Olana values the participation of volunteers and welcomes individuals who are interested in volunteering. Without the time and various talents of Olana's volunteers many projects and activities would be impossible.
Volunteers at Olana immerse themselves in the lives of Frederic Church, his family and the other artists of the Hudson River School. They become familiar with the architecture and landscape design of Olana and the Victorian past by participating in a variety of interesting and absorbing activities ranging from conducting house tours to gardening to teaching.
Olana is pleased to offer volunteers free admission to the house and grounds and to selected lectures and activities. Please contact the Site Manager for details by email at Kimberly.Flook@parks.ny.gov
or by phone at 518-828-0135 x 303.
There are also many opportunities to serve on special events and other working committees. To learn more, please email email@example.com or call 518-828-1872 x 102.
Curatorial Department Intern
Interns in Olana State Historic Site's Curatorial Department work on projects related to the collections and the main house at Olana. Projects might include research on a collections item, research related to a future exhibition in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery at Olana, helping with the furnishing of the second floor, collections management, changing the displays on the tour floor, writing an article for the news letter and other curatorial tasks. The intern would receive a good introduction to the daily workings of the curatorial department. The Curatorial department would be happy to supply any documentation necessary for he intern to receive college credit. Applicants must be college students or further along in their academic pursuits and should be prepared to commit a minimum of 60 hours over the course of a semester, 120 preferred. Submit cover letter and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum Education Intern
Interns in Olana State Historic Site's Education Department work on special projects relating to Olana's public or school programs. Most projects focus on an aspect of educational resource development in one or more of a wide variety of media for web and/or print distribution. Possible projects include: development of lesson plans and classroom resources for schools; development of educational materials for use in on-site programs; development of materials for distribution via social media channels, i.e. Facebook, Flickr and YouTube; or development and implementation of hands-on programs. Project assignments will be tailored to intern skills, objectives and availability as much as possible. The Director of Education will work in conjunction with university or college staff to coordinate requirements for credit. Applicants should be prepared to commit a minimum of 60 hours over the course of a semester, 120 preferred. Submit cover letter and resume via email to Kimberly.Flook@parks.ny.gov.
Community Service for High School Students
Opportunities for high school students seeking community service credit are also available. Projects include assistance with special events, program preparation and cleanup, basic research, data entry, etc. For more information email Kimberly.Flook@parks.ny.gov to inquire about upcoming opportunities.