Employment

Do you love to bring history to life, enjoy creating memorable experiences and want to work for a worthy cause? We may have the perfect job! The Nantucket Historical Association seeks energetic and positive visionaries who will help bring the NHA to new heights.

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Chief Curator | Robyn and John Davis Curator of Exhibitions

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA), the primary keeper of Nantucket history since 1894, seeks an energetic and creative individual with a passion for maritime art and history to serve as its Robyn and John Davis Curator of Exhibitions.  The NHA tells the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties. The Curator is responsible for leading a talented team to provide the highest level of exhibitions oversight across these properties. Working with the Obed Macy Director of Research and Collections, the Collections and Exhibition Committee and the Friends of the NHA, the Curator is expected to build the collection through active acquisition and stewardship.

Applicants should possess a genuine appreciation for maritime art and history; have an innovative approach to exhibition design and development; demonstrate experience and skills in working with and exhibiting artifacts; and have a flair for working with the public, key supporters, and colleagues.  Candidates should be outgoing, creative self-starters with excellent organizational and communication skills, and must demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects successfully while maintaining a positive outlook and sense of humor.

Qualifications

Master’s degree in related field, minimum five years’ experience in one or more of the following disciplines: museum curatorship, exhibition development, and exhibition design. Applicants should have a demonstrated background in personnel management and supervision, as well as excellent research and writing skills.

Background

The NHA is a nonprofit organization that collects and preserves the objects, documents, and properties that tell the stories of Nantucket.  The NHA is steward of an artifact collection of more than 30,000 objects, including complete skeletons of a 40-foot finback and a 46-foot sperm whale.  The NHA’s Research Library is a special-collections repository of primary resources focusing on Nantucket history, and houses more than 5,000 volumes and 60,000 photographs, as well as manuscript documents such as ships’ logs, account books, family papers, and scrapbooks. The Whaling Museum, which received national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2007, is the NHA’s state-of-the-art flagship venue, and serves as the center of a campus that includes nineteen historic properties and sites. The association has more than 3,000 members and serves growing audiences of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors to the island from throughout the country and the world.

With a burgeoning year-round population estimated at nearly 17,000, Nantucket, an island 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is among the state’s fastest growing counties, having grown 60 percent since the 2010 US Census. With an influx of seasonal residents and destination travelers, the population swells to as many as 45,000 during the summer months.  As of 1975, the entire island of Nantucket is a National Historic Landmark District.

The Nantucket Historical Association has been voted one of the fifty best nonprofits to work for in the United States by the NonProfit Times.  Its Whaling Museum is, according to travel writer Andrew Harper, “one of the top ten places to see before you die.”

Competitive salary commensurate with experience, very attractive benefits package.  Cover letter, résumé and three references should be e-mailed to Rebecca Miller rmiller@nha.org, Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554.  The NHA is an equal opportunity employer.


Controller

Do you love internal control and financial reporting?

  • Are you a talented and positive organizer?
  • Do you enjoy problem-solving and keeping things in balance?
  • Looking to apply your organizational skills in a creative environment?
  • Want to work for a great cause?

 We may have the perfect job for you!

 The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is seeking a highly organized, positive team player to join its award-winning team as a full-time Controller.

The Controller will be responsible for overseeing the daily accounting operations for the Nantucket Historical Association involving operating, capital campaign and restricted accounts.  The Controller processes financial information, financial reporting and financial analysis through performance of various accounting-related duties.  The Controller works closely with all departments and supports all aspects of the organization’s needs in order to ensure smooth business operations and the integrity of the NHA’s financial position.

Applicants must be supremely organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated, with high standards of accuracy and efficiency.   The successful candidate is equally comfortable taking direction from a supervisor or working closely in a team setting, and will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least 3-5 years of experience in accounting, office administration, business and/or customer service.

An interest in finance, museum administration and/or non-profit administration is a plus.  Proficient in QuickBooks, and knowledge of ALTRU and/or other Blackbaud software programs is also a plus.

Cover letter, resume and three references should be emailed to Rebecca Miller at rmiller@nha.org, or c/o Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554.


Museum Shop Buyer/ Manager

  • Are you dedicated to providing superior customer service?
  • Do you have a passion for developing unique, creative, & educational products and a WOW! Experience?
  • Do you have a strong eye for detail, paired with a positive, can-do attitude?
  • Do you want to lead a staff in a fun-filled, team-oriented work environment?

We may have the perfect job for you!

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) has an exciting opportunity for an energetic, dynamic and creative Museum Store Buyer/Manager.  This position is required to manage all aspects related to the Museum Store operation, including supervision of all personnel, financial planning, buying, product development, and administration of inventory via inventory control software.  The manager will create an overall image and retailing style as well as an efficient and welcoming environment for a successful and profitable operation.

Candidates will be outgoing, creative self-starters with truly exceptional organizational and communication skills, and will demonstrate the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining a steady, positive outlook and sense of humor.

The successful candidate will have previous experience and proven success in retail, merchandise management, and customer service.  Interest in Nantucket History is a plus.

An open communication style, ability to learn new skills and receive feedback, and a friendly, positive attitude are essential.

Please email a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Rebecca Miller at rmiller@nha.org, or c/o Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554.


Museum Shop Sales Associates

The Nantucket Historical Association’s Museum Shop is looking for retail help. Applicants should have strong customer service skills and appreciation for working with the public. Both Full-time and Part-time shifts available.

Please contact Georgina Winton at shop@nha.org or call 508.228.1894 ext. 138.


NHA Internship Opportunities

The Nantucket Historical Association’s internship program allows a dynamic group of students with varied interests, strengths, and goals to immerse themselves in an outstanding educational and professional environment. Interns learn and work directly with professionals in a team-based, collaborative environment.

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Fellowship Opportunities

E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship

Information on the 2019 E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Research Fellowship will be available in the fall of 2018.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Nantucket Historical Association has many jobs for volunteers.

Volunteer application form 

The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

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