North Carolina's first permanent capital comes to life every day because of people like you. Find out what it's like to connect with colonial America's past, and continue that legacy into the future, by joining the team at Tryon Palace. 

Development Assistant

Full Time

The Tryon Palace Development Office works to build rapport with donors and contributors, manage fundraising efforts, and facilitate grant-writing efforts to support the overall mission of Tryon Palace. Private funding development includes initiating and maintaining relationships with prospective funding sources, conducting prospect research, maintaining a donor and prospect database, providing staff leadership for major capital campaigns and annual giving campaign, and soliciting gifts. The development team works within the Tryon Palace Public Affairs strategy to coordinate institutional outreach to the community, state, and nation through careful analysis of target markets. The Development Office conducts prospect research to support fundraising. It develops and recommends policy on naming opportunities, donor recognition, and fundraising practices that impact the public perception and effectiveness of Tryon Palace. The Development Assistant must possess a high level of grammatical accuracy and be able to write and speak in an exemplary manner. They must also have the ability to meet new people, attend social events, and choose appropriate dress attire, as well as, possess a friendly, enthusiastic, professional and helpful attitude, and have the ability to multi-task.

To apply for this position, please apply at http://www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/. In order to receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form.   Any information omitted from the application cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Attached or incorporated resumes will be accepted, but will not be used for screening for qualifying credit.  Using "See Resume" or "See Attachment" instead of completing the education and experience portion of the profile is not acceptable and will result in an incomplete application.  Other attachments (except a DD-214 copy) will also be accepted, but not used in screening for qualifying credit.  Applicants are required to scan and attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders if they wish to obtain veterans preference.

Historic Interpreter

Part Time, $9 per hour

Pick up an application at the North Carolina History Center Ticket Desk at 529 South Front Street in New Bern, NC or at the Tryon Palace Waystation Ticket Desk on George Street, New Bern, NC. The completed application may also be dropped off at the Ticket Desk at the North Carolina History Center, Attention: Matt Arthur, 529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562. For more information, contact: Matt Arthur at matthew.arthur@ncdcr.gov.

Historic Interpreters are responsible for interacting with, engaging and educating visitors throughout Tryon Palace. These functions include: the ability to give updated information for tours and programs, learn new crafting and cooking techniques, train on additional tours, and help with the production of social media content/ distance learning.  This knowledge includes planning for re-opening child/adult educational programs, demonstrations and tours to help ensure audience engagement. Training on crafts and demonstrations that can be done on site and on social media will enable Tryon Palace to expand the reach of its humanities content to new and existing audiences.

The Tryon Palace Jonkonnu is currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions: 

Town Crier

Informs the people of the historical roots associated with the Jonkonnu celebration in Eastern Carolina. The Crier precedes the parade, announcing & describing the main characters, their positions and relevance to the actual celebration. Must interact with the crowd setting the mood to receive performances.


The leader of the group, must possess the ability to interact with others, sing, dance, be energetic during all performances


Must possess the ability to sing and dance with electrifying energy and animation during each performance; positive interaction with crowd to encourage others to get involved.


Must know how to play a banjo, can sing (optional), dance energetic during each performance


NOTE: Participants must be available for occasional weekday and weekend travel.

If you are interested in applying for a volunteer position with Jonkonnu, please e-mail info@tryonpalace.org.