The Cultural History Fellowship is based out of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve and will occur in the Summer of 2020. The fellow will perform primary research into the diverse people that once called BRMNAP home. This first fellow will focus on select African-American families and their associated homestead sites and will utilize multiple methods of inquiry (one should expect a combination of historical/archival research, gathering oral histories, and archaeological field techniques). By the end of the Fellowship, the fellow will be expected to deliver, at minimum, a written report and all data for VOF to utilize in outreach material and signage. They will also be asked to present their project and anchor that poster/presentation within the VOF archives. VOF staff will make all efforts to work with the fellow to co-author and formally publish the resultant work in a peer-reviewed, academic research journal.
In addition to the above, the fellow will be expected to increase capacity throughout the Summer and early Fall by performing outreach related to their project and VOF’s wider work. This outreach may be in the form of written blog posts, video content, assisting with Preserve events, or presenting at relevant conferences. The selected Fellow will have the support and assistance of VOF staff and volunteers and access to VOF’s Research Outpost.
Ideal candidates should have these attributes:
1. A passion for (and/or experience with) historical research, oral histories, and/or field archaeology.
2. This fellowship will carry a strong diversity and representation component, so an understanding and/or interest in diversity and representation initiatives is highly desired.
3. Is comfortable performing field work in the outdoor conditions present within the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve.
4. Possess reliable transportation and an ability to report to the Preserve, and other local sites, as needed.
5. Familiarity with Word software and an ability to learn new software programs as needed. At least an interest in spatial mapping, training can be provided.
6. Currently an undergraduate, graduate student, or a recent graduate of a relevant program.
7. A demonstrable interest in pursuing a career in history, archaeology, representation and diversity issues, cultural studies, museum studies, environmental studies, and/or land conservation work.
$16 an hour
An average of 30 hours a week for 12 weeks (360 total hours)
Highly flexible schedule. The hours can vary and be less than 30 hours a week, and stretched out over a longer period of time.
An $800 equipment stipend is accessible to the selected fellow to reach project goals
To apply, please complete application and submit with a resume, three references, and a unique cover letter. For more information, please send an email to Preserve Manager, Joe Villari (email@example.com).