The Ohio Historical Society is seeking an experienced curator of historical objects in the Museum & Library Services Division.

This position works with the curatorial staff to acquire, manage, research, exhibit and promote historical objects that represent the history of Ohio and its people.

  • Communicates with donors, evaluates potential donations and makes recommendations for new acquisitions.
  • Develops collecting plans for exhibits and subject specialties.
  • Participates in management of the Society’s object collections, including evaluating objects for exhibits and loans, ensuring proper handling and storage of objects, and transporting objects.
  • Participates in exhibit planning, design and production.
  • Researches and writes object labels and exhibit scripts.
  • Communicates with Society staff, the general public and the media about collections and exhibits.
  • Provides engaging programs for affinity groups and general public.
  • Supervises volunteers, interns or contract staff as needed.
  • Participates in professional organizations and represents the Society at professional conferences.

Requires a Master’s degree in museum studies, public history, history, historical administration or a related field plus a minimum of three to five years’ experience working with museum collections. A successful candidate will have the curiosity to learn new skills and welcome new opportunities. Experience managing museum collections documenting the late 20th and early 21st centuries, particularly transportation, technology and popular culture, and knowledge of post-World War II Ohio and U.S. history is highly preferred.  Collections management activities require travel to the Society’s network of 58 sites and transportation of all types of objects, including large objects such as furniture and vehicles.


Basic skills needed include the ability to communicate orally and in writing with the general public and industry professionals, intermediate level mathematical skills, computer skills, including Microsoft Suite and data base programs, excellent time management, ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Additional skills/knowledge that would be helpful are experience with automated collection records systems, digital photography, environmental monitoring for collections storage and project management. Work takes place in offices, laboratories, collections storage areas and museum exhibit spaces.


For more information or to complete an online application go to:  Or contact the OHS Human Resource Office at:


800 E 17th Ave.

Columbus, OH 43211-2497

Fax: 614-297-2293



The Ohio Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.  The Ohio Historical Society does not discriminate in its employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, and veteran status, or on any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law.