Employment Opportunities

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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.

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.

State Librarian

Connecticut State Library

Celebrate 166 years of service and take the Connecticut State Library into its future as its next State Librarian honoring the mission to “preserve and make accessible Connecticut’s history and heritage and to advance the development of library services statewide.” The twelve-member CT State Library Board is inviting applications for the State Librarian position. With an annual $11 million budget (which includes $2 million in LSTA funding) and 87 staff, the State Librarian leads a forward looking, multi-faceted information agency. Key opportunities include: transitioning the State Library in the rapidly changing world of COVID-19; articulating to policymakers the role that libraries can play and how libraries can advance other public policy agendas; enhancing the State Library’s technology infrastructure; and facilitating greater collaboration with the libraries of CT, CT agencies, and library organizations. The successful candidate will have the ability and desire to work with multiple stakeholders to provide quality State Library programs through a new vision and well- defined strategies. The full salary range for the position is $101,769 - $184,904 commensurate with experience with an attractive benefits package.

For more information and to apply, visit the job listing. This position closes August 30, 2020. The state of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. 

Marketing and Communications Manager

Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

The Marketing and Communications Manager develops the CHS’s comprehensive, strategic communications plan to include public relations, marketing and fund raising, and oversees the implementation and execution of the efforts associated with the plan. This role develops and manages marketing programs, coordinates marketing and other communications initiatives across the organization, advances the brand of the CHS, oversees and coordinates updating of the chs.org website, evaluates the results of marketing efforts and campaigns, leads market research efforts, and supports organization objectives. This role serves as the first point of contact and facilitator for all media. See here for more details.

 To Apply: Candidates should email a cover letter, resume and three professional/manager references to Susan Presutti, Human Resources Manager, at susan_presutti@chs.org.

Accounting Assistant 

Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

The Accounting Assistant is responsible for all payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable activities for the Connecticut Historical Society Museum. Payroll responsibilities consist of verifying time records, making appropriate payroll changes (ex. salary adjustments, insurance adjustments, name and address changes), entering the payroll data, transmitting and approving the payroll, and verifying data from ADP reports to insure accuracy. Accounts payable responsibilities includes entering all new accounts payable items into the accounting system, setting up new vendors, preparing a list of outstanding payables for payment selection, running and mailing payables checks, and filing payables information in the appropriate folder. Accounts receivable responsibilities involve billing and tracking functions for each CHS department that generates earned income activity. See here for more details.

 To Apply: Candidates should email a cover letter, resume and three professional/manager references to Susan Presutti, Human Resources Manager, at susan_presutti@chs.org.

Executive Director

Connecticut Landmarks

Connecticut Landmarks is seeking a Executive Director who will have day-to-day oversight of all operations, with an active presence across the state. They will build collaborative partnerships to ensure that annual and strategic goals are achieved. The Executive Director will also serve as the organization’s representative to the general public and community at large and will function as the liaison between grantors, governmental representatives, and community partners. The Executive Director will provide significant oversight and guidance to the organization’s budgeting and financial management efforts. Complying with federal and state rules and regulations, this individual will ensure that Connecticut Landmarks continues to find innovative approaches and funding sources for preservation and restoration and new programs that support its mission. For more information see here.

 To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, please click here or visit artsconsulting.com/employment. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact: Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Senior Vice President

Seasonal Museum Guides

The State of Connecticut

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Economic and Community Development, is seeking museum guides to be stationed at one of the agencies’ four State Museums: Eric Sloane Museum (Kent), Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine (East Granby), the Prudence Crandall Museum (Canterbury), and the Henry Whitfield Museum (Guilford). The museum guides will report to the staff person in charge of the site. This is a 37.5 hour/week position and requires weekend work. Individual work schedules will be determined by the site supervisor, however the work week will begin on Wednesday or Thursday and run through Sunday or Monday. Some holiday work will be required. The summer season begins on or about May 1 and ends on or about November 1, 2020. Applications must be received through the state job portal by midnight on March 31, 2020. For information and to apply, click here, or visit https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=200306&R2=5704VR&R3=001.

Welcome Desk Assistant

The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library is seeking two to three Welcome Desk Assistants. The Welcome Desk Assistant will serve as the first point of contact for all visitors to the CHS. As such, he/she will ensure that the visitor’s experience is a positive one by displaying an enthusiastic, helpful and courteous attitude at all times. The workday of the Welcome Desk Assistant may be divided between Welcome Desk duties and other work, as assigned by the Welcome Desk Coordinator or the Chief Advancement Officer. Schedules from 5 to 15 hours per week. Staff needed for museum open hours Thursday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. $14.00 per hour. Eligible to participate in CHS’s 403(b) plan.

