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The History Center has no open staff positions.

We are currently accepting applications for two archival digitzation internships on a rolling basis. Details below. 

We do hire Schoolmarms and Schoolmasters on an as-needed basis and can hire students with work-study employement. Find more information below.


The History Center in Tompkins County is excited to be a part of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, a place like no other in Upstate New York. This heritage tourism center is the new home for 12 partner organizations and 2 trustee organizations. You can learn about all the partners here.
We are always looking for volunteer docents to greet the public and share knowledge with visitors in the exhibit hall. If you are interested please complete our Docent Application
The opportunity is flexible; docents can specialize in one topic or a particular exhibit, sit at the desk or give weekly presentations, or volunteer only during the semester or summer if they live elsewhere for part of the year. 
Contact with interest or questions.
Serving as a docent is eligible for community service/service-learning hours, Federal Work-Study employment, and college internship credits. We have had docents ages 15 to 70+, with all levels of education and sorts of interests. No prior experience in museums or history is needed! We offer ongoing, optional trainings on topics and skills of interest to docents.

Volunteers & Interns

The History Center is always looking for volunteers and interns to help us carry our mission forward. Internships are available for students and non-students in the areas listed below. We are currently accepting applications for two internships on a rolling basis. Details below. 


Archival Mapping Internship

The History Center in Tompkins County is looking for reliable individuals to contribute weekly hours to a HistoryForge digitization project. HistoryForge is an innovative digital history platform which places a new spin on local history by combining census data, historic maps, and images into a searchable platform, providing new ways for researchers and the public to visualize life in Ithaca between 1900 and 1930.

Interns will be expected to contribute regular hours to help with uploading, cleaning, and georectifying historic maps of Ithaca, an integral component of the HistoryForge platform. This project will supplement your knowledge in history, sociology, cartography, data creation, digitization, and archival maps.  Specifically, you will learn how to use photo editing software to clean up images, upload discrete pages of historic maps into HistoryForge and use MapWarper to paste them together as one large map and georectify them.  Georectification involves modeling digital maps with their coordinates on a contemporary map, to correctly identify locations in modern day. Maps and mapping are used to represent a wide range of data.  Beyond showing us how to get from Point A to Point B, maps help us add visual narratives to history to better understand the lands we live on now.

We are looking for at least two interns with strong organizational skills and attention to accuracy to work on a semester basis. Anticipated work terms run from Jan-May, May-August, August-December at a minimum of four hours a week but schedules can be flexible. This internship may qualify for work/study hours with your university. 

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis, the first round of applications are due by January 10, 2020.  Please send a one page cover letter Eve Snyder at This is an unpaid position.


For more information about other volunteer and intern opportunities, please contact the appropriate department.

Education, Youth Programs, Oral History, Eight Square Schoolhouse:
Julia Taylor, 607 273-8284 ext. 229 or

Exhibit Curation, Photography, Graphic Design:
Cindy Kjellander-Cantu, 607 273-8284 ext. 223 or

Research Library, Archives:
Donna Eschenbrenner, 607 273 8284 ext. 228 or

Ben Sandberg, 607 273 8284 ext. 222 or

Communications, Marketing, Visitor Services, Community Outreach:
Zoë Van Nostrand, 607 273 8284 ext. 227 or

Schoolmarms & Schoolmasters Wanted: Become A Teacher at The Eight Square Schoolhouse

Take some local history, a landmark building, a flair for the dramatic and a roomful of kids. Mix well and you will have an unforgettable trip to the past. The History Center is looking for teachers at our 1827 schoolhouse on Hanshaw Road in Dryden. In the spring and fall, area fourth grade and home school children spend a day immersed in rural one-room school education of over a century ago via our Living History program. If you are interested in becoming part of our unique teaching team, please contact Julia Taylor, (607) 273-8284 ext. 229 or

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