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Employment Opportunities

To ensure the continuing flow of qualified applications, Historic Annapolis posts all job openings in its weekly email newsletter, on its website and on designated internet sites. Job openings are posted as they occur. 



EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Salaried, Full-time (40 hrs/wk)      


REPORTS TO: VP of Education and Interpretation and VP of Finance

The Retail Manger is responsible for achieving the retail sales goals of the Museum Store and William Paca House Gift Shop. The Retail Manger is also responsible for managing all aspects of retail operations, including but not limited to: selecting merchandise, hiring, managing and scheduling retail staff; creating and implementing sales strategies to maximize performance of retail operations. The Retail Manger is expected to work the sales floor and lead a cohesive team of retail associates to serve as ambassadors for Historic Annapolis and support the organization’s mission through retail sales.  Weekend and Holiday work is required.


  • Manage full and part-time sales staff, including assisting with annual evaluations.
  • Use and maintain the point of sale system, including generating regular reports.
  • Maintain accurate drawer cash control.
  • Interface with Finance Department to ensure accurate cash reconciling procedures.
  • Perform End of Month reconciliation to include negative quantity counts, consignors receiving reports, check requests for consignor payments and valuation of inventory.
  • Prepare expense and sales projections.
  • Create a mix of merchandise with mission related objects (historic and garden related); as well as nautical and regional items.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining vendor and consignor relationships and maintain current information on market trends and product availability from vendors.
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors for best terms for price, delivery, and payment options.
  • Control inventory levels and place timely purchase orders for appropriate quantities.
  • Conduct an annual inventory in accordance with fiscal year requirements.
  • Monitor loss prevention from all sources to include breakage, theft, and monitoring inventory integrity and implement strategies to limit losses and inventory inaccuracies.
  • Oversee the visual merchandising of the stores to increase retail sales through attractive merchandise displays and window displays.
  • Develop special in-store events to promote retail connections with the community.
  • Set up, breakdown and staffing of HA events in support of the organization as requested and needed.
  • Develop advertising for the store and retail marketing campaigns in coordination with Marketing and within budget guidelines.
  • Respond to customer service issues, complaints and customer comments appropriately.
  • Weekend and Holiday work is required.
  • Ability to lift and move 25lbs.
  • Ability to lead tours of building, including current exhibit.
  • Submit Board reports for publication; attend Board meetings and present information to Board when requested.
  • Other duties as assigned by the VP of Education and Interpretation and VP of Finance.


  • Bachelor’s degree in, merchandising or related field, with five years experience in retail operations and management.
  • Working knowledge of museums preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of retail store operations and purchasing.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Strong personnel management skills and effective working relationship with the public.
  • Thorough knowledge of inventory, stockroom controls and procedures.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Familiarity with computers, Windows, and point of sale systems.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to lisa.robbins@annapolis.org.




DATE CREATED/ MODIFIED: April 4, 2017   

REPORTS TO: Public Programs Coordinator and VP of Education and Interpretation

Mysteries of History is a summer camp geared toward children who are rising second through eighth graders. Campers will explore HA buildings and downtown Annapolis as they travel from Annapolis’s colonial past to the world of spies from past generations to the ships of history’s most notorious pirates, among many other stops throughout history (Session 2, Time Traveler Kids) OR as they solve riveting mysteries of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through history (Sessions 1 & 3, STEAM Detectives). Each day of camp is filled with a variety of activities such as crafts, storytelling, movement activities, scavenger hunts, and field trips around the Historic District of Annapolis. Historic Annapolis is seeking active, energetic, creative, and responsible camp counselors eager to educate children about history in a fun and engaging manner.

Training: Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23, 2017
Session 1: Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2017: STEAM Detectives
Session 2: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2017: Time Traveler Kids
Session 3: Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017: STEAM Detectives

Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (times may vary slightly)

Where: One Martin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Rate: $550 per week


  • Ensure the safety and welfare of all campers (approx. 25 per session) at all times
  • Follow camp objectives, rules, policies, and guidelines
  • Serve as a positive role model for youth
  • Lead campers through activities, transition times, and “down times,” including lunch, before care, and after care
  • Lead activities such as crafts or active movement
  • Assist in the setup and breakdown of activities, putting supplies away, and/or creating samples for upcoming activities
  • Work with fellow counselors to maintain the safety of the campers, ensure the daily schedule runs on time, and educate and entertain the campers through a variety of activities
  • Show a genuine interest in campers
  • Be punctual and organized
  • Problem solve through situations and seek assistance when necessary
  • Attend scheduled meetings and trainings
  • Participate enthusiastically
  • Work to ensure all youth are comfortable, safe, and included
  • Engage with the campers on a personal level to keep them entertained and educated
  • Willingness to work with children of all cognitive and physical abilities
  • Be able to accept guidance and supervision from staff


  • Age 18+
  • Have experience working with groups of children ages 7-13
  • Attend a week-long training course to prepare for the camp
  • Upbeat and energetic attitude
  • Flexible schedule and available
  • Leadership skills, including: organizing a group, self-confidence, problem-solving, working as a team
  • Unafraid to be in the spotlight and lead an activity independently
  • Be able to stand for 8 hours and lift up to 25 pounds
  • Possess the athleticism to participate in active movement activities and “keep up” with elementary/middle school aged children


  • First aid and CPR certified
  • Past experience as a camp counselor
  • A passion for history and/or education

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to aliya.reich@annapolis.org.

