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About Boscobel

Overview

The mission of Boscobel House and Gardens is to engage diverse audiences in the Hudson Valley’s ongoing, dynamic exchange between design, history, and nature.

Built between 1804 and 1808, Boscobel was originally the dream house of wealthy Loyalists. By the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was demolished. Preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north, where the Neoclassical mansion was restored back to—and even beyond—its original grandeur. Boscobel was saved as a beautiful piece of art.

Now an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period, Boscobel offers tours of our Neoclassical mansion and access to 68 acres of our grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River.

Open Wednesday through Monday from mid-April to December, Boscobel hosts lively events, innovative exhibitions, talks by the world’s top design experts, and engaging programs and activities for families. Children are always welcome.

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Staff

Our dedicated, passionate team

Jennifer Carlquist

Jennifer Carlquist

Executive Director

Jennifer Carlquist is a 20-year museum professional specializing in period interiors, and decorative arts that were made, collected, and/or retailed in America. She joined Boscobel as Curator in 2015, creating the award-winning exhibitions Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now (2016) and Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques (2017).

Ms. Carlquist lectures widely on design history, including for SUNY New Paltz, the New York School of Interior Design, and the Victorian Society in America Summer Schools. She holds a certificate in Museum Studies and is a graduate of the Cooper-Hewitt’s M.A. Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies, the University of Minnesota, and the Attingham Summer School.

Lauren Daisley

Lauren Daisley

Director of Communications

Lauren directs Boscobel’s content, messaging, publicity, advertising, and digital initiatives. She has led high-impact communications campaigns for some of the country’s leading experts at Fortune 500 companies. Lauren’s writing appears in outlets including Newsday, Salon, Parents, and The Morning News. A former host on SiriusXM, WNYC, and WQXR, she has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC, and the CBC. Lauren is a graduate of N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Lisa DiMarzo

Lisa DiMarzo

Museum Educator

Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo is one of the most inventive, sought-after educators in the Hudson Valley. A naturalist with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she has spent 20 years developing family programming on Hudson River history and ecology. Boscobel visitors of every age and background benefit from her ability to distill information, develop workable program logistics, and engage audiences through active learning.

Edward Glisson

Edward Glisson

Director of Visitor Engagement

At Boscobel, Ed’s focus is delivering exceptional experiences to diverse audiences. Ed is the co-founder of CausBuzz, a network platform supporting incentive-based services for schools. Previously, he was the Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and the Director of Exhibitions at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. He holds an M.S. in Human Resources Management.

Diane Gocha

Diane Gocha

Director of Finance and HR

Diane is responsible for finance, human resources, contracts, and insurance at Boscobel. After working as an auditor for three years in New York City, she held business management positions at Bell Atlantic, a nonprofit childcare center in Massachusetts, and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Diane earned a B.B.A. from Pace in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.

Dana Hammond

Dana Hammond

Development Manager

Dana manages fundraising and membership initiatives at Boscobel. She has nearly a decade of fundraising and nonprofit experience, having worked for Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Abilities First in Poughkeepsie. She serves on the Education Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Hudson Valley Chapter. Dana graduated with a Master’s in International Relations from Hult University in London and a Master’s in Special Education from Brooklyn College.

John Malone

John Malone

Facilities Manager

John directs operations and security at Boscobel. For twenty years, John worked at M&T Bank as the Capital District / Hudson Valley Region Property Manager, overseeing all bank-owned properties and rentals. Happily married with two children for over 30 years, John is a member of the Elks and a local Multiple Sclerosis fundraising group. He rescues dogs and enjoys boating and snowmobiling.

Sandra Serrant

Sandra Serrant

Private Events Manager

Sandra manages all of Boscobel’s private rentals, including weddings, corporate retreats, and commercial shoots. For over fifteen years, Sandra has planned and executed events ranging from multi-day national conferences and fundraisers to large weddings and galas. Prior to joining Boscobel, she worked with the National Football League, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Sylvan Learning, and American Diabetes Association, among many others.

Board Members and Annual Report

Board Members:

Mr. Barnabas McHenry, President

Mr. William J. Burback
Mr. Gilman S. Burke, Esq.
Mr. Henry N. Christensen, Jr.
Ms. Susan Davidson
Ms. Meg Downey
Col. James M. Johnson
Mr. Peter M. Kenny
Mr. Arnold S. Moss
Mr. Frederick H. Osborn III
Mr. Alexander Reese
Ms. Maria Stein-Marrison
Ms. Margaret Tobin
Ms. Denise Doring VanBuren

Careers

Museum Guide

Museum Guides lead Boscobel’s most important program: interpretive tours of the house and grounds and other programs. In this role, guides must be engaging, factual, welcoming to people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and nationalities and a positive advocate for Boscobel.

Guides must demonstrate the highest level of courtesy and inclusivity and remain calm in all circumstances to ensure an exemplary visitor experience. Guides must master the tour content provided to them in training manuals and supplementary materials, which focus on the museum’s primary interpretive themes:
• The 19th-century history of Boscobel and its 20th-century restoration
• Life and times of States Morris Dyckman and family
• Decorative arts and design in New York, 1790s-1820s
• Hudson Valley history
• Hudson Valley nature
• Hudson Valley design and art

Guides need to be continually aware of, and stay informed about changes in the house, grounds, exhibitions and scholarship. Guides must also be sufficiently fluent in the facts, and flexible enough in their delivery, to tailor tours to each group and situation.

