Employment & Internships

Employment & Internships

To apply please send your cover letter and resume to: Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.


  • Seasonal Part-time Parking Attendant

    Seasonal Part-time Parking Attendant

    Working closely with the Security & Safety Manager and Parking Supervisor, Parking Attendants are responsible for maintaining a friendly and professional demeanor while providing exceptional customer service.

    Position Description:

    • Become knowledgeable of Cheekwood history and basic facts of interest to visitors.
    • Maintains a clean and neat uniform and appearance.
    • Responsible for positive interaction with the visitors answering questions and providing clear directions to each of the parking lots.
    • Must be able to effectively communicate on the radio with other employees while monitoring the parking spaces in his/her lots.


    Must have the availability to work weekends and some evenings and willing to walk/stand for long periods in all types of weather conditions. We offer the ability to work in a beautiful environment.

    Please send your resume to Penny Bruckse at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Vice President of Museum Affairs

    Vice President of Museum Affairs

    The Vice President of Museum Affairs reports to the CEO and is part of a seven-person Senior Leadership Team which develops annual goals and objectives for realizing strategic initiatives as outlined in the institution’s five-year strategic plan and long-term master site plan.  The Vice President of Museum Affairs supervises a five-person curatorial team and oversees all curatorial programs, including the care and enhancement of the Permanent Collection and Historically Furnished Rooms & Galleries in the Cheekwood Mansion; organizing permanent collection installations and exhibitions for temporary display and touring; researching, identifying and securing traveling exhibitions; providing content for educational and promotional interpretation; and serving as the institution’s art and history representative and spokesperson, actively seeking to build relationships to generate awareness, appreciation and financial support for the institution.

    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will be responsible for the oversight of the Permanent Art Collection, including: research and interpretation, providing content for scholarly publications; student/adult tours; educational, informational and promotional collateral including brochures, wall text/labels, signage, the Cheekwood web site; and press materials, including releases, blogs and social media postings; developing and overseeing policy related to collections management including archives, record-keeping, storage, and conservation; organizing and curating on-site (gallery and outdoor) installations and exhibitions of the works to interpret, promote and generate awareness and appreciation; organizing and curating fee-based exhibitions to tour works regionally, nationally and internationally; overseeing the institution’s collecting plan including directing all acquisitions and deaccessions to strengthen the collection’s focus on 20th-century American Art and its vision to establish Cheekwood as the Southeast’s premier destination for the display, appreciation and enjoyment of outdoor modern/contemporary sculpture; overseeing the continual improvement and enhancement of the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, developing installations, exhibitions and programs that celebrate the works and trail experience; overseeing the continual improvement and enhancement of the Cheek Family Collection and historically furnished rooms, developing programs and initiatives to ensure the presentation is dynamic and continually engaging to repeat visitors.

    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will research, source and secure traveling exhibitions to mount at Cheekwood, including oversight of all contracts; development and adherence to budgets; and supervising staff on the design, transport, insurance, installation/de-installation and interpretation; provide content and instruction on the permanent collection, exhibitions/installations, and Cheek family history for the institution’s docent and volunteer program; work closely with the Education & Public Programs Department in developing content-rich student/adult tours and programs including lectures, presentations, salon discussions and other interactive opportunities to engage and educate the public, both children and adults; work with the Curatorial Team in developing annual goals/objectives to implement strategic art and history initiatives outlined in the institution’s five-year strategic plan, overseeing and managing work assignments, timelines, and budgets; serve as Cheekwood’s art and history representative and spokesperson, actively seeking to build positive institutional relationships with the press, peer institutions, artists, galleries, auction houses and dealers, participating in local, regional and national/international conferences, events and activities.

    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will develop, monitor and oversee annual curatorial budget to meet revenue goals and manage expenses; work with the CEO and Chief Advancement Officer in identifying, cultivating and engaging prospective and current donors, hosting lunches, tours, special access opportunities and travel opportunities; research and recommend historic preservation and art funding sources and collaborate/assist the Advancement Department and CEO in securing support; serve as the Senior Team Liaison for the Board of Trustees Art and Historic Initiatives Committees.

    Candidate Profile:

    The ideal candidate will have five to ten years of curatorial and museum leadership experience; possess an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in Art History or Museum Studies related field; and excellent knowledge of 20th century American Art and Post-Modern and Contemporary Sculpture.  Excellent writing, interpersonal and public speaking skills; a proven track record organizing and curating exhibitions; and experience cultivating and engaging donors, are required.

    We offer a competitive benefit package and the opportunity to work in an exceptionally beautiful setting in a dynamic and growing city.Send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Full-time Gardener

    Full-time Gardener

    Cheekwood is seeking an individual with a strong interest in horticulture to support garden maintenance and uphold the highest standard of excellence.

    Position Description:

    • Performs all levels of garden and grounds maintenance required to maintain the highest aesthetic standards throughout the property and support seasonal display rotations, especially Blooms. Understands and stewards the Mission Statements for individual gardens and collections.
    • Assists the garden supervisor in upholding the historic and current intent of the garden.
    • Frequently practices landscaping maintenance and upkeep including, but not limited to weeding, mulching, watering, planting, pruning, pest control, spraying, string trimming, leaf removal, and trash removal.
    • Troubleshoots irrigation issues in the garden.
    • Maintains bed edges and tree rings.
    • Applies a basic understanding of plant physiology and botanical nomenclature.
    • Practices safety measures during task execution.
    • Maintains water features in assigned garden, if applicable.
    • Actively participates in large seasonal exhibitions such as Blooms, and additional Seasonal Garden Projects.
    • Supervises seasonal employees and volunteers in support of the garden supervisor.
    • Maintains standards for the daily care and storage of garden equipment.
    • Safely and responsibly operate and maintain landscape equipment including, but not limited to, backpack blowers, edger’s, gas powered shears, string trimmers, and utility carts.
    • Maintains records of work activities in assigned areas of the garden.
    • Serves as an external representative of Cheekwood and engages members of the community and industry to exchange information and ideas to support individual and institutional growth.
    • Maintains a constant awareness of the guest experience and makes every reasonable effort to ensure the safety and comfort of all persons moving through the garden.
    • Understands and upholds the Cheekwood Mission, Vision and Values, and maintains great awareness and flexibility to accommodate and support organizational goals and operations.

    Candidate Profile:

    Must have the ability to lift, pull, push and carry up to 50lbs; strong customer service skills; willing to work in inclement weather and the availability to work the required hours 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday-Friday. This is a full-time position with competitive benefits.

    Send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Part-time Front of House

    Part-Time Front of House

    Café 29 at Cheekwood is seeking several part-time Front of the House staff members. This position is responsible for ensuring all food and beverage items are ordered & delivered correctly while providing exceptional customer service to guests.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have previous food service and barista experience; cashier knowledge; strong teamwork and customer service skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. An ABC certification is required. Willing to train anyone with a friendly positive attitude. Both daytime and weekend shifts are available. Please send your resume to Cafe29@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Part-time Housekeeper **

    Part-time Housekeeper **

    Reporting to the Facilities Manager, this position is responsible for thoroughly cleaning assigned areas with attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be dependable, flexible to move from building to building, enjoy working in a team environment and possess outstanding customer service skills. Must have the ability to regularly lift and move up to 50 pounds, a valid driver’s license and the availability to work late afternoons and evenings Thursday-Saturday.

    We offer the opportunity to work in an exceptionally beautiful setting. Send resume to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of three references, at least one academic. Please submit all applications to Abby Carlson at acarlson@cheekwood.org by application deadline for the desired semester. Accepted interns will be required to undergo a background check.


  • Public Programs Internship

    Public Programs Internship

    Cheekwood Public Programs Internships are designed for the university or college student seeking hands-on experience in a non-profit museum and botanical garden. Interns can experience all aspects of museum education and programming including: developing and teaching classes and drop-in art making activities, creating educational materials, contributing to Cheekwood’s wide range of events and public programs, and working with a variety of age groups. The internship is ideal for students wishing to gain experience in: art education, museum education, event planning, and music business.


    • Interns will work with the Public Programs Manager and Public Programs Coordinator to plan and execute monthly programs, concerts, lectures and workshops, and seasonal events such as Cheekwood in Bloom, Spring Art Hop, Cheekwood Harvest, El Día de los Muertos, and Holiday at Cheekwood.
    • Interns will conduct a semester long project as well as carry out duties potentially including: researching talent for public programs, assisting with performance preparations, organizing event space, lay-out, and logistics, and overseeing programs while in progress.
    • Public Programs Interns may also assist in managing our weekly drop-in art making activities, such as Tuesdays for Tots, and other camps, classes, and workshops for adults and children.
    • From developing craft activities and preparing the supplies to facilitating class sessions, interns will help create a fun and educational season of classes.
    • Potential duties include: supply ordering & preparations, lesson planning for classes and larger events, leading drop-in art programs, planning and facilitating seasonal programming for families.

    Qualifications: College or University student preferred, with experience in art education, museum education, or studio art preferred. Customer service or teaching experience a plus. Hours/Time Commitment: Time commitment is 6-12 weeks with a minimum of 15 hours weekly, with a total minimum of 90 hours during the internship. Must be available weekends. All interns are required to record their service hours through our online Volunteer Information Center (VIC). Compensation: Students are encouraged to seek academic credit from their institution. Cheekwood will work with students to complete all required paperwork and documentation. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and travel expenses. All interns receive free admission to events, discounts in Cheekwood’s gift shop on their days of service, and two individual admission passes to Cheekwood to share with friends and family. Application Requirements: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of 3 references, at least 1 academic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. *Start dates may vary based upon department needs and schedule. Please submit all applications to Abby Carlson at acarlson@cheekwood.org by application deadline for the desired semester. Accepted interns will be required to undergo a background check.

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