Collections Assistant (Part-Time, Temporary)

BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Brooklyn, NY (30+ days ago)4.7

Employment Opportunities

Founded in 1863, BHS is a nationally recognized urban history center
comprised of a museum, scholarly research library, and education center
dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's
extraordinary 400-year history. The mission of the Brooklyn Historical
Society (BHS) is to connect the past to the present and make the vibrant
history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse
communities and for generations to come.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer. Diversity and equity are core
values of the institution.

Our work is strengthened by the wide range of perspectives, positionalities,
skills and experiences of our present and future staff. We are dedicated to
a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race,
color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental,
physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis
prohibited by federal or state law.

Full-time & Part-time Positions

  • Part-Time Educator
  • Teen Programs Coordinator (Part-Time, Temporary)
  • Director of Education
  • Map Project Assistant
  • Collections Assistant (Part-Time, Temporary)
  • Oral History Project Archivist
  • Press and Programs Associate
  • Visitor Services and Events Associate (Part-Time)

Volunteer Opportunities

& Part-time

Part-Time Educator

BHS recently opened a satellite museum, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO
and will be leading school programs there in school year 2018-2019.

Since 2011, BHS has also offered school programs in partnership with the
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG
92 (BLDG 92) is a museum and visitor center that serves as a gateway to the
community through permanent and rotating exhibitions. BLDG 92 explores the
Brooklyn Navy Yard’s rich and illustrious history, its evolution to become a
national model for sustainable industrial parks and its continuing role as a
vital economic, manufacturing, and cultural hub of Brooklyn. Housed in the
renovated 1857 Marine Commandant’s residence with a modern extension, BLDG
92 educates the public about the significant role the Brooklyn Navy Yard has
played, and continues to play, in the social, economic, environmental, and
historic fabric of the United States and Brooklyn.

Historical Society is seeking highly qualified educators to join the
Education Department in leading tours and offsite outreach programs in NYC
schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Educators may be chosen to lead
programs at the landmark building in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Historical
Society DUMBO and/or at the Brooklyn Navy Yard depending on availability and

  • Conduct exhibit-based tours for K-12 students and some adult & college
groups at Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO
and/or the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
  • Lead student workshops
based on BHS curriculum materials in schools
  • Assist with implementation
of teacher professional learning workshops
  • Support tours with other
administrative duties as assigned; i.e. confirming tours with bookers,
refreshing didactic materials, revising tour outlines

  • BA in history, education, arts administration, museum studies, science
education or other related field (advanced degrees preferred)
  • Prior
experience teaching K-12 students in museums, classrooms, or other informal
  • Interest in and working knowledge of U.S. history (Brooklyn
history knowledge preferred)
  • Willingness to travel to all parts of
Brooklyn and throughout NYC via public or other transportation
  • Cultural
competency and ability to communicate well with diverse groups of learners

  • Ability to assimilate large amounts of information quickly

Punctuality and dependability

Additional Desired Qualifications:
  • Multiple language fluency a plus
  • Active in related professional
organizations (NYCMER, etc.) a plus

Schedule/Time Commitment:
  • Educators work between one and four days/week, during the hours of
10:00 am and 2:30 pm, with the opportunity for afternoon afterschool work
throughout the year. Educators have a set amount of guaranteed hours per
week for all positions.
  • All educators must make a commitment for the
2018-2019 school year (September – June)
  • All BHS educators must
complete mandatory BHS & BNY training (paid) before leading tours. Training
will be held during the week of September 17.

Compensation & Benefits

$25/hour for programs, $18/hour for trainings & meetings
Institutional Membership
Paid sick leave in accordance with NYC law

Free/discounted admission to BHS Public Programs; 20% discount at museum
Opportunity for additional project-based work (Afterschool programs,

The ideal candidate for this position is a self-starter who
will work to ensure all tasks and projects are completed by teens, and teens
are enjoying the process as they learn. The candidate will ensure these
programs will be an extension of the organization’s mission and bring a deep
respect for the pluralities of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion,
nationality, age, and gender identity in our communities.

To Apply:
Write “Part Time Educator” in the subject line and email a resume and
cover letter detailing your availability and interest to .
Application deadline: July 29, 2018 by 5pm. Interviews: To be
scheduled August 6-9, between the hours of 10am-4pm. Start Date: September

Posting Date:
July 10, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here
to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Teen Programs Coordinator (Part-Time, Temporary)

The Teen Programs Coordinator is a hybrid administrative and
instructional position. The Teen Programs Coordinator works closely with the
Director of Education and Managers of Teaching and Learning in Brooklyn
Historical Society’s Education Department to implement, coordinate,
evaluate, and promote two teen afterschool/internship programs: In the fall,
Teen Innovators, and in the spring, Teen Council. The Teen Programs
Coordinator position is PT, grant-funded, and temporary. This position
begins with ten hours in August. Regular program hours begins September 1,
2018 and ending June 30, 2019.

Teen Innovator Coordination: Work collaboratively with Manager of Teach
and Learning to co-lead the Teen Innovators after-school sessions at BLDG

92, including:
  • Assist with recruitment and interviews of teens.
  • Purchase snacks and
track program expenses and receipts.
  • Be present and participate in all
after-school sessions, including final day celebrations. Sessions will be
held October 3 – December 5, 2018. All sessions are on Tuesdays and
Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30, will take place at BLDG 92 (at the intersection
of Flushing and Carlton Avenues), on the fourth floor. We have added Monday,
October 30 to the schedule. We will not meet October 31st, November 7th and
  • Interface with Brooklyn Navy Yard commercial tenants and staff.
  • Track student attendance and applicable credits towards graduation.

Mentor publication of online student work.
  • Supervise Teen Innovators
  • Assist in the production of student symposium on December 4,
  • Attend monthly Thursday check-ins during spring 2019.
Teen Council Coordination:
  • Work with Manager of Teaching and Learning to develop and implement
recruitment and outreach strategies in fall 2018 and to update the website
as planning for 2019 cohort.
  • Interview and select 18 – 25 teen Council
Members for spring 2019.
  • Interview and select one returning teen fellow
in a paid position, and supervise/mentor them as a junior colleague for
duration of program.
  • Adapt existing program curriculum for sessions
Feb 5 – May 29 resulting in exhibition panels and a public opening on May
29. Curriculum may also entail inviting guest speakers and planning outside
field trips to cultural resources across the city.
  • Liaise with printers
and outside vendors as needed to see student exhibition panels through
  • Facilitate peer to peer and institutional review of student
  • Help students plan and host an opening event on May 29, 2019.
  • Develop and implement program evaluation and produce a written report by
June 30, 2019.

Required Skills:
The ideal candidate for this position is a self-starter who will work to
ensure all tasks and projects are completed by teens, and teens are enjoying
the process as they learn. The candidate will ensure these programs will be
an extension of the organization’s mission and bring a deep respect for the
pluralities of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, nationality,
age, and gender identity in our communities

Compensation & Benefits

  • $25/hour (up to 400 hours total)
  • Paid sick leave in accordance
with NYC law
  • Free/discounted admission to BHS Public Programs; 20%
discount at museum shop

To Apply:
Write “Teen Programs Coordinator” in the subject line and email a resume
and cover letter detailing your availability and interest to to .
Application deadline: July 23, 2018 by 5pm. Start Date: August 1,

Posting Date:
July 10, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here
to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Director of Education

The Director of Education is a Senior Staff position reporting to the
President. The Director of Education leads a dynamic team of 3 FT staff and
4 – 10 PT staff and is responsible for the overall design, evaluation,
staffing, and financial sustainability of learning experiences and resources
primarily for K-12 audiences, as well as family, college, adult and older
adult groups. Education programs bring to life BHS’s unique collections,
including archives and oral histories, as well as objects, art, and
ephemera, and connect local Brooklyn history to new scholarship and national
narratives. The Director of Education represents BHS through collaborations
with outside partners, communities, institutions, and the NYC Department of
Education. Successful candidates will bring an active interest in racial
equity and inclusion – both of which are fundamental to the institution.

Department Administration and Leadership

  • Establish annual goals, objectives and priorities for the Education
Department across all BHS sites
  • Establish and manage the Education
Department budget
  • Manage Education Department partnerships, new and
ongoing (the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NYC DOE, and others)
  • Hire, supervise
and train Education staff, volunteers and interns and develop Education
department procedures and protocols
  • Develop marketing strategies for
education programs and work in collaboration with Marketing and
Communications staff
  • Represent the Education Department at Senior Staff
meetings, and in strategic planning with the Board of Trustees

Collaborate with all other BHS Departments on a wide range of institutional
  • Represent BHS at conferences and professional meetings

Serve as a liaison between BHS and public, private and parochial schools

  • Conceive of and implement program evaluation strategies for Education
  • Serve as editor for the Young Scholars book series, a program
in which BHS publishes original student research every spring
  • Oversee
program development for college students, adults, and older adults.

Develop new programs for family audiences

Funding for Education

  • Collaborate actively with Development Staff on fundraising for Education
programming from government, foundation and corporate sources.
  • Manage
Education Department grants and awards
  • Meet with and present on
Education programs to funders as needed

Direct Instruction and Educator Training

  • Build and maintain relationships with NYCDOE and NYC schools to provide
content-rich teacher and student programs in Pre-K - 12
  • Manage 3 FT
  • With other Education Staff:
o Lead training
of PT staff
o Teach school programs, especially as
training for PT program educators
o Facilitate Teacher
Professional Learning workshops

Required Skills:
  • BA in History, Humanities, Education, Museum Studies, or related field.
Advanced degrees preferred.
  • At least 7 years in museum education or
public history education, at least 3 of them in a leadership role.

Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of trends and
pedagogies related to museum education and public history
  • Experience
and interest in contributing to development and fundraising for education
  • Strong leadership and experience managing a varied team of PT
and FT staff
  • Demonstrated budgeting and organizational skills

Commitment to racial equity and inclusion work in public history and
  • Ability to partner with scholars and outside presenters
Preffered Skills:
  • Experience curating exhibitions or humanities projects that involve
primary sources
  • Knowledge of teen and youth program design

Experience creating written curriculum
  • Experience collaborating with
NYC Department of Education and other agencies
  • Multiple languages
Hours & Compensation

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday
9-to-5 with additional evening and weekend work as needed.

The salary for this position is in the $75,000 - $85,000 range plus benefits.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume to ,
with "Director of Education" in the subject line.

Posting Date:
July 2, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here
to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Map Project Assistant

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking a Map Project Assistant for
a grant-funded digitization and online access project called Portal to the
Past: Creating Brooklyn Historical Society’s Digital Map Collection that
includes facilitating digitization, photography, and conservation; some
preservation work; digital asset management; metadata preparation; and
website coordination. Tasks entail handling delicate and valuable manuscript
and published maps manipulating metadata for multiple online access
catalogs, creating blog and social media posts, and making presentations to
professional audiences related to the collection and project. This project
intersects with the Revealing Long Island History project so that project
staff will prioritize cataloging, digitization, and access to maps with
direct and tangential relationships to the history of Long Island. Both
project teams will coordinate activities to maximize the goals for each
project. The Assistant’s direct supervisor is Julie May, Managing Director
of Library & Archives while also working closely with the Map Cataloger and
Digital Projects Archivist.

About the
BHS’s project, Portal to the Past , to digitize
the institution's extensive collection of Brooklyn-centric flat and folded
maps was designed in response to ongoing feedback from researchers and BHS
staff with regard to current level of access to maps, particularly for the
purpose of research and re-use in educational materials and academic
publications. In addition, it answers the need to make Long Island materials
accessible by overlapping with the goals set forth in the Revealing Long
Island History project. The project will consist of five major
activities toward the ultimate goal of delivering digital images of maps and
corresponding metadata online for broad access: 1) enhancement of cataloging
data to include GIS coordinates; 2) professional conservation, where needed;
3) boutique and mass digitization; 4) creation of an interoperable metadata
set for deployment to online access tools; 5) development of a map-dedicated
online portal

About the Othmer Library
in 1863, the library has a premier collection of research materials on the
history of Brooklyn that today includes over 100,000 bound volumes, 60,000
graphic images, 2,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and over 2,000 maps and
atlases. The library also holds family histories and genealogies, rare
books, periodicals, serials, journals, personal papers, institutional
records, and oral histories that document Brooklyn's many different ethnic
groups and neighborhoods. The collection was designated a major research
library by the U.S. Department of Education and has been used by countless
students, teachers, genealogists, researchers and scholars.

  • Enhance MARC records with GIS coordinates
  • Coordinate and track
maps for conservation and digitization
  • Create blog and social media
posts promoting the collection and project
  • Manipulate metadata files
for ingest into multiple online access tools
  • Flatten and encapsulate
folded maps
  • Arrange in-house photo shoot and assist photographer

Work with other project staff to create wireframes; work with developers and
  • Populate map portal with metadata and digital assets

Elicit feedback from stakeholders about portal design and usability

  • Experience handling rare and delicate archival materials preferred
  • Familiarity with online access catalogs
  • Experience manipulating
  • Cataloging experience preferred
  • Digitization experience
  • MLIS program graduate with a concentration in Archival
Management, Museum Studies, Cultural Informatics, Digital Humanities, User
Experience, or Digital Management for Cultural Heritage or Rare Books and
Special Collections in the Digital World.
  • Familiarity with the
geographic landscape of Brooklyn and Long Island preferred
  • Project
coordination experience preferred

2 days per week during normal business hours: Monday through Friday,
9am-5pm. This is a grant-funded term position beginning August 1, 2018
through September 30, 2019. Pay rate is $25/hour. Benefits include free
admittance to NYC museums.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume to .
The subject line of the email should read "[last name] Map Project Assistant". No phone calls please.

Posting Date:
June 25, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here
to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Collections Assistant (Part-Time, Temporary)

Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking 2 part-time Collections Assistants
to support the Library & Archives team on a large cataloguing and re-housing
project as part of the Revealing Long Island History project.
Funded by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, the project is a joint
undertaking of the Library & Archives and Public History departments that
will dramatically increase public access to the institution’s vast
collection of Long Island materials through processing, cataloging,
conservation, digitization, historical research, the creation of a web-based
Long Island History Portal, and other interpretive experiences.

Collections Assistants will inventory and catalogue the Museum’s artifact
collection, oversee the physical location and storage of collections across
multiple storage facilities, and support various conservation and re-housing
projects. The Collection Assistants report directly to the Exhibition
Coordinator & Registrar and work closely and collaboratively with the
project team including the Public History Department.

  • Inventory, catalog, photograph, and store the artifact collection as
  • Ensure objects are tracked properly throughout all phases
of work. Maintain and reconcile detailed inventories, object locations, and
database records.
  • Determine storage requirements, oversee packing,
transport, and unpacking activities, track objects, and ensure the safe and
orderly move of collection objects.
  • Facilitate and assist with
collections visits from staff and conservation consultants.
  • Perform
other collections-related activities as assigned.

  • 1-2 years of experience in assisting with care and preservation of
collections OR equivalent education/experience.
  • Significant knowledge
of museum standard practices, procedures, and policies, as well as
conservation, registration, and collection management practices related to
handling, documentation, display and storage of artwork.
  • Basic
Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) skills and previous
experience with a collection management system.
  • Self-motivated with the
ability to organize and maintain multiple projects successfully.
  • Must
be able to lift materials weighing up to 40 lbs.; to work in a cold setting
(60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Museum Studies or Library and Information Science.
  • Experience with PastPerfect Museum Software.
  • Experience photographing
with a digital camera.
  • Knowledge of New York and Brooklyn history

