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Hiring for Oral History Coordinator

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Oral History Coordinator

Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP)

Terms of Work

-Approximately 20 hours per week for 14 weeks between May 2-September 2, 2016 at a wage of $25 per hour.

Job Description

CFRC Radio 101.9fm, the campus and community radio station based at Queen’s University in Kingston since 1922, is collaborating with the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP) on an initiative made possible through the City of Kingston Heritage Fund. SWIHHP aims to document the twentieth-century history of two contiguous neighbourhoods of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Until the early 1970s, the Inner Harbour was a vital industrial area of the city, complete with railroads, factories, and docks; the Swamp Ward, adjacent to it, was where workers and their families lived, went to school, went to church, shopped, and played. Through archival research and oral history, SWIHHP will bring people, time periods, spaces, and issues into Kingston’s story that have usually stood in the shadow of nineteenth-century limestone buildings and illustrious politicians.

In this short-term, part-time, grant-funded position, the Oral History Coordinator will work closely with the SWIHHP Director to expand SWIHHP’s archive of audio oral history interviews, leveraging community resources and increasing community capacity via training of community members. This position offers and requires flexibility in scheduling to allow coordination with the Director and those being interviewed, and will involve some weekend or evening hours.

Responsibilities include:

-Identifying interview subjects

-Conducting and recording interviews

-Documenting and archiving interviews

-Collecting archival materials from community members

-Training volunteers in oral history practices and techniques

-Liaising with a project Audio Producer and with community advisors.


-Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

-Experience conducting doing oral history research

-A combination of some related skills such as audio production, journalism, history, museum or library work, writing, or community organizing.

-Familiarity with Kingston and/or an avid interest in the practical and political dimensions of practicing community history in a small city.

Application Details:

-Submit cover letter and resume with a sample of work to

-Deadline for applications: Friday, April 1, 2016

-This position is made possible through the support of the City of Kingston Heritage Fund (CKHF)


  1. Rebecca McQuaid

    Hello (re: Oral History Coordinator position)
    I just wanted to confirm that this position is open to non-students-?
    It sounds like a very exciting project to work on!

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