Current Employment Opportunities at the California Historical Society

Have a passion for history? Want to help the California Historical Society pursue its mission of engaging and empowering people to make history a meaningful part of their contemporary lives? Consider applying for a position at CHS. We are an equal-opportunity employer and encourage everyone to apply for open positions.


Director of Development

The California Historical Society is seeking dynamic candidates for the position of Director of Development. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is a key leader in the organization, providing guidance and vision for fundraising and organizational advancement initiatives, working to strengthen relationships with donors, members, the public and constituent groups, and playing an active role in the governance and planning of the organization.  To learn more about the position, click here.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume or CV to sjordana@calhist.org. Please, no telephone calls.

Visitor Services Representative

The California Historical Society is seeking applicants for the position of part-time Visitor Services Representative. Visitor Services Representatives provide exceptional customer service to all visitors, volunteers, and staff, through in-person, telephone, and technological communication. They also create accessible and inclusive visitor experiences and a positive impression of the California Historical Society. To learn more about the position, click here.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume or CV to jgarding@calhist.org. Please, no telephone calls.

Volunteer Opportunities

The California Historical Society engages a wide audience and we depend upon the generous assistance of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the educational programs and public events we offer to members, historians, neighbors, and the general public. Interested individuals may contact jmorgan@calhist.org for information.

Docent/Gallery Guide Volunteers

The California Historical Society seeks volunteer docents to support public programs and events. Contact jmorgan@calhist.org for more information.


The California Historical Society does not currently have a regular internship program. Individuals interested in pursuing possible internship opportunities with the California Historical Society may contact info@calhist.org and should please include the following:

  • A resume (please limit to no more than two pages); and
  • A cover letter explaining your area(s) of study; your availability; the specific educational goal(s) you wish to achieve; and the requirements for your sponsoring institution (if any).

Potential internship resumes will be kept on file for six months. Please, no telephone calls.