Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

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Paid Internships

Archival Processing Intern

(Full position description)

Under guidance of FHS staff, this position will assist in processing and cataloging archival collections. Responsibilities include: Arranging and describing historical records; identifying conservation needs and performing basic preservation tasks; creating item inventories and online finding aids; assisting with other archival duties as needed.

$17.50 (Hourly Wage). Part-time, in-person position. 15-29 hours per week. Flexible schedule, but work hours must be completed weekdays, Monday-Friday. 

To apply, please submit a resume along with a brief statement of interest and an assessment of skills related to the position to: library@foresthistory.org. Include position title in subject line.

Digitization Intern

(Full position description)

The primary work of this position will be cataloging historic photographs, completing image capture, and providing metadata entry to an online database. Digitized content will primarily be historic photographs from the Weyerhaeuser Company Records, held at the FHS Archives. Intern will also assist in efforts to research and develop a digital exhibit using this material.

$17.50 (Hourly Wage). Part-time, in-person position. 15-29 hours per week. Flexible schedule, but work hours must be completed weekdays, Monday-Friday. 

To apply, please submit a resume along with a brief statement of interest and an assessment of skills related to the position to: library@foresthistory.org. Include position title in subject line.

Volunteer

Do you have a passion for nature and history? We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to help with daily library and archives operations. Volunteering at the Forest History Society is a rewarding and fun experience, and a great way to combine those passions. FHS is a nonprofit library and archives located in Durham, North Carolina, that links the past to the future by identifying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information on the history of interactions between people, forests, and their related resources.

Volunteer opportunities include

  • Checking in new books and journals
  • Organizing records
  • Scanning and Digitization
  • Shelving
  • Labeling
  • Database entry
  • Social media posting
  • Assisting the Librarian and Archivist with special projects
  • And much more…

To join our team of library-loving volunteers you should:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be available to volunteer at least 3 hours a week for at least 2-3 months.
  • Have the ability to work alone or with others (other volunteers, staff, or patrons).

To help make a difference at the Forest History Society, please fill out this online form. You can also email us the form at library@foresthistory.org. Once you return the completed application, we will contact you and schedule an interview to discuss your interests and volunteer options.

Internships

Are you a graduate student in Library Science, Public History, Environmental Studies, or a related field? Interested graduate students can enhance their educational program of study with a wide variety of opportunities within a small research library setting. For more information about unpaid internships with the Forest History Society, please contact the Library Staff via email at library@foresthistory.org.

Internship opportunities include:

  • Digitization
  • Digital exhibit curation
  • Archival processing
  • Creating exhibits for our display area
  • Blog and social media posting
  • Assisting the Librarian and Archivist with special projects
  • And more…

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