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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Responsible for the packing, movement, and transportation of museum objects for exhibitions, loans, conservation, and special projects. Responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of objects on exhibit and in storage.  Manage weekly calendar for task requests and complete data entry for object location updates. Assist with exhibition installations, object inventories, and organization of objects in storage.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage weekly calendar of requests for object moves and other special requests.
  • Prepare and pack/unpack objects for movement throughout the museum campus and for truck shipments.
  • Pick up and deliver objects throughout museum campus using department vehicles.
  • Maintain and clean collections in exhibition and storage spaces.
  • Ensure the safety and security of objects in exhibition and storage spaces.
  • Assist with installations and de-installations of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
  • Assist with inventories of collections and tracking object movement.
  • Enter object locations into collections management system for all objects moved.
  • Organize collections within storage areas and improve archival storage methods for various types of collections materials.
  • Assist with handling art for special projects such as photo shoots, filming, and research.
  • Write condition reports for loan objects, assist with truck shipments, and travel for local courier trips.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to accomplish the museums goals.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred or a HS diploma with 3+ years of practical training and experience
  • Previous experience in packing and handling art and antiques, preferably in a museum setting.


  • Ability to work as part of a team with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lift and coordinate large object movement with others.
  • Flexible with the ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities in a fast paced environment.
  • Knowledge of safe art handling procedures and good manual dexterity.
  • Knowledge of safe cleaning practices for works of art.
  • Ability to use Outlook, detail oriented, and able to complete data entry accurately.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use hand tools.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., use ladders and climb up to 15 feet.
  • Must have current driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to focus on activities and pay attention to surroundings.


The Art Handler is a full-time, year round, benefited, hourly, non-exempt, employment-at-will position.

Compensation and Benefits:

Full Museum benefits package including health, dental and paid time off. 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.