Biltmore Careers Scavenger Hunt


Garner your top hats and parosols, we are going on a Victorian adventure into the working world of Biltmore House. On this escapade, we will delve into the historical characters and timeless careers that makes Biltmore great!
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Our first career is...

Preventative Conservation Specialist

When George Vanderbilt moved into Biltmore House in October of 1895, he wasn't alone-a stately pair of lions were already there, flanking the entrance to his new home. The lions may appear to be made of terra cotta, but they are actually made of Italian rose marble. These stately lions have greeted visitors to Biltmore for over 100 years. The high glossy sheen comes from repeated polishing over the years.

Kara Warren, a Preventative Conservation Specialist, oversees the care of the outdoor statuary. A Preventative Conservation Specialist job is to minimize future deterioration or loss of historical objects. Examples of preventative conservation are appropriate measures and actions for registration, storage, handling, packing and transportation, security, enviromental management (light, humidity, polution and pest control,) security and public awareness of historical artifacts.

List three more examples of historical articles outside the front of the house that a Preventative Conservation Specialist would oversee.




Museum Curator

The Biltmore curatorial team oversees the research and interpretation of the historical collections, interiors, and history of Biltmore Estate, including managing room restoration projects, exhibitions, tours, and publications. The collections management team oversees the cataloging, documenttion and preservation of Biltmore collection objects.

Most archivist, curator, and conservator positions require a master’s degree related to the field in which they work. People often gain experience by working or volunteering in archives and museums. Museum technicians must have a bachelor’s degree. The median annual wage for archivists, curators, and museum workers in North Carolina was $44,410 in May 2012.

Additional information about Museum Curators can be found at

Floral Display Manager

During the Christmas season, the floral display manager Cathy Barnhart and team stay very busy creating floral arrangements that concentrate on highlighting the stunning interior details like mantels, carvings, and light fixtures complemented by dozens of beautifully decorated trees, miles of fresh greenery and wreaths, and ornaments.

Floral Designers

Floral designers, also called florists, cut and arrange live, dried, and silk flowers and greenery to make decorative displays. They also help customers select flowers, containers, ribbons, and other accessories.

Required Education

Most floral designers have a high school diploma or the equivalent and learn their skills on the job over the course of a few months.


The median annual wage for floral designers in North Carolina was $23,810 in May 2012.

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Landscape Designer

The original Biltmore's landscape designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, was born in April 26, 1822. Often referred to as the "Father of Landscape Architecture in America," he's best known today as the designer of Central Park in New York City. During the Civil War, he served as Executive Secretary of the U.S. Sanitary Commission now known as the Red Cross.

Landscape Design:

Undergraduate professional degrees available for Landscape Designers are Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. These four-year degrees can be earned in a variety of subjects like design, construction techniques, art, history and natural and social sciences. A Master of Landscape Architecture is also available for candidates who already hold an undergraduate degree. Licensing is based on the Landscape Architect Registration Examination, which is sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.


The median annual wage of landscape architects in North Carolina was $62,090* in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,880, and the top 10 percent earned more than $101,530

Additional information about Landscape Designer can be found at

Agriculture Engineer

George Vanderbilt came to Asheville to pursue a dream:to build a self-sustaining, working estate supported by agriculture. More than a century later, this interest in agriculture continues. Biltmore was a pioneer in sustainable land-use practices in 1895 and has long operated its farm and field-to-table program. Estate pastured beef and lamb, as well as eggs from chickens and qual are served in estate resterants. Vegetables, herbs and fruit are grown in a production garden. Partnerships with farmers in Western North Carolina also promote the use of locally-sourced food for the estate restaurants.

Career Description

Agricultural engineers—also known as biological and agricultural engineers—work on a variety of activities. These activities range from aquaculture (raising food, such as fish, that thrive in water) to land farming to forestry; from developing biofuels to improving conservation; from planning animal environments to finding better ways to process food.

Required Education

Agricultural engineers must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in agricultural engineering or biological engineering. Employers also value practical experience, so cooperative-education engineering programs at universities are valuable as well.


The median annual wage for agricultural engineers was $74,000 in May 2012.

Additional information can be found at

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Hotel Careers

Hotel Manager

Provides supervision of all staff to insure a comfortable room, good food, and a helpful staff can make being away from home an enjoyable experience for both vacationing families and business travelers.

Front Office Manager
Front office supervisors -- also known as front office managers -- coordinate reservations and room assignments and train and direct the hotel's front desk staff. They ensure that guests are treated courteously, complaints and problems are resolved, and requests for special services are carried out. Any adjustments to bills often are referred to front office managers for resolution. Front office supervisors, particularly at smaller hotels and lodging establishments, may perform some of the same duties as desk clerks. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks are always in the public eye and are usually the first line of customer service for a lodging property. Their attitude and behavior greatly influence the public's impressions of the establishment.

Front Desk Clerk
Front-desk clerks perform a variety of services for guests of hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments. Regardless of the type of accommodation, most desk clerks have similar responsibilities. They register arriving guests, assign rooms, and check out guests at the end of their stay. They also keep records of room assignments and other registration-related information on computers. When guests check out, desk clerks prepare and explain the charges and process payments.

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Follow Up Activity

Biltmore Career Challenge

How many Biltmore Estate careers can you list in 3 minutes? On your mark, get set, GO!
All the information included in the smore came from the Biltmore Estate Website and Virtual Job Shadow Website