Guides are the primary safe-keepers of the museum’s collection. As important as it is to make visitors feel welcome, guides must practice and enforce politely the museum’s “no touching” rules, and keep visitors within their sightlines at all times. Guides must follow personnel procedures in case of emergency such as fire alarms, visitor illness or injury, etc.

Guides work independently as well as part of a collegial team. They must project professionalism and dress in accordance with the uniform guidelines prescribed in Boscobel’s Personnel Guide.

This position is part time, seasonal (April – December) and reports directly to the Museum Educator. Guides must be available for weekday and weekend work from 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Monday with occasional Tuesdays and evenings. They must be available to work a minimum of two days each week and three weekend days each month during open season: April through December.

Specific duties to be performed:

• Lead interactive tours of approximately 45 minutes in length based on Boscobel’s interpretive themes, tailored as much as possible to each group.

• Protect the museum, its collection, and loan objects; monitor visitors at all times, and report any changes in condition of the objects on display.

• Provide interpretation, security, or other service during programs and events such as school visits, receptions, lectures, private rentals, etc.

• Follow emergency procedures and report accidents to senior staff and/or emergency personnel. Submit reports for incidents they witnessed or in which they were involved.

• Monitor the Gallery during times when exhibitions are scheduled.

• Support tour operations and help navigate group logistics.

• Prepare refreshments for tour guests and keep kitchen orderly.

• Find a replacement guide and notify your manager if you cannot work a scheduled day.

• Attend guide and staff meetings, which generally take place once every three months.

• When tour flow allows, contribute to ongoing research and/or support other departments.

• Other duties as required.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Director of Finance and Human Resources Diane Gocha at dgocha at boscobel dot org.

Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.

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Visitor Services Associate

The Visitor Services Associate (VSA) is responsible for welcoming every guest graciously, providing exemplary and proactive sales service at the Front Desk and/or Design Shop counters, and encouraging all guests to enjoy and support the museum. This position plays a key role in onsite educational and revenue-generating programming, while providing support for all museum departments.

The VSA must demonstrate the highest level of courtesy and inclusivity; be knowledgeable about the museum, its programs, and products; communicate effectively with guests, callers, and fellow staff; remain calm under pressure; and resolve occasional conflicts to ensure an exemplary visitor experience.

This position is part time, seasonal (April-December) and reports directly to the Director of Visitor Engagement. The VSA must be available to work at minimum of three weekend days per month and occasional evenings.

He/she must be comfortable with handling cash and the responsibilities that entails. He/she must be able to efficiently operate a Point-of-Sale system, PC computer, telephone, and copy machine. He/she must have sufficient mathematical skills to make change, compare the cash receipts at the end of the day to cash register totals, calculate attendance figures, etc.

Experience in retail or hospitality industries, and fluency in foreign languages are not required, but welcome.
Specific duties to be performed:

● Staff the Visitor Services Center, Front Desk, Design Shop, and occasionally other Point-of-Sale (POS) locations throughout the site.
● Greet visitors and guests warmly and exhibit exemplary customer service and inclusivity.
● Understand the programs, membership levels, merchandise, and discounts offered by the museum; and proactively promote them.
● Operate the POS effectively so that attendance and sales are accurately entered throughout the day.
● At opening and throughout the day, maintain adequate change in the cash drawer.

● Each morning, place designated merchandise on display in gift shop terrace area and secure merchandise at the end of the day.
● Visually track stock levels; restock and/or inform Design Shop Buyer when items are running low.
● Restock brochures, etc. in the Visitor Center.
● Keep the shop and front desk area clean and tidy, including dusting shelves at least once a week
● Provide information about the area to visitors, including directions to nearby restaurants, accommodations, other attractions, etc.
● Answer and redirect as needed incoming calls. Collect, respond to and/or redirect e-mail and voice mail messages.
● Monitor walkway and driveway for visitors entering grounds without tickets. Courteously remind visitors that it is necessary to purchase the appropriate ticket if they have not done so, or alert security if guests are too far to approach
● Alert the Facilities Department of facilities malfunctions or maintenance needs, as well as potential security threats
● All other duties as required

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Director of Finance and Human Resources Diane Gocha at dgocha at boscobel dot org.

Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.

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Development and Communications Intern

Boscobel House and Gardens is seeking a part-time Development and Communications intern. This internship requires at least a three-month commitment and a minimum weekly commitment of 10 hours. This position will report to and work closely with the Director of Communications and the Development Manager.

As an intern, you will have opportunities to:
-Secure real-world knowledge and experience of the communications, development, museum and nonprofit fields
-Work in a flexible learning environment while building a portfolio of professional experience
-Receive job references upon successful completion of the internship

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Communications:
-Updating community calendars
-Community outreach with local area businesses
-Support for photo archives
-Support for community functions
-Other duties as assigned

Development:
-Research prospective foundations and corporate donors
-Assist with membership data entry and mailings
-Assist in the planning and execution of Boscobel events
-Provide administrative support and perform other duties as assigned

Skills, Abilities & Qualifications
-University/college sophomore, junior, senior, graduate or recent graduate preferred
-Excellent writing, verbal, phone, organizational skills
-Team player, self-motivated, detail oriented
-Experience with Microsoft Suite preferred
-Previous event planning and fundraising experience a plus, not a must

This internship is unpaid.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Development Manager Dana Hammond at dhammond at boscobel dot org.

Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.

Apply

Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.

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