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.


Community Outreach Coordinator

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks an energetic Community Outreach Coordinator to research, develop, and facilitate engaging public programs and community outreach experiences for adults and families, inspired by the NHA’s historic collections and seasonal exhibitions.

Applicants should be creative self-starters with superior organizational skills and a proven ability to manage multiple projects at once. Applicants should possess a genuine appreciation for Nantucket history and working with the public, be independent problem-solvers and also enjoy operating in a team environment.

Position requires excellent organizational, computer, and communications skills, as well as a bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience. Aptitude in technology/media a plus. Must be able to work evenings and weekends year-round.

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.

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Assistant to Visitor Operations Manager

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks to fill a position for Assistant to Visitor Operations Manager. This is a part-time role that helps coordinate and implement the Nantucket Historical Association’s daily operations and programming at the Nantucket Whaling Museum.

General tasks include working closely with the Visitor Operations Manager, managing staff, and supervising in crisis management. Candidate must work Saturdays, present well, provide excellent customer service, and have a basic understanding of computer use. Experience with audio/visual equipment and strong presentation skills, a plus.

Please send resumes to operations@nha.org


Digitization Assistants

The Nantucket Historical Association Research Library seeks applications for part-time Digitization Assistants. Working with the NHA’s unique manuscript, map, and photographic materials, they will perform imaging and post-processing work in accordance with documented local workflows and standards.

This is an excellent opportunity to work closely with Nantucket history, making it available to a broader audience online, and may be of particular interest to those considering a career in special collections, archives, or museums.

Successful candidates will be on island and have an interest in history, an exceptional attention to detail, and an aptitude for working with technology. No experience with digitization is necessary as training will be provided.

Please email a letter of interest, resume, and a professional reference to Amelia Holmes at aholmes@nha.org.


Visitor Services Representative

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks Whaling Museum Visitor Services Representatives to sell tickets, welcome visitors, and provide information about program offerings to the visiting public. Applicants must have excellent cash handling skills and enjoy interacting with visitors. A minimum commitment of two days/week is required, and Saturday availability.

Please send resumes to operations@nha.org


Museum Interpreters

Do you love Nantucket history and want to learn more? Do you love to engage with an audience? The NHA wants YOU to join our team of Historical Interpreters to provide tours of the Whaling Museum and Historic Properties. Interpreters must be enthusiastic and present information factually. Love of theater, a plus!

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Please send completed applications, resume, and references to operations@nha.org


Collections Manager

The NHA seeks an innovative, agile, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable professional to serve as Collections Manager. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

The Collections Manager reports to the Director of Collections & Research Services and oversees the day-to-day activities of the NHA’s collections center. The Collections Manager is responsible for the registration, cataloguing, movement, storage, and conservation management of all NHA artifact collections. They oversee occasional interns, contractors, and volunteers; contribute to the preparation and installation of exhibitions; participate in public programming and social media efforts; and provide reference services related to the artifact collections. This position is full time and exempt from overtime. Salary is commensurate with experience. For a full position description, please click here.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the name, email address, and telephone number of three professional references to Amelia Holmes at aholmes@nha.org. Additionally, in your cover letter, please indicate where you first learned of this position. Review of applications will begin on September 19, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.


Museum Shop Buyer/ Manager

The 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.


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 2021 E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Research Fellowship will be available in the fall of 2020.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Nantucket Historical Association has many jobs for volunteers.

Volunteer application form 

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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