Employment Opportunities

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Data Services Coordinator

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

The Data Services Coordinator will be responsible for a variety of data entry and data management tasks and will ensure the accuracy of member and constituent records, as well as other vital data information for the organization. The Data Services Coordinator works closely with the NHA’s Development and Finance departments and supports all aspects of the organization’s needs in order to ensure smooth business operations and the integrity of the NHA’s electronic information.

Applicants must be supremely organized, detail-oriented, and self- motivated, with high standards of accuracy and efficiency. The ideal candidate is friendly and flexible, with a love of data quality control. The candidate should demonstrate a proven aptitude for office software and technology, and will have an established proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other database experience.

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 office administration, business and/or customer service.

An interest in development, finance, museum administration and/or non-profit administration is a plus. 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 or c/o Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554.

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


NHA Museum Interpreter
Part-time Positions Available

Love history? Enjoy sharing Nantucket stories with a live audience? Strive to make customer service a priority in all that you do? The Nantucket Historical Association wants to meet you!

We are currently filling year-round part-time positions at the Whaling Museum for museum tour guides and program leaders. These “museum Interpreter” positions are key to the daily operations and programs of the museum and are at the heart of our visitor experience.

This exciting position is perfect for dynamic and passionate people who enjoy communicating with and listening to diverse groups of Nantucket residents and visitors in groups of all sizes.

All applicants must love working with the public and possess strong diplomacy, organizational, interpersonal, and customer service skills. Shifts may include weekends, evenings, and holidays. Limited winter shifts and training available immediately, with additional hours available in the spring and summer.

For more information, email your letter of interest and resume to Katie Schoorl, NHA Manager of Visitor Operations, at .

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Museum Shop Sales Associate

The Nantucket Historical Association’s Museum Shop is looking for experienced retail sales help. Candidates must have excellent customer service and computer skills. Full/part time hours per week, now through the end of the year, with possible part-time winter hours leading to full-time hours in the spring. Please stop by the NHA Administrative office at 15 Broad Street, to fill out an application.

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Intern Opportunities

The Internship Program

The highly competitive Nantucket Historical Association’s summer 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. The internship is a full-time position that begins on June 1, 2015, and lasts between ten and twelve weeks.

Interns concentrate their work in one of five areas:

Applications due by February 3, 2015.
Compensation: $2,500 stipend and housing

Please send a letter of interest, identifying area(s) of work interest, résumé, and a list of three
references to:

Rebecca Miller
Assistant to the Executive Director
Nantucket Historical Association
PO Box 1016
Nantucket, MA 02554

View the 2015 Internship Flyer(PDF)


NHA 2015 Intern Descriptions

Education & Interpretation

The position of Education & Interpretation Intern specializes in facilitating innovative, informal learning opportunities for museum visitors of all ages at NHA historic sites and the flagship Whaling Museum. The intern will participate in the production and execution of educational activities and/or materials to promote formal and informal learning for the Nantucket Historical Association’s Department of Visitor Experience. This involves working with a wide array of NHA visitors (museum members and program participants of all ages) in varied capacities. In addition, the intern will work closely with other museum staff and assist with other public and special programs and the overall daily operations of the NHA’s Department of Visitor Experience as needed.


Public Programs

The position of Public Programs Intern at the Nantucket Historical Association specializes in assisting with public programs and special initiatives for museum visitors of all ages at various NHA historic sites and the flagship Whaling Museum. The intern will participate in the production and execution of various public and special programs throughout the NHA summer season– including evening lectures, concerts, family events, rooftop gatherings – for the Nantucket Historical Association’s Department of Visitor Experience. This involves working with a wide array of NHA visitors (museum members and program participants of all ages) in varied capacities. In addition, the intern will work closely with other museum staff and assist with other programs and the overall daily operations of the NHA’s Department of Visitor Experience as needed.


Special Events

The Special Events Intern will assist with the planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of NHA fundraising, cultivation, and other special events within the organization’s Development Department. The position will impart on-the-job training and experience in an expanding special events field. The special events intern will work closely with the Special Events Manager to gain conceptual knowledge, along with the hands-on experience of completing specific tasks associated with fundraising and special event planning. At the end of his/her internship, the special events intern will have working knowledge of special event planning, working with volunteers, processes and budgeting, all within the non-profit sector which he/she will be able to translate into future career opportunities.


1800 House Decorative Arts and Crafts Program

The 1800 House program celebrates Nantucket's rich tradition of historic decorative arts, folk arts, and crafts. Within a restored nineteenth-century house, students of all ages take classes in a wide variety of traditional and modern crafts taught by practitioners from Nantucket and throughout the United States. The 1800 House intern assists with the daily preparation and execution of classes and helps develop new classes. The successful candidate must thrive working with a broad spectrum of NHA visitors and must be a flexible and creative team player. Demonstrated craft or artistic ability desired.


Collections & Curatorial

For the summer of 2015, the Nantucket Historical Association seeks a collections and curatorial intern to work in the organization’s extensive historic textile and/or costume collections (ca. 1850–1950). The intern will help identify, assess, catalog, and rehouse items such as women’s and men’s clothing and household textiles of all kinds. Candidates with existing knowledge or skills in relevant subjects are preferred. A specific focus for the intern’s work will be developed based on the intern’s skills, knowledge, and professional goals. The intern will work at the Gosnold Collections Storage Center with periodic visits to the NHA Research Library on Fair Street.


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.