Each year, thanks to the generous support of our donors and grantors, the Village welcomes early-career professionals from around the country to our yearlong fellowship program. Regardless of focus, all fellows get an in-depth opportunity to learn more about living history museums. As a living history site dedicated to the history of early 19th century rural New England, a major component of OSV’s mission is keeping traditional skills alive. Fellows will focus on a specific area working with an expert/mentor, areas include: Trades, Crafts, Households, Agriculture, Horticulture, and Costume Study & Production.

This yearlong immersive program will allow fellows to join a dedicated, passionate team of museum professionals delivering a range of educational programming to over 250,000 visitors a year. These positions are stipend and housing is provided as a part of the compensation.

Old Sturbridge Village does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, language spoken, marital status, sexual orientation, special needs or disability.

Current fellowship opportunities are listed below. 

Agriculture Fellow

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is seeking a full-time fellow to work and study under the leadership of OSV’s agriculture program for 12 months, starting in March 2023. As a living history site dedicated to the history of early 19th century rural New England, a major component of OSV’s mission is its commitment to showing farm life. The fellowship follows the seasonality of the farmer’s year, specializing in animal husbandry. Working as a historic farmer will entail using all aspects of the farm as educational tools, such as, costume, livestock, crops, fields, buildings, pasture, and landscape to make meaningful connections with our visitors.

Department:

Interpretation – Agriculture Program

Focus Area:

Farm and Animal Husbandry

Education & Experience:

Responsibilities:

Hours, Stipend & Application:

This is a 12-month fellowship beginning in spring 2022. The workday is normally from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is usually open Wednesday – Sunday; winter hours may differ. The 40 hour/week work schedule varies based on needs at the farm. The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (administrative departments operate Monday-Friday only); work schedules vary by department and research days are available.

The fellow will receive a stipend of $15,500. Stipends are based on a 40-hour a week and will be prorated if shorter hours or season are agreed upon. The position includes housing available at no cost (housing deposit is required). PTO & Sick time is accrued based on hours worked. No health or medical benefits are included.

Applicants must be able to:

Please submit a cover letter indicating a desired focus area, resume, and two letters of reference to interns@osv.org. Please put “Agriculture Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line.

The Paul Rogers Fellowship in Horticulture

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is seeking a full-time fellow to work and study under the leadership of OSV’s Horticulture program for 12 months, starting in March 2023. As a living history site dedicated to the history of early 19th century rural New England, a major component of OSV’s mission is its commitment to showing horticulture and the importance of gardens in 19th century life. The fellowship follows the seasonality of the year. Working as a historic gardener will entail using all aspects of the Museum’s multiple gardens as educational tools to make meaningful connections with our visitors.

Department:

Interpretation

Focus Area:

The Fellow will spend their tenure assisting the horticulture team with all tasks, including but not limited to:

Responsibilities:

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 Historical Clothing Department.

The Paul Rogers Horticulture Fellow will focus on the two main elements of interpretation: educating/engaging our visitors and working towards mastery of historical horticulture practices/their relevance to modern applications. Working alongside museum professionals, this fellowship will provide hands-on learning working in our seven distinct gardens and numerous orchards. Throughout their fellowship, this individual will gain proficiency in both doing and teaching 19th century horticultural technique, while also learning about how horticulture has changed to fit the modern food system.

The Fellow will also have the opportunity to conduct a research project on a topic of their choosing in the area of horticulture. This project will be developed with assistance from and overseen by the Horticulture Coordinator. Resources from the horticulture team and access to the research library will be provided as needed. This project will culminate in the presentation of research through a lecture or creation of training materials.

All fellows will be provided general historical training in the museum’s time period and in the area(s) to which they will be assigned as well as in visitor engagement and customer service techniques. Fellows will also be provided mentors to help progress their skills and assess their development. This fellowship will be overseen by the Coordinator of Internships and Fellowships and Horticulture Coordinator.

Hours, Stipend & Application:

The workday is normally from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is usually open Wednesday – Sunday; winter hours may differ. The 40 hour/week work schedule varies based on needs at the organization.

The fellow will receive a stipend of $15,500. Stipends are based on a 40-hour a week and will be prorated if shorter hours or season are agreed upon. The position includes housing available at no cost (housing deposit is required). PTO & Sick time is accrued based on hours worked. No health or medical benefits are included.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to interns@osv.org. Please put “Horticulture Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line.

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