Open Position: Historic Preservation Fellowship


Position Title: Historic Preservation Fellowship

Position Term: June – August 2021 (Start/end dates are negotiable)

Position Type: Paid, Full time (40 hours/week), Seasonal

Department: Research & Archaeology

How to Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, academic transcript, and 2-3 references to Christopher Sabick, Director of Research and Archaeology, at Applications are due by April 2021.


This fellowship provides an opportunity for an emerging professional to gain valuable experience in the museum field while also improving public access to the region’s cultural heritage. This position will:

  • Provide public interpretation for museum visitors at the Museum’s Nautical Archaeology Center, gain understanding of artifact conservation, and undertake research that will serve as a foundation for the protection and improved public access to the lake’s steamboat shipwrecks.
  • Work with staff to assemble a Multi Property Documentation Form and draft NRHP nominations used in cultural resource management efforts by NY and VT SHPOs and nationwide.
  • Help to expand digital resource files on the steamboats of Lake Champlain to support future exhibits, curricula, and academic research much more efficiently than currently possible.

Throughout this academic summer program, this position will have the opportunity to learn about the overarching history of the Champlain Valley while also delving deeply into information about specific steamboat shipwreck sites. Related research is encouraged and your findings will be credited and incorporated into the documentation form and NRHP nominations. In developing NRHP Multiple Property Nominations, you will gain experience in research and writing; share information with the public through spoken communication to lab visitors and through online posting of the completed nominations; and author a product that is used in cultural resource management efforts nationwide.

This position is a paid, 40 hour/week posting lasting from approximately June 1 to August 15, 2021.


Undergraduate candidates are accepted, and graduate candidates are preferred. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse academic backgrounds – experience in historic preservation and nautical archaeology is a plus, but not required. This project is a collaborative interdisciplinary effort, and we encourage creative ways to tie in your studies with the map.