Compensation is $25/hour; required work schedule is Monday through Friday
9:00am-5:00pm not to exceed 21 hours per week. This is a part-time temporary
position beginning as early as June 15, 2018 and ending October 31, 2020.
BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume to
with a subject line of "Collections Assistant_[last name]".
Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Posting Date:
June 13, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here
to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Oral History Project Archivist

Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Oral History Project Archivist to
process and describe a new oral history collection of roughly 50 interviews.
Reporting to the Managing Director of Library & Archives and working closely
with the Oral Historian, the successful candidate will be responsible for
processing and describing the Muslims in Brooklyn oral history
collection according to established project procedures and best practices
for in-house and online access.

Muslims in
Brooklyn is a two-year, public history project to amplify stories
of Brooklyn’s diverse Muslim communities. For well over a century, Muslims
have lived, worked, and prayed in Brooklyn, making it a major center of
Muslim life for NYC and the nation. As such, the histories and experiences
of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities hold great resonance for national
conversations on religious diversity and pluralism. Over the course of this
project, BHS will produce the following: a collection of oral histories and
primary source records, a web-based educational curriculum, Educational
programs, an arts-focused exhibition, dynamic public programming, dedicated
segments in BHS’s

Flatbush + Main podcast series , and a comprehensive publication.
Together, these elements will provide learning experiences, challenge
assumptions, and promote understanding about Brooklyn's rich ethnic and
religious heritage.

Using ArchivesSpace to create EAD finding aids
according the standards set forth in BHS’s oral history and archival
processing manuals, the Archivist will be responsible for exporting that
descriptive record from ASpace to BHS’s online oral history portal. Each
interview will be described at the interview-level within ASpace using
archival standards for description and subject access, and synced using the
Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS). The archivist will also be
responsible for updating and maintaining procedures and policies; and
additional responsibilities may include supervising of two oral history
interns, and supporting reference services during the library’s open hours,
including at least 1 Saturday per quarter

  • Audit audio recordings and review transcripts.
  • Complete
synchronization of audio recordings to transcripts/indices using Oral
History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) tool.
  • Create a finding aid and
publish to NYU Finding Aid Portal.
  • Manipulate item-level catalog
records in order to import into Oral History Portal.

  • Masters in Library and Information Science, or equivalent degree, with
a specialization in archival studies and audio/visual materials.

Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems; familiarity with
WordPress content management systems; experience specifically with
  • Familiarity with MARC and EAD; AACR2 and DACS; and with
the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
  • Experience
working with digital assets, specifically audio and video.
  • Familiarity
with new archival and digital humanities technology such as OHMS.

Ability to work in library stacks in cold temperatures (60-65 degrees
Fahrenheit) for up to an eight-hour workday, three days a week.
  • Strong
organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and to ensure that
work is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 2-3 years post-MLS archival processing and description experience,
including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.

  • Familiarity and/or interest in histories of Brooklyn neighborhoods, New
York City, and / or the histories of Muslims in Brooklyn.
  • Knowledge of
oral history best practices; familiarity with OHMS.

Dependent upon qualifications and experience. Position is a 5-month,
grant-funded, part-time position (29 hours/week @ $25/hour).

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to
with a subject line of "Oral History Processing Archivist [last name]".
Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Posting Date:
May 18, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here
to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Press and Programs Associate

The Communications and Public Programming Department is seeking an
energetic, outgoing individual who will be responsible for maintaining and
increasing the institution’s external visibility by creatively driving
placements of stories and listings in media outlets across platforms (print,
online, radio, TV) and spearheading cross promotions. In addition, this
person will be part of the departmental team that conceives of and develops
BHS’s robust series of public programming. He/she/they (they) will also
assist in administering production of collateral print materials and assist
in other department writing. This is a full-time staff position.

