The Ohio History Connection is Recruiting AmeriCorps Members for
September 2016-August 2017
Ohio History Service Corps members provide service to Ohioans each year in the categories of historic site survey, collections digitization, and capacity building for local historical organizations. The Ohio History Service Corps program has two components: Local History members and Community Surveyor members. Each of these AmeriCorps volunteer groups will help local organizations put history to work in their community.
Interested in joining the Ohio History Service Corps? We're now accepting applications for our 2016-2017 program year, beginning in September! See the link below.
Community Surveyor Members
Community Surveyor members complete surveys of 100 historic properties to identify and record historic themes and buildings, focusing on the mid-20th century, from 1940-1970, historic properties associated with African-American history, womens history and other under-represented groups. These surveys will provide new information about housing, subdivisions, public and commercial buildings and the work of area builders, developers and architects from the recent past. The survey work associated with under-represented groups will provide new information about historic properties associated with important individuals, groups, neighborhoods, and historic themes. Applicants need to have a bachelors degree in American History, Architecture, Architectural History, Historic Preservation or a related field.
Local History Corps - Archaeology Member
One Local History Corps member with an archaeology focus will be hosted at the Ohio History Connection in Columbus. The member may assist in the production of public education materials and Ohio Archaeological Inventory-related instructional materials for researchers, staff, and students/volunteers. Additional outreach experience may be available through working with other AmeriCorps host sites in developing archaeology programming for their site and updating and enhancing archaeology and maritime heritage information on the State Historic Preservation Office pages of the Ohio History Connection website. The AmeriCorps member will also be encouraged to write educational articles on these projects or other archaeology topics of their choosing for the Archaeology Blog. Applicants must have a college degree in anthropology or archaeology. The person who fills the position will likely be working on a variety of projects, including terrestrial and maritime archaeology outreach, recordation, and collections work. Maritime archaeology will be just one small part of this position and I certainly cant promise any diving (that all depends on funding and grant awards), but new graduates, especially, may find this position intriguing. If youre able to post this on your website, I would be very appreciative.
Local History Corps Members
Members will assist local history organizations in building their capacity. Members may be responsible for activities such as the following: development and implementation of interpretive programs and exhibits; assistance with collections management and curation, including inventorying and cataloging; digitization of collections items to make them more publicly accessible via the Internet; conducting audience research and evaluation so organizations know who is visiting and what those visitors want from them; assisting organizations in refining their mission, vision, and governance, and providing training and assistance in volunteer recruitment management; training organizations' existing staff and volunteers in the best practices being implemented; developing and implementing workshops with field leaders on the above topics.