Employment Opportunities


Digital Photographer

The photographer executes all types of photography including but not limited to architectural, catalog, conservation, portraiture and event for the American Antiquarian Society and manages the creation and distribution of digital files. The position reports to the Collection Manager.


  • Create high-quality digital images of library collection items for both internal and external orders and internal projects including but not limited to visual displays for staff, website, and AAS publications.
  • Maintain file placement on digital archive
  • Provide event photography (lectures, conferences, fund-raising parties, special presentations, etc.)


  • Additional duties as assigned

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Good understanding and use of operation and maintenance of Canon dSLR systems with external flash
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Camera Raw, especially batch processing of RAW files and image stitching
  • Experience with Digital color correction and image manipulation
  • Proficiency in studio lighting
  • Understanding and experience in using a flatbed scanner
  • Experience with Digital asset management
  • Knowledge of Apple and Windows operating systems
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to maintain self-managed schedule
  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to conservation standards
  • Competency in event and portrait photography

Photography-related education required



Duties require periods of standing, walking, and sitting. Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items including book trucks with materials, lifting/carrying items weighing up to approximately 30 lbs., reaching with arms and hands. Vision and hearing at or correctable to “normal ranges.” Other physical tasks include use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation, use of hands for fine manipulation, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, key-boarding. Physical duties are subject to change. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.
Applicants, as well as position incumbents, who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

Most duties are performed indoors in photography/office environment with artificial light and cool, thermostatically controlled temperatures. The noise level is low. May be exposed to dust, mold, and/or other organic material or other irritants. Hazards are considered minor and controllable.

Ability to read, understand, speak and write in standard English.
Ability to communicate effectively in English with individuals in person, over the telephone, and via the printed word.

This is a non-exempt full time, 35 hour week position, M-F with occasional night or weekend time, $16.49 per hour. Benefits include paid vacation, sick and personal time, health insurance, retirement, life and disability insurance, and professional development.

Submit a letter of application, resume and three non-relative references electronically to cmackey@mwa.org with “Photographer” in the subject line. The American Antiquarian Society is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.



Common-place Editor

Common-place, the online quarterly magazine of early American history and culture hosted at the American Antiquarian Society, is seeking a new editor or editors to guide this unique online resource of accessible, lively scholarship. The editor(s) of Common-place should have a record of writing and scholarly activity in a field consistent with the purview of Common-place (pre-1900 American history, literature, and culture as well as a Ph.D. or equivalent).
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General Employment Information

Carol-Ann Mackey
Director of Human Resources
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 471-2164
Email: cmackey@mwa.org

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