To Apply: Candidates should email a cover letter, resume and three professional/manager references to Susan Presutti, Human Resources Manager, at susan_presutti@chs.org. Application process is on pause while working remotely and will resume when back on site.


The Dudley Farm Museum

The Dudley Farm Museum (www.DudleyFarm.com), an agricultural history museum in Guilford, Connecticut, reflects agricultural life common to the area during the late 19 th century. The mission is “Topreserve, restore, and operate the farm as an historical, educational, and recreational resource, serving the general public as a museum, education center, and recreational park.” A new Interpretative Plan for the 10 ½ acre campus and restoration of the Farm’s 1840’s barn complex has been recently completed. The Museum seeks an individual to assist with implementing this Plan, cataloging farm artifacts and planning displays. The selected candidate will work with Museum staff and other volunteers, as well as use PastPerfect software. This is an opportunity to work with museum artifacts, interact with the other four historical museums in the town, meet other volunteers with similar interests, and learn something new each day. Training provided. Attention to detail, patience, teamwork skills, and interest in farm life and 19 th century history are desirable qualities. The chosen individual must possess the ability to work independently on ones own initiative and as a teammate. Work will be conducted in the museum office and outside in the barns and sheds on the museum grounds. Literacy in Microsoft Office is required.

 To Apply: Prospective applicants should be aware that this Internship is an unpaid, volunteer position, and may require irregular hours. Because public transportation does not service the area, a car is a must. Please
forward letters of interest to director@dudleyfarm.com.

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 Interpreters/Guides for our upcoming season! Guides are needed for the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum and the Hurlbut-Dunham House which is interpreted to the early 20th century. Interpreters will conduct guided tours and present fun, engaging and educational interpretation of our sites, assist with weekend and evening events, perform security checks, open and close the museum, and perform light cleaning as needed. Training  is provided. Schedules range from 6 to 12 hours per month, and shifts are available Saturdays and/or Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Applicant must have a flexible schedule. Season runs from late May to early October. Applicants should enjoy working with the public, have customer service skills, and have an interest in local history. College coursework preferred.

     To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and references to Kristina Oschmann, Curator, at Kristina.Oschmann@wethersfieldhistory.org. Position open until filled. Part time, $11 per hour.

    Museum Educator

    The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

    The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library is seeking a Museum Educator. The Museum Educators are responsible for presenting dynamic, hands-on, inquiry-based tours, programs, and other educational activities to schools and community, youth, and adult groups at the Connecticut Historical Society, 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.

    The candidate should have B.A. in history, education, American studies, or a related field preferred; the ability to communicate clearly with a variety of constituents, excellent interpretive and communication skills with an ability to adapt lessons and tours to different; experience working with children and adults in a museum, school, or informal educational setting; flexibility and willingness to test new educational methods; dedication to public service and a commitment to reaching diverse audiences; experience in and comfort with directing hands-on activities with children and families; reliability and personal organization to ensure that all commitments are met; a collaborative team member; and a driver’s license and car for reimbursed travel to outreach programs
    ages, learning styles, and abilities

    The position pays $14.35 an hour. For more information please see here.

     To Apply: Candidates should email a cover letter, resume and three professional/manager references to Susan Presutti, Human Resources Manager, at susan_presutti@chs.orgApplication process is on pause while working remotely and will resume when back on site.

    Full-Time Senior Educator

    Discovering Amistad

    The organization Discovering Amistad is in need of a senior educator that will organize and participate in the teaching of students and adults in classrooms, onboard the ship, and in other settings. This is a full time, yearlong position. Responsibilities of the senior educator include:

    • Scheduling school visits and programming throughout the year; managing the calendar of all educational programming.
    • Lead in-class teaching programs throughout the academic year.
    • Oversee the work of other discovering Amistad educators.
    • Provide support and resources for the educational team.
    • Work with teachers and administrators to get teacher/student feedback after Amistad programming.
    • Provide written reports on Amistad activities for grant funders.
    • Serve as liaison between educational team, Discovering Amistad board, and captain and crew.
    • Establish and lead educational stations for students onboard the ship.
    • Train select crew members to assist in educational programming
    • Speak on the history of the Amistad during board presentations/talks/tours during public sails, private events, and open dockside tours.
    • Serve as one of Discovering Amistad's spokespersons during radio/television interviews, receptions, special events, etc.

