The staff of the Niagara County Historical Society achieves its goals through recruitment, training, and direction. We also work cooperatively with other organizations to accomplish our goals. Staff are hired with a job description and well defined reporting responsibilities, they are required to be flexible in both. Senior staff works to identify and nourish the unique strengths and interests each person brings with them to their position here.

This program allows students who are currently enrolled in college or accepted for college this fall, the opportunity to learn new skills and experience how a non-profit works. Eligible applicants must be residents of Eastern Niagara County or attending a Niagara County college. Applicants cannot be a close relative of a History Center staff or Board member.

The deadline for applications is March 9th, 2020. You can complete the application on our website and send them to our director Melissa Dunlap via email at or by mail. Please call (716) 434-7433 for questions and more information.

Summary of Position: Seeking a well-organized, computer savvy and friendly visitor-oriented individual to assist both the executive and assistant director with a diverse set of tasks:

Office Assistant Job Description:

  • This is a full time 9-5 position with a daily lunch break (7.5 paid hrs daily), beginning in mid-May – mid-August. Includes working alternate Saturdays with a weekday off.
  • Work would occur at the 215 Niagara Street site primarily, but also the Bond House located at 143 Ontario Street, and the Erie Canal Discovery Center at 24 Church Street.
  • The overall supervisor would be Melissa Dunlap, Executive Director, or Ann Marie Linnabery, Assistant Director in Mrs. Dunlap’s absence.
  • This job entails good organizational skills, Microsoft Office program knowledge, good customer relations, phone skills, multi-tasking ability, and speaking in front of a group.
  • There will be some light housekeeping and assisting with moving light objects (books, artifacts), writing, filing, copying, research and working in the gift shop.
  • Part of the job will include learning a script to do interpretation of the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks for school students, working with others docents. This would have an audience of tourists and school groups.
  • Summers are very busy at the History Center and this position will enable the staff to be more responsive to the needs of the visitor. We also have more research requests during this time of the year. We have a fundraiser in August you will assist with.
  • The key to working at a non-profit is you do different jobs as needed, so time passes quickly and it is a great environment to learn many skills.


This five building museum complex includes exhibits, our Outwater gift shop, a meeting room, and staff offices.
Open Year Round – Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm. Call 716-434-7433 for more information.


The Erie Canal Discovery Center offers users an immersive movie, and a hands on learning experience to help visitors to better understand the history of the Erie Canal.
May – October: Daily, 9 am – 5 pm
November – April: Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm Call 716-439-0431

BOND HOUSE - 143 Ontario St, Lockport, N.Y.

Seasonal exhibits. Group tours available by reservation.
This 1824 brick home, is on the National Register of Historic Homes. Our annual Christmas event, is on the first Thursday of December from 6- 8:30 P.M.
Call 716-434-7433 for more information.

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