Press and Programs Associate is the lead press contact for Brooklyn
Historical Society. As such they are charged with bringing press recognition
to the many areas of the institution, establishing and stewarding dozens of
relationships with editors, reporters, and other media contacts, developing
communication strategies that reach a diversity of audiences, and thinking
strategically about BHS’s presentation with an eye towards short and
long-term coverage. In addition, this position will cultivate and oversee
program cross promotional opportunities with other cultural institutions.

As part of the public programming team, this position will develop and
produce public programs of interest to audiences that represent Brooklyn’s
multigenerational, multiracial, and multicultural communities. This position
will spend approximately 75% of the time on press and public relations and
25% on programming and miscellaneous other duties.

The position reports
to the Vice-President of Programs and External Affairs.

Press duties include :
  • Planning press campaigns large and small ranging from major exhibition
openings, to ‘soft’ stories with long-lead times
  • Drafting descriptive,
engaging press releases and media alerts that promote BHS programs, exhibits
and other initiatives
  • Devising fresh and interesting stories and
persuasive pitches, and strategically aligning story pitches to appropriate
local, national, and trade media/journalists
  • Working closely with
department colleagues to coordinate brand identity and its presentation
across print and digital platforms (social media, website, blog posts,

collateral materials, ads)
  • Working closely and
collaboratively with BHS education, public history, exhibitions, development
and other departments to place and coordinate press coverage in the form of
feature articles, exhibition reviews, program listings, local TV news
  • Accurately, meticulously and consistently updating
press-related databases including contact lists and a master database of
media coverage; and delivering regular reports on press coverage

Overseeing placement of exhibitions and public programs in listing outlets

  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with members of the press
including reporters, editors, and bloggers, and understanding individual
reporters’ beats (family blogs, reviewers, culture reporters, education
reporters, etc.)
  • Creating targeted press lists for various markets and
audiences that reflect BHS’s goal to reach and engage communities
representing a multitude of race, class, sexualities, religions, ages, and
  • Contacting press every week to be represented in
listings, blog posts, articles, and to seek TV and radio appearances and
other press coverage
  • Responding to all press inquiries, providing
information, images, coordinating interviews, and servicing the press in
their requests in whatever ways are necessary
  • Coordinating internally
with BHS social media and website team, as well as the programming
department and other departments
  • Participating in the development of
press strategy for the institution, and for specific programs and
  • Generally assisting in building awareness and excitement
for the institution overall
  • Creating and maintaining innovative
outreach strategies as needed for targeted audiences

Programming duties include :
  • Regularly generating ideas for public programs
  • Conducting topic
and participant research as required
  • Participating in regular
programming meetings
  • Extending invitations to participate in programs
and managing communications and scheduling

This position is perfect for a self-motivated, detail-oriented person who enjoys working with a
small team and has excellent follow-up skills. As a key contributor this position offers an
unusual opportunity to make a direct impact on BHS’s visibility at a particularly exciting
moment in the institution’s history. It also has the opportunity to contribute to the robust
roster of public programs offered every week. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, highlyorganized
and bring enthusiasm and talent to the team. They will value the organization’s
mission and programming, and bring a deep respect for the pluralities of race, ethnicity, class,
sexuality, religion, nationality, age, and gender identity in our communities.

  • Prior experience and demonstrable success in working with the press
  • 3+ year of demonstrated success in museums, cultural organizations, media,
or related fields
  • Outstanding writing skills; ability to write in pithy
and lengthier styles

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and verbal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and engender trust and mutual respect both internally
and externally

  • Initiative-taker
  • Outstanding time-management skills
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel,
PowerPoint) and Dropbox
  • Familiarity with social media platforms,
television and radio production a plus
  • Basic graphic design skills and
familiarity with Photoshop and InDesign a plus
  • Experience in marketing
and branding a plus
  • B.A. in communications or humanities (history,
English or related discipline a plus)


The salary for this position is in the $52,000 - $60,000 range plus

To Apply:
Please e-mail cover letter and resume to ,
with "Press and Programming Associate " in the subject line. Be prepared to
send writing samples and references.

