Employment Opportunities

Founded in 1863, BHS is a nationally recognized urban history center comprised of a museum, scholarly research library, and education center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. The mission of the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is to connect the past to the present and make the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities and for generations to come.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer

Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Full-time & Part-time Positions
    - Security Guard (Part-Time)
    - Visitor Services and Events Associate (Part-Time)
Volunteer Opportunities

Full-time & Part-time Positions

Security Guard (Part-Time)

Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an experienced security guard to monitor the building and collections during our regular weekend hours and at select events.

The weekend and event security guard is tasked with maintaining the security of the Brooklyn Historical Society’s 136-year-old landmark building, preventing damage to our collections and exhibitions, ensuring the safety of staff and visitors, and monitoring loss prevention in the gift shop.

The security guard will work closely with the weekend visitor services supervisor as well as our library, public programs, and private rental staff to ensure smooth and safe operations. The security guard will assist the weekend supervisor with opening and closing the building, and monitor museum entry during non-public hours.


The weekend security guard is responsible for:
• Regularly patrolling the public floors throughout the building during open hours.
• Maintaining the security of the building.
• Communicating any building issues to supervisor and facilities staff.
• Alerting museum staff to suspicious activity.
• Securing the building at beginning and end of the day.
• Alerting the supervisor and exhibit coordinator of any issues with the exhibits.
• Monitoring the library collections and gift shop to prevent theft.
• Team-player with an engaging, outgoing personality.
• Maintaining order during rentals, public programs, and other events.


• New York State Security certification and 2+ years of experience
• Current CPR Certification
• Fire Guard Certificate of Fitness

Experience working in a museum, library or cultural organization strongly preferred.
Working experience in historic building a plus.


$16 an hour.

To Apply:

Please e-mail resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org, with the subject line "Security Guard."

Posting Date:  

November 11, 2017

Visitor Services and Events Associate (Part-Time)

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a dynamic and outgoing individual to join our part-time Visitor Services Staff. This is an exciting opportunity to represent a growing cultural organization in Brooklyn and be part of our engaging programing and thriving rental business. Visitor Services & Events Associates are the first contact the public has with the institution and play an invaluable role in defining the tone of each visitor's experience. VS Associates assist the public at our reception desk during museum and library hours and work closely with our public programs and development teams at events that range from panel discussion to wedding rentals. VS Associates will take pride in their knowledge of the organization and guide visitors by answering questions and providing an overview of what BHS offers.


In order to be successful in this position applicants must have strong customer service skills and be able to create a welcoming and engaging environment for the public. The ideal candidate will take a leading role in daily operations at the reception desk; interfacing with the public in a friendly and welcoming manner, handling admissions, reception, and retail sales. He or she will also demonstrate an ability to drive Gift Store and Membership sales through proactive customer service. This position works closely with our Visitor Services, Retail, and Development Departments, serving a support role during programs and special events. Applicants must be available evening hours for rentals and public programs. Weekly schedule may fluctuate but will involve working a minimum of one, and a maximum of three, 8-hour shifts each week (15-25 Hours/Week, weekdays, evenings, weekends).


• Minimum of 2 years' experience in visitor services, retail floor, sales, or customer service position.
• Experience handling cash and reconciling daily sales.
• Superior customer service skills.
• Ability to drive retail sales through attentive customer service.
• Demonstrated ability to problem-solve quickly and efficiently.
• Proactive, action oriented team member willing to take direction from supervisors.
• Excellent interpersonal, communications and technological skills.
• Team-player with an engaging, outgoing personality.
• Prior events or hospitality experience at a cultural organization, event space, restaurant or catering company.
• Knowledge of and enthusiasm for Brooklyn and NYC history and culture a plus!


This is a part-time, paid position offering compensation of $14/hr.

To Apply:

Please e-mail resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org, with the subject line "Visitor Services & Events Associate."

Posting Date:  

March 13, 2017

Internship Opportunities

Library & Archives    Public Programs & Communications     Development 
Public History    Education    Retail

Library & Archives

Reference and User Services Internship

The Library & Archives department of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a Reference and User Services Intern for spring semester 2018. 

BHS’s reference and user services internship is a long-standing program with a proven track record providing interns hands-on experience in a special collections reading room. Alumni of the program have gone on to hold professional library and archives positions at many renowned academic, governmental, and cultural institutions in New York City and beyond.


Under the supervision of the Reference Librarian, interns:
    • Staff the reference desk and supervise the library reading room
    • Answer in-person, email, phone, and mail reference questions
    • Help users make appointments for archival research
    • Welcome museum visitors to an interior landmarked library 
    • Gather user services assessment data
    • Create new or enhance existing online subject guides 


Commitment of two days (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday) from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm for the spring 2018 semester. Availability through summer 2018 preferred. The ideal candidate demonstrates reliability, punctuality, attention to detail, and follow-through. They are patient, helpful, and energetic when working with the public.

Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate-level history or ALA-accredited library science/archives program. Competitive candidates will have already completed coursework in reference and user services. An academic focus or some experience with special collections and archives is preferred.

Additionally, candidates must be able to lift and carry library materials and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs; to stoop, reach, walk up and down stairs; to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered.


Internships are unpaid and are intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums.  BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to library@brooklynhistory.org with the following subject line: "[LastName] - User Services Internship."

Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Posting Date:  

December  20, 2017

Public Programs & Communications

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.


Seasonal Development Internship

Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking a development intern. The successful candidate will learn about fundraising operations inside a nonprofit organization and will gain valuable experience and skills applicable for careers in the nonprofit, cultural and marketing sectors. Internship may be extended and applicable to additional departments (Education, Library) if student is interested.

Position Details:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•Administrative: Research and prepare reports; assist with office filing and day-to-day tasks, may include some travel for errands around the city.
•Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with special events. Help prepare guest lists; liaison with vendors and volunteers. Attend day-of events as needed. Conduct interviews and compose blog entries to be published on our BHS blog.
•Membership: Assist with Raisers Edge database, mailings, and other special projects and events as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

•Candidate must be interested in learning about non-profits.
•Possess excellent writing, computer, organizational and communication skills
•Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter).
•Graphic design skills, Adobe Photoshop and Raiser’s Edge experience are a plus but not required.
•Familiarity with or interest in Brooklyn is helpful.


Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 16-20 hours per week, depending on availability and requirements of student and program.


•Unpaid, but credit may be obtained for participation in this program; interns are expected to make a commitment to a full summer and/or semester of work.
•Published credit for written content on the BHS blog.
•Includes free, unlimited admission to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, exhibits, programs and events and free admission to NYC museums and cultural institutions.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org or fax to 718-222-3794. Please include "Development Internship" in the subject line. One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or former employer is preferred, but not required. Interviews will commence immediately.

Posting Date:

February 15, 2017

Public History

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.


There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.


There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.

Volunteer Opportunities

Brooklyn Historical Society seeks volunteers to support our mission. 

Volunteers at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) offer valuable assistance to staff, visitors, and the general public in a variety of ways. Passionate about the past, present, and future of Brooklyn, volunteers are individuals who enjoy engaging with the diverse communities who make up our great borough. BHS welcomes volunteers 18 years and older who have a sincere desire to lend their time and their skills to the institution. Volunteer opportunities are subject to availability and applicant’s qualifications. Please see the below list of available volunteer openings.

Waterfront Host

Waterfront Hosts are knowledgeable and approachable and will operate throughout the Waterfront exhibit at BHS DUMBO; alert and responsive to visitor needs and are eager to meet and work with visitors; willing to take initiative in assisting visitors with navigating the Museum’s amenities, public offerings, and spaces; and critical in providing visitors a positive experience at BHS.

Waterfront Hosts are NOT docents or tour guides. Waterfront Hosts will report directly to the Visitor Services Coordinator on duty.


    • Help manage crowds waiting to use interactive elements
    • Assist visitors with the operation of technology within the exhibit 
    • Time management; make sure visitors aren’t monopolizing interactive features of the exhibit
    • Make sure moving parts of the exhibit (props, magnets, costume pieces, etc.) remain in their proper areas and are not being misused or mistreated 
    • Ensure the exhibit is neat, organized, and welcoming for visitors 
    • Be familiar and comfortable with the space and its features (location of restrooms, gallery elements, visitor services desk, exits, etc.)

Required Skills

    • Strong communication
    • Flexible attitude
    • Professional attire
    • Reliability and punctuality  
    • Ability to move throughout the space and/or stand for extended periods of time; reasonable accommodations will be made when necessary  
    • Can lift 10lbs 

Recommended Skills

    • Multi-lingual
    • Experience working with and interacting with families and children 

Time Commitment

2-3 hours of training with a Visitor Services staff member. Shifts will be on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Shifts will last 4 hours with one, 15 minute break per shift. Volunteers will be required to commit to a MINIMUM of 2 shifts per month for a period of 6 months.

As and active volunteer you will receive the following benefits:

    • Free admission to BHS for you and up to 2 guests 
    • Invitations to select BHS openings 
    • Admission to BHS public programs, when available 
    • Discount in the BHS shop  
    • Free admission to most museums in New York   

Apply today - If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to volunteer@brooklynhistory.org, detailing your volunteer interests and including your resume. Qualified applicants will be required to attend an in-person interview.