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. Diversity and equity are core values of the institution.

Our work is strengthened by the wide range of perspectives, positionalities, skills and experiences of our present and future staff. We are 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
    - Part-Time Educator
    - Teen Programs Coordinator (Part-Time, Temporary)
    - Director of Education
    - Visitor Services and Events Associate (Part-Time)
Volunteer Opportunities

Full-time & Part-time Positions

Part-Time Educator

BHS recently opened a satellite museum, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and will be leading school programs there in school year 2018-2019.

Since 2011, BHS has also offered school programs in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 (BLDG 92) is a museum and visitor center that serves as a gateway to the community through permanent and rotating exhibitions. BLDG 92 explores the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s rich and illustrious history, its evolution to become a national model for sustainable industrial parks and its continuing role as a vital economic, manufacturing, and cultural hub of Brooklyn. Housed in the renovated 1857 Marine Commandant’s residence with a modern extension, BLDG 92 educates the public about the significant role the Brooklyn Navy Yard has played, and continues to play, in the social, economic, environmental, and historic fabric of the United States and Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking highly qualified educators to join the Education Department in leading tours and offsite outreach programs in NYC schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Educators may be chosen to lead programs at the landmark building in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and/or at the Brooklyn Navy Yard depending on availability and qualifications.


• Conduct exhibit-based tours for K-12 students and some adult & college groups at Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and/or the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
• Lead student workshops based on BHS curriculum materials in schools
• Assist with implementation of teacher professional learning workshops
• Support tours with other administrative duties as assigned; i.e. confirming tours with bookers, refreshing didactic materials, revising tour outlines


• BA in history, education, arts administration, museum studies, science education or other related field (advanced degrees preferred)
• Prior experience teaching K-12 students in museums, classrooms, or other informal settings
• Interest in and working knowledge of U.S. history (Brooklyn history knowledge preferred)
• Willingness to travel to all parts of Brooklyn and throughout NYC via public or other transportation
• Cultural competency and ability to communicate well with diverse groups of learners
• Ability to assimilate large amounts of information quickly
• Punctuality and dependability

Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Multiple language fluency a plus
• Active in related professional organizations (NYCMER, etc.) a plus

Schedule/Time Commitment:

• Educators work between one and four days/week, during the hours of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm, with the opportunity for afternoon afterschool work throughout the year. Educators have a set amount of guaranteed hours per week for all positions.
• All educators must make a commitment for the 2018-2019 school year (September – June)
• All BHS educators must complete mandatory BHS & BNY training (paid) before leading tours. Training will be held during the week of September 17.

Compensation & Benefits

$25/hour for programs, $18/hour for trainings & meetings
NYCMER Institutional Membership
Paid sick leave in accordance with NYC law
Free/discounted admission to BHS Public Programs; 20% discount at museum shop
Opportunity for additional project-based work (Afterschool programs, etc.)

The ideal candidate for this position is a self-starter who will work to ensure all tasks and projects are completed by teens, and teens are enjoying the process as they learn. The candidate will ensure these programs will be an extension of the organization’s mission and bring a deep respect for the pluralities of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, nationality, age, and gender identity in our communities.

To Apply:

Write “Part Time Educator” in the subject line and email a resume and cover letter detailing your availability and interest to apply@brooklynhistory.org. Application deadline: July 29, 2018 by 5pm. Interviews: To be scheduled August 6-9, between the hours of 10am-4pm. Start Date: September 17, 2018.

Posting Date:  

July 10, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Teen Programs Coordinator (Part-Time, Temporary)

The Teen Programs Coordinator is a hybrid administrative and instructional position. The Teen Programs Coordinator works closely with the Director of Education and Managers of Teaching and Learning in Brooklyn Historical Society’s Education Department to implement, coordinate, evaluate, and promote two teen afterschool/internship programs: In the fall, Teen Innovators, and in the spring, Teen Council. The Teen Programs Coordinator position is PT, grant-funded, and temporary. This position begins with ten hours in August. Regular program hours begins September 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.


Teen Innovator Coordination: Work collaboratively with Manager of Teach and Learning to co-lead the Teen Innovators after-school sessions at BLDG 92, including:

• Assist with recruitment and interviews of teens.
• Purchase snacks and track program expenses and receipts.
• Be present and participate in all after-school sessions, including final day celebrations. Sessions will be held October 3 – December 5, 2018. All sessions are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30, will take place at BLDG 92 (at the intersection of Flushing and Carlton Avenues), on the fourth floor. We have added Monday, October 30 to the schedule. We will not meet October 31st, November 7th and 22nd.
• Interface with Brooklyn Navy Yard commercial tenants and staff.
• Track student attendance and applicable credits towards graduation.
• Mentor publication of online student work.
• Supervise Teen Innovators Fellow.
• Assist in the production of student symposium on December 4, 2018.
• Attend monthly Thursday check-ins during spring 2019.

Teen Council Coordination:

• Work with Manager of Teaching and Learning to develop and implement recruitment and outreach strategies in fall 2018 and to update the website as planning for 2019 cohort.
• Interview and select 18 – 25 teen Council Members for spring 2019.
• Interview and select one returning teen fellow in a paid position, and supervise/mentor them as a junior colleague for duration of program.
• Adapt existing program curriculum for sessions Feb 5 – May 29 resulting in exhibition panels and a public opening on May 29. Curriculum may also entail inviting guest speakers and planning outside field trips to cultural resources across the city.
• Liaise with printers and outside vendors as needed to see student exhibition panels through production.
• Facilitate peer to peer and institutional review of student work.
• Help students plan and host an opening event on May 29, 2019.
• Develop and implement program evaluation and produce a written report by June 30, 2019.

Required Skills:

The ideal candidate for this position is a self-starter who will work to ensure all tasks and projects are completed by teens, and teens are enjoying the process as they learn. The candidate will ensure these programs will be an extension of the organization’s mission and bring a deep respect for the pluralities of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, nationality, age, and gender identity in our communities

Compensation & Benefits

• $25/hour (up to 400 hours total)
• Paid sick leave in accordance with NYC law
• Free/discounted admission to BHS Public Programs; 20% discount at museum shop

To Apply:

Write “Teen Programs Coordinator” in the subject line and email a resume and cover letter detailing your availability and interest to to apply@brooklynhistory.org. Application deadline: July 23, 2018 by 5pm. Start Date: August 1, 2018.

Posting Date:  

July 10, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

Director of Education

The Director of Education is a Senior Staff position reporting to the President. The Director of Education leads a dynamic team of 3 FT staff and 4 – 10 PT staff and is responsible for the overall design, evaluation, staffing, and financial sustainability of learning experiences and resources primarily for K-12 audiences, as well as family, college, adult and older adult groups. Education programs bring to life BHS’s unique collections, including archives and oral histories, as well as objects, art, and ephemera, and connect local Brooklyn history to new scholarship and national narratives. The Director of Education represents BHS through collaborations with outside partners, communities, institutions, and the NYC Department of Education. Successful candidates will bring an active interest in racial equity and inclusion – both of which are fundamental to the institution.


Department Administration and Leadership
• Establish annual goals, objectives and priorities for the Education Department across all BHS sites
• Establish and manage the Education Department budget
• Manage Education Department partnerships, new and ongoing (the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NYC DOE, and others)
• Hire, supervise and train Education staff, volunteers and interns and develop Education department procedures and protocols
• Develop marketing strategies for education programs and work in collaboration with Marketing and Communications staff
• Represent the Education Department at Senior Staff meetings, and in strategic planning with the Board of Trustees
• Collaborate with all other BHS Departments on a wide range of institutional projects
• Represent BHS at conferences and professional meetings
• Serve as a liaison between BHS and public, private and parochial schools
• Conceive of and implement program evaluation strategies for Education programs
• Serve as editor for the Young Scholars book series, a program in which BHS publishes original student research every spring
• Oversee program development for college students, adults, and older adults.
• Develop new programs for family audiences

Funding for Education
• Collaborate actively with Development Staff on fundraising for Education programming from government, foundation and corporate sources.
• Manage Education Department grants and awards
• Meet with and present on Education programs to funders as needed

Direct Instruction and Educator Training
• Build and maintain relationships with NYCDOE and NYC schools to provide content-rich teacher and student programs in Pre-K - 12
• Manage 3 FT staff
• With other Education Staff:
    o Lead training of PT staff
    o Teach school programs, especially as training for PT program educators
    o Facilitate Teacher Professional Learning workshops

Required Skills:

• BA in History, Humanities, Education, Museum Studies, or related field. Advanced degrees preferred.
• At least 7 years in museum education or public history education, at least 3 of them in a leadership role.
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Deep knowledge of trends and pedagogies related to museum education and public history
• Experience and interest in contributing to development and fundraising for education programs
• Strong leadership and experience managing a varied team of PT and FT staff
• Demonstrated budgeting and organizational skills
• Commitment to racial equity and inclusion work in public history and education
• Ability to partner with scholars and outside presenters

Preffered Skills:

• Experience curating exhibitions or humanities projects that involve primary sources
• Knowledge of teen and youth program design
• Experience creating written curriculum
• Experience collaborating with NYC Department of Education and other agencies
• Multiple languages

Hours & Compensation

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 9-to-5 with additional evening and weekend work as needed.

The salary for this position is in the $75,000 - $85,000 range plus benefits.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org, with "Director of Education" in the subject line.

Posting Date:  

July 2, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.


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

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

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 summer 2018 (May – August). 

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 
    • Welcome museum visitors to an interior landmarked library
    • Answer in-person, email, phone, and mail reference questions
    • Gather user services assessment data
    • Assist library staff in August clean-up of the archives      
    • Contribute to special projects such as enhancing discovery tools


The summer internship is a compressed version of the two-semester experience offered during the academic year. Internships are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Summer interns work preferably two but at least one full day per week (9:30 am – 5:00 pm), including an hour for lunch (11:45 am – 12:45 pm) and four hours on the reference desk when the library is open to the public (1:00 – 5:00 pm, May – July).

Ideal candidates demonstrate reliability, punctuality, attention to detail, and follow-through. They are patient, helpful, and energetic when working with the public.

Candidates must be enrolled in (or recent graduates of) a history or ALA-accredited library science/archives graduate-level 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:  

March  16, 2018

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.