Attention all beer lovers and job seekers! If you consider yourself an expert at happy hours, your dream job may be closer than you think. The Smithsonian Institution, one of America’s most famous museums, is hiring an official beer historian to work with them for the next three years in Washington, D.C. Let’s hop into the details and the official job description to see what being a beer historian actually entails.
“We have collected food history for many years, so when we were doing the research for the exhibition, which is all about big changes in the post WW II era in how and what we eat, one thing we were curious about is the craft beer movement,” curator Paula Johnson tells Washington City Paper. “We were looking at wine, coffee, cheese, artisanal bread, and farmers markets. Well, this movement with small-scale, local regional beer is part of the ethos.”
According to the official job description, “the successful candidate will have proven experience in scholarly research, organizing and conducting oral history interviews, writing for both scholarly and general audiences, and knowledge of material culture and archival materials… Candidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history are encouraged to apply.”
If you’re thinking about applying for this opportunity, make sure to submit your CV and at least three references by August 10. If you aren’t convinced that getting paid $65,000 a year to document beer is enough of an incentive, don’t forget that the museum also offers benefits for their employees.
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