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.

March Fellowships

All resume materials are due Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Noon

Applicants are expected to begin Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Agriculture Fellowship

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is seeking a full-time fellow to work and study under the leadership of OSV’s agriculture program for 10 months, starting in late spring 2022. 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 an 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 10-month fellowship beginning in spring 2022. The workday is normally from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, 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 letter of interest indicating a desired focus area, resume, and two letters of reference to interns@osv.org & jobs@osv.org. Please put “Agriculture Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line.

 

Ddora Costume Fellowship

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is seeking a full-time fellow to work and study under the leadership of OSV’s historical clothing department for 10 months, starting in spring 2022. 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 costumed third person interpretation. OSV’s historical clothing department is responsible for fitting, constructing, and maintaining the period-appropriate costumes for more than 250 staff and volunteers. In addition to working with the historical clothing department, the fellow will consult with OSV’s curatorial staff and have access to a significant collection of more than 6,000 historic garments for study and documentation.

This fellowship is generously funded by the The Ddora Foundation, a foundation that seeks to benefit endeavors in the fine and applied arts, cultural preservation, and education.

Department:

Interpretation – Historical Clothing Department

Focus Area:

Costume Study and Fabrication

The Ddora Costume Fellowship will focus on two main elements of historical clothing: examining original 19th century garments as they compare to existing historical costume office patterns and the reproduction of garments worn by interpreters while balancing the resources of a non-profit living history museum.

Responsibilities:

Working alongside museum professionals, this fellowship will allow for hands-on learning and mentorship in costume study and fabrication. Fellow will be provided general training in the museum’s time period as well as in visitor engagement and customer service. This fellowship will be overseen by the Coordinator of Historical Clothing with additional mentorship from OSV Collections and Research staff and additional Historical Clothing Office staff.

Hours, Stipend & Application:

This is a one-year fellowship begins early spring 2022. The workday is normally from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and the Historical Clothing Office is usually open Monday – Friday; summer hours may differ and limited weekend availability for special programs is expected. 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 letter of interest indicating the desired focus area, resume, and two letters of reference to interns@osv.org & jobs@osv.org. Please put “Ddora Costume 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 10 months, starting in late spring 2022. 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 an 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

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:

This is a 10-month fellowship beginning in spring 2022. The workday is normally from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, 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.

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

May Fellowships

All resume materials are due Monday, March 7, 2022 at Noon

Applicants are expected to begin Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Curatorial Fellowship

Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest living history museum, welcomes applications for a one-year curatorial fellowship running from May 25, 2022 to June 1, 2023. The fellowship provides an emerging museum professional the opportunity to work with curatorial and library staff on a variety of projects related to exhibitions, collections management, research, and programming.

Old Sturbridge Village is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. We are passionate about developing and maintaining an inclusive, equitable and accessible working and learning environment for all visitors, staff and OSV community members. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to different ways of understanding and engaging the world around us.

Specific duties will be assigned on a project basis and may include, but are not limited to, exhibitions; research enquiries; collections management; cataloging; furnishings plans; public lectures; and presentations. The Fellow will work closely with the staff on research and development of exhibits located throughout the Village campus.

The position is open to candidates who have received a graduate degree in Museum Studies, American Material Culture, Decorative Arts, Art History, Public History, History, or a related field in the last two years (after May 2020).  Knowledge of American material culture, especially New England materials dating from 1790 to 1840, and experience working in a museum environment is required. Demonstrated experience with exhibitions and collections management including records management, object handling, research and documentation is preferred. Candidate must have the ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups as well as a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

Hours, Stipend & Application:

This one-year fellowship begins May 25, 2022. The workday is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday; winter hours may differ. The fellow will receive a stipend of $27,000. Stipends are based on a 40-hour workweek. The position includes housing available at no cost, PTO & Sick time prorated to hours worked, however health or medical benefits are not included. Evenings and weekends may occasionally be required for programs, events, or other needs.

Old Sturbridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Old Sturbridge Village to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or membership in the uniformed services.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and two letters of reference to interns@osv.org and jobs@osv.org.  Please put “OSV Curatorial Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2022 at noon.

Straker Trade Fellowships

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 Costume Department.

The Straker Historic Trade Fellowship will focus on the two main elements of interpretation: educating/engaging our visitor and working towards mastery of one or more hand skills. Working alongside museum professionals, this fellowship will allow for hands-on learning and mentorship in one or two of the following areas: Blacksmithing, Domestic Management, Pottery, and Tinsmithing. Historical Interpretation is a physically demanding job, which requires the fellow to be able to stand for extended periods of time as well as being able to lift up to 50 pounds.


Domestic Management

Blacksmith

Pottery

Tin


All fellows will be provided general training in the museum’s time period and in the area(s) to which they’ll be assigned as well as in visitor engagement and customer service. These fellows will also be provided mentors to help progress their skills and assess their development. This fellowship will be overseen by experienced practitioners of these historic skills on the Old Sturbridge Village staff.

Hours, Stipend & Application:

This one-year fellowship begins May 2022. The work day is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday; winter hours may differ. The fellow will receive a stipend of $15,500. Stipends are based on a 40 hour work week and will be prorated if shorter hours or season are agreed upon. The position includes housing available at no cost, PTO & Sick time prorated to hours work, no health or medical benefits are included.

Please submit a letter of interest indicating a desired focus area, resume, two letters of reference, and (if possible) one image of an item that you have made that typifies your work to Interns@osv.org and jobs@osv.org.  Please put “Straker Historical Trade Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line. The deadline for applications is March 7 at noon, 2022.

Music Fellowship

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is seeking a full-time fellow to work and study under the leadership of OSV’s performance program for 12 months, starting in May 2022. 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 the full life of people, music and performance is a major tool in telling that story. The fellowship will focus on the study and use of period music to educate and entertain OSV’s visitors. Music and performance plays a key role in many special events at OSV; this fellow will also be working to plan and deliver many of the programs events.

Department:

Interpretation – Performance and Special Events

Focus Area:

Music & Performance

Education & Experience

Responsibilities:

Hours, Stipend & Application:

This is a one-year fellowship beginning in May 2022. The workday is normally from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and the museum is usually open Wednesday – Sunday; winter hours may differ. Hours depend upon Museum programs, which potentially includes evenings.

The fellow will receive a stipend of $15,500. Stipends are based on a 40-hour workweek. The position includes housing available at no cost, PTO & Sick time prorated to hours worked, however health or medical benefits are not included. Evenings and weekends may occasionally be required for programs, events, or other needs.

Old Sturbridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Old Sturbridge Village to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or membership in the uniformed services.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and two letters of reference to interns@osv.org and jobs@osv.org.  Please put “OSV Music Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2022 at noon.