Volunteering

Volunteers are essential to the Salem County Historical Society.  It’s our goal to make volunteering as enjoyable for you as it is valuable for us. Over our 130+ year history, many volunteers have contributed to the work of our mission.

If you have enthusiasm, like meeting new people, enjoy history, and are a lifelong learner, then volunteering at SCHS may be for you.

And no experience necessary!  We have a great training program.

Internships

Library

Job Title: Library Intern

The library’s collections constitute one of southern New Jersey’s most important genealogical and local history resources. The collection is comprised of historic books, manuscripts, documents, scrapbooks, photographs and a microfilm library of old newspapers from throughout the county. Begun over a century ago, the collection includes primary and secondary resources from the 17th to the 20th centuries reflecting the civic, cultural, social and family history of Salem County, NJ — the site of the oldest permanent English-speaking settlement in the Delaware Valley.

Project:

The Library Intern will work independently on organizing a collection of materials from the Salem Sunbeam, a now discontinued Salem County newspaper publication in the Society’s Annex Storage Building. The project will involve sorting, relabeling, rehousing and alphabetizing of various items in the collection including, but not limited to: Subject Files, Microfilm Reels, Photographs and Photographic Negatives. On some occasions, promotion of the project through social media and various news publications may be asked of the intern.  

Details and Requirements:

Hours are flexible (Tuesday through Saturday), 9am to 4 pm, but the intern is expected to commit at least 2-4 hours a week to the Society. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, excellent penmanship and strong organization skills are required for this project. While this position is unpaid, school credit can be arranged.

To Apply:

To be considered for an internship position, please email your resume and a list of two references to Richard Guido, Administrator & Librarian: librarian@salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com.

 

Museum

Our museum seeks interns on a rolling basis to assist with a variety of projects and tasks. The museum is comprised of several period rooms and themed exhibits related to local history. Our collections are comprised of over 10,000 historic objects related to the diverse history of Salem County. This includes a large collection of furniture, textiles, paintings and framed items, glass, china, industrial and agricultural tools, Native American artifacts, several historic vehicles, and a variety of other small objects. We use Past Perfect Software to digitally catalog our collections. The museum is currently working on a large organizational project of the Society’s Annex Building and Barn. This includes the extensive physical organization of the museum’s collections, as well as the digital organization of each object's records. Inters may assist with a variety of projects and tasks including but not limited to:

  • Cataloging and Data Entry

  • Collections Research

  • Exhibit Research

  • Exhibit Preparation

  • Collections Organization

  • Social Media

 

Interns interested in assisting with organizational projects should be able to life between 15-30lbs.

 

To be considered for an internship position, please email your resume and a list of two references to Alyssa Caltabiano, Museum Collections Coordinator: museumcollections@salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com

Collections

Work in our museum or library collections

Museum Docent

Guide visitors through our museum

Events/Programs

Lend a hand during one of our many events