[Listing expires 1/29/2020]
Organization Name: Pullen Park
Organization Website: https://raleighnc.gov/places/pullen-park
Be a part of Pullen Park, North Carolina's first amusement park. Our campus contains 72 acres of gorgeous park land and offers a variety of activities and amusements to keep crowds of all ages engaged and entertained. The carousel on property dates back to 1911 and is accompanied by the authentic sounds of an original Wurlitzer organ. When a guest takes a spin around the park on our CP Huntington miniature train, their imagination is sent back to the golden age of transportation as they explore our park grounds.
As a Research Assistant, you will be responsible for finding primary and secondary information related to Pullen Park's more than 100-year history to later be displayed on wayfinding stations. This project is dedicated to researching and later showing our guests what used to exist at the park, how it has changed through time and why, and the role parks have played in shaping modern cities and public culture.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Research Assistants' core responsibilities include research, writing, and editing the content and visuals for public consumption.
Applicants should be intellectually curious and familiar with the Gilded Age, urban history, and Raleigh's history in particular. The successful candidate will be an extremely organized and entrepreneurial self-starter who can multitask, prioritize, and work under strict deadlines.
Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Organize, complete and maintain records
Ensure accurate data entry
Maintain records using Excel, Word and Publisher, and filing systems.
Communicate findings and provide updates through written and verbal methods
Review archival material on various electronic archives, as well as any physical documents the project may uncover
Assist staff in the review, identification, and development of scholarly information describing research findings
Assist under direction of the Curator of Collections in attaining permission for display of materials from any repositories not the City of Raleigh
Communicates ideas, problems, suggestions, and messages in a timely effective manner
Maintains the confidentiality of all research information
Other administrative tasks as assigned
Able to move equipment, which may include pushing, pulling, and lifting.
Able to work in a considerably noisy environment.
Must have full use of arms and legs to operate equipment, climb stairs, and have bimanual dexterity (full use of both arms and both hands).
Able to work outside during the warm and cold months.
Able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Must be able to hear at least 40 decibels in an environment producing 500 – 4000 hertz.
Must be able to perform the following movements: Balancing, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Reaching, Standing, Walking, Pushing, Pulling, Lifting, Grasping, and Talking.
Strong educational background in history. Current enrollment in a program towards an advanced degree in an historical field a plus
Strong research skills
Ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely
Prior non-academic project research a plus
Ability to work independently and conduct research and literature review tasks
Applicants must pass a background check and controlled substance test.
Applicants must be age 18 or over.
Hours per week: Up to 36 between 9am – 5pm only
Duration of Project: Through 30 June 2020
Hiring Salary Range:
9.25 per hour