LINGUIST List 27.917

Fri Feb 19 2016

Jobs: Arikara; Hidatsa; Mandan; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Language Revitalization: Fieldworker, The Language Conservancy

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 18-Feb-2016
From: Yuliya Manyakina <>
Subject: Arikara; Hidatsa; Mandan; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Language Revitalization: Fieldworker, The Language Conservancy, North Dakota, USA
E-mail this message to a friend

University or Organization: The Language Conservancy
Job Location: North Dakota, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Fieldworker/Researcher

Job Rank: Fieldworker; Researcher

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Language Revitalization

Required Language(s): Arikara (ari)
                            Hidatsa (hid)
                            Mandan (mhq)


The Language Conservancy invites applications for two positions in New Town, ND as a fieldworker/researcher in the area of language documentation and revitalization for the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara languages).

The duration of the position is from June 1 to July 31, 2016.

We are looking for people who are self-motivated and adaptable, work well in teams, enjoy challenges, and are passionate about language documentation and revitalization.

The Language Conservancy works with many Native American communities to provide language materials such as textbooks, dictionaries, apps, and other resources. We offer an exciting working environment, where you will directly contribute to the MHA Language Project. You will work with Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara speakers to document the MHA languages for new language materials. There will be a heavy focus on Hidatsa, but many opportunities to work on Mandan and Arikara as well.

Candidates should be outgoing, friendly, and be willing to reach out to community members of New Town and surrounding communities on the Fort Berthold Reservation. For examples of previous work, check the Mandan (, Hidatsa ( and Arikara ( websites.

Qualifications & Expected General Skills:

**Must be comfortable with living in a remote/rural area for the duration of the position**
- Knowledge of audio software, in particular Audacity
- Experience with language documentation, research, and linguistic analysis
- Be competent in PC and Mac environments
- Have an aptitude for learning new technologies and processes
- Good communication and teamwork skills
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Experience with interviewing people/making people feel comfortable during interviews
- Outgoing and friendly
- High degree of motivation
- Able to manage own workload and meet deadlines
- Excellent organizational skills
- High standard of written and spoken English
- Hold a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited institution

Experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus:

- Language data (corpora, dictionaries, thesauri)
- Transcribing content from audio recordings
- Syntactic analysis
- Morpho-phonological analysis


Fieldworker will be provided with room, board, and vehicle (if necessary). Gas expenses will be paid for.

How to Apply

To apply, please provide the following:

- CV, listing all recent relevant experience
- A cover letter with a brief summary of professional interests, explaining why you are interested in the position and in language revitalization more generally

Please send your electronic application (preferably in PDF format) to Yuliya Manyakina (contact email below). Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Application Deadline: 31-Mar-2016

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Communications & Events Manager Yuliya Manyakina
Phone: (812) 961-6360

Page Updated: 19-Feb-2016