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Job Opportunities Currently Available at Monticello

The Charlottesville area's best tourist attraction is a great place to work! Monticello offers educational, unique work experiences with competitive pay and benefits. Our full time positions offer a benefit package that includes health and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement savings program, paid vacation and holiday time,life insurance, and more. All of our employees enjoy a generous discount at our Museum Shop and many lectures and educational opportunities throughout the year.

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  • Volunteer Opportunities—The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is looking to grow our dedicated team of volunteers. We welcome volunteers in several areas including our Visitor Center, the Jefferson Library, the Center for Historic Plants, and at special events around the mountaintop. Positions are varied and shifts are flexible. Contact or 434-984-9869 if you have questions or would like more details, and please complete our volunteer application so we can learn more about you and your interests.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks to fill several positions. The Foundation is the private nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, as well as a museum and visitor center, library and academic center, and conference/education center, all to advance its mission of preservation and education. Monticello annually attracts nearly 450,000 visitors onsite and more than 2 million web visitors. Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume with name and contact information of three professional references, and salary requirements to

Custodian (Full-time). [Position #678] The Foundation seeks an experienced individual to clean and maintain Monticello’s Visitor Center. Successful applicants will have a valid driver’s license, ability to operate vacuum cleaners, floor polishers and buffers, as well as other standard cleaning equipment. This position also requires the ability to climb ladders up to 6 feet and lift or maneuver up to 50 pounds. Satisfactory work record and references required. Multiple positions available with varying shifts. Open until filled. (Updated June 14, 2016)

Human Resources Recruiter (Full-Time). [Position #708] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is seeking a full-time Recruiter to join our Human Resources Team. The Foundation is the private nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, as well as a museum and visitor center, library and academic center, and conference/education center, all to advance its mission of preservation and education. The Recruiter is responsible for achieving Foundation staffing objectives and assisting hiring managers through the recruiting process. This position will coach hiring managers on interviewing, selection and recruiting processes; evaluate the best sourcing opportunities to support staffing efforts across multiple departments; and partner with hiring managers to design, develop, and implement recruitment strategies to identify and attract desired talent. The Recruiter will create job postings, identify appropriate advertising media, evaluate resumes, coordinate interviews, advise hiring managers, and assist with the administrative details of hiring applicants. The successful candidate will be results driven, customer service oriented, require very little oversight, use solid judgment, proactively establish effective working relationships with key business partners, and be a team player who enjoys a challenge and can thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have 2-4 years of sourcing and recruiting experience, a working knowledge of State/Federal employment laws, the ability to interact effectively with all levels of candidates, employees, and management, strong computer skills (Applicant Tracking Software, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), experience developing and utilizing creative sourcing techniques to build talent pipelines, experience working with a variety of department managers and executives with shifting priorities, excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent business partnering skills and the ability to build relationships at all levels. A Bachelor’s Degree is required and a Human Resources certification, or the ability to achieve certification when eligible, is preferred.

Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to The deadline to apply is September 15, 2016. (Added August 16, 2016)

Monticello Guide (Part-Time). [Position #714] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks very friendly individuals who love sharing complex history to serve as part-time guides.  Guides work approximately 68 hours per month (2-3 full days/week), giving tours of the house to a wide variety of visitors, working with school groups, staffing exhibition galleries, helping with special events, and attending staff meetings and training sessions. Successful candidates will have enthusiasm for history and for sharing Monticello with visitors of every age and background.  They must also be committed to working as part of a team to ensure an excellent guest experience. Monticello’s congenial work environment also allows employees a unique opportunity to further their intellectual curiosity through collegiate interaction and a robust ongoing training program. Minimum qualifications: 2 years of college, demonstrated public speaking abilities, and a strong interest in early American history. Training sessions will occur January through March 2017. Application deadline: November 11. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary history to  (Added October 12, 2016)

Office Coordinator (Part-time, temporary). [Position #710] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a part-time, temporary Office Coordinator in the Education and Visitor Programs Department to work approximately 15 hours per week from December 2016 through early April 2017. The Office Coordinator will provide office support for the Education and Visitor Programs department and focus on ensuring that planned training events are implemented. In addition, the Office Coordinator serve as a back-up for staff scheduling coordination, will compile and distribute a weekly staff newsletter, and provide basic office support including making copies, processing mail, ordering and distributing supplies, and other tasks as needed. The successful candidate will have office support experience, strong communication skills, and excellent computer skills. He/she will be a team player who enjoys interacting with coworkers and visitors to Monticello. Schedule will include weekly work on Sunday and Monday mornings as well as one additional weekday morning and some holidays. Application materials must be received by October 14, 2016. (Added September 6, 2016)

Museum Shop Manager (Full-Time). [Position #712] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. has an exciting opportunity for an individual with retail sales management experience to lead the daily operations of all Museum Shops including the Visitor Center Shop and our new mountaintop Farm Shop.  Job duties will include operational and strategic planning, proper staffing and scheduling, maintaining and adhering to the department budget and overseeing visual merchandising.  This position is jointly responsible with the Director of Retail in meeting sales goals and for the financial success of the operation. 

The Museum Shop Manager is responsible for hiring, training, retaining, and evaluating the performance of sales staff.  The Museum Shop Manager will also analyze complex data, including financial data, create and implement merchandising plans, and schedule staff. Advanced problem solving and critical thinking skills and superior conflict management skills are a must.  This is a hands-on position that requires versatility and a can-do attitude.  Exceptional customer service skills, along with the ability to lead and mentor staff is essential.  Qualified candidates will have both retail and supervisory experience, be effective communicators, deadline sensitive, and able to initiate changes quickly.  Strong computer literacy with proven skills in Windows, Word, Excel and Retail POS systems are essential.  The candidate must possess strong oral and written communication skills and be able to present topics in a group setting.  Proficiency at schedule writing to ensure adequate coverage for shifts is essential.  A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.  The deadline to apply is October 7, 2016. (Added September 15, 2016)

Security Officer (Full-Time). [Position #668] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a full-time Security Officer within the Safety & Security Department to perform museum protective service work by maintaining security over buildings, historic collections, equipment, grounds and personnel. The successful candidate will be able to work independently while exercising sound judgment; communicate effectively orally and in writing, and have a demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel and Outlook. Qualifications: The candidate must have a proven history of dependability and punctuality as it relates to employment, must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license, must be able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds, climb stairs, bend and squat and work in restricted/small spaces. A general understanding of security processes and/or law enforcement is favorable. High school diploma or equivalent is required, and some college course work is preferred. Criminal background check required. The work schedule will be first shift (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) or second shift (4:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight) with an expectation of minor schedule adjustments surrounding large events, holidays or other occurrences as authorized by department management. Please send cover letter, resume, and other employment materials to Open until filled. (Added March 22, 2016)

Shuttle Bus Drivers (Part-Time). [Position #688]Monticello seeks shuttle bus drivers. This is a great opportunity for a team-player who enjoys working outdoors, interacting with the public in a friendly manner, and who values the rich tradition of Thomas Jefferson’s historic home. A safe driving record is required and a proven record of delivering excellent customer service is necessary. CDL is preferred but not necessary before hire date. The work schedule fluctuates, and availability for after-hours events on weekends and holidays is expected. Candidates should be available to work at least eight days per month. Training will begin in mid-July for this position. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to Position is open until filled.(Added June 23, 2016)


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