objects throughout the campus, dusting exhibition objects, and vacuuming areas not accessible to visitors. Additional responsibilities are to assist the exhibitions preparator with the fabrication of exhibition furniture and mounts, exhibition installation and deinstallation, and the maintenance of exhibitions and campus signage.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Prepare object tracking forms and pack/unpack objects for movement throughout the museum campus and for travel on truck shipments
  • Ensure the safety and security of objects and clean collections in exhibition spaces
  • Conduct seasonal deinstall/reinstall of objects in historic buildings
  • Assist with installations and de-installations of temporary and permanent exhibitions
  • Assist with exhibitions and signage fabrication and maintenance
  • Assist with lighting temporary exhibitions as needed and routine maintenance of lighting in other exhibition spaces
  • Assist with handling art for special projects such as photo shoots, storage improvements, research, and product development
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED certificate, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Coursework in studio art, art history, or collections management preferred
  • Minimum 1-2 years art handling required


Desirable Skills and Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to stand for extended periods, lift 40 lbs., and climb ladders
  • Must enjoy repetitive work and cleaning, good manual dexterity
  • Knowledge of hand and power tools, general woodworking skills
  • Matting and framing artwork, mount-making experience
  • Flexible attitude with the ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities
  • Must have current driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • This position requires occasional evening and weekend work



The Art Handler/Assistant Preparator is a full-time, full-benefits, hourly, employment-at-will position.

Museum Services and Building Maintenance Associate

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

Department: Preservation and Landscape

Reports to: Museum Services Manager

FLSA status: Non-Exempt position


Job Summary

Museum Services is responsible for the upkeep of all public and non-restricted spaces within the Museum Campus and staff buildings. Moving equipment, furniture, and other items throughout the Museum, setting up, and breaking down special events. Assists Museum Carpenters and Painters with special projects.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Daily cleaning of public spaces and office buildings
  • Assists with set-up and break-down of events, programs, and lectures
  • Assists with golf cart maintenance
  • Assists Manager with the ordering of cleaning supplies while adhering to the budget
  • Works with all departments to improve the condition of the Museum
  • Assists Manager with the training of seasonal staff
  • Works on special projects for other Preservation and Landscape initiatives when assigned
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 2-5 years experience in housekeeping or similar
  • Supervisory experience


  • Attention to detail
  • Reliable and self-motivated
  • Computer literacy
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to multitask, troubleshoot, and identify priorities
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Capable of standing and doing rigorous work for extended periods of time
  • Current driver’s license and clean driving record

Background Investigation

 Employment is contingent upon the results of a comprehensive education/experience background investigation and a criminal history record check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Physical ability to perform duties in a maintenance setting, mobility to safely operate a motor vehicle; stamina to stand for extended periods of time; strength to lift and maneuver materials weighing up to 50 pounds; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation. Work is subject to performance under adverse environmental conditions, with exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, solvents, and fumes.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work expected of this position. This description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive listing or description of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of incumbents in the job.

The Development Associate, Grants and Endowments is responsible for writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects and, with assistance from staff responsible for the project, submits timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
  • Work across multiple departments to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors
  • Provide stewardship to current donors, including working with Director of Advancement to provide regular written updates to corporate and foundation donors
  • Understanding of institutional history and programs
  • Maintain current records in Raiser’s Edge database, including grant tracking and reporting
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc.)
  • Assist with other fundraising/museum projects as requested


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of two years experience with grant writing
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments



  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposal
  • Strong editing skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other BlackBaud database
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research
  • Strong contributor in team environments