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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Student Job: Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project

JOB POSTING:  Project Coordinator

Project Coordinator
For the Lands We Share initiative of the Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project (UW Madison Oral History Office; UW Milwaukee Public History Program; UW Whitewater Public History Program; UW Oshkosh History Department)

Seeking sharp, energetic, and organized student to serve as main coordinating assistant and field supervisor for an exciting new grant-supported project concerning the relationship of food, farming and land in Wisconsin to race and ethnicity.   Position will last at least two semesters (fall ’17 – spring ’18) and will involve assisting the project directors in overseeing and coordinating community-based research and historical collection, across three Wisconsin regions and four UW campuses, that will culminate in a traveling exhibition and companion website to support “community conversation” events in each region which will begin in July 2018.

About the Lands We Share Initiative
The Lands We Share initiative uses Wisconsin’s rich agricultural history and statewide cross-cultural connections to land and farming as the basis for a three-phase, twenty-month pilot project supporting community dialogue in three Wisconsin locations: Milwaukee County, Jefferson County, and northeast Wisconsin (Oneida, Oshkosh and Green Bay region). The initiative involves the development of a traveling multimedia pop-up exhibit and companion web tool to support, structure, capture and ultimate disseminate six community conversations (two in each of the three regions). The Lands We Share initiative is a program of the Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project, a statewide community-based history and documentary project begun in 2012 that looks at the intersections which connect food, farming, and land to race and ethnicity in Wisconsin. 

Degree and area of specialization:
Applicant must be degree seeking at one of the above UW System schools involved in project. Project desires a student working in or already degreed in: history, public humanities, journalism, social work, public policy, sociology, agricultural studies, library & information studies; communication arts; nutrition or related field.

Principal Duties
This position will be a key member of a team who together will be responsible for outreach, partner coordination, field research, oral history interviews, event coordination, and student intern supervision for the Lands We Share initiative.  The Project Coordinator will perform a number of tasks as defined according to skills and experience of the candidate and clarified during the interview and early orientation stages of this hiring process. But of crucial importance will be community partner outreach and coordination, communications oversight, event coordination, and sharing responsibility for supervision of undergraduate students and other researchers. Potential to do direct oral history and/or historical research and to collaborate on exhibit vision, design and curation also exists. 

Based on the themes of this project, we strongly encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. The Project Coordinator should also be organized, thorough, and skilled at task prioritization and time-management, and a strong team player.

Minimum Requirements
*Must have car (Gas and most other travel costs will be reimbursed through project funds.)
*Good “people” and communication skills
*Experience, skill and interest in team building and collaborative supervision or other group management
*Good organization and project management skills
*Solid writing and editing skills
*Enthusiasm for project themes and mission (food, land and/or farming; dynamics surrounding race and ethnicity; community-building; Wisconsin multicultural history)
*Proficiency or ability to develop proficiency with a range of computer software applications, such as Microsoft Office’s suite of programs and image, audio, and video editing software and web/cloud-based platforms, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, etc

Other Possible Skills and Experience (not required)
*Public History or Public Humanities
*Digital Humanities
*Oral History
*Agriculture (at any level)
*Research or work related to food and foodways
*Research and work related to race-related issues
*Fluency or proficiency in one or more non-English languages relevant to the project, especially Spanish or Hmong

Job Parameters
*August 25, 2017-June 1, 2018 with possibility of extension
*Ave weekly commitment: 10-15 hours/week
*Salary: $12/hour
*Work place to be determined based on location of candidate. Space available at UW Madison, UW Milwaukee, and UW Whitewater. Also some work from home will be permitted.
*Involves occasional travel to four WI regions:  Milwaukee, Madison, Whitewater, Oshkosh.

To Apply
Send cover letter, resume and at least two references (names and contact info) via email to Project Directors James Levy and Troy Reeves, by 5p CDT, August 17, 2017.

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