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Paid internships-Historic Trades (16 openings)
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Duration:  12 weeks

Primary Duties:

  • There are potential opportunities in the following trade shops including the Apothecary, basket makers, gunsmiths and founders, historic farmers, joiners, military artificer, silversmiths, shoemakers, tinsmiths, weavers, and wigmakers. Usually, an intern is assigned to one trade for the entire period.
  • Interprets processes, history of the trade, and 18th century history to guests.
  • Uses 18th century tools and techniques.

Application Qualifications:

  • Applicants must submit a resume and also a cover statement indicating why they are interested in an internship, what they hope to gain from the experience, and what they will contribute to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades program and guest services.  Most internships take place during the summer months, but if an applicant would prefer a different time, the cover statement should indicate so.
  • Interest in exploring opportunities to work in the living history field, especially Historic Trades.
  • Knowledge of colonial American history--generally gained through participation in or strong interest in pursuing an undergraduate degree in History, American Studies, Architectural History, Museum Studies, or a related discipline.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to deal with the public in individual and crowded situations.
  • Previous public contact or public museum interpretation experience or teaching.
  • Must be able to: 1)  meet the physical and skill requirements of the trade; 2) work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.

Highly desired: Course work in American history or a field related to the trade; previous trade experience; familiarity with the Historic Area.

Register and apply online at:  http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/careers

Questions:  careers@cwf.org

Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

Posted 3/30/15 


Apprentice Historic Farmer
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Primary Duties

Full-time position with benefits.  The primary function of the apprentice historic farmer is to rediscover, learn and preserve the varied skills of the 18th-century farmer and interpret those skills and processes to the public.  The apprentice must become proficient in these skills so that he/she can teach future apprentices, insuring the trade is perpetuated.

Application Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of historic or traditional agricultural methods and aptitude to learn the techniques, skills, and history of an 18th-century farmer.
  • Must be able to:  1) do strenuous physical work in all weather conditions; 2) work a flexible schedule; including evenings, weekends, and holidays; 3) commit to a multi-level apprentice training program.
  • Previous public contact experience similar to that gained working in a living history museum.
  • Ability to: 1) clearly and effectively interpret historical information to the public; 2) conduct in-depth research into the trade and present results in an effective manner oral and written.
  • Qualifications are generally gained through a high school degree/G.E.D.  Candidate must be able to demonstrate physical endurance and hand/eye coordination applicable to the trade; lift a minimum of 50 pounds without undue stress; tolerate the effects of pollen, dust, tobacco leaves, and other organic material associated with an agricultural setting.

Final candidates are to present in person to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Employment Office a valid driver's license and an original Motor Vehicle Record transcript (MVR). The MVR is to be no older than 30 days, issued by the same state as the driver’s license, and must cover the past seven years.  New residents must obtain a Virginia driver’s license by date of hire.

Highly desired qualifications: Four-year degree in History, Anthropology, or American Studies or subject matter related to the trade.  Previous living history museum experience.

Register and apply online at:  http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/careers

Questions:  careers@cwf.org

Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

Posted 3/30/15






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