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Jobs, External Grants and Internships

Oral Historians
Tenure Track Positions
Call for Papers
External Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

Oral Historians

Museum Director at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

The museum is seeking candidates who can steward the museum’s initiatives as it works towards equity and social justice for the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere through education, inspiration, and empowerment.

The Director of the National Museum of the American Indian is responsible for promoting, sustaining and further developing a more informed understanding of Native peoples using a “One NMAI” approach linking all three facilities and following the guiding philosophy of being a place where the voices of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas are primary in the interpretation of Native histories and cultures. The Director must understand and promote the Museum’s role, through exhibits, education, scholarship, publications, convenings and online platforms, in affirming the centrality of Indigenous Peoples and cultures in shaping our past, present and future.

Posted: June 1, 2021

Deadline: June 29, 2021

Chief Historian, Center for Brooklyn History

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in history with a focus on American and New York City history and will report to the leadership for the Center for Brooklyn History. Candidates whose research and work aligns with CBH’s interests in immigration, civil rights, slavery, abolition and oral history are especially welcome. Successful candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to inclusive social history and a focus on the stories of Brooklynites who have been omitted from traditional historical narratives.

Posted: June 10, 2021

Deadline: Not listed.

Oral Historian Position

The National Museum of Forest Service History, is a nonprofit organization independent from the U.S. Forest Service whose mission is to share the rich story and history of America’s conservation legacy. Located in beautiful Missoula, Montana our mission is supported by a 55,000-item archival collection, virtual and traveling exhibits, and a 31-acre campus located one mile west of the Missoula Airport. The Museum is in the final stages of a $10.5M Capital Campaign to build the National Conservation Legacy Center- a world class, one-of-a-kind conservation history center.

Posted: May 2021

Deadline: June 24, 2021

Forest Service Oral Historian Job Announcement

Assistant Director, Traditional Arts

The Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the implementation of the South Arts initiative, In These Mountains, Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture, and other traditional arts programming including but not limited to grants, systems management, and convening programs.

The Assistant Director will primarily assist with the development and implementation of In These Mountains, Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture, an initiative supporting folk arts and culture in Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The position will provide support for the In These Mountains Grants Program, and the Folk Art Instructors and Emerging Traditional Arts Program cohort convenings in addition to working with key program partners to support folk arts education, mentor and apprentice artists programs, graduate student fieldwork and community scholar training.

Posted: May 2021

Deadline: prior to July 1, 2021

Content Manager – Solid Waste History Book

EREF seeks an experienced historian to manage a project aimed to document the history of the solid waste industry in the United States. The style will be a coffee-table book that includes relevant historical narrative, pictures, and executive testimonies/stories of how the industry evolved. This position will serve as the content manager for the project. In this respect, the position will coordinate the activities of other members of the project team and also create the historical documentation regarding the industry as a whole. The expected duration of the project is 12 – 18 months.

Posted: April 29, 2021

Deadline: None listed.

Program Associate – Center for Oral History

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time (35 hrs week) position of Program Associate, Center for Oral History. The Program Associate will assist with the maintenance and growth of the Institute’s oral history collection, to include the processing of transcripts, planning interviews for on-going and future research projects, and ingesting materials donated to the Institute. The Program Associate will also be responsible for migrating extant oral histories into our digital collections, including the use of the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer and for updating workflows in our custom-built MS Access database. The starting point for this position is $44,000. Salary offer may be higher based on candidate’s experience.

Posted: April 19, 2021

Deadline: Not listed.

Architectural Historian

Be involved in projects with our Heritage Resources Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges. Oral history experience preferred.

Posted: April 1, 2021

Deadline: Not listed.

Historian Rev 1

S&K Mission Support Services, LLC (SKMS), a member of the S&K Technologies, Inc. Family of Companies owned by the Salish and Kootenai Tribes, is actively seeking a Historian. The Historian position is contingent upon award. Serve as AFRC Chief Historian gathering documents, conducting oral history interviews, and obtaining other sources of information about the history of the Center for inclusion in the archive and generation of historical publications.

Posted: March 29, 2021

Deadline: None listed.

Cleared Transcriber

LOD is seeking an experienced and reliable transcriber with SECRET clearance to support a government agency with the transcription of its oral histories.

Posted: May 13, 2021

Deadline: None posted.




