Our Story

Mission & Vision

To inspire community interaction with history, preservation, and the arts.

Brucemore Staff

Administration and Finance
  • David Janssen, Executive Director
  • Kelly Costello, Business Manager
  • Katie Benedix, Development Manager
  • Rachel Potthoff, Preservation Project Manager
Buildings and Grounds
  • David Morton, Director of Facilities
  • Aaron Brewer, Historic Landscape Manager
  • Blais Richards, Maintenance Specialist
Community Engagement
  • Tara Richards, Director of Community Engagement
  • Jessica Peel-Austin, Museum Program Manager
  • Megan Clevenger, Program and Outreach Manager
  • Jerry Campbell, Manager of Visitor Services
  • Jennifer Beall, Visitor Services Assistant

Board of Trustees

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization based out of Washington D.C., owns the Brucemore buildings and landscape. The operation, which oversees care of the estate and programming efforts, are developed by Brucemore, Inc., a non-profit run by a local Board of Trustees.

2021 Board Officers
  • Brian Fagan, President
  • Doug Neumann, Vice President
  • Kathy Hall, Secretary
  • Kimberly Hillyard, Treasurer
2021 Board Members
  • Brian Bergstrom
  • Kevin Bruns
  • Ryan Buresh
  • Robert Cataldo
  • Suzy DeWolf
  • Kay Hegarty, Past President
  • Tom Kaldenberg
  • Mark Mathis III
  • Doug Steinmetz
  • Daniel Thies

Jobs & Internships

Brucemore’s team views history as a collection of diverse experiences and cultures that provides a better understanding of who we are today. We are committed to preserving this unique estate for future generations, and we embrace collaboration, integrity, and other core values in order to achieve the highest professional standards.

Seasonal Visitor Services Assistant (Temporary, Part-Time)

Join us this holiday season in welcoming guests to Brucemore, a top tourist attraction and holiday destination in Iowa!

Deadline:  Open until filled

Classification: Seasonal part-time, hourly

Wage: $10.00 per hour


  • Minimum 9 to 12 hour weekly commitment
  • Shifts Thursdays – Sundays between the hours of 9:00 am – 5:00 p.m. and occasionally evenings 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Must be available, at minimum, Saturday and Sunday afternoons

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Greet guests and be available to provide general information about Brucemore, including orientation and wayfinding, site history, special programming, membership and donations, special event opportunities, and other amenities.
  • Assist in day-to-day visitor operations including opening and closing buildings, preparing visitor serving buildings to receive guests, preparing cash registers, monitoring museum security, and answering and directing phone calls.
  • Troubleshoot issues that distract from enjoyment of the site or alert appropriate staff as necessary.
  • Model exceptional guest service and ensure that other staff, volunteers, and vendors maintain our guest experience standards and other policies.
  • Ensure an understanding of and help enforce Brucemore policies by responding calmly and positively to guests.
  • Provide accurate cash handling skills and operation of a web-based point-of-sale system, including processing admissions, memberships, event/program fees, and retail transactions.
  • Record and tabulate attendance and demographic records.

Education, experience, and other requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Previous customer service work experience preferred.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, climb stairs daily, and occasionally lift and/or carry items up to 25 pounds unassisted.
  • Must be available, at minimum, Saturday and Sunday afternoons

To apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references by mail or email to:

2160 Linden Dr. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

If you do not see an applicable opening but are interested in participating in our mission, consider volunteering at Brucemore.

Brucemore is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.