(*While these areas are all possible areas of focus, there are only four positions available.)
At Old Sturbridge Village, a Historical Interpreter engages and educates our audience. They use historic clothing, structures, plants, animals and landscape as well as the tools and techniques of early trades, agriculture, horticulture and domestic crafts to make meaningful connections with the present. Fellows will be provided costumes by the OSV Costume Department.
The Straker Historic Trade Fellowship will focus on the two main elements of interpretation: educating/engaging our visitor and working towards mastery of one or more hand skills. Working alongside museum professionals, this fellowship will allow for hands-on learning and mentorship in one or two of the following areas: Coopering, Textile Production, Historic Domestic Skills, Blacksmithing, Shoemaking, and Tinsmithing. Historical Interpretation is a physically demanding job which requires the fellow to be able to stand for extended periods of time as well as being able to lift up to 50 pounds.
All fellows will be provided general training in the museum's time period and in the area(s) to which they'll be assigned as well as in visitor engagement and customer service. These fellows will also be provided mentors to help progress their skills and assess their development. This fellowship will be overseen by experienced practitioners of these historic skills on the Old Sturbridge Village staff.
Hours, Stipend & Application:
This one-year fellowship begins early September 2020. The work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday; winter hours may differ. The fellow will receive a stipend of $14,000. Stipends are based on a 40 hour work week and will be prorated if shorter hours or season are agreed upon. The position includes housing available at no cost, PTO & Sick time prorated to hours work, no health or medical benefits are included.
Please submit a letter of interest indicating a desired focus area, resume, two letters of reference, and (if possible) one image of an item that you have made that typifies your work to email@example.com. Please put “Straker Historical Trade Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line. The deadline for applications is June 13, 2020.
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