Career, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

Career, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

Careers with The Filson Historical Society

Join us in sharing history!

The Filson Historical Society is a member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, an equal opportunity employer, and provides its employees with industry competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

For general information regarding career opportunities, please contact the Filson Historical Society at (502) 635-5083.

Current Openings

Collections Assistant Position

The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky, seeks a part-time Collections Assistant with excellent customer service skills and demonstrated attention to detail. Reporting to the Curator of Photographs & Prints, the Collections Assistant will coordinate Collections Rights & Reproduction requests, assist with photo and print reference requests, cataloging, and perform other collection-related duties as assigned.

This is a part-time position, 15 hours per weeks with a flexible schedule. Position requires the ability to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 50 pounds. Base pay is $15.50 per hour.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinates incoming collection reproduction requests, including creating and distributing paperwork, ensuring payments are processed, and digitizing items
  • Communicates directly with researchers regarding reproduction requests
  • Delivers collection reproduction requests in a timely manner
  • Assists with Photograph & Print reference queries as assigned
  • Assists with organizing, describing, and digitizing Photograph & Print collections as assigned and enters data into PastPerfect Museum Software
  • Assists with other Photograph & Print Collection needs such as re-housing, organizing, and/or research as assigned
  • Tracks and documents monthly projects and create monthly reports

Required qualifications and competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent professional skills with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including organization and time-management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment; self-motivated and flexible
  • Ability to work with and communicate effectively with people from a variety of educational, ethnic, language, and economic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated abilities working in a PC/Microsoft computer environment, especially in MS Word, Excel, Mail Merge, and Outlook

Physical requirements:

The position requires regularly using a computer in an office environment and the ability to see, hear, and use office equipment. The position involves sitting, standing, stooping, or reaching, and requires the ability to push or pull heavy book carts, climb stools/ladders, frequently lift and carry boxes weighing 25 pounds or less, and occasionally boxes weighing up to 50 pounds. Working conditions include occasional work in areas that are cold, with poor lighting and/or dust.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with photographic and print-based materials
  • Experience in a library, archives, or museum environment
  • Experience with PastPerfect Museum Software

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references (with names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers) to gro.l1664193368aciro1664193368tsihn1664193368oslif1664193368@nosl1664193368if1664193368 by Friday, September 23, 2022.


H. F. Boehl Summer Internship

Eligibility: Current enrollment in or recent completion of a graduate program in history, library science, archives, museum studies, or a related field.

Tenure of Internship: 100 hours to be completed in-house at the Filson.

Amount of Award: $15.00/hour

Interns work with appropriate curatorial staff and faculty advisers in areas of collections management and research. Recent projects have included processing manuscript and photograph collections, creating an online exhibit, and inventorying museum collections.

The application deadline for the Boehl internship is February 15th each year (or the Monday following the 15th if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday). To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research and collection projects you have conducted, your course work, and career objectives (in no more than two pages); your resume; and three letters of recommendation from those familiar with your work, including the faculty advisor directing your graduate work. Applicants are responsible for contacting all persons providing recommendations. You can email your application materials and direct any questions to gro.l1664193368aciro1664193368tsihn1664193368oslif1664193368@hcra1664193368eser1664193368.

Volunteers, Welcome to The Filson Historical Society!

Volunteering is a great way to learn more about history while helping to preserve the past for the enjoyment of future generations.  Meeting new people, learning and sharing information, and making a real contribution to the Filson are just a few of the benefits volunteers can receive for their time and effort.

At the Filson Historical Society, volunteers provide connections to the past and insights into the present.  Volunteers provide personal attention to visitors, perform behind-the-scenes assistance to our Collections Department, and work with the public in education and programming events … all by contributing their unique talents, skills and life experiences, and their knowledge about our community, our commonwealth and the Ohio Valley region.

The Filson Historical Society is committed to encouraging volunteer involvement at all levels in the organization. Please see our current volunteer opportunities below:

Volunteer Opportunities at The Filson


The Filson is seeking volunteer docents to give tours of the exhibits and the historic Ferguson Mansion. Initial and ongoing training for docents will be provided.

If you have the following attributes, you should consider becoming a docent:

  • A passion for connecting the public to local history
  • Great public speaking skills
  • Interest in local history and art
  • Punctual and reliable

Special Event Support

The Filson’s Education and Development Team is looking for volunteers to provide support during our lectures, exhibit openings, cultural pass program, and musical programs such as Jazz Night and Music Under the Trees. The Filson hosts more than 70 educational and entertaining events each year. Volunteer tasks will vary by event and typically include greeting attendees and answering questions, assisting with registration, monitoring gallery spaces, and helping direct the flow of traffic. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of two hours. There is no set schedule for our special event volunteers.

It’s an exciting time at The Filson—join us!

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Emma Bryan at 502-635-5083 or email gro.l1664193368aciro1664193368tsihn1664193368oslif1664193368@nayr1664193368bamme1664193368. Please note that all volunteers will be asked to complete a volunteer packet that includes a background check before they will be able to volunteer at the Filson.