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.

Open Positions:


Genealogist (part-time>

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) seeks a service-oriented individual with genealogical research experience for the part-time position of Genealogist. The successful applicant will join an experienced team providing reference assistance and instruction to library patrons at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of genealogical and historical research. NEHGS is looking for a Genealogist who will be committed to excellence and will help the team achieve its goal of delivering professional, helpful, and courteous service to NEHGS members and the general public.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides reference assistance in person, by phone, and electronically to patrons with a wide variety of research interests and experience.
  • Provides scheduled one-on-one consultations to assist patrons with their research.
  • Keeps current with developments in the field of genealogy.
  • Creates research guides in relevant subject areas.
  • Participates in the development of online reference and educational content.
  • Provides written contributions to NEHGS publications, and prepares and delivers presentations for groups at the library and beyond.
  • Hours are 9-5 (and occasionally 1-9), plus additional hours as needed to cover during programs and staff absences.


  • A minimum of two to three years of recent experience providing reference, research, or customer service.
  • Strong knowledge of genealogical research methodology, standards, and sources (both print and online), and ability to instruct library patrons in how to apply and use them.
  • Experience with or interest in online reference delivery; knowledge of current and emerging technologies, including social media tools, and their applications for patron services.
  • Expertise in two or more subject areas, e.g. early American, Jewish genealogy, Irish, German.
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Professional, dependable, flexible, and constructive work ethic.
  • Evidence of interest in professional and scholarly activities.
  • Availability to work Saturdays and occasionally one weeknight.
  • Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages is a plus.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Michelle Major, Human Resources

Apply by 11/30/2017