Center Staff

Operations Manager

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center seeks a part-time Operations Manager to coordinate volunteers, manage memberships, and manage a small gift shop. The Operations Manager works approximately 15 hours per week with occasional weekend and evening hours. Hours can be flexible. The Operations Manager reports directly to the Executive Director. Click for a complete position description.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Laura Orleans, Executive Director by May 5, 2017.



Project Description
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is currently engaged in researching the history of organized labor on the New Bedford waterfront from 1930 to the present. The project will explore the history of unions and other industry and community organizations, including their formation, role, and demise/dissolution, through a combination of archival research and oral history interviews. Documentation of the story of major labor actions, including the 1985-86 strike between fishermen and boat owners, which effectively ended organized labor on the waterfront, will be a major focus. Active and retired workers from every sector of the industry will be interviewed in order to catalogue each of the jobs associated with the industry both at sea and on shore and to understand how working conditions, the labor force, and community have changed over time.

Description of Work
Intern will conduct independent archival research including review of local newspapers, trade papers, company records, labor contracts, photographs, recordings, etc. Intern will participate in occasional meetings and conference calls with project team as well as weekly in-person and/or phone meetings with the Project Director.

Significant archival research experience and strong oral and written communication skills a must. Must be self-directed, detail oriented, and flexible. Knowledge of labor history and/or the fishing industry a plus. Access to a car extremely helpful.

Days and hours: The intern would be expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours between May and September. Hours are flexible. Much of the work will be done in libraries located in New Bedford. Some of the research may involve travel to archives in other parts of New England. A $1,500 stipend is provided.

Interested individuals should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references to Laura Orleans, Executive Director, by May 15, 2017.


Applicants are considered without regard to race, creed, color, country of origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, or sexual orientation.