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EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Hourly, non-exempt, up to 25 hours per week      

DATE UPDATED: February 24, 2017

REPORTS TO: Retail Manager

The Retail Sales Associate is responsible for building relationships with retail customers and visitors to Historic Annapolis’ retail and Museum site locations.  The Retail Associate focuses on increasing profitability through excellent customer service, efficiency in merchandise receiving, enhancing the store’s visual display and acting as an ambassador to inform and educate customers/visitors.


  • Greets customers/visitors as they enter the store and builds a rapport to discover the appropriate information that may best serve the customers/visitors needs.
  • Responds effectively and knowledgeably to questions from customers/visitors regarding merchandise, exhibit information, local tourist information, HA sites, membership, events and volunteer opportunities. 
  • Builds sales through product introductions and recommendations to include promoting HA special sites/events (Candlelight Tour, Ghost Tours, Hogshead, William Paca House).
  • Performs accurate POS retail sales processing, event and membership sales through two software platforms (Counterpoint and Altru) to balance the day’s business in the appropriate manner.
  • Responsible for all opening and closing procedures, banking duties, securing the building and securing secondary sites, such as the Warehouse exhibit building.
  • Performs store maintenance, supplies restock, dusting and merchandise integration and display activities to optimize the appearance of the retail sales floor and all merchandise.
  • Processes receiving shipment accurately, reporting damages, restocks merchandise and maintains back stock rooms in excellent order.
  • Monitors sales floor to prevent loss and records product damages appropriately.
  • Prepares customer purchases for UPS shipping as needed and insures items in transit if warranted.
  • Assists with annual inventory.
  • Participates in all aspects of setup/breakdown and staffing of HA events in support of the organization as requested and needed.
  • Assists in creating merchandising and staffing displays at HA functions as requested.
  • Monitors the exhibit areas to check the function of audio/visual devices, security and condition of exhibit components and restocks supplies in interactive exhibit areas.
  • Understands and promotes the financial success of Historic Annapolis by introducing exhibits as donation supported and introducing the retail operations as mission based retail that supports our preservation and education programs.
  • Assist with tours of exhibits in the associated Museum
  • Other duties as assigned by the Retail Manager


  • College preferred, high school or G.E.D. essential.
  • A minimum of one year of work experience in retail or customer service position.
  • Dedicated commitment to the philosophy and mission of Historic Annapolis.
  • Excellent customer service abilities, accuracy, enthusiasm and productive work ethic.
  • Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Effective knowledge of HA properties and programs as well as Annapolis tourism and restaurants.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a diverse population of customers/visitors and staff.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficiency in POS system operation.
  • Ability to follow policies, procedures and instructions to accomplish assigned tasks accurately and appropriately.
  • Demonstrates a desire and ability to function as a team player, including working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends to accommodate the needs of Historic Annapolis.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to lisa.robbins@annapolis.org.


Internship Programs

Historic Annapolis offers a limited number of internships for undergraduates and graduate students. Interns work as a part of a team and gain a broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a non-profit organization. Internships are unpaid, but provide students with a unique opportunity to participate in the ongoing work of the department, complete specific projects or portions of larger initiatives, and contribute to our mission.

The duration of an internship may be flexible and varies based on the position and/or need.

Internships may be available in the following departments: Education, Curatorial, Development, Garden, Preservation, Retail, Special Events, Public Relations and Marketing and Fundraising.

To apply for an internship, please contact Janet Hall at 410.990.4514 or janet.hall@annapolis.org.


Partnership with Oxford University

Historic Annapolis is honored to hold a successful partnership with the University of Oxford. Since 2014, students at both undergraduate and graduate levels have spent their summers conducting research on a full-time basis for the organization.


Research & Work Experience

Each year, successful candidates are paired with a research project that best suits their professional and academic interests. Research projects have included in-depth studies of historic room use, the identification of eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century wallpaper fragments recovered from a historic house, and research into the loyalists of Annapolis. Research projects will culminate in a public lecture and report.

Internships through the program offer an immersive work experience. Working closely with museum staff, attending events, and meetings, Oxford interns gain true insight into the daily workings of a busy non-profit.


The American Experience

Interns enjoy a full schedule of curator-led tours of local collections, a weekly lecture series, overnight trips, and even an introduction to classic American pastimes such as baseball. Past experiences have included behind-the-scenes tours of Colonial Williamsburg, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the US Naval Academy, special dinners, and a trip to an Orioles baseball game.


Hear about it from our Interns!

Annapolis, so alive with its history, was the perfect setting.”

"This city has the power to enthuse its visitors, but it's the docents, curators, archivists, historians, and so many others behind the scenes, whose passion communicates the distinct character of Annapolis.”

“…the organization had invested an incredible amount of work into making our time in Annapolis fun. “

“My supervisors at Historic Annapolis were brilliant, supervising the entire project and giving suggestions on avenues of research, but always allowing ample freedom to pursue my own ideas.”


To learn about the Oxford Intern’s experiences in first-hand, visit the Oxford University Internship Program’s yearbook for 2014 and 2015.

You can also read a column written by curatorial intern, Elena Porter, in the Capital Gazette.