Employment Opportunities

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Nantucket Historical Association
Chief Curator

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA), the primary keeper of Nantucket History since 1894 and AAM accredited, is seeking an energetic, positive visionary with a passion for maritime history to serve as its Chief Curator. The Chief Curator is responsible for leading a talented team to provide the highest level of collection care and creative exhibition design at the NHA’s Whaling Museum and its other historic properties. The NHA has charge of some of the island’s most important iconic sites, preserves its essential artifacts and documents, and produces programs and exhibitions that both enlighten and inspire.

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


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


The NHA is a nonprofit organization that collects and preserves the objects, documents, and structures that tell the stories of Nantucket Island.  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 newly renovated state-of-the-art flagship venue, and serves as the center of a campus that includes twenty-two 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 11,000, Nantucket, an island 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is among the state’s fastest growing counties, having grown 12.6 percent since the 2000 US Census. With an influx of seasonal residents and destination travelers, the population swells to as many as 70,000 during the summer months. As of 1996, the entire island of Nantucket is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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 (visit) before you die.”

Competitive salary commensurate with experience, very attractive benefits package. Cover letter, resume and three references should be e-mailed to Julie Kever at , or c/o Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554. The NHA is an equal opportunity employer.

Summer 2014 Job Opportunities

Like history? Enjoy working with people and sharing your love of Nantucket? The NHA is now hiring seasonal Historical Interpreters, Visitor Service Representatives and Museum Educators for the Whaling Museum and historic sites beginning in April 2014. Applicants should have strong organizational, interpersonal and customer service skills. All positions require a minimum commitment of two days per week. Shifts may include weekends, evenings and holidays.

Fill out the application (PDF) and return to Katie Schoorl, NHA Visitor Operations Coordinator at  , fax it to us at 508-228-5618, drop off at 15 Broad Street, or mail to PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554.

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Fellowship Opportunities

E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship

Volunteer Opportunities

The Nantucket Historical Association has many jobs for volunteers

To fill out the GENERAL VOLUNTEER FORM, click here. (PDF file). Please fax it to us at 508-228-5618, drop off at 15 Broad Street, or mail to P.O. Box 1016 Nantucket, MA 02554.

The RESEARCH LIBRARY offers a booklet describing volunteer activities in detail. To view the volunteer booklet, please click here (PDF file). If you're interested, please fax or drop off the form to us, or send us an email.