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.

The Museum Services group is responsible for the upkeep and presentation of the Museum’s public spaces and offices. This is an active, dynamic position that interacts with all departments and positively impacts the visitor experience at the Museum. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for daily cleaning of public spaces within selected buildings and restrooms. With particular attention to janitorial services, restocking, and disinfecting of the Museum restrooms.
  • Cleaning building entryways with particular attention to visitor and staff safety.
  • Set-up and break-down of spaces being used for special events and/or facility rentals
  • Assisting the Preservation and Landscape Department with special projects throughout the Museum

Experience and Skills:

Candidates must be 18 years or older and able to drive a golf cart. A Vermont driver’s license is required.

Working Conditions:

The ability to lift and carry 40 pounds and must be able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time. Experience in similar capacity preferred, but willing to train candidates who show genuine interest in maintaining historic structures and caring for the Museum during our busy season.

Schedule Requirements:

The season is May – October 2021. Must be available at least four days a week and have a flexible schedule. Weekends and holidays are required.

Reports to: Director

Term appointment, two-year renewable

Native American Art at Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum has recently been gifted a nationally important collection of Indigenous art and material culture.  The collection represents the most significant addition, in content, size, and importance, to Shelburne Museum since Electra Havemeyer Webb founded the Vermont institution in 1947.  Comprising over 250 objects from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this historically important assembly joins a collection of 300 baskets, articles of clothing, tools, and domestic items already in the care of the Museum.  When combined, the collections will require an appropriate facility and present a rare opportunity to define new models of governance, stewardship, and interpretation for Indigenous creative culture.  

Position Description

The Project Coordinator will work closely and collaboratively with Native American partners, Museum staff, a program of two advisory committees, as well as vendors, and supporters to ensure that all aspects of a building project move forward in a timely, organized, and concerted manner, ensuring the success of this long-term project.

Position Duties

  • Serve as overall project liaison to manage timeline, deadlines, and foster communications between all museum departments. Build an effective network with external partners to coordinate communications, information and activities related to the planning and construction of a Center for Native American Art.
  • Create and maintain a master timeline for overall project components; track tasks, needs and deliverables for all pertinent areas.
  • Collaborate and assist Development in fundraising activities related to the project.
  • Assist in the overall coordination in the construction of the Center for Native American art. Coordinate and lead monthly meetings, create agenda that includes updates on all aspects of the project, timeline review, and discussion of any new issues that arise. Immediately following these meetings, prepare a recap and action items report to be distributed to appropriate staff.
  • Create, organize, and maintain a file of documents pertinent to the project that can be accessed by all museum departments. Work closely with all departments to ensure that documents are updated, and most recent versions are available.
  • Work with finance team to track and update budget, actuals and proforma.
  • Handle additional related duties as they arise and project progresses.


  • Bachelor’s degree in arts/museum fields or related field is a plus.
  • Four to five plus years of project management experience or related, preferably in cultural/ educational institutions or other not-for-profit settings.
  • Experience working in or with Development department highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience working as a strategic partner in a relationship-oriented environment, with proven ability to work with multiple stakeholders across department to accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Proactive, self-motivated, analytical, and problem-solving; and must possess an impeccable attention to detail.
  • Able to take direction, channel that direction, and implement across departments against tight timetables, while also managing up as needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and positively with all parties (internal and external) involved in the project.
  • Requires flexibility, discretion, and a strong commitment to the mission of the Museum.

The Assistant Director provides direct support to the Director of Advancement in achieving fundraising and development goals across the institution. This includes planning and executing Annual Fund campaigns, cultivating a portfolio of major gift prospects, providing support for other fundraising campaigns including a capital campaign and planned giving program, and overseeing membership and fundraising events programs.  

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be familiar with database management and digital outreach platforms to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Effective engagement of existing and prospective donors in a number of channels including email, print and social media;
  • Assist in the planning and execution of annual fundraising that meets or exceeds goals;
  • Support success of capital campaign with prospect management, event management and donor stewardship;
  • Support Board of Trustees and Director in fundraising events and programs;
  • Demonstrate high level of attention to detail in all aspects of the job including database management and reporting;
  • Assist in creation of collateral materials, proposals, and reports.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, with a minimum of five years of experience in fundraising.


  • Proven leadership and management capabilities ranging from creating and executing strategic plans and achieving goals, to a commitment to excellence in all development activities;
  • Substantial experience implementing fundraising plans and cultivating relationships for all funding streams with a proven track record of achieving income targets;
  • Positive proactive attitude, flexible, collaborative, attends to detail and shows initiative;
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.

The Systems Maintenance position works throughout the Museum to ensure functionality and safety of electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems.

Essential Job Functions:
• Install new or upgrade wiring and varied electrical components to current electrical code requirements.
• Troubleshoot electrical equipment and facilitate the repair or replacement of deficient systems.
• Perform or oversee inspection and maintenance of HVAC and plumbing systems.
• Daily review of BAS/Facility Explorer program and controls. Address any ‘faults’ indicated.
• Coordinate work of contractors on building management system (BAS).
• Assist with new exhibition installations
• Work to improve efficiencies of existing and future systems, in conjunction with Efficiency Vermont.
• Program and schedule the Lutron automated lighting system in PCAE as required for exhibitions and events.
• Carry out requests from all departments and set priorities to ensure task completion.
• Utilize FIIX software to manage preventative maintenance.
• Budget management and ordering of supplies to support systems maintenance and upgrades in adherence to the department’s overall budget.
• Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibility:
HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and automated systems control contractors

Education and Experience:
• High school diploma or equivalent along with specialized training and education for skills related to climate control, electrical and plumbing work
• Electrical License preferred
• 7-10 years systems maintenance experience required

• Comfort with a diverse set of job responsibilities necessary
• Attention to detail and understanding of historic structures needed
• Must be able to prioritize and complete tasks in a timely manner
• Availability for on-call diagnostics and/or service of building systems.
• Positive attitude and ability to work with all Museum departments required
• Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds necessary
• Must have current driver’s license and clean driving record