Toponymy Project Coordinator is sought

The British Columbia Geographical Names Office, operating within the Heritage Branch, is responsible for the management and administration of place naming in British Columbia. The Heritage Branch encourages and facilitates the recognition and safeguarding of BC’s cultural heritage through the development and implementation of tangible and intangible heritage policies and programs.

The Heritage Branch currently manages programs related to heritage capacity building, geographical names, historic places recognition, fossil management and the stewardship of physical heritage resources.


Post-secondary education or training in project management, linguistics, geography or related field.

  • Preference may be given to candidates with a degree in cultural geography, Indigenous Studies, GIS, historical cartography, British Columbia history, library sciences, or anthropology.
  • Preference may be given to candidates with culturally-grounded education, training, or experiences within an Indigenous community or organization.


  • Working with Indigenous governments and communities.
  • Providing project management and coordination services for assigned projects.
  • Proficient with technology and software such as all Microsoft Office tools.
  • Experience communicating across diverse cultures.
  • Conducting historical research and developing reference materials.
  • Demonstrated experience with GIS [Oracle, ESRI], web mapping applications, Adobe Creative Suite [Acrