Current Job Openings

Jobs at Old Sturbridge Village are diverse and exciting ways to connect with history. Current job openings will be posted below when available. Unless otherwise noted in the job posting, please send cover letter and resume to:

Personnel Department
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd.
Sturbridge, MA 01566

or send via email

You can also download an Employment Application and mail it to the above address. Applications must be signed and dated to be accepted.

Old Sturbridge Village does not provide housing and is not able to assist candidates with interview or relocation costs.

Old Sturbridge Village is also now accepting applications for summer college internships. These internships are excellent opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students interested in American history focusing on the 1830s, the Industrial Revolution and agricultural history, as well as museum education or administration. Learn more here.

Job Openings

Curatorial Fellowship

Straker Historical Trade Fellowship



Curatorial Fellowship

Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest living history museum, welcomes applications for a one-year curatorial fellowship for 2018-2019. This is a one-year position, beginning in September 2018. The fellowship provides an emerging museum professional the opportunity to work with curatorial and library staff on a variety of projects related to exhibitions, collections management, research, and programming. Specific duties will be assigned on a project basis and may include, but are not limited to, exhibitions; research enquiries; collections management; preventive conservation; cataloging; furnishings plans; and public programs.

The position is open to candidates who have received a graduate degree in museum studies, American material culture, decorative arts, art history, public history, history or a related field in the last two years (after May 2016).  Knowledge of American decorative arts, especially New England materials dating from 1790 to 1840, and experience working in a museum environment is required. Demonstrated experience with exhibitions and collections management including records management, object handling, research and documentation is preferred. Evenings and weekends may occasionally be required for programs, events, or other needs. The fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000. The position includes no benefits and housing is available at no cost.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and two letters of reference to  Please put “OSV Curatorial Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.



Straker Historical Trade Fellowship

Focus Area:

Historical Trades: Coopering, Textile, Pottery, Shoemaking, Printing


At Old Sturbridge Village, a Historical Interpreter engages and educates our audience. They use historic clothing, structures, plants, animals and landscape as well as the tools and techniques of early trades, agriculture, horticulture and domestic crafts to make meaningful connections with the present. Fellows will be provided costumes by the OSV Costume Department.

The Straker Historic Trade Fellowship will focus on the two main elements of interpretation: educating/engaging our visitor and working towards mastery of one or more hand skills. Working alongside museum professionals, this fellowship will allow for hands-on learning and mentorship in one or two of the following areas: Coopering, Textile, Shoemaking, Pottery, Printing.  

All fellows will be provided general training in the museum's time period and in the area(s) to which they'll be assigned as well as in visitor engagement and customer service. These fellows will also be provided mentors to help progress their skills and assess their development. This fellowship will be overseen by the Intern & Volunteer Coordinator and Trades Coordinator or Domestic Crafts Coordinator or the Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts.

Hours, Stipend & Application:

This one-year fellowship begins early September 2018. The workday is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday; winter hours may differ. The fellow will receive a stipend of $14,000. Stipends are based on a 40 hour a week and will be prorated if shorter hours or season are agreed upon. The position includes housing available at no cost, PTO & Sick time prorated to hours work, no health or medical benefits are included.
Please submit a letter of interest indicating the desired focus area, resume, and two letters of reference to Please put “Straker Historical Trade Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line. The deadline for applications is May 12th, 2018.