Consultant: Land History Research Assistant

Reporting to: Communications Director

Mission of Position:  The Land History Research Project is aimed at helping to create more inclusive spaces at Scenic Hudson land(s) by honoring the living history of the land and recognizing the heritage of its people — past and present. The Research Assistant (Consultant Role) is responsible for researching topics related to the history of specific Scenic Hudson lands. This temporary consultant position will establish a research calendar based on specific priorities, carry out said research, and report research findings under the supervision of the Communications Director and in tandem with the Parks and Community Engagement Department. Due to the sensitive nature of the material, the consultant would need to sign a confidentiality agreement upon engagement.


  • Multidisciplinary research background
  • Background in developing, reporting, and sharing historical research materials
  • Strong written, verbal, organizational, time-management, and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with internal team and external contacts with regard to culturally sensitive topics and confidentiality 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity in communications and research 
  • Flexibility in scheduling to meet with Scenic Hudson staff on progress and ability to meet established deadlines
  • Plus: Experience working directly with diverse groups and communities (through volunteering and/or professional experience)

Background: Scenic Hudson brings together people and organizations to protect the natural resources at the heart of the Hudson Valley’s health and prosperity. Motivated by the beautiful land and extraordinary people of the region, we use our decades of expertise in land preservation, land use, community-based advocacy, and strategic planning to make the valley a better place to live, work, and play for everyone.

Principal Duties:

  • Develop a calendar for research and deliverables to be reviewed and approved by Communications Director
  • Identify and contact partners and stakeholders as established and approved by Scenic Hudson
  • Create shareable documents with research materials and findings organized by topic (topic list will be provided) to report findings following established guidelines and format
  • Maintain schedule flexibility for changes up until monthly and final deadlines
  • Provide monthly summary reports of findings and work accomplished
  • Provide a draft final report
  • Weekly meetings with project manager
  • Monthly meeting with Communications Director and Parks Director 
  • Provide ongoing recommendations for iterating process and research practices
  • Participate in the schedule management for the project using Asana project management software
  • Maintain strict confidentiality throughout the process

Compensation:  Stipend — $1500/month for up to 12 months (work can begin immediately)

Contact:  Send cover letter, resume, and brief and relevant work examples to:  

No phone calls please.

Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting cultural diversity and excellence. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strive to serve all of the people of the Hudson Valley by evaluating our projects, strategic initiatives, and outcomes through that lens.