The Museum at Bethel Woods
In Person, Temporary (6-12 months), Full Time
$25,000 per year plus on-site housing
Posted: December 2, 2022
The Museum at Bethel Woods, located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, is seeking an outgoing and creative Preservation and Curation Fellow with an archaeological, curatorial, historic preservation, planning, or museum studies background interested in landscape preservation and curation. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic entry-level professional with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals while helping preserve the cultural history of the Bethel, New York, community. This position is meant to serve as a post-graduate fellowship and has been locally funded as a workforce development program.
The Fellow will assist the Senior Curator in completing landscape preservation projects and will assist the Registrar with the curation of artifacts resulting from previous landscape and oral history work. The work will include coordinating a two-week archaeological field school with an outside university, participating in visitor engagement analysis, and potentially developing pop-up programs. A strategy is being developed for integrating a holistic visitor experience throughout all areas of the historic landscape. Programs and program nodes were piloted during the first two years of the Fellowship. The initial strategy was to locate and develop nodes where an experiential activity or program could be developed. Multiple ideas were experimented with. During the third and fourth year of the Fellowship, programs will be evaluated, codified, and expanded. The path system through the Bindy Bazaar woods will be expanded, interpreted, and educational areas will be linked in multiple ways. Additionally, during the first two years research and preservation work created a large collection of new artifacts associated with the historic site. Approximately 50% of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to curation activities under the direction of the Registrar. This may include completion of curation storage analysis and evaluation.
We have over 1,000 acres and we do cool stuff! The Fellowship requires someone who is interested in doing physical landscape preservation work and someone who is extremely creative. Over the coming year we will be developing onsite camping facilities, two new music festivals, and it will be the third year of the Bethel Woods Art and Architecture Festival pilot – all programs that were developed with the help of the previous Fellow.
The Fellow will work 30 hours per week in the Museum offices and will receive $25,000 in annual compensation, paid on a biweekly basis. The museum will provide on-site shared housing. All Bethel Woods educational programming and Pavilion performances will be made available to the Fellow, if participation is desired.
The ideal candidate has a degree in landscape architecture, archaeology, historic preservation, and/or architecture, museum studies, or public history. Proficiency with visual presentation software is necessary; PastPerfect, Microstation, Autocad, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign are all used at Bethel Woods. Candidates must be willing to work outdoors and perform physical labor. Curation experience is a plus, and a candidate with extensive curation experience may allow for a refocus of the Fellowship activities. Most importantly, candidates should have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career within the scope of this Fellowship.
Other requirements include legally authorized to work in the United States, valid driver’s license, ability to work indoors utilizing various software programs, ability to work outdoors with various tools, experience in graphic or artistic design a plus, and must love music.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit a resume, a brief cover letter, and a sample of written work to Robin Green, by attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Preservation and Curatorial Fellowship” in the subject line.