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Part-Time Bookkeeper

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) seeks a part-time Bookkeeper, responsible for supporting the ESPHS finance/accounting department.

This position is part-time, about 15 to 20 hours per week (with additional hours possible during the Halloween Nights season, which runs from late September to mid November). The Bookkeeper reports to the Controller.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accounts Receivable and Cash Receipts
    • Enter deposits (cash, check and electronic receipts) in QuickBooks
    • Verify account codes/class
    • Apply checks to receivables, if applicable
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Personal qualities of maturity, humility, strong work ethic, confidentiality and a roll-up-my-sleeves attitude
  • Working towards a Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • Proficient in Excel required and QuickBooks preferred

Salary: $18/hr to $20/hr, commensurate with experience

How to Apply: Send your resume and a cover letter to both [email protected] and [email protected] with the subject line "Bookkeeper Application." 

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: 

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.

About ESPHS:

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) interprets the legacy of American criminal justice reform, from the nation’s founding through to the present day, within the long-abandoned cellblocks of the nation’s most historic prison. When Eastern State opened in 1829, it changed the world. The first prison of its kind, it was designed with the stated goal of inspiring "penitence" or true regret in the hearts of its inhabitants. The building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House and attracted visitors from around the globe. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells held approximately 80,000 men and women during its 142 years of operation, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone.

Although the prison now stands in ruin, its story remains relevant today. When Eastern State Penitentiary opened as a historic site in 1994, it attracted just over 10,000 daytime visitors – in 2019 it was visited by 300,000 people. The site continues to grow by inviting the public into new spaces, mounting original artist installations, and engaging visitors in conversations about the history and legacy of the building and criminal justice reform.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner