Employment Opportunities

Does your history organization have a job to post? Become a CLHO member and we’ll be happy to post your position listing. 

CLHO members may send their job postings to info@clho.org, and we will post them here as soon as possible. Please be sure to include relevant deadlines, including a closing date for each position, and web links to more detailed application information.

To help create a more equitable museum workforce, we strongly encourage you to include salary and wage information in your job postings.

While we try to keep this list current, please notice the closing date for each listing. Position openings are a benefit of membership in the CLHO. If you are not a member and wish to post a job offering, please contact director@clho.org.

Museum Assistant

Gunn Historical Museum

The Gunn Museum in Washington, Connecticut is seeking a talented and motivated part-time Assistant to provide administrative and curatorial support to the Curator. The Assistant will be responsible for managing the successful day-to-day operations of the museum and assist with cataloging the museum’s collection as needed. Primary responsibilities include: office administration, membership management, press, marketing, program registration, newsletter writing and publishing, fundraiser coordination, scheduling, phone calls, merchandise management, event assistance, visitor services, volunteer coordination, cataloging and additional duties as required. Prior museum experience, as well as a degree in museum studies, history, correlated field is preferred. The applicant must be personable, detail-oriented, have strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to multitask and work effectively as a team. Solid computer skills are important, including, Microsoft Office, WordPress, Google Drive, Constant Contact, and Past Perfect. $15 per hour, 18 hours per week, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am-4pm, and other times as needed.

To Apply: Candidates should email a letter of interest and resume, with three references, to: curator@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org For the complete position profile contact Gunn Museum. Applications open until position is filled.

Part-time Docents Needed

Friends of the Wood Memorial Library & Museum

The Friends of Wood Memorial Library & Museum is seeking animated and enthusiastic volunteer docents. The primary subject currently is Connecticut Native American Heritage, but other opportunities include general central Connecticut history, Architecture, New England Horticulture and General Museum Studies. Ideal applicants will have a BA degree in a related subject area or prior teaching or docent experience. College and graduate students are also welcome. Clear, welcoming and friendly communication skills are a basic requirement. Training is available and ongoing training in select subject area(s) is required. Docents will be personable, outgoing, enthusiastic and comfortable teaching all ages and abilities in an interactive and immersive manner. Saturday afternoon shifts run 3-4 hours, and in the fall additional opportunities during weekdays will likely be available as well. Must be willing to work outdoors.

Along with your resume, please send a personal statement relating why you’d like to become a Wood docent, along with the skills and experiences you bring to the position. Please send your materials to The Friends of Wood Memorial Library & Museum, PO Box 131, 783 Main Street, South Windsor, CT 06074, Attn: Liz Glaviano or email: education@woodmemoriallibrary.org. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will remain on file for one year.

Museum Interpreter

Lebanon Historical Society's Johnathan Trumbull Jr House

Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy sharing stories with others? Consider becoming a paid museum interpreter at the Lebanon Historical Society’s Jonathan Trumbull Jr House. The museum interpreter will greet visitors and lead guided tours. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people and enjoy learning. Responsibilities may include providing background information, engaging visitors in hands-on activities and leading tours that fit visitor interests. Training will be provided. Hours: Friday and Saturday 12:00 to 4:00, mid-June to mid –September.

Please email a letter of interest and resume to dbaron@historyoflebanon.org.

Director of Public Engagement

Fairfield Museum

The Fairfield Museum and History Center in Fairfield, CT seeks a creative and dynamic Director of Public Engagement to lead the Museum’s public programs, exhibits, and educational activities to build a vibrant, visitor-centered, and welcoming regional cultural center. The position inspires and directs talented staff teams, and leads the implementation of an ambitious schedule of innovative, audience-focused content designed to inspire civic engagement, foster community dialogue, and celebrate the diverse history of southwestern Connecticut.

For more information see here.

Summer Worker

The State of Connecticut

The State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is seeking Summer Worker (Museum Guide) to be stationed at one of the agencies’ four State Museums:   

  1. The Eric Sloane Museum (Kent),   
  2. The Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine (East Granby),  
  3. The Prudence Crandall Museum (Canterbury),   
  4. The Henry Whitfield Museum (Guilford).   