Posting Date:
May 4, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here
to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Visitor Services and Events Associate (Part-Time)

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a dynamic and outgoing individual
to join our part-time Visitor Services Staff. This is an exciting
opportunity to represent a growing cultural organization in Brooklyn and be
part of our engaging programing and thriving rental business. Visitor
Services & Events Associates are the first contact the public has with the
institution and play an invaluable role in defining the tone of each
visitor's experience. VS Associates assist the public at our reception desk
during museum and library hours and work closely with our public programs
and development teams at events that range from panel discussion to wedding
rentals. VS Associates will take pride in their knowledge of the
organization and guide visitors by answering questions and providing an
overview of what BHS offers.

In order to be successful in this position applicants must have
strong customer service skills and be able to create a welcoming and
engaging environment for the public. The ideal candidate will take a leading
role in daily operations at the reception desk; interfacing with the public
in a friendly and welcoming manner, handling admissions, reception, and
retail sales. He or she will also demonstrate an ability to drive Gift Store
and Membership sales through proactive customer service. This position works
closely with our Visitor Services, Retail, and Development Departments,
serving a support role during programs and special events. Applicants must
be available evening hours for rentals and public programs. Weekly schedule
may fluctuate but will involve working a minimum of one, and a maximum of
three, 8-hour shifts each week (15-25 Hours/Week, weekdays, evenings,

  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in visitor services, retail floor,
sales, or customer service position.

  • Experience handling cash and
reconciling daily sales.

  • Superior customer service skills.
  • Ability to
drive retail sales through attentive customer service.

  • Demonstrated
ability to problem-solve quickly and efficiently.

  • Proactive, action
oriented team member willing to take direction from supervisors.

  • Excellent
interpersonal, communications and technological skills.

  • Team-player with
an engaging, outgoing personality.

  • Prior events or hospitality experience
at a cultural organization, event space, restaurant or catering company.

Knowledge of and enthusiasm for Brooklyn and NYC history and culture a plus!

This is a part-time, paid position offering compensation of $14/hr.

To Apply:
Please e-mail resume to ,
with the subject line "Visitor Services & Events Associate."

Posting Date:
March 13, 2017

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here
to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Library & Archives
Public Programs & Communications

Public History

Library & Archives

Reference and User Services Internship

The Library & Archives department of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS)
seeks a Reference and User Services intern for summer 2018 (May – August).

BHS’s Reference and User Services internship is a long-standing program
with a proven track record providing interns hands-on experience in a
special collections reading room. Alumni of the program have gone on to hold
professional library and archives positions at many renowned academic,
governmental, and cultural institutions in New York City and beyond.

Under the supervision of the Reference Librarian, interns:
  • Staff the reference desk and supervise the library reading room
  • Welcome museum visitors to an interior landmarked library
  • Answer in-person, email, phone, and mail reference

  • Gather user services assessment data

Assist library staff in August clean-up of the archives

  • Contribute to special projects such as enhancing discovery tools
The summer internship is a compressed version of the two-semester
experience offered during the academic year. Internships are available on
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Summer interns work
preferably two but at least one full day per week (9:30 am – 5:00 pm),
including an hour for lunch (11:45 am – 12:45 pm) and four hours on the
reference desk when the library is open to the public (1:00 – 5:00 pm, May –

Ideal candidates demonstrate reliability, punctuality, attention to
detail, and follow-through. They are patient, helpful, and energetic when
working with the public.

Candidates must be enrolled in (or recent graduates of) a history or
ALA-accredited library science/archives graduate-level program. Competitive
candidates will have already completed coursework in reference and user
services. An academic focus or some experience with special collections and
archives is preferred.

Additionally, candidates must be able to lift and carry library materials
and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs; to stoop, reach, walk up and down
stairs; to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time; to work in a cold
setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are
sometimes encountered.

Internships are unpaid and are intended to fulfill course credit
requirements for internships and practicums. BHS staff ID grants free
entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply:
Please email resume and cover letter to
with the following subject line: "[LastName] - User Services Internship."

Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Posting Date:
March 16, 2018

Public Programs & Communications

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.

