Project Researcher

Job Type

Part Time




Details: $20 to $30 per hour, commensurate with education and experience. Approximately 500 hours.




2200 Broadway
Redwood City
United States


Under the supervision of the San Mateo County Historical Association's (SMCHA's) Deputy Director and Curator, the Project Researcher will be responsible for creating a furnishing plan for the interior of the Sanchez Adobe at 1000 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica. Construction of the house was completed in 1846. Although the historic house has been operated by the San Mateo County Historical Association since 1979, it has never had a furnishing plan formulated. It is now the desire of the Association to capture the house's downstairs as it appeared before the California Gold Rush (1846-1848) and recreate the upstairs to depict the Adobe's interior from Gold Rush times, through the death of Francisco Sanchez (1849-1862). Assisting the project as a resource on historical matters will be the Association's President. An outside consultant, who has completed furnishing plans previously, will be engaged to help guide the project. The furnishing plan ought to allow future visitors the ability to experience aspects of the life and times of Francisco Sanchez and his family. 


A. Advanced degree in History or equivalent experience in historical research.

B. Ability to utilize primary source material for creation of furnishing plans. Experience in compiling a furnishing plan preferred.

C. Experience as a project manager.

D. Ability to collaborate with a team to help organize the study.

E. Writing skills that adequately communicate to others.

F. Ability to locate sources for research purposes and for the actual pieces to be included in the furnishing plan.

G. Computer skills necessary to accomplish online research.

H. Ability to create spreadsheets necessary for the organization of budgets.

I. Knowledge of California History, with knowledge of San Mateo County History preferred.

Place of Work:

The candidate can work from home, or a suitable office space will be made available at the SMCHA. Candidate must also be able to attend meetings at the San Mateo County History Museum in downtown Redwood City or the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica as deemed necessary.

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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, resume and writing sample. Include the job title plus your name in the subject line. No calls or walk-ins, please.