Position Details:   

  • This is a 37.5 hour/week position and requires weekend work, and some after hours work. Individual work schedules will be determined by the site supervisor. Some holiday work will be required. 
  • Training will begin in April and the open season will run from May through October. 
  • The museum guides will report to the staff person in charge of the site.

Your Role:

  • Interact directly with visitors of all ages presenting information about the museums,
  • Answering questions, assisting with program presentation, answering telephones;
  • Basic site maintenance tasks, 
  • Opening and closing the facilities, making rounds of the site for security purposes,  
  • Handling gift shop operations and ticket sales,
  • Working special events.  
For more information see here.


Museum Guide

Wethersfield Historical Society

The Wethersfield Historical Society is a small 88-year-old community-based organization which manages a visitor center, research library, historic house museum and maritime museum in the heart of Old Wethersfield, Connecticut's oldest and largest historic district. The Society seeks part time Museum Guides for our upcoming season which runs May through early October! Guides are needed for the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum and the Hurlbut-Dunham House which is interpreted to the early 20th century.  

Job responsibilities include conducting guided tours that present fun, engaging and educational interpretation of our sites, assisting with weekend and evening events, opening and closing the museum, performing light cleaning as needed, and other duties as assigned. Schedules range from 6 to 12 hours per month, weekend and evening availability required. Applicant must have a flexible schedule. Successful candidates should have an interest in local history and working with people of all ages. A customer service background and college coursework is preferred, but not required. We are looking for outgoing candidates that aren’t afraid to ask questions, and who show an interest in expanding their knowledge of local history. Training is provided. 

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and references to Kristina Oschmann, Curator, at Kristina.Oschmann@wethersfieldhistory.org.  

Position open until filled. Part time, $13 per hour. 

Museum Interpreters 

Connecticut Landmarks

Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy sharing stories with others? Consider becoming a museum interpreter at one of Connecticut Landmarks’ historic properties, including Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem; Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry; Butler-McCook House & Garden and Isham-Terry House in Hartford; Hempsted Houses in New London; and Phelps-Hatheway House in Suffield. Interpreters greet visitors and share properties with them, give guided tours, and assist with school programs, public programs and special events. Houses are open seasonally. 12-14 hours per month, including weekends. Minimum wage. Training begins in March. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people, and enjoy learning.

For more information see here.

Museum Teachers/Interpreters 

Nathan Hale Homestead, Connecticut Landmarks

Connecticut Landmarks seeks enthusiastic Museum Interpreters/Teachers to lead house tours and facilitate discussions that connect the site’s history with the present day. The right candidate will be skilled at engaging groups of children with hands-on learning activities during field trips to the historic site and sharing information using age-appropriate methods. School groups visit the Homestead in May, June, September & October, 3 or 4 days a week, from morning to early afternoon. Additional Museum Interpreter hours assigned as needed during open hours from May-Oct. Other duties include assisting with public programming, site events and rentals, and daily cleaning tasks. Strong candidates have the ability to work with audiences of all ages, possess a background in education and enjoy history. Exemplary communication and customer service skills required. Minimum wage position.

To Apply: Send resume and letter of interest to executiveassistant@ctlandmarks.org. Position open until filled.

Bookkeeper

The Stanley Whitman House

It is a part-time position (6 - 8 hours per week, non-exempt).

The Stanley-Whitman House Bookkeeper is responsible for verifying and entering into the financial records the details of the organization’s financial transactions, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, and standard monthly general journal entries.  In addition, the Bookkeeper is responsible for reconciliation of general ledger accounts to sub-ledger detail, and reconciliation of bank accounts.  The Bookkeeper will close the books monthly and provide monthly management reporting to the Executive Director.  In addition, the Bookkeeper will assist the Executive Director with annual budgeting and annual audit preparation.  This is a full-charge bookkeeper position.  The organization is comprised of four discrete entities-- the Stanley-Whitman House Museum, the Village Green, and Memento Mori and Scott Swamp Cemeteries. These entities all fall under the auspices of its parent organization, the Farmington Village Green and Library Association which includes the Town of Farmington’s Libraries.

The Deadline to apply is Friday, March 26, 2021. For more information see here.

Museum Educator

The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

Museum Educators are responsible for presenting dynamic, interactive, inquiry-based distance learning programs, tours, talks, and other educational activities to schools and community, youth, and adult groups at the Connecticut Historical Society, from our Distance Learning Studio, and at designated off-site venues. Museum Educators are responsible for assisting in the overall work of the Education Department and report to the Director of Education.

For more information see here.

Administrative Assistant

The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for performing a variety of administrative and clerical tasks to ensure the efficient operation of an office. Duties of the role include providing support to several executive-level managers and others, assisting in daily office needs and managing the organization’s general administrative activities. Responsible for working with confidential and time-sensitive information.

For more information see here.


Seasonal Visitor Relations Associate

Florence Griswold Museum

Seasonal (April-December) working every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (9am-5pm). Energetic individual for Museum admissions desk. Responsibilities include admissions, sales, data entry & handling phone/email inquiries. Hourly, $13.50. EOE. 

To Apply: Email resume & letter of interest to Matthew Marshall, matt@flogris.org 

Waterfront & Group Tour Coordinator

Thames River Heritage Park

Immediate Opening for a Part-Time Waterfront & Group Tour Coordinator. The Thames River Heritage Park (TRHP) is looking for a talented individual who can handle a variety of responsibilities throughout the year and who will have a visible role in our growing non-profit organization. TRHP is a collection of national and historic sites in Groton and New London, CT, linked by water which capture the history and culture of life along the Thames River. It’s a new kind of state park — one without boundaries. In this part-time position you will be on the front lines of our water taxi and boat tour operation promoting and coordinating boat and land tours Memorial Day Weekend through mid-September and growing our tour business in the off season.

RESPONSIBILITIES

In Season (May through September)

Coordinate all group, boat and walking tours. 
Liaison with boat operator, tour groups, historic partner sites and tour guides on the day of tours. Make sure tours run smoothly and troubleshoot any logistical issues that may arise with schedules. Coordinate with TRHP Communications Coordinator for all online and point-of-sale ticket sales, refunds, reconciliations and cancellations, and respond to customer inquiries. Schedule and oversee volunteer docents for land and boat tours. Make sure boat operator has TRHP materials on boats. Provide boat operator with any weekly sponsorship or other signage changes and instructions. Oversee the distribution, collection and safety of all patron individual listening devices for all tours. Coordinate with Communications Coordinator for social media promotions of park events.

Off Season (October through April)
Build our group tour business by identifying and selling prospects, building relationship with tour operators and other tour groups and maintaining relationships with group leaders. You will: 
Assist in creating tour materials and send to groups throughout New England/NY/NJ. Follow up on materials sent. Locate, connect and build relationships with tour operators. Build database of groups/operators for tours. Send information to and follow up with area businesses and organizations for group tours, water taxi rides and boat charters. Schedule tours, get deposits, get contracts signed, coordinate payments with treasurer, liaison with the group leaders, schedule tours at historic sites and coordinate and schedule TRHP tour guides and boat operator. Maintain all tour schedules. Coordinate with non-profit heritage and cultural partners for their tour/boat needs, as well as other initiatives. Coordinate and schedule TRHP Foundation Committee Meetings. Prepare and distribute meeting minutes as needed. Support Sponsorship, Membership, marketing efforts and the Park’s administrative needs.

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

You must have: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent organizational and project management skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, some experience with boating and an interest in American history a plus. Good customer service skills.

The right candidate must be a self-starter, able to ride on the boats and have experience working with the public or preferably in tourism or travel trades. This position reports to the Executive Director and requires some weekend hours during the water taxi season.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resumé to Executive Director Amy Perry at perryamy1@gmail.com 


Connecticut League of History Organizations
Central Connecticut State UniversityDepartment of History
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2674
info@clho.org

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CTHumanities

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