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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 1881 landmark building, preventing damage to our collections, exhibitions, and 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 staff to ensure smooth and safe daily operations. The security guard will assist the weekend supervisor with opening and closing the building, and monitor museum entry during none-public hours.

Responsibilities:

The weekend security guard is responsible for:

Qualifications:

Requirements:

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

Compensation: $16 an hour.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to apply@brooklynhistory.org. Subject line of the email should read: Security Guard Application [your name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Posting Date:
September 30, 2016

Events Associate (Part-time)
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an outgoing individual with experience in customer service, catering, or special events to join our events team. The Events Associate will assist with weekend and weeknight events, including private rentals and public programs, as needed. In general, shifts will be weekend evenings from 5:00pm to 1:00am, and weekday evening shifts, typically 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Hours will vary weekly, dependent on Brooklyn Historical Society's event schedule, so the ideal candidate will be highly flexible.

This is a great opportunity to become involved with a growing cultural organization in Brooklyn, and gain experience in a historic museum's public programming series and rental business!

The Events Associate will assist with customer service, operations and safety at the front desk, library, and galleries.

These duties will include:
• Meet and greet public in courteous, professional, and accessible manner.
• Direct private events staff and deliveries.
• Direct visitors to appropriate public areas throughout the building.
• Monitor the safety of BHS's historic building and collections.
• Provide general information regarding the Brooklyn Historical Society to event attendees.
• Assist Public Programs and Development departments with event set-up and breakdown as needed.
• Assist serving refreshments during special events.
• Assist with check-in at public events.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, outgoing, and an excellent team player, with a previous working knowledge of special events and museums.

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@brooklynhistory.org.

Posting Date
April 7, 2016

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.

Internship Opportunities

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

Library & Archives Interns

Archival Processing Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Archival Processing Intern to assist with the processing of BHS archival collections. Candidates must have taken at least one course in archival concepts, or be enrolled in an archival course during their first semester of the internship to be eligible for the position. The internship will run from January to May 2017.

Responsibilities
• Perform basic rehousing and minimal description or inventorying;
• Contribute to a finding aid; create additional access points and content guides;
• Apply basic preservation techniques to archival records, including encapsulating fragile material and rehousing oversized material;
• Assist with basic collection management, including numbering of folders and boxes;
• Arrange and describe a related collection, and author a finding aid in Archivist Toolkit;
• Intern will be expected to contribute to BHS’s blog.

Requirements
• Interns must be available one day a week (10:00am – 5:00pm) including an hour for lunch.
• Significant coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archival studies and completion of an archival description courses.
• Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description.
• Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential
• Ability to bend, reach, and lift boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications
• Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems
• Previous archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
• Familiarity with EAD and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
• Experience in developing local taxonomies.
• Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history.

Compensation
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 a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Processing Internship [last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Anticipated start date is January 9, 2016.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

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.


Posting Date
December 1, 2016

Reference and User Services Internship
The Library & Archives department of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a Reference and User Services Intern for spring semester 2017.

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.

Responsibilities
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.

Requirements
Commitment of Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm for the spring 2017 semester. Availability through summer 2017 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.

Compensation
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.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

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.


Posting Date
November 28, 2016

Acquisitions Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Acquisitions Intern for the 2016-2017 academic year to assist with the creation of accession records for recent acquisitions; preparation of incoming collections for Collection Committee review/approval; and preparation of the deeds of gift for formal addition to the collections at Brooklyn Historical Society. This is an opportunity to engage in the early stages of archival management with incoming collections, to correspond with donors, and consider intellectual property issues in a research environment prior to processing and access. Intern will gain familiarity with an accessioning as processing approach.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of Julie May, Managing Director of the Library & Archives, intern will assist with the management of incoming collections from acquisition through processing including:

• Perform basic rehousing and minimal description or inventorying
• Modify templated deeds of gifts, taking into consideration the specifics of individual collections and donor specifications
• Complete the physical and electronic accession record with documentation, collection inventory, and location designation
• Manage incoming born-digital collections
• Create finding aids at a minimum processing level of description

Requirements
• Interns must be available 2 days a week (9:30 am – 5:30 pm)
• Significant coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archival studies and completion of an archival description course
• Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description
• Familiarity with EAD and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies
• Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail
• Must be able to lift materials weighing up to 40 lbs; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered

Preferred Qualifications
• Previous experience working with CMS systems; preferably Archivists’ Toolkit and/or ArchivesSpace
• Previous experience or knowledge about intellectual property issues in primary and secondary resource collections
• Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history

Compensation
This internship is unpaid and intended to fulfill course credit requirements for an internship and practicum. BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Acquisitions Internship [last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

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.


Posting Date
July 20, 2016

Archival Processing Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Archival Processing Intern for the 2016-2017 academic year to assist with the processing of BHS archival collections. Candidates must have taken at least one course in archival concepts, or be enrolled in an archival course during their first semester of the internship to be eligible for the position.

Responsibilities
• Perform basic rehousing and minimal description or inventorying.
• Contribute to a finding aid; create additional access points and content guides.
• Apply basic preservation techniques to archival records, including encapsulating fragile material and rehousing oversized material.
• Assist with basic collection management, including numbering of folders and boxes.
• Arrange and describe a related collection, and author a finding aid in Archivist Toolkit.
• Intern will be expected to contribute to BHS’s blog.

Requirements
• Interns must be available one day a week (9:00am – 5:00pm) including an hour for lunch.
• Significant coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archival studies and completion of an archival description courses.
• Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description.
• Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential
• Ability to bend, reach, and lift boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications
• Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems
• Previous archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
• Familiarity with EAD and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
• Experience in developing local taxonomies.
• Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history.

Compensation
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 a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Processing Internship [last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Anticipated start date is August 29, 2016.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

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.


Posting Date
July 15, 2016


Cataloging Intern

Description 

The Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking a Cataloging Intern for a challenging and substantive, year-long cataloging internship. Reporting directly to the Digital Asset Associate, this position will entail enhancement of archival description using Archivists’ Toolkit and the creation or modification of item-level catalog records using Past Perfect Museum Software.  This position will also include writing and publishing blog posts related to the collection as it’s cataloged. While a technical position, it offers a variety of tasks and access to rare materials within a historical museum and research library.

Responsibilities

     Create item-level records using Past Perfect Museum Software
● Modify collection-level record to accommodate digitized materials
● Special projects in support of photographic and archival collections
● Promote the collection through frequent blog posts

Requirements

     Candidate should have significant coursework towards completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Management, Museum Studies, Cultural Informatics, Digital Humanities, User Experience, or Digital Management for Cultural Heritage or Rare Books and Special Collections in the Digital World.
● Experience handling rare and delicate archival materials preferred
● Familiarity with Archivists’ Toolkit, Wordpress, Past Perfect Museum Software preferred
● Completion of at least one course in archival description required

Compensation

A stipend will be provided for the duration of the internship.

The schedule is one day per week during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Benefits include free admittance to NYC museums.

To Apply

Those with an interest in history, background in digitization, and work experience or formal training in library science/archival management should email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Cataloging Internship [last name] 

Anticipated start date is August 29, 2016

About Brooklyn Historical Society

This opportunity is funded by a grant from Gerry Charitable Trust to digitally preserve and catalog scrapbooks and photographs by Eugene L. Armbruster (1865-1943) that depict scenes from Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Kings County, New York. Armbruster was a Brooklyn-based amateur historian and photographer, publishing several books and pamphlets focusing primarily on the New York City area. Within this collection are approximately 1,440 individual photographs and seventeen scrapbook albums, containing over 4,000 pages. The intern will play an important role in making the materials widely accessible.

Posting Date:
July 11, 2016


Public Programs & Communications Interns

Digital Marketing Internship

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach.

The Digital Marketing Intern will assist the Communications & Programs team at BHS with the development and execution of a wide range of publicity and outreach initiatives. The intern will help create and implement innovative online messaging to increase BHS's visibility, and build excitement about our ever-changing programs and exhibitions. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic self-starter to obtain substantive, hands-on experience in non-profit marketing and communications and be part of an organization that is in the midst of exciting growth.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Assisting in the creation and execution of the communications calendar • Monitoring, updating, and publishing new content for all social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram • Designing digital promotional materials • Developing proposals for social media campaigns • Reporting and monitoring traffic of all networks • Updating website content

Candidates must be able to commit to 10-15 hours a week. We strongly prefer that these hours be spent in our Brooklyn office. We will, however, consider a combination of in-office and remote work.

The ideal candidate has these qualifications:

• Exceptional writing and interpersonal skills • Ability to write compelling content for website, blogs, and social networks • Proficient in Photoshop • Is a current or recent college graduate, or graduate student in the NYC area • Copy-writing and/or creative writing experience a plus • Savvy and experienced with social networking tools • Self-starter with the ability to work independently or in a team environment • Reliable, flexible, and committed to the internship • Excellent attention to detail

How to apply: Send your resume, cover letter, references, and availability as a PDF to Meredith Duncan at mduncan@brooklynhistory.org. Please include "Digital Marketing Internship" in the subject line.




Development Interns

Development Internships
Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking 2 interns for the winter-spring semester to work in our Development Department.  The successful candidates will learn about fundraising operations inside a nonprofit organization and will gain valuable experience for careers in the nonprofit, cultural and marketing sectors.  Internship may be extended to additional departments (Education, Library) if student is interested. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•    Administrative:  Conduct research and prepare reports; assist with office filing and day-to-day tasks, may include some travel around the city.

•    Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with events. Interview participants, write and format blog posts on Wordpress. Help prepare guest lists; act as liaison with vendors and volunteers. Attend day-of events as needed.

•    Private Events: Assist Private Events Manager with venue marketing and communications assist with vendor research, help prepare venue set up logistics.

•    Membership: Assist with Raisers Edge database, mailings, and other special projects as assigned.

Skills and Experience
Candidate must have excellent writing, computer, organizational and communication skills and an interest in non-profits. Prior office experience and knowledge of Excel, Word, and Social Media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter) are necessary.  Graphic design skills, Adobe Photoshop and Raisers Edge experience are a plus but not required. Familiarity with or interest in Brooklyn is helpful.

Hours
Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 14-20 hours per week, depending on availability and requirements of student and program.

Salary/Compensation

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 credits on the BHS blog website.

Includes free unlimited admission to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, exhibits, programs and events and free admission to other NYC museums and cultural institutions.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org or fax to 718-222-3794.  One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or former employer is preferred, but not required. 

Posting Date
December 16, 2015


Public History Interns

There are no positions available at this time.


Education Interns


There are no positions available at this time.

Retail Interns


Museum Retail & Product Development Internship
About the Position
Museum retail is an exciting and fast growing aspect of current museum practice. Thanks to a major interior renovation completed in 2013, Brooklyn Historical Society has an expanded retail space and new welcome center. This internship will reflect two key areas in our expanding retail operation: new product development and store promotion. Through the internship experience you will be exposed to front-of-house merchandising and display, general retail practice, and inventory and money management systems. However, the majority of the internship will focus on gaining hands-on experience in the development and production of new branded and exhibition-based retail products that support our mission and define our brand. You will work closely with our Retail Manager to identify, design, source, and produce new products that represent key aspects of our collection as well as support upcoming exhibitions series. You will work independently on product sourcing and research projects as well as attend department meetings and assist in daily retail operations. Additionally, you will sharpen your communications and marketing skills by creating content for print and online marketing opportunities. Each week you will create content for social media features, advertising new products, promotions, and store offerings. You will have a central role in creating content for two monthly blog features: “Shop Talk with Brooklyn Makers” and “Staff Picks.” In order to research and write these entries, you will conduct staff and “maker” interviews and prepare final print and online communications. By the end of the internship you will have gained a general understanding of how a retail department is managed within a museum environment as well as gained a deep understanding of how products are bought, designed, sourced and marketed to the museum audience.

Position Details
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Assist with sourcing and development of new collection-based merchandise.
•    Research new vendor partnerships.
•    Research marketing and promotional trends using social media.
•    Create content for online and print store marketing, communications and blog features.
•    Set up online promotions.
•    Conduct research in audience development and community outreach.
•    In-store merchandising and display.
•    Inventory and stock management.


Qualifications

•    College students, graduate students or recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
•    Strong written communication and research skills.
•    Pleasant phone manner.
•    Must be organized and able to work independently on tasks.
•    Candidates with prior marketing, retail, museum and experience preferred.


Hours and Duration
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking an intern for spring 2015.  Start and end dates are flexible, but the internship will be generally run through the spring semester: beginning late January or early February and ending May or June of 2015.  Days of the week are flexible and a specific schedule will be agreed upon if position is offered.

•    Minimum of 2-Maximum of 5 days a week, 8 hours per day.
•    Internships are unpaid, but can be applied toward course credit. Time commitment may be increased to meet course hour requirements.


How to Apply
Email Cover Letter, Current Resume & Professional References to: lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org.

Contact
Lindsay Palmer Vint
Visitor Services and Retail Manager
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org


Posting Date

January 12th, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities

BHS accepts volunteers on a quarterly basis.  Please download an application, and email volunteer@brooklynhistory.org with all supporting materials, or mail your application to the address below. Many departments only accept volunteers on a project basis (public history, curatorial, education and tours).  If there is not a listing below, we are not currently looking for volunteers in those departments at this time. Please check back!

Development Department
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Email: volunteer@brooklynhistory.org


About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment 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.