Corporate Archivist

The Corporate Archivist contributes to the effective management and the long-term preservation of The QUIKRETE Companies’ historically valuable corporate records, the implementation of a retention schedule for future departmental additions to the archives, the digitization process and acquisition & management of born-digital content, and the creation of finding aids for the collections… Experience and education in oral history projects strongly preferred (but not required).

Posted: May 14, 2021

Deadline: Not listed

Non Profit Digital Strategist & Webmaster, and other jobs

The HistoryMakers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit African American video oral history archive, seeks to hire a full time employee who is skilled and results driven and can work as a one person team. The Digital Strategist will spearhead work with The HistoryMakers website, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and social media to build a strong digital community.

Posted: May 4, 2021

Deadline: None listed.


Tenured/Tenure Track Positions

Assistant Professor in LatinX and/or ChicanX History with Preference for Public History

The History Department at Sacramento State prides itself both on its teaching and its scholarship, with several award-winning instructors and scholars on its faculty. The department hosts the only PhD program in the humanities offered by the CSU system (the Public History PhD run jointly with UC Santa Barbara) and active MA programs in History and Public History.

Initial application review: April 26, 2021

Deadline: Not listed.


Call for Papers

Wrocławski Rocznik Historii Mówionej

Wrocławski Rocznik Historii Mówionej is an academic, interdisciplinary journal published by Ośrodek “Pamięć i Przyszłość” (“Remembrance and Future” Centre) – one and only in Poland that is devoted to the oral history research. Its goal is to create a platform for methodological reflection on oral history methodology and the exchange of experiences of various centres and experts – from different academic disciplines – engaged in research into the broadly defined area of oral history. This journal publishes both the results of research based on the use of sources of oral history and discussions on the methodology itself, as well as sources of oral history. This journal also presents information about current research, projects, conferences and recently published books concerning oral history. Each new issue of the journal is published by June of the following year.

Wrocławski Rocznik Historii Mówionej is listed in the databases of the Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Central and Eastern European Online Library, in Baza Czasopism Humanistycznych i Społecznych, and in the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH +).

Deadline for submitting articles, source materials, reviews, interviews, reports from conferences and scientific meetings to no 11: August 2021.

Deadline: August 2021



External Grants, Fellowships and Awards




Volunteer: Oral History and Exhibition Volunteer at the Aviation Museum in Oakland, CA!

Hello and thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Oakland Aviation Museum. We are currently looking for individuals to help develop and curate our Oral History wall within our World Airways Exhibit. We are looking for a self-motivated and social individual interested in learning more about the exhibition process and to help collect the stories of World Airways Alumni.

If you are interested, please visit for an application which can be mail to us, dropped off in person or emailed to or

Deadline: Not listed.

Posted: March 18, 2021

Volunteer: Virtual Oral History Interviewer

Oral History Interviewers play an integral role within the organization – to continue collecting the oral histories, and thus the collective memory, of Jewish Dallas. We are consistently contacted by individuals interested in donating their oral history, so there are always interviews to schedule and conduct. This is a virtual position that requires a strong internet connection, a web camera/audio, and access to Zoom Video Conferencing. Training will be provided for all tasks and assignments, so no previous experience is required.

Volunteer Opportunities

Deadline: ongoing need

Posted: September 22, 2020

Producer and Cinematographer

Provides leading support and management for multiple projects; supports digital media initiatives of the Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center (SDDC); brings innovative new documentary skill sets to the SDDC; provides cinematography leadership; develops outreach for specific projects and events; and collaborates and builds documentary networks; and works closely with student interns.

Posted: December 4, 2020

Deadline: Not listed.

Oral History Processing Vendor

The Oral History Office at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware is seeking a vendor to assist with its oral history program. The vendor’s duties will include collecting interview metadata, writing detailed interview summaries, preparing short interviewee biographies, and generating indexes using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) as the Oral History Office acquires interviews. The vendor will perform other oral history related tasks on an as-needed basis, such as audio editing. The vendor can be based anywhere in the USA must have a business tax I.D.

The vendor should have a strong background in oral history management. Expressions of interest, accompanied by oral history experience, should be sent to Hagley’s Oral History Program Manager, Ben Spohn at Review of materials will commence on receipt.

Posted: February 16, 2021

Deadline: None listed.


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