Seasonal Development Internship

Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking a development intern.
The successful candidate will learn about fundraising operations inside a
nonprofit organization and will gain valuable experience and skills
applicable for careers in the nonprofit, cultural and marketing sectors.
Internship may be extended and applicable to additional departments
(Education, Library) if student is interested.

Position Details:
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Administrative: Research and prepare reports; assist with office filing and day-to-day tasks, may include some travel for errands around the city.
  • Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with special events. Help prepare guest lists; liaison with vendors and volunteers. Attend day-of events as needed. Conduct interviews and compose blog entries to be published on our BHS blog.
  • Membership: Assist with Raisers Edge database, mailings, and other special projects and events as assigned.
Skills and Experience:
  • Candidate must be interested in learning about non-profits.
  • Possess excellent writing, computer, organizational and communication skills
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter).
  • Graphic design skills, Adobe Photoshop and Raiser’s Edge experience are a plus but not required.
  • Familiarity with or interest in Brooklyn is helpful.
Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 16-20 hours per week, depending on availability and requirements of student and program.

  • Unpaid, but credit may be obtained for participation in this program; interns are expected to make a commitment to a full summer and/or semester of work.
  • Published credit for written content on the
BHS blog .

  • Includes free, unlimited admission to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, exhibits, programs and events and free admission to NYC museums and cultural institutions.
To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume to or fax to 718-222-3794.
Please include "Development Internship" in the subject line.
One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or former employer is preferred, but not required.
Interviews will commence immediately.

Posting Date:
February 15, 2017

Public History

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.


There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.


There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.

Brooklyn Historical Society seeks volunteers to support our mission.

Volunteers at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) offer valuable assistance to
staff, visitors, and the general public in a variety of ways. Passionate
about the past, present, and future of Brooklyn, volunteers are individuals
who enjoy engaging with the diverse communities who make up our great
borough. BHS welcomes volunteers 18 years and older who have a sincere
desire to lend their time and their skills to the institution. Volunteer
opportunities are subject to availability and applicant’s qualifications.
Please see the below list of available volunteer openings.

Waterfront Host

Waterfront Hosts are knowledgeable and approachable and will operate
throughout the Waterfront exhibit at BHS DUMBO; alert and responsive to visitor
needs and are eager to meet and work with visitors; willing to take initiative
in assisting visitors with navigating the Museum’s amenities, public offerings,
and spaces; and critical in providing visitors a positive experience at BHS.

Waterfront Hosts are NOT docents or tour guides. Waterfront Hosts will report
directly to the Visitor Services Coordinator on duty.


  • Help manage crowds waiting to use interactive elements
  • Assist visitors with the operation of technology within
the exhibit

  • Time management; make sure visitors aren’t monopolizing
interactive features of the exhibit

  • Make sure moving parts of the exhibit (props, magnets,
costume pieces, etc.) remain in their proper areas and are not being misused
or mistreated

  • Ensure the exhibit is neat, organized, and
welcoming for visitors

  • Be familiar and comfortable with the space and its
features (location of restrooms, gallery elements, visitor services desk,
exits, etc.)

Required Skills

  • Strong communication
  • Flexible attitude
  • Professional attire
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Ability to move throughout the space and/or stand
for extended periods of time; reasonable accommodations will be made when

  • Can lift 10lbs
Recommended Skills

  • Multi-lingual
  • Experience working with and interacting with families
and children

Time Commitment

hours of training with a Visitor Services staff member. Shifts will be on
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Shifts will last 4 hours with one, 15
minute break per shift. Volunteers will be required to commit to a MINIMUM
of 2 shifts per month for a period of 6 months.

As and active volunteer you will receive the following

  • Free admission to BHS for you and up to 2 guests
  • Invitations to select BHS openings
  • Admission to BHS public programs, when available
  • Discount in the BHS shop
  • Free admission to most museums in New York
Apply today - If you are interested in volunteering, please send an
email to , detailing your volunteer interests and
including your resume. Qualified applicants will be required to attend an
in-person interview.