     To Apply: Teaching and/or museum experience is desired, along with some knowledge of the "Amistad story." If interested, send a resume and letter of interest to Discovering Amistad c/o Barbara Bind, 129 Church St., #521, New Haven, CT 06510. For more information see here.

    Research Center Assistant 

    The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

    The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library is seeking to fill 3 to 4 RCA positions. The individual in this position is the representative of CHS to the Public at the Welcome Desk, in the galleries and in the Waterman Research Center. This person also assists in the daily and occasional tasks that are essential for the smooth operation of CHS including audience evaluation, collection-related projects and various administrative duties that benefit CHS as a whole.  The candidate should have the ability to communicate clearly with a variety of constituents, have a proficiency with computers and ability to learn new software, willingness to foster and make sales, flexibly, openness, and a sincere interest and ability to complete detail oriented work, and B.A. is preferred. The position pays $14.35 an hour. For more information please see here.

     To Apply: Candidates should email a cover letter, resume and three professional/manager references to Susan Presutti, Human Resources Manager, at susan_presutti@chs.orgApplication process is on pause while working remotely and will resume when back on site. 

    Summer Educator/ Pardee-Morris House Coordinator

    The New Haven Museum 

    The New Haven Museum is seeking a coordinator for its historic c. 1780 Pardee-Morris House and education outreach activities for the 2020 summer season. The coordinator is responsible for all activities at the property, including opening/closing the house, giving tours, and planning and overseeing the Twilight Concert series, lectures and family programs. The house is open Sundays, 12-4, and for special events such as concerts and lectures. Additional responsibilities include assisting the Museum's education director with summer programs, tabling at community events (such as festivals and farmers markets), posting social media updates for the Museum, sourcing talent and speakers for the 2021 season, and helping to create education and promotional materials. 

    Requirements: B.A. or B.S. degree coursework in progress; completed degree preferred in the following areas: History, American Studies, Material Culture, Historic Preservation, Museum Education or related field. Previous experience teaching and/or giving tours. One or more years working with children and adults in an educational setting that includes in a school as a teacher or instructor, and after-school programmer or summer camp counselor. Strong communication, computer and social media skills required. Experience with arts and craft activities preferred. 

    Preferred state date: May 18, 2020. Position is part-time, 15 - 25 hours a week, through August 30, 2020. Must be able to work Sundays, some Saturdays, weekdays, and evenings required. Salary range: $3,500 - $5,500.

     To Apply: Candidates should send a resume and writing sample to Khalil Quotap, Director of Education and Engagement, New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06510 or education@newhavenmuseum.org 

    Seasonal Historic Site Manager

    The Lebanon Historical Society

    The Lebanon Historical Society is seeking a part-time (8-16 hours per week from late April to mid-October) seasonal Historic Site Manager for the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House Museum in Lebanon, CT. Primary responsibilities include opening the house and leading public tours, leading school programs in conjunction with the member organizations of the Lebanon History Consortium and planning and installing small exhibits and displays. An interest in history, willingness to learn and the ability to share information with visitors in an engaging way are required. Previous experience teaching or working at a history museum or a bachelor's degree in history or education are highly desired but not required.

     To Apply: Candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest with references via email to: Donna Baron, Museum Director, Lebanon Historical Society dbaron@historyoflebanon.org. Position open until filled.

    Archivist and Research Librarian

    The Friends of the Wood Memorial Library & Museum 

    The Friends of Wood Memorial Library & Museum (The Wood) seeks a qualified Archivist and Research Librarian to oversee The Wood's procurement and maintenance of the archives, historical and artistic collections, and library. These collections should be utilized to integrate with and enhance programming, exhibits, publications and educational offerings. The Archivist and Research Librarian will report to the Executive Director.

    This is a part-time position of 12 hours per week, which includes specific office hours and flexible hours for uninterrupted work and to meet with donors and researchers.


    Collections Management

    - Maintain inventory and location of collections; maintain a disaster plan

    - Seek donations that will enhance and complete our collections and determine relevancy of potential donations

    - Help develop, oversee and implement policies, procedures and related paperwork for accessioning, processing and deaccessioning of items

    - Encourage access to collections while maintaining care and protection through professional best practices

    - Fulfill research requests and aid and support other staff for projects, programs, exhibits and events

    Strategic Planning:

    - Help to expand and enhance the Friends’ audience and visibility as a historical research center

    - Work collaboratively to develop and implement an annual calendar that enhances the unique collections of the Friends, and takes an integrated approach, when appropriate, to connect programming, exhibits, educational programs, etc.

