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


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.

Accountant Temporary

JOB TITLE: Accountant Temporary

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide accounting support for budget preparation, audit preparation and general accounting support. 1. Audit work paper preparation, Budget and financial statement preparation. 2. Additional responsibilities as needed.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: 1 year
Preferred Experience: 1-3 years
Minimum Education: BS/BA Accounting
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Robert and Elizabeth Owens Curatorial Fellowship

JOB TITLE: Robert and Elizabeth Owens Curatorial Fellowship

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Winterthur seeks a curatorial fellow to work with collections staff on a variety of projects. The duties may include work in any or all of the collection media. Specific duties will be assigned on a project basis and may include, but are not limited to, collections management, exhibitions, research, publication, teaching, visitor services and development. A proportion of the work will include routine duties that contribute to the effectiveness of the department as a whole including: answering enquiries; escorting visitors and researchers into the collections; assisting with acquisitions; developing programs for public and membership groups; and offering clerical support when needed. For more information about the museum and collections, please visit

JOB REQUIREMENTS:The successful candidate will have an M.A. in a subject related to American decorative and fine arts and at least one month of experience working in a museum decorative arts or related department. S/he will have a knowledge of, and familiarity with, the Winterthur collection or a similar collection in another museum. The successful candidate should have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills including public speaking; ability to lift and carry heavy objects and to maneuver in small and tight spaces; must have valid driver’s license; and after training, must be able to pass care and handling of objects test.

This is a full-time, twelve-month position, starting about July 1. Full benefits. Interested candidates should email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Closing date for applications is March 31, 2019.

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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