The Museum at Bethel Woods, located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, is seeking an outgoing and creative Landscape Preservation Fellow with an architectural, historic preservation, planning, or museum studies background interested in landscape planning and landscape preservation. 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.
Job Description: The Fellow will assist the Senior Curator in creating planning documents, drawings, and reports for the landscape preservation and interpretation of the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair. The first year of the project will entail collating reports, images, and descriptions in order to synthesize location-based historic landscape interpretive strategies. The Fellow will meet with potential community partners and will coordinate with Bethel Woods staff in various departments outside of the museum. A strategy will be developed for integrating a holistic visitor experience throughout all areas of the historic landscape. Maps and descriptions will illustrate potential paths, interpretive, and educational areas with the potential to be linked in multiple ways at the discretion and self-direction of an individual or small group. The goal of this strategy will be to locate and develop nodes where an experiential activity or inquiry-based interpretive panels might be located. Additionally, historic site activities such as camping, large art installations, and the “free stage” will be investigated. Potential programs will be tested, temporary interpretive signs developed, and experimental activities will be piloted. The Fellow will complete visitor studies and keep statistics of multiple small pilot programs and iterate text panels and activities in order to achieve desired visitor engagement goals. Historic images, learning objectives, and interpretive plans will be completed for each node location, along with key results of activity and interpretive testing. We have over 1,000 acres and we want to do cool stuff!
Job Dates: This is a 12 month position at 30 hours per week with a potential extension.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate has a degree in landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, and/or architecture, museum studies, or public history. Proficiency with visual presentation software is necessary; Microstation, Autocad, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign are all used at Bethel Woods. Candidates must be willing to work outdoors and perform physical labor. Most importantly, candidates should have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career within the scope of this Fellowship.
- Legally authorized to work in the United States
- Valid driver’s license
- Ability to work indoors utilizing various software programs
- Experience in graphic or artistic design
- Must love music
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to HR@BethelWoodsCenter.org with Landscape Preservation Fellowship: [Your Name] as the subject.
Bethel Woods is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other protected category.