Agriculture & Horticulture Fellowship at Old Sturbridge Village

  • 08 Feb 2020 10:37 AM
    Message # 8734407

    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 spring 2020. 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 & gardener’s year, specializing in crop and land management. Working as an historic farmer/gardener will entail using all aspects of the farm as educational tools, such as, costume, gardens, livestock, fields, buildings, pasture, and landscape to make meaningful connections with our visitors.

    Interpretation – Agriculture & Horticulture Program

    Focus Area:

    Farm and Gardens

    Education & Experience

    • High school diploma or equivalent, agriculture/horticulture educational program preferred
    • Familiarity with working with plants 
    • Experience in farm/garden based educational programs  
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences.


    • ·       Daily care of a living collection of heritage breed livestock and heirloom plants
    • ·       In the kitchen garden prepare, plant, cultivate, and harvest using 19th century techniques – includes root vegetables, hills, fruit bushes, and herbs.
    • ·       Assist in OSV’s seed saving program
    • ·       In the farm fields prepare, plant, cultivate, and harvest using 19th century techniques – including corn, oats, rye, and potatoes
    • ·       Orchard care and maintenance – including pruning, grafting, harvesting and operating a period cider mill   
    • ·       Use root cellaring and other food preservation techniques
    • ·       Haymaking, including mowing, drying and storing hay by hand
    • ·       Animal Husbandry – working with cattle, both dairy and oxen, sheep, pigs, chickens, and turkeys 
    • ·       Pasture management, including fence repair and the production of fence stock
    • ·       Deliver public programing to OSV’s diverse audiences on related agricultural topics – front gate, special events, Old Sturbridge Academy, Discovery Adventures, homeschool & scout groups


    Hours, Stipend & Application:

    This is a one-year fellowship beginning in early spring 2020. 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 fellow will receive a stipend of $14,000. 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:

    • ·       Regular lift loads of 50lbs and occasionally lift 100lbs or more.
    • ·       Work outside in all seasons and weather
    • ·       Walk around a 200+ acre site   

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

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