Boston Athenaeum

10 1/2 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
May 09, 2022

Eastern Massachusetts



Security Officer Part-time


Security officer


The Boston Athenæum seeks an experienced Security Officer to join the Security team. Reporting to the Director of Security, the Security Officer ensures the safety and protection of the Athenaeum’s collections, assets, employees, and patrons while utilizing the highest standards of customer service. The Security Officer also provides a professional lobby presence at the main entrance to the Boston Athenaeum and on all floors during patrols. In addition, the Security Officer conducts foot patrols (interior/exterior) control access and egress, monitors CCTV and alarm systems, composes reports, deters criminal activity, misconduct and performs other duties as specified in the post orders.

There are two part-time positions available, one will require a regular weekly Friday & Saturday 9a-5p schedule or the second position requires a Monday-Thursday 4p-8p, and Saturday 9a-5p schedule, both will need someone who has the ability to fill in when necessary.


  • Patrol each floor of the facility to monitor and assure all patron’s and visitor’s activities are in accordance with rules, regulations and policies.
  • Monitor all areas of the building to assure all collections, assets and patrons are respected, safe and protected from all nature of threats.
  • Observe and report any irregular or unusual activity that may create security risks or safety concerns and conduct bag checks in accordance with policy.
  • Sound alarms or notify police or fire department in case of fire or emergency situations.


Founded in 1807 as “a fountain, at which all, who choose, may gratify their thirst for knowledge,” the Boston Athenæum has evolved into a beloved subscription library, specializing in history, biography, literature, and art. 5,000 Households maintain active memberships in the Athenæum, and enjoy a range of services from individualized reference assistance to superb children’s programming, from discussion groups to curated selections of digital and print resources. Tourists and scholars from around the world consult the quarter-million rare items in the collection, which includes George Washington’s personal library; an important collection of early American portraits; rich holdings related to the Civil War and documenting New England’s built environment; and the Athenæum’s own historical archives, attesting to the institution’s role in American arts and letters. Each year, the Athenæum offers hundreds of cultural programs— including lectures, concerts, performances, exhibitions, and tastings—within its exquisite National Historic Landmark structure, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.



  • Must be at least 21 years or older
  • Submit to and pass background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Department of Motor Vehicles (if applicable)
  • High school diploma (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • Excellent customer service and employee relations skills.
  • At least two years of experience in building and security (preferably libraries/museum)
  • Ability to communicate effectively both oral and in written communications.
  • Great attention to detail, multi-tasker and flexibility with scheduling when necessary.
  • Experience with security software/ access control systems, life safety practices, CCTV and
  • Must be computer savvy, G-Suite office applications and programs.
  • Per the City of Boston’s public health order, as of January 13th all staff must have received one dose of the Covid 19 Vaccine and be fully vaccinated by February 15th
How To Apply:

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume, including current availability,

The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. Retirees welcome.

Apply by:
May 31, 2022
About this Organization:

Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is located at 10½ Beacon Street on Beacon Hill. A distinguished membership library and cultural institution with a long history at the center of intellectual life in Boston, the Athenæum hosts events nearly every week of the year and supports a dynamic exhibition program. It desires to be a place that is welcoming to all, a place that nurtures a sense of wonder and delight in sharing the joy of physical books, maps, prints, and other works of art, and a place that fosters community and civil discourse as members and guests engage in face-to-face interactions.

The Athenæum’s collections are housed within a National Historic Landmark that is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The reading rooms—crowned by the silent, barrel-vaulted fifth floor—have served as a haven and inspiration to countless writers and researchers. The library maintains over 600,000 volumes with strengths in history, biography, and literature, as well as fine and decorative arts. Notable holdings include primary materials on the American Civil War; the largest portion of President George Washington's library from Mount Vernon; a first edition copy of Audubon's The Birds of America; a 1799 set of Goya's Los caprichos; one of the most extensive collections of contemporary artists' books in the United States; and numerous artworks, including portraits of notable Americans such as Hannah Adams, John Marshall, and Alexander Hamilton, and by artists such as Gilbert Stuart, John Singer Sargent, Allan Rohan Crite, and Polly Thayer Starr. Membership is open to all, and visitors are warmly welcomed Tuesdays through Saturdays.