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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 volunteer@monticello.org 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 3 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 resumes@monticello.org.

Digital Services Coordinator (Full-time). [Position #725] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello seeks a Digital Service Coordinator to provide design services, desktop publishing, and digital imaging to various Foundation departments.  This position also manages image requests from outside entities, leads and serves on various project teams, and assists with the Foundation’s efforts to digitize various Foundation assets.  Successful candidates will be adept with hands-on technical proficiency, have considerable professional knowledge of graphic design, and style and branding.  Understanding of photography processes, layout design, familiarity with web communications and database software is preferred.  Proven experience with Adobe Creative Suite is essential. Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to resumes@monticello.org.  Please reference position #725 in the subject of your email.  Candidates are encouraged to visit www.monticello.org to learn more about Monticello, the Foundation, and our current projects.  This position is open until filled.  Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Guest Services Specialists (Part-time). [Position #723] Monticello seeks candidates for our Guest Services Department to welcome, assist, and inspire our guests. Successful candidates will have enthusiasm for working with people, experience with customer service, excellent guest-focused service skills, and be prepared to work out-of-doors in all weather conditions. A friendly smile, interest in history, and strong verbal communication skills are essential. Candidates should be proficient in the use of computers and email and have a willingness to learn new technology.  Constant standing and minimal walking required.  Some lifting of items up to 40 lbs. is necessary and job requires extended periods of time speaking with groups of guests, sometimes over ambient noise. Must be willing to be trained to conduct bag check procedures. Must be available to work a minimum of two days per week, including at least three weekend days per month. Must be available to work after-hours events, weekends, and holidays. Training will begin in mid-February for this position and interested applicants should apply no later than January 20.

Nursery Associate (Temporary). [Position #722] Monticello seeks Nursery Associates to work at the Center for Historic Plants at our Tufton Farm location. Applicants must have flexibility in their schedule, to include some weekends. Experience with horticultural techniques including transplanting and watering of nursery stock are preferred but not required. Working outside in all weather conditions, transporting nursery stock, and lifting upwards of 50 lbs. are essential functions of this position. This is a temporary position, 24-30 hrs/week, from January to July. This position is open until filled. If interested please email your resume and cover letter to resumes@monticello.org.

Reservations Associates (Part-Time)[Position #720] Monticello is seeking part-time associates to work in our Reservations Office.  The Reservations Associate will serve as a point of contact for group tour operators.  Responsibilities include: scheduling group trips, answering phones, processing reservations, taking tour deposits, making change and issuing refunds, and positively communicating pricing and touring policies.  Computer literacy is a must and experience with point-of-sale software and/or a ticket system is a plus.  Successful candidates will possess the aptitude for providing excellent customer service.  Must be able to work independently in a very busy environment, and communicate important details in a positive and professional manner.  This is an entry-level position with seasonal work hours approximately 20 per week, to include weekdays, weekends and holidays. Training will begin in mid-February.

Reservations Coordinator (Full-Time)[Position #721] Monticello is seeking a full-time coordinator to work in our Reservations Office. Regular schedule will be primarily weekdays, but flexibility to work some weekends and holidays is required.  The Reservations Coordinator will serve as the point of contact for group tour operators.  Responsibilities include: coordinating and scheduling guest visits for premium and general tours, assisting in the coordination of reservations for special events, positively communicating pricing and policies, and answering phones.  Computer literacy and excellent customer service is a must and experience with point-of-sale software and/or a ticket system is a plus.  Must be able to work independently in a very busy environment, and communicate important details in a positive and professional manner.  This is an entry-level position with full benefits.  To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and salary history to resumes@monticello.org by January 13th.

Retail Sales Associates (Part-time, Temporary)  [Position #727] TJF seeks part-time, seasonal retail associates to work in our shop from March through mid-November.  Employees will greet and assist customers in various ways, including register sales and restocking of inventory.  This position requires lifting up to 30 lbs., bending, and standing for eight hour shifts. Multiple shifts available between the hours of 7 AM and 8:30 PM. Some weekend and holiday work is required; must be available to work 24 hours per week.  Great job for retirees or students.  Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to resumes@monticello.org no later than January 20th.

Security Officer (Full-Time). [Position #726] 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. 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. A Criminal background check is required. The work schedule will be 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 salary history to resumes@monticello.org.  Position is open until filled.

Security Officer (Part-time). [Position #718] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a part-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 mainly first shift (8:00 am to 4:30 pm) and second shift (4:00 pm to 12:30 am) with an expectation of minor schedule adjustments surrounding large events, holidays or other occurrences as authorized by department management. PT officers are required to provide at least 16 hours per week. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to resumes@monticello.org.  Position is open until filled.  October 31, 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 resumes@monticello.org. Position is open until filled.(Added June 23, 2016)

Team Leader -Oce  Museum Shop (Full-time) . [Position #728] Our office team leader provides the museum shop staff with administrative and behind-the-scenes support. The office team leader also works on the sales floor whenever customer traffic or scheduling warrants and functions as a key holder in the absence of the museum shop manager or the floor manager. Experience with accurate cash handling is a must.  Strong expertise in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and Publisher is key.  Other responsibilities of the office team leader include answering the main phone line of the museum shop, processing customer and wholesale mail orders, maintaining proper signage and marketing signage in the shop, pulling merchandise requested by our distribution center, and preparation of the shop’s daily deposit. Qualified candidates will be able to demonstrate a fine attention to detail, an ability to balance between office tasks and working on the sales floor, and be a stickler for accuracy. A focus for excellent customer service is required. Our office team leader works a flexible schedule that includes weekends and holidays. If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to resumes@monticello.org. This position is open until filled.

Ticket Office Associates (Part-time).  [Position #719] Monticello seeks associates to work in our Ticket Office. Duties include cash handling, selling of tickets, providing tour information to guests, and reconciling the day’s sales. Additional responsibilities include assigning tour times and promptly issuing tickets to visitors who have made advance purchases online. Candidates must have strong verbal communication skills, mathematical proficiency, and proven experience in providing excellent customer service.  Successful applicants will have experience working with point-of-sale or ticketing computer software. This is a part-time position requiring flexibility to work both weekends and holidays. Training will begin in mid-February.  If interested in this position, please email resume, cover letter, and salary history to resumes@monticello.org before January 20th.

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