Whether you are still in school, a recent graduate of a public history program, or looking to change positions, NCPH offers a job listing, updated weekly, to aid in your search. NCPH has also developed a Best Practices for Job Postings document for employers posting jobs with NCPH and elsewhere.
Online and classroom opportunities.
ADDITIONAL CAREER LINKS:
- “Tips for Finding a Job in Preservation” website from the National Trust for Historic Preservation Career Center
- “Careers in Public History,” webpage from the American Historical Association
- “Beginning a Job Search” webpage
- PreserveNet, the Preservationist’s resource
- Cultural Resource Network
- Idealist non-profit job listings
- Archives Gig
- Museum Jobs in the UK
- American Association of State and Local History Career Center
- American Association of Museums JobHQ
- Canadian Heritage Information Network
- Ask A Manager, a resource for general career advice
SURVEY OF PUBLIC HISTORY PROFESSIONALS
In 2008, the NCPH participated in a Survey of Public History Professionals (SPHP)*, prepared by staff at NCPH and AHA. These organizations sought to learn more about the demographics, training, employment conditions, and expectations of public history practitioners. Each participating association helped to distribute the survey across the public history community and will share the aggregated, anonymous data that is collected. The first report, written by John Dichtl [NCPH] and Robert B. Townsend [AHA] appeared as an article in the September 2009 edition of Public History News and in the September 2009 issue of Perspectives on History.
Survey sponsored by: American Association for State and Local History, American Association of Museums, American Historical Association, Association of Personal Historians, Australian Historical Association, Canadian Historical Association, National Council on Public History, Oral History Association, Organization of American Historians, Society for History in the Federal Government
The NCPH Consultants Directory is for individuals who are members of NCPH and who present themselves as historical consultants. Potential clients/employers are invited to contact them directly to request work proposals, resumes, samples of work, or references. Consultants are searchable by name, years of experience, degree, region, and areas of expertise.
Consultants work freelance or in established firms on projects ranging from National Register nominations, to court cases and corporate histories, to advising neighborhood associations, local government, and museums. See how NCPH can serve as a resource for consulting historians in this video.
Our NCPH Consultants directory is for individuals who are members of NCPH and who present themselves as historical consultants. If you are a consultant and would like to be included in this searchable directory, please join NCPH and email [email protected]
With the help of the NCPH Consultants Committee, we have compiled several resources for those seeking consultant or proposal information.
NCPH CONSULTANTS ON TWITTER
The Committee will use this forum to network with consultants; announce committee events and news; share relevant projects, articles and information; highlight consulting opportunities and resources; and better connect fields of public history and those on the periphery. We aim to increase NCPH’s presence on Twitter and in turn gain a larger national audience for consultants’ concerns, issues and news.
- The Consultant’s Corner on the Public History Commons compiles [email protected] blog posts related to consulting and contract historians.
- Consultant Pete Anderson’s list of resources to help those who are exploring the private sector came out of discussions at the 2013 NCPH conference.
- Articles about consulting from Public History News:
- Other Publications of Interest
Careers for Students of History, Chapter 7: Historians as Consultants and Contractors
- Also see the Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations, Inc.