Employment Opportunities

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.


Director of Development

The Director of Development will lead the transformation and growth of the Association’s fundraising efforts. As part of the senior management team and in partnership with the Executive Director, s/he will oversee all aspects of philanthropic support with a goal of deepening and broadening support from both private and public sources, while stewarding donors and managing a strong and dedicated team.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills as well as strong computer and database skills, meticulous attention to detail, highly developed management abilities; proven track record in identifying and cultivating high-level individuals for major gifts; creative ideas for corporate partnerships, individual memberships, and events; and knowledge of planned giving.

The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and be a key member of the NHA’s Senior Management Team. Candidates with management experience in sales, marketing, and relationship management in a business environment are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of the Nantucket community is preferred. The Association offers a competitive salary, potential housing, and an excellent benefits program.

Cover letter should be submitted with a resume to Rebecca Miller, Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554 or .

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Public Programs Coordinator

The Public Programs coordinator will manage our year round robust schedule of public programming.

The NHA provides a dynamic array of guest lectures, concerts, family experiences and special programs to the Nantucket community all year long, and the Public Programs Coordinator is responsible for the creation and successful management of this fast-paced program schedule.

The NHA Public Programs Coordinator must have a strong eye for detail and a larger creative vision, as s/he will research, develop, and execute one-of-a-kind, engaging public programs and outreach experiences for adults and families, inspired by the NHA’s historic collections and seasonal exhibitions.

Applicants should possess a genuine appreciation for working with the greater public, as well as colleagues in the Nantucket 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.

This position calls for an independent problem-solver who is equally adept at asking for help, someone who is comfortable taking direction from a supervisor or working closely in a team setting.  This candidate should have an aptitude for learning new technology, media and A/V skills as required.  Applicant must be prepared to work some weekends, evenings, and holidays.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and/or at least 3-5 years of related experience in public programs, event management, customer service and/or education.  A Master's degree, relevant experience at a museum or historic site and/or demonstrated interest in art history, public history, or museum administration is a plus.  An open, positive attitude is essential.

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

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Coordinator of Life Long Learning at the 1800 House (part-time)

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is seeking a creative, dynamic and organized team player to join its award-winning team in a part-time capacity as its Life Long Learning Coordinator. 

The Coordinator will focus on developing, organizing and executing an intensive summer-long series of workshops and programs primarily located at the NHA’s 1800 House. This array of seasonal classes, workshops and activities focus on early American decorative crafts. Collaboration with peer organizations is essential to success.  The NHA education department is dedicated to celebrating and reviving Nantucket's rich tradition of historic decorative arts and crafts and reinventing them for modern audiences.

The ideal candidate is organized with an eye for detail who loves working with the public, seeking to further the mission of the NHA through a wide array of creative lifelong learning programs.  Candidates should be outgoing, creative self-starters with truly superior organizational and communication skills, and should demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects successfully while maintaining a positive outlook and sense of humor.  The successful candidate is equally comfortable taking direction from a supervisor or working closely in an independent or team setting. S/he will possess the ability to work effectively with various adult and children’s audiences including instructors, volunteers, students and NHA staff and management.

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

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


NHA 2018 Spring Internship Opportunities

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.

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

Applications due February 2, 2018

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Fellowship Opportunities

E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship

Information on the 2018 E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Research Fellowship coming soon.


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.