The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110

Date Posted:
February 07, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Curatorial Fellowship - North Andover (Year-round, Full-time)


About The Stevens-Coolidge Place and Long Hill:

The Curatorial Fellow will work with two properties: The Stevens-Coolidge Place (North Andover, MA) and Long Hill (Beverly, MA). The Stevens-Coolidge Place provides a unique snapshot of the early 20th century life of Helen Stevens (who was a passionate advocate for the preservation of green, open spaces within the town) and John Coolidge (who was the great-great grandson of Thomas Jefferson and nephew of Boston Brahman Isabella Stewart Gardner). Settled in 1729 and farmed for six generations, the family home was later converted into a Colonial Revival country estate by Helen and John between 1909 and 1936. The property was donated to The Trustees in 1962, and the house, its gardens, its farmland, archives and collections were left in situ, as if the family had just left for the day, offering a remarkable collection for us to discover today. Long Hill is a country estate created by Atlantic Monthly editor and publisher Ellery Sedgwick and his wife Mabel Cabot Sedgwick, an accomplished gardener and horticulturalist. The house incorporates magnificent ornamental woodwork salvaged from the Isaac Ball House in Charleston. The Sedgwicks incorporated botanically-inspired decorative elements into the house's interiors.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a Curatorial Fellow with a breadth of decorative arts experience to help us explore these dynamic collections. Working with colleagues in the curatorial department, the Fellow will catalogue the objects at these properties. In addition, this person will assist with collection care and will play a role in the re-visioning of the interpretation of the houses. The Fellow will also conduct a research project on a mutually agreed-upon topic to add to our understanding of The Trustees collection, with the hope it will also add to the Fellow’s scholarship portfolio. This is a great opportunity to be part of a dynamic state-wide institution. The position is for two years, with an optimal start-date in May 2019. The Fellow will work closely with and report to the Senior Curator. The Fellow will be an integral member of our Curatorial Team.

Essential Functions:

  • Working closely with collection objects and curatorial staff.
  • Cataloguing items in our Past Perfect database, producing brief condition reports, and conducting research on objects, many of which have not been catalogued before.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

This Fellowship is open to recently graduated museum professionals who have received a graduate degree in material culture, museum studies, art history, public history, history, or other related fields. Candidates should have some collections management and database experience, and an understanding of decorative arts objects and care. Excellent interpersonal skills and strength in oral and written communications, including the ability to build a strong collaborative working environment are critical for this role.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record is required for driving Trustees vehicles.
  • Position requires some travel across the state (reimbursed); access to a personal vehicle required.
  • Occasional night/weekend work required.

Benefits and Salary:

This is a full-time, two-year, paid fellowship. The Fellow will also receive a modest travel stipend to attend conferences, classes, or workshops. This position will be based out of The Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover.

In addition to a $30,000 yearly stipend, The Trustees offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, vacation, sick and personal time, as well as the option to participate in our 401(k) savings plan. We also offer the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

About The Trustees:

Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is committed to preserving, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. The Trustees protect and steward 117 iconic properties, which includes more than a dozen historic houses and more than 40,000 objects in our collection. Nearly 2 million visitors come to The Trustees’ properties each year.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How To Apply:
Please apply online via The Trustees' website linked here.
Apply by:
March 31, 2019
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.