Open Regular Full-Time Positions

Not only does Winterthur offer a unique working environment, we also provide a wide array of employee benefits. From a competitive retirement program to comprehensive health care options, there's a range of benefits available to you.

Competitive Pay
Paid Vacation
Paid Holidays
Health Care & Dental Plans
Short-term Disability Coverage
Long-term Disability Coverage
Life Insurance
Quality of Work Life
Business Travel Accident Insurance
Free Parking
Retirement Plan
Service Recognition Programs
Free Guest Passes
Discounts in the Shops & Restaurant
Learning Opportunities
Extended Hours to Access Gardens & Grounds


Carpenter, Junior

The Junior Carpenter utilizes joinery equipment, carpenter power and hand tools, and masonry hand tools, ensures projects are completed in a timely and safe manner, follows either supervisor or established Winterthur procedures in order to complete all duties.  He/she roughs and finishes carpentry and cabinetry work in a shop environment or on Winterthur property in various buildings.  The Carpenter must be able to read blueprints and build to specifications using a variety of materials.  He/she will be called to assist, not only with Special Events woodworking projects, but also with the maintenance and alterations of existing structures on the property.  These projects range from performing minor roof repair to remodeling offices or customized cabinets.


-Provide maintenance to the Structures on Winterthur property:
-Make renovations and alterations to Winterthur buildings and offices and equipment rooms
-Rough and finish carpentry from beginning to end including new construction, maintenance and repair from building walls and framing out doors.
-Perform minor roof repair such as replacing shingles in a small area to control water leaks
-Repair suspended ceilings and tile; hang and tape drywall
-Work with Masons to construct cement forms.
-Estimate time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned and, requisition materials as required to ensure timely completion of projects.
-Perform general cleanup of woodworking material and equipment at job sites.-Complete projects for Special Events
-Repair & install signs for major events, such as Point-to-Point and Garden Fair
-Build and install displays for planned events, such as Yuletide
-Complete special woodworking requests for unexpected needs, such as changing exhibitions.
-Perform small wood repairs:
-Construct complete window frames; repair or replace window frames, screens and broken windows and sash cords.
-Perform door repairs on all doors
-Install locks and minor lock repairs on doors or cabinets
-Repair broken or damaged directional signs on Winterthur property
-Perform Cabinetry work
-Build and install basic shelves, cabinets, counters and other customized projects.
-Repair cabinets, shelving, desks and file cabinet drawers
-Build cabinets upon request for any department as needed and approved
-Maintain equipment
-Responsible for keeping all tools and equipment in good working order
-Keep saw blades on all equipment sharp
-Track carpenter shop supplies


Minimum: High school or Trade school graduate. Minimum: Working knowledge and ability to perform routine tasks using joinery equipment, carpenter power and hand tools as well as driving a forklift.  Able to lift 50 lbs.  Able to repair and/or replace damaged windows, drywall, tiles, roofing and related items.  Basic math skills and dexterity are important.  Able to estimate time, materials and equipment required for jobs and read and interpret plans, blueprints and diagrams.  Communicate, understand and follow oral and written instructions then work independently to complete projects.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.  Knowledge of: principles, procedures and terminology used in the carpentry trade along with the understanding of methods and procedures used in building construction repair and remodeling, wood blocking, prepping doors and working with plastic laminate.  Flexible and team oriented.  Valid driver’s license. Preferred:  Build and install customized shelving & cabinetry. Minimum of  5 years of shop environment experience as a carpenter, with 2 of those years in cabinet making. Preferred:  In addition to above, 2 of the 5 years of experience in nonprofit/museum environment

Cataloguing Assistant, Museum Collections

Position overview:

The cataloguing assistant will help identify and expand 300-500 catalogue records for objects in the museum collection containing diverse organic and composite materials. The two-year project goal is to bring this subset of object records within the digital cataloguing to the highest standard for internal use and for public accessibility. The project encompasses artwork with components originating in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Caribbean with concentrations in hornware, ivories, bone, leather, and shell. To confirm identification of materials, s/he will coordinate consultations with curatorial staff, conservators, and external experts. S/he will participate in public engagement with the project through museum-sponsored events, particularly a materials identification workshop for professionals. The cataloguing assistant’s original research will be featured as a web description for each object and incorporated into online or print publication opportunities as they arise. This opportunity is funded by an National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Collect and enter comprehensive, accurate cataloguing data into the museum’s digital database (EMu) including: physically describing and measuring objects, identifying materials and manufacturing techniques, condition, researching dates, origin information, ownership, publication and exhibition history.
  • Create digital photography and attach images.
  • Pursue research questions related to objects, clean up data discrepancies, and support registrars’ efforts to integrate new findings into objects’ records.
  • Coordinate object material identifications with staff and external experts, including arranging for laboratory testing.
  • Compose a “web” description label for each catalogued item.
  • Provide content and contribute to social media posts regarding organics collection findings.
  • Create, coordinate and host a professional workshop for intensive organic materials identification training.
  • Provide content and support to public programs and school programs for grant-related activities.
  • Carry out project goals to meet established deadlines, sometimes working independently.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong computer skills, especially in keyboard and collection database work.
  • Strong attention to detail and pursuit of accuracy.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze, communicate and resolve problems.
  • Digital photography and photo editing skills.
  • Basic knowledge of the standard vocabulary, terminology, and manufacturing methods relating to American and European 17th- through 19th-century decorative arts.
  • Knowledge of professional museum standards, ethics, and experience with museum procedures, including methods for documenting and handling art and artifacts.
  • Sufficient stamina to work at computer for extended periods, with appropriate breaks.
  • Ability to lift and reach objects overhead and maneuver in small and tight spaces.
  • After in-house training, must be able to pass care and handling of objects test.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. to move objects within a museum space.
  • Occasional stooping, kneeling, and crouching to read accession numbers on small objects.


Education Minimum:  MA in art history, history, anthropology or related discipline.

Education Preferred:  MA or PhD in related discipline.

Experience:  One or more years of work experience with museum decorative arts objects and collections management databases.

Full-time, temporary position with benefits (35 hours per week)

Start date:  July 1, 2019

End date:  June 30, 2021

Budgeted Annual Salary:  $40,000.00

 To apply, send a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, to: . Please reference Requisition # 1209.  Deadline for applications:  May 31, 2019

Director of Visitor Engagement

JOB TITLE: Director of Visitor Engagement

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director for Visitor Engagement provides leadership and strategic direction for the Visitor Engagement Department including Visitor Services; Research & Interpretation; Family and School Programs, Estate, Museum & Garden Tours; and Exhibitions. Responsibilities include the management of 140+ employees & volunteers, preparation & management of $2 million budget & revenue generation of nearly over $2 million.
1. Direct & lead mission and revenue driven operations of the Visitor Engagement Department providing leadership & overseeing 5 direct reports and a staff of 140 or more.
2. Provide strategic planning. Articulate & implement direction & vision for excellence in the Visitor Experience. This includes overall budget and operations oversight.
3. Participate & collaborate as a high performing senior management member providing input & counsel for decisions affecting Winterthur’s annual and long-term operating plans, including the strategic plan, program priorities, capital needs, human & financial resources.
4. Represent Winterthur to the Board of trustees, staff, the community, & special groups, serving as an ambassador of the institution.
5. Collaborate with community organizations & partner with other institutions to enhance and develop audiences and enrich programming.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: 5 years of management experience in visitor engagement, guest experience, or interpretation.
Preferred Experience: 5-10 years of experience managing a large staff or large events/ programs.
Minimum Education: MA in history, art history, museum studies, material culture, or in a related.
Preferred Education: Advanced studies in museum education or business administration
1. Must have knowledge of museum education practice e.g. developing, organizing & running programs as well as exhibition development.
2. Ability to embrace Winterthur’s vision and link programming to that vision.
3. Ability to demonstrate outstanding written, oral & presentation skills (public speaking).
4. Demonstrated ability to learn and use the latest technology, especially as related to interpretation and web-based learning, and the digital humanities.
5. Knowledge of American Decorative Arts, garden history, or material culture preferred.
6. Demonstrated outstanding leadership ability as well as skills in strategic planning, operations management & budget preparation & management.
7. Proven ability & sensitivity towards our diverse audience and the ability to structure programming to attract, retain & grow those audiences.
8. Demonstrated emotional intelligence, financial acumen and strong management skills.
Essential Functions:
1. Direct and manage a large staff and budget.
2. Assist with cultivation, solicitation & maintenance of external relationships.
3. Serve on teams & committees including Sr. Management Team
4. Presentations to Board/Committee Members & community.
5. Ability to drive a Winterthur vehicle.
6. Ability to attend evening and weekend functions.
7. Travel within the United States to represent Winterthur.