    Staff and Volunteer Engagement:

    - Take part in relevant committees; including but not limited to collections committee and oral history committee

    - Train staff, appropriate committees and volunteers on provisional acquisition forms and policies

    - Recruit, train and oversee volunteers and identify volunteer projects

    Skills Required:
    1. MS in Library Science or MA in Museum Studies with certification in Archives and Preservation.
    2. Be an organized, responsible, detail
    oriented individual.
    3. Use professional standards and best practices to approach the acquisition, presentation and preservation of library and archival materials.
    4. Be aware of, and encourage the use of, professional standards for exhibits.
    5. Possess the ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively.
    6. Display a professional manner and be able to work collaboratively with volunteers.
    7. Possess excellent verbal and communication skills (including public speaking) and excellent writing and editing skills.
    8. Exhibit competency in, and awareness of, current and emerging technologies.

    Wood Memorial Library & Museum is a place "where history, nature and the arts come alive, and community thrives." Please visit our website if you are not already familiar with The Wood (www.woodmemoriallibrary.org).

     To Apply: Seriously interested candidates will include a brief cover letter to director@woodmemoriallibrary.org explaining why this part-time position interests you, highlighting your passion for an institution like ours. No phone calls, please.

    Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Archives Summer Hire (Paid Internship) 

    Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Archives 

    The Archives Summer Hire will assist the Supreme Council Archivist in collecting, preserving, and sharing the Knights of Columbus’ 135+ year legacy, allowing both members and the general public to forge meaningful connections with the organization’s history. This is a unique opportunity for those who have an interest in fraternal organizations, religious history, and/or archives in museums.  This position provides a unique opportunity to work in an evolving corporate archive that recently has reorganized, is migrating its database to ArchivesSpace, and is migrating finding aids online.  The work of the summer hire will be integral in processing the collections and establishing foundational processes and procedures for the archive to move forward. Preference will be given to LIS or History graduate students, but undergraduates will be considered.  The position is full time Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:30 from June 1 to July 31, 2020.  This is a paid internship opportunity, out of state candidates are eligible for a housing and travel stipend, in-state candidates are eligible for a parking stipend.

     To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to internships@kofc.org. Application materials are due by February 7, 2020.  Position to begin June 1, 2020.

    Museum Interpreter

    Connecticut Landmarks

    Connecticut Landmarks is seeking a part time, seasonal (12-14 hours per week) Museum interpreters for their historic properties, including Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem; Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry; Butler-McCook House and 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, including weekends. $11 per hour to start. Paid training begins in March. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people and enjoy learning. 

    To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to the attention of Executive Assistant at 59 South Prospect St., Hartford, CT 06106 or executiveassistant@ctlandmarks.org.

    Executive Director

    Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, West Hartford, CT

    The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (JHSGH), located conveniently in West Hartford, CT, a vibrant community in central Connecticut, seeks an enthusiastic leader with proven experience to serve as its Executive Director. Supported by a strong community presence and located at the collaborative Jewish Community campus, the Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the Greater Hartford Jewish community. Our “small but mighty” organization has a rich archival collection, numerous historical publications and strong programming, which annually includes at least one exhibition, monthly programs, bus tours, and a consistent number of interesting individuals and researchers who use the archival collection on a regular basis. Qualifications: Degree in Museum Studies, Arts/Nonprofit Management/Administration, Public History, Judaic Studies, Education, or similar field. B.A. required. M.A. preferred.

    To Apply: For more information see here. Applications must include cover letter, résumé and contact information for three professional references. Application deadline Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Email to Risa Filkoff, Interim Executive Director. Email rfilkoff@jewishhartford.org . No phone calls, please. 

    Director of Historic Preservation and Museums

    State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development

    This position will serve as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (Deputy SHPO). This is a full-time, permanent, leadership position, located in Hartford, Connecticut. The state has a robust historic preservation network engaged in the stewardship of a large and diverse collection of cultural resources. In partnership with staff, the Deputy SHPO will promote a statewide historic preservation ethic and ensure measureable actions for the implementation of the 2018-2023 Statewide Preservation Plan. This is a full time, permanent position. Please review the full job description at the link below prior to applying and in your application, speak to the listed preferred qualifications.

