Employment & Internships


The Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS), is looking for an Executive Director (ED) to write the next chapter in our 75 year history.  Located in bucolic Orient, NY at the tip of Long Island’s North Fork, OHS has a remarkable collection of documents, art and historical objects housed in seven historic buildings on our verdant campus.  OHS serves as the cultural hub of our dynamic local community, which includes long-time residents with roots going back generations as well as more recent arrivals, and part-time and summer residents.  With dedicated staff and committed volunteers, a fully engaged Board of Directors, and a broad base of donor support, this is an opportune moment for the right person to build on our stable financial position and growing momentum.

We are looking for a new leader to shape strategy, deliver our exhibitions, programs, and events to the public with a high level of excellence and oversee our general and fiscal management.  The ED will also be the primary face to the community and our chief fundraiser and marketer.  We are looking for an individual who has strong experience in management, a passion for history, enthusiasm for fundraising, and  embraces innovation and collaboration.  The full job description is located here.  Please submit your cover letter and resume to EDSearch@ohsny.org.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience, including demonstrated management or leadership experience in nonprofit setting. Strong preference for experience in a visitor-serving institution, such as a museum or historical, cultural or arts organization.
  • Experience leading fundraising efforts with individuals, institutions, and government entities. Demonstrated experience with individual giving, capital campaigns, and/or events a plus.
  • Experience leading and managing a team of staff and volunteers to a high standard of excellence and accountability.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively across a diverse range of internal
    and external stakeholders.
  • Strong strategic, reasoning, communication and writing skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity and capacity for leadership and innovation
  • Passion for, and understanding of history and its role in telling stories.
  • Appreciation for the role of cultural institutions in communities.


Internships are available for high school and college students who are looking for in-depth projects with OHS. Our internship program is a great way to expand your education in history, the humanities, and museum studies. Projects are designed to meet the Society’s needs and your interests.

Hours and duties are flexible. Internships are unpaid and can be completed in conjunction with your school to fulfill community service and independent study requirements. Talk to your guidance counselor or department chair about receiving credit for your work.

Interested in an internship?  Contact the Office Manager at office@ohsny.org


Interested in volunteering?
Check out volunteer positions here.

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