Garden Horticulturist

JOB TITLE: Garden Horticulturist

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Garden Horticulturist is responsible for maintaining the historic March Bank and Glade areas of the garden; tasks include but not limited to planting, pruning, weed control, pond care, and woodland garden management. Knowledge of plants, their cultural requirements as well as the design principles used in the Winterthur Garden and Estate is expected. He/she will work with the Curator of Garden and assist in the curatorial duties of plant identification, plant selection, and documentation of design intent and also assist with plant records, labeling and yearly inventory. He/she will manage horticulture interns and volunteers in his/her areas and work with teams as needed in the Winterthur Garden and Estate. This position is responsible for ensuring all work is conducted in a manner fostering Winterthur aesthetic/environmental stewardship initiatives. The Horticulturist is considered essential personnel and will help with weather emergencies i.e. snow removal, hurricane cleanup as requested as well as work 2-3 rotating weekends a year. He/She will participate in Winterthur events and outreach programs such as leading tours.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: 2 years in horticulture-related field. Preferred Experience: public horticulture work experience. Minimum Education: High School Diploma with 6 years horticulture-related experience. Preferred Education: Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field. Naturalistic garden design, woodland garden management and/or knowledge of water gardens a plus. Strong working knowledge of plants and horticultural practices with desire for continued education and collaboration with other institutions. Ability to express ideas clearly orally and in writing; good interpersonal skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft systems. Essential Functions—ability to work with manual shift vehicles/various large and small power equipment—mowers, backpack blower, weed eater, bobcat and to stand, kneel, and bend for long periods of time. Able to lift 50 pounds, traverse uneven ground/inclines and work outdoors in all temperatures/conditions. He/she may be exposed to biting insects, poison ivy, herbicides and fertilizers while performing duties.

Conservator of Furniture

JOB TITLE: Conservator of Furniture

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, DE seeks candidates for the position of Conservator of Furniture. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic conservation department and furniture conservation laboratory whose mission is the preservation and enhanced understanding of wooden objects through collection preservation (documentation, treatment, and implementing storage strategies), exhibition, education and outreach, and object-based research and analysis. This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to engage the history, craft, conservation and material science of nearly 15,000 examples of early American furniture and architectural elements in a world-class museum and library comprising 89,000 objects made and used in America from 1630 -1860; 20th century Winterthur Estate materials; and 500,000 documents, books, manuscripts, and images. The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues across the institution to exhibit furniture in both gallery settings and furnished rooms of the former du Pont home. In addition to the above, responsibilities will include teaching and advising in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) and engaging in public and professional outreach.
In addition to furniture, the Conservation Department includes eight other laboratories staffed by leading professionals in: paper, textiles, objects, library and archival materials, preventive and collection care, and paintings conservation; conservation photography; and scientific research and analysis.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: A Master’s degree in conservation combined with a minimum of ten years conservation experience is required. Applicant must possess strong understanding of current conservation principles and hand skills applicable to furniture making and wood manipulation. The successful candidate will undertake the care, treatment and study of furniture and wooden objects in the Winterthur collection. Familiarity and facility with allied materials including metals, upholstery, leather and painted surfaces as they relate to furniture is preferred. Experience with power and hand tools required. The applicant must demonstrate treatment, teaching and scholarly achievement, plus evidence of professional engagement. Support of the museum’s overall conservation efforts are an integral component of the position and the candidate must be committed to extensive collaboration with museum conservators and scientists; curators; exhibition, registration, development and other related staff; and WUDPAC faculty and students. In addition to care of the Winterthur Collections, the Furniture Conservator may also supervise documentation and treatment of archaeological, ethnographic, modern and contemporary artwork/objects through WUDPAC student projects. The successful candidate will demonstrate (1) excellent interpersonal and communication skills with staff, students, museum and university colleagues, donors, and the general public (2) creative thinking and solutions-based problem-solving, and (3) superior organizational abilities with a high attention to detail. A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently while managing multiple tasks simultaneously is required.

This position reports to the Senior Conservator of Furniture.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references familiar with your furniture conservation experience to: Please reference Job #1135 – Furniture Conservator in the subject line. Review of applications start date has been extended to February 25, 2019 and applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

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