    To Apply: by February 19, 2020, 11:59 PM, see here

     The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


    Part Time Assistant Horticulturist

    Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem, CT

    Connecticut Landmarks is seeking a part time, seasonal (15-20 hours per week from April to December) Assistant Horticulturalist to oversee the preservation and maintenance of the plant collections within the historic gardens of the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and experience caring for flowers and plants and all aspects of horticulture and landscape maintenance. The Assistant Horticulturist will assist the Horticulturist with all aspects of horticulture and landscape management. Associate's degree in Horticulture, Natural Area Management, Biology or related field is preferred; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities. Must be able to work in varying weather conditions, bend, pull, push, stoop, dig, and stand for long periods of time. 

    To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to elaine.ingraham@ctlandmarks.org. For more information, please visit Connecticut Landmarks' opportunities page. (You may need to scroll down to locate the job.)

    Site Administrator

    Hempsted Houses, New London, CT

    Connecticut Landmarks is seeking a Site Administrator  to oversee the Hempsted Houses in New London, CT. The landmark property tells the story of three great populations whose paths collided in early New London: the Native Americans who were here from the beginning, the Europeans who arrived in the 1600s, and the enslaved Africans who were brought to New London at the same time. Connecticut Landmarks seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial museum professional to take this exceptional site to its next level of growth. Reporting to CTL's Assistant Director for Operations, the Site Administrator's primary responsibilities are to  continue its community outreach and programmatic growth; contribute to grant proposals and reporting, hire, train and maintain a dedicated interpretive staff; and develop and execute new earned income opportunities that leverage the sites assets and lead that site to financial sustainability, increased relevance and audience growth. 

    To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a letter describing their interest in the position and relevant skills and experience, a resume, and three professional references to elaine.ingraham@ctlandmarks.org. For complete job information, visit Connecticut Landmarks' opportunities page. (You may need to scroll down to locate the job posting.)

    Public Programs Manager

    Pequot Library, Southport, CT

    Pequot Library Association (Pequot Library) is searching for a dynamic and enthusiastic nonprofit arts professional to develop a wide variety of interpretive programs for all ages that are inspired by the rotating schedule of visual art and Special Collections exhibitions, Children’s Library initiatives, and innovative public library multidisciplinary learning opportunities.

    To Apply: For more details, please visit the Pequot Library website. Application deadline is January 17, 2020.

    Museum Educators

    The Noah Webster House, West Hartford, CT

    The Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society is seeking part time Museum Educators, who will provide accurate programs through hands-on experiences for schools, scouts, and other groups in period clothing both on- and off-site. The museum serves approximately 7,000 students of varying ages and grades annually. Teaching experience is highly desirable but not required. They are looking for a candidate who is friendly with interest or experience in history or museums. The position has an hourly rate of $11.00 per scheduled hour, and travel reimbursement for distance traveled.

    To Apply: Please send resume with cover letter to Beth Sweeney, Education Department Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 277 South Main Street West Hartford, CT 06107. Fax: (860) 521-4036. Email: Education@noahwebsterhouse.org. Visit their website for more information at www.NoahWebsterHouse.org.

    Executive Director

    Windsor Historical Society, Windsor, CT

    The Board of Directors of the Windsor Historical Society (the Society) is seeking a new executive director to lead an organization that has brought the rich and evolving history of Windsor to life for the community and its visitors for nearly 100 years.   The next executive director will be a dynamic leader and enthusiastic fundraiser who can build on the Society’s many strengths to grow it to the next level of its important mission.

    The mission of the Society is to inspire public awareness and appreciation of the diverse people, places, and events that contribute to Windsor’s evolving history.   Its extensive museum campus, which includes two historic homes, exhibit galleries, a research and genealogy library, and a museum shop, is a centerpiece of Windsor’s historic district. 

    The next Executive Director of the Windsor Historical Society will inherit a tremendous opportunity to further leverage the Society’s many strengths to take its innovative programming to a new level, broaden its reach, and engage more diverse segments of the community in learning about the rich history of Windsor.   She / he / they will be passionate about history, will possess an understanding of historical museum management, and will be dedicated to Windsor and its rich historical heritage.  The ideal candidate will bring high emotional intelligence and excellent communication and public speaking skills, will be a relationship builder who can easily and genuinely connect with people, and will be astute at building strategic partnerships. 

    To Apply: For the complete position profile and guidelines, please visit the application pageApplications are open until the position is filled.

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

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