Employment Opportunities

Help us educate, inspire and connect family historians

To advance the study of family history in America and beyond, the New England Historic Genealogical Society educates, inspires, and connects people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise. We are supported by 90 employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, serving 225,000 members. Our jobs span a broad range of careers, from entry-level to professional, including genealogical research, publishing, library science, curatorial, internet technology, finance, information systems, development, sales, education, and member services.

For immediate consideration to any of our open staff positions, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to:

Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources mmajor@nehgs.org.

Check out our Volunteer page for other opportunities to help advance the study of family history.

Open Positions:



The New England Historic Genealogical Society seeks a skilled Conservator to plan and carry out the treatment of historic materials in our research library consisting of books, manuscripts, and archival materials. The Conservator will manage the conservation lab, including setting priorities, managing workflows, maintaining equipment and supplies, and training and supervising volunteers and interns. As a member of the Collection Services team, the Conservator will collaborate with Library and Special Collections staff, consult with members and donors, and conduct workshops for staff and members.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess items and determine appropriate course of action based on accepted best practices in the field and the expected use of the item.
  • Plan, document, and execute conservation treatments and repairs for books and paper-based materials, including general-collection library books and rare archival materials, as well as basic repair of Fine Art Collection items.
  • Supervise and train volunteers and interns in performing book and paper repair.
  • Prepare reports and compile data to track works in progress and work completed, and develop treatment plans as necessary.
  • Oversee the maintenance and operation of conservation lab equipment and facility, and within budget guidelines, determine and participate in the ordering of equipment and supplies.
  • Participate in planning and setting goals, managing projects, and developing workflows in support of NEHGS priorities.
  • Participate in disaster response, recovery, and salvaging operations and serve on disaster planning team.
  • Work on special projects and special events.
  • Participate in professional development and stay up to date with current practices and advances in the field of conservation.
  • Conduct outreach, workshops, and presentations as necessary.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in conservation, library science, or related field, or equivalent experience, training and skills.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in conservation work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, preservation techniques for library and archival materials.
  • Ability to work effectively and constructively both independently and as part of a team, as well as to alter priorities to meet organizational needs.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Competency with technology including email, word-processing, and spreadsheets.
  • Familiarity with digital photography and preparing objects for digitization.

About the organization:

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America's founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, NEHGS is the nation's leading resource for family history research. NEHGS provides comprehensive family history services through an expert staff, original scholarship, educational opportunities, world-class research center, and award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org, to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families' unique place in history.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to:
Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources

No phone calls, please.

Apply by March 16, 2018



Due to an increasing demand for quality genealogical research, NEHGS is looking for a full-time researcher who will be responsible for conducting research for the NEHGS Research Services Department (completing a minimum of 25 billable hours per week). The ideal candidate should have a thorough knowledge of genealogical skills, techniques, and sources; and be able to efficiently conduct research in the time allotted by clients. This is an on-site, full-time, benefits eligible position.


  • ­Bachelor's degree in a history related field
  • ­Genealogical training
  • ­General computer skills including internet, e-mail, and word processing
  • ­3-4 years of professional genealogical experience
  • ­Ability to analyze documents and compile detailed narrative research reports

Salary depends on experience.

To Apply:

Please email resume, cover letter, and a written sample of genealogical research to:
Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources

Apply by March 9, 2018