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Thank you for your interest in joining the staff of the California Historical Society.

The California Historical Society (CHS) is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Library and Collections. This is a San Francisco-based, full-time exempt position with benefits, including fully paid employee health, vision, dental, life, and AD&D, and a generous holiday and time off policy. The Director is a key leader in the organization, providing guidance and vision for the North Baker Research Library and CHS Collection. Overseeing all programs and activities of the department, the Director is responsible for: staff management; budgeting; collection development and management; processing and cataloging; reference services and public outreach; and digital projects. In collaboration with the Executive Director & CEO, other department heads and staff, the Director will:

  • Develop projects and partnerships to inspire broad public engagement with and increased access to the CHS Collection
  • Pursue new collection development opportunities; and
  • Engage in fundraising, grant-seeking, and donor cultivation initiatives.

As a key member of the executive team, the Director will participate in formulating strategic direction and ensuring operational alignment of the organization. The position reports to the Executive Director & CEO, and manages a small but expanding team of archivists, librarians, and paraprofessionals. To learn more about the position, please read the complete job description. Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume or C.V. to

The California Historical Society is seeking applicants for the position of Guest Concierge, Part-Time, On-Call. To learn more about being a Guest Concierge for the bookstore and galleries of the California Historical Society, please read the job description. If you are interested in being considered for the position of Guest Concierge, please email your cover letter and details of your professional experience to

Please, no telephone calls.


The California Historical Society seeks volunteer docents to support its current exhibitions on an ongoing basis. Help us share California stories with gallery visitors, adult tour groups, school children, and others.

If you are interested in becoming a CHS docent/gallery guide, please download and fill out our docent application and email it to

Please download our Docent Job Description.


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.

To learn more about volunteering for the California Historical Society, please contact Patty Pforte, Programs and Visitor Experience Manager,

If you are interested in volunteering, please download and fill out our volunteer application and email it to


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 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.


To share details of your (historical) organization's upcoming event(s) with California Historical Society, please post at:

678 Mission Street
San Francisco
CA 94105
415.357.1848 voice
415.357.1850 fax
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