Employment Opportunities


Position Title:
Colonial Williamsburg: Historic Interpreter - African American History Interpretation
Work Hours:
Vary, 8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., up to 40 hours, including weekends and holidays. This position works 40 hours weekly during heavy visitation (approximately 10 months in a calendar year) beginning March 14, 2011.
Starting Rate:
Employees will be promoted to Interpreter B at a rate of $10.00/hour after completion of approximately 640 hours of demonstrated solid performance at the Interpreter A level and completion of required key training.
Benefits Eligible:
Position Type:
Regular ten-month
Position Description:
Our work environment is friendly, high-energy and collaborative. After completing the training program, interpreters will have a new appreciation of history, particularly that of early African Americans, Europeans, Native Americans and the American Revolutionary period. An important component of interpreting at Peyton Randolph House and Great Hopes farm is the ability to create a meaningful experience for guests, as well as to engage and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. African American History Interpreters are costumed educators, not actors, who are given the opportunity to experience, observe and develop a variety of teaching techniques that will be useful when conducting high quality tours and interacting with guests around sensitive topics of slavery and oppression.
Required Skills:
The successful candidate will: (1) be able to work independently; (2) have an enthusiasm for teaching and helping others to learn; (3) be flexible and like doing a variety of jobs; (4) have excellent communication skills; and (5) be comfortable presenting controversial and sensitive subjects.
· Engages guests in learning about the lives, events and challenges of 18th-century enslaved and free African Americans at the Peyton Randolph House and Great Hopes farm
· Presents historical interpretation in colonial costume using a variety of educational and presentation techniques to interact with visitors
· Learns and demonstrates various hands-on activities to teach guests of all ages about early European, African and African American culture
· Occasionally lifts heavy objects
· Provides exceptional customer service
· Strong communication and public speaking skills
· Demonstrated customer service skills
· Enjoyment and appreciation of history
Ability to: (1) present and maintain a warm and enthusiastic demeanor with guests and co-workers; (2) interact with public one-on-one and large group situations; (3) read, research and comprehend historical information in order to develop tours and presentations; (4) balance the needs of guests and the needs of the organization; (5) work outdoors in all weather conditions and come in contact with pollen, dust and mold; (6) perform various functions such as standing, walking, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions and participating in strenuous physical activities; (7) climb, descend and walk in any type of weather conditions or various walking surfaces; (8) wear and maintain colonial period costumes
Above skills generally gained through completion of high school diploma or G.E.D. and one year of public contact experience
Costumes Provided:
Apply online:


Richmond Valentine History Center

Now Accepting Applications for Funded Summer InternshipsClick Here for details
The History Center offers a limited number of paid internships during the summer semester. A minimum of 150 hours of service is required. Stipends range from $500 to $750 and are awarded upon completion. Applicants may choose their area of interest. Interns are selected by committee and are notified by March 31st.
Required Application Materials: Completed Internship Application (pdf), current resume, cover letter, official college transcripts, and one letter of recommendation from a professor.
Application Deadline: March 1st
Submit to: Assistant Director of Education, Valentine Richmond History Center, 1015 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219
More information: (804) 649-0711, ext. 317, **intern@richmondhistorycenter.com**


  • Gilder Lehrman Center (Yale) Accepting Fellowship Applications

Application deadline: February 15, 2011
College Sophomores and Juniors:
Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program
Open for Applications
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History invites college sophomores and juniors with a passion for American history, and academic excellence in the field, to apply for the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program in New York City, which includes:
• 10 Gilder Lehrman History Scholarships to a five-week research program from Sun., June 26 to Sat., July 30, 2011.
• Up to 30 awards for One-Week Scholars to attend our program from Sat., June 18 to Sat., June 25, 2011.

History Scholars conduct primary-source research, meet with eminent scholars in American history, and explore archives and museums. One-Week Scholars will attend lectures by leading historians, discussions with professionals about careers for history majors visit select New York City archives and museums. All applicants will automatically be considered for both programs.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2011
Notification Deadline: March 16, 2011
To apply, visit:
Gilder Lehrman History Scholars
If you have questions about the History Scholars program, e-mail scholars@gilderlehrman.org.

From: Josh Rothman <jrothman@bama.ua.edu>
Date: Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 16:40
To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the
collections housed at the University of Alabama, the Frances S.
Summersell Center for the Study of the South will offer three
fellowships in the amount of $500 each for researchers whose projects
entail work to be conducted in southern history or southern studies at
the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
([[@https://mailstore.wm.edu/wm/mail/fetch.html?urlid=6cba5137d5c0b023e34fa876e699b7da3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lib.ua.edu%2Flibraries%2Fhoole%2F|http://www.lib.ua.edu/libraries/hoole/]]) or in other University of
Alabama collections.
Applicants should send two copies of:
•        A current CV
•        One letter of recommendation (which may be sent under separate
•        A description of the research project, no longer than two
double-spaced pages, which includes a description of the particular
resources to be used during the term of the fellowship
The deadline for applications to be received by the Summersell Center is
March 15, 2011. Decisions regarding awards will be made by May 1, 2011,
and research may be conducted anytime between June 1, 2011 and May 31,
2012. Both academic and non-academic researchers at any stage of their
careers are encouraged to apply. Because fellowships are designed
primarily to help defray travel and lodging expenses, however,
eligibility is restricted to researchers living outside the Tuscaloosa
Send all application materials to:
Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South
Department of History
University of Alabama
Box 870212, 202 ten Hoor Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Any questions about the fellowships may be directed to Joshua Rothman,
Director of the Summersell Center, at jrothman@bama.ua.edu or
205.348.3818. More information about the Summersell Center is available
at www.scss.ua.edu, and on our Facebook page.

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress Announces the
Deadline for Parsons Fund Applications

The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund for Ethnography at the Library of
Congress will accept this year’s applications beginning today until March 4,

The purpose of the fund is to increase awareness of the ethnographic
collections at the Library of Congress and to make the collections of
primary ethnographic materials housed anywhere at the Library available to
the needs and uses of those in the private sector. Awards may be made either
to individuals or to organizations in support of specific projects.

Detailed information about the program may be found at

Marcus Garvey Foundation research fellowships

1) Marcus Garvey Foundation Research Fellowship:

This fellowship, named in honor of the Marcus Garvey Foundation, looks to
support doctoral candidates doing primary research in the humanities and
social sciences on topics related to Africa and the African diaspora. Those
doctoral candidates using archival collections and/or conducting oral
histories are especially encouraged to apply. Research fellows receive
grants of $500 to help defray research expenses.

2) Jean Harvey Slappy Research Fellowship:

This fellowship -- named in honor of long-time Marcus Garvey Foundation
board member Jean Harvey Slappy -- looks to support doctoral candidates
working on aspects of the history of the U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro
Improvement Association), the A.C.L. (African Communities League), and/or
Marcus Garvey's organizational activities, and who wish to use the recently
deposited papers of Thomas W. Harvey (Finding Aid: http://tiny.cc/buv7a)
located at Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
Research fellows receive grants of $500 to help defray expenses associated
with travel to and use of the archival collection.

"The Thomas W. Harvey Collection contains groundbreaking material that
broadens our understanding of the Black freedom struggle in America and
beyond... In fact, the Harvey collection shows the complexity, intensity and
longevity of black nationalist ideology prior to the Black Power Movement.
Its rich and diverse collection of historical documents, ranging from
political manifestos and pamphlets to printed materials showcase the
importance of Garveyism in African American history."
–Tshepo Chery, 2009-2010 Jean Harvey Slappy Fellow


*All applications & attachments must be received by March 17, 2011*
Decisions will be announced on May 2, 2011

While proposals are welcome on a wide variety of research topics (and in a
wide variety of disciplines), proposals will be evaluated based on their
relevance to key questions in the field of African and African diaspora
studies and on the basis of their unique contribution to scholarship.

Required application materials:

  • 2-page summary of the larger research project

  • 1-page description of the specific research to be carried out with the
grant, along with a line-item budget (for up to $500.00) and research

  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

  • One recommendation from an advising professor

All application materials (and recommendations sent directly from advising
professors) must be submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments by
midnight on the deadline of March 17, 2011 to:

For more information, please contact us at:
GarveyFoundation(at)gmail(dot)com, or at:

Marcus Garvey Foundation
P.O. Box 42379
Philadelphia, PA 19101

The Marcus Garvey Foundation, Inc., established in 1961 in New York City, is
a non-profit organization whose work is informed by the educational
philosophy and ideals of Marcus Mosiah Garvey.



The State Archives, Maryland's historical agency and permanent records repository is seeking professionals for contractual positions in Annapolis.

The Archivist positions conduct biographical, historical, and legal research using primary documents on African American history and the Underground Railroad in Maryland.

To view complete job announcements and download an application, see: http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/intromsa/employ/html/employ.html. Applications can be submitted electronically to: teresafa@mdsa.net or mailed to Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401. Resumes may not be substituted for the required application form.

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