Oregon Folklife Network Seeks Two Contract Fieldworkers for Extended Documentation Project
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Oregon Folklife Network seeks to hire two professional folklorists
to conduct folklife field surveys and documentation of traditions in the
southern Oregon counties of Malheur, Harney, Lake, and Klamath
(fieldwork regions will be divided up based on the experience and
backgrounds of the folklorists selected). The entire region includes
traditions of various ethnic and regional groups (Basque, Japanese,
Croatian, Irish, Mexican, Klamath, Norwegian, Chinese, etc.) as well as
farm & waterways traditions, ranching, foodways, old time music,
quilting, auctioneering, and others yet to be documented
A successful project will result in the documentation of at least 20-25
folk and traditional artists over 20-30 working days (for each
folklorist and with number of days dependent upon rate of pay), which
will include: some talks/interaction with UO folklore students during
fieldwork; completion of all fieldwork forms; submission to the OFN of
multimedia documentation of central and south central Oregon folk
artists including bios; interim reports and fieldnotes; and a final
descriptive report/essay. At least 15 of the folk artists (per
folklorist) documented should be appropriate for the FTA roster (artists
appropriate for and willing to work at folklife festivals, school
diversity and/or arts days, multicultural arts presentations).
Fieldworkers will also be responsible for presenting three public
programs each in addition to time in the field (separate payment for
these programs provided).
Work for this project may begin any time after July 15, 2013 but must be
completed by June 30, 2014 (including all paperwork). Fieldwork days
need not be consecutive, and, in fact, two field trips would be ideal.
The successful applicant should have an MA and/or Ph.D. in folklore or
related discipline, such as cultural anthropology or ethnomusicology,
and at least 5 years' experience in public folklore and folklife
documentation. Qualified applicants must have access to, experience
with, and technical competence with digital equipment (camera, audio
Applicants must supply: a cover letter detailing qualifications and
experience and proposed plans for how the applicant will conduct the
work for this project, a c.v., three relevant reference letters, and
representative work samples of recorded interviews, photography, field
notes, and professional writing (online and/or digital work samples are
welcome and preferred). Applications submitted without these items will
be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
OFN will provide preliminary contact information/introductions for
several communities, folk artists, and organizations in southern Oregon.
The OFN will provide folklife fieldwork forms (audio log, photo log,
general release, artist data sheet, release for internet materials) and
funds for disks, memory cards, batteries, etc.; and travel (in Oregon
only) expense reimbursement at the state rate. The fee for this contract
will be $300-500/day depending on experience plus in-state travel
The results of this folklife field survey will be used to expand the
OFN's Folk & Traditional Artist roster; provide six public programs
to communities in which fieldwork was conducted; provide UO folklore
students with the opportunity to apprentice with OFN and professional
independent folklorists; and provide cultural information, including
field reports, to local cultural and arts organizations towards the
creation of future programs. As with all folklife materials, all
fieldwork documentation will become part of the Oregon Folklife
Collection at the University of Oregon Libraries' Special Collections
and University Archives.
National Endowment for the Arts funds will be used to pay fees and
in-state travel expenses for contract folklorists, who will be
supervised by OFN Executive Director Riki Saltzman.
Complete applications (including reference letters) should be sent to:
Folklife Survey, Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97503
OR as a PDF email attachment
to firstname.lastname@example.org (please put FOLKLIFE SURVEY in the subject line).
Applications must be received at the OFN by June 3, 2013. This is NOT a postmark deadline.
For further information, please contact Riki Saltzman at 541/346-3820 or email@example.com.