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We have no full-time positions available at this time. 

We encourage alternate funding sources to support short-term project placements with us. The community organizations and programs below may have funding opportunities available to compensate adult and graduate-level workers for time spent working with The History Center. Availability may vary, and placements must be confirmed in agreement with a History Center staff member. 


The following campuses and community organizations may also have funding opportunities available to compensate internships and/or research projects. We encourage student workers to pursue alternate funding sources to support their projects and time with The History Center. 

We also qualify for Federal Work Study placements for Cornell University and the Ithaca College (Off-Campus Community Service program).



Take some local history, a landmark building, a flair for the dramatic and a roomful of kids. Mix well and you will have an unforgettable trip to the past. The History Center is looking for teachers at our 1892 Eight Square Schoolhouse on Hanshaw Road in Dryden. In the spring and fall, area fourth grade and home-schooled children spend a day immersed in rural one-room school education of over a century as part of the Kids Discover the Trail county-wide program.

Compensation: TBA

Type: Part-Time, Seasonal (5-10 weekly work hours April-May with potential expansion to September-October, training days available year-round)

If you are interested in becoming part of our unique teaching team, please contact (607) 273-8284 or .

Required Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience with children

  • Flair for the dramatic or theatrical

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated passion for local/public history

  • Drivers license and access to a vehicle 

  • Occasional weekend and evening availability

The Eight Square Schoolhouse is part of Kids Discover the Trail! Kids Discover the Trail! provides experience-based programs at the eight sites of the Discovery Trail, and site-specific books to take home, for elementary students in Tompkins County. This program is funded by the Ithaca Public Education Initiative, gifts from local foundations, businesses, and community members, and is supported by all school districts in Tompkins County.

The History Center in Tompkins County provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The History Center in Tompkins County complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The History Center in Tompkins County expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of The History Center in Tompkins County's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

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Phone: 607-273-8284


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