Work & Service Opportunities
Ohio History Service Corps/AmeriCorps Member (2021-2022)
The Oberlin Heritage Center is tremendously pleased to announce once again that we have been chosen as a host site for an Ohio History Service Corps/AmeriCorps member for the 2021-2022 program year.
The selected participant will be dedicate half of their time to projects at the Oberlin Heritage Center and the other half assisting other history organizations in the region. The program year runs from September 13, 2021 through August 31, 2022. Applicants must commit to the full year of service, and be at least 21 years of age and a college graduate by the start of service.
Member Duties: 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.
Duration & Benefits: Members will serve one year in full time capacity, and will receive a living allowance of $15,100, health insurance, eligibility for SNAP and childcare assistance, professional development, and the ability for members to place qualifying student loans into forbearance for the duration of their service term. Upon completion of 1700 hours, members will also be eligible for an education award the equivalent of a Pell Grant ($6,195). Members receive professional development opportunities through attendance at statewide conferences, in addition to training on volunteer management, meeting facilitation, non-profit governance and administration, collections management and digitization, community engagement, cultural competency and humility, historic preservation, and heritage tourism/community-based partnership development.
To Apply: This program is managed by the Ohio History Connection in Columbus, OH (please visit https://www.ohiohistory.org/americorps for more information). In order to be considered for the position, all prospective members (including any current members interested in returning for an additional year of service) must apply through the MyAmeriCorps website. Paper or email applications will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: August 15, 2021, or until position is filled. Reviews and interviews begin immediately, so early applications are strongly encouraged.
Questions can be referred to Amanda Manahan (Oberlin Heritage Center Museum Education and Tour Coordinator) or to firstname.lastname@example.org (Local History Services at the Ohio History Connection).
Oberlin Heritage Center Non-Discrimination Statement
Approved by the Board of Trustees March 1, 2017
The Oberlin Heritage Center is committed to providing a museum experience and programs in which everyone feels welcome and safe to learn about Oberlin's nationally significant history and to access historical resources. The Oberlin Heritage Center does not and shall not discriminate - and will not tolerate - discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship status, military status, genetic information, medical condition or on account of any other basis prohibited by City, State, or Federal law.
The Oberlin Heritage Center is an equal opportunity employer. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all staff members is central to the continuing success of our organization. We cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork and respect among all staff members. We are firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. We will not discriminate based on any of the factors listed above in hiring, promotion, demotion, training, benefits, transfers, layoffs, determinations, recommendations, rates of pay or other forms of compensation. Opportunity is provided to all staff members on the basis of qualifications and job requirements.
Consider volunteering or interning with us. Though sometimes unpaid, these positions will allow you to learn about museum work and history from the staff of a nationally-accredited small history museum.
Hundreds of people generously donate their time and skills to our organization every year. They give tours, serve on committees, balance the cash drawer, help us preserve buildings and artifacts, answer phones, prepare bulk mailings, do research, and perform many many other essential tasks.
Students from Oberlin College and other area colleges have worked for us in a variety of capacities: as volunteers, Bonner Scholars, work-study students, and summer interns. Students gain valuable skills and knowledge during their work here. Interns participate in a variety of tasks – they give tours, help staff our office, assist with research projects such as the Oberlin Historic Inventory and the Oberlin Oral History Project, catalogue and care for collections, help at special events, and maintain history resource databases. Students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply–you need not be a history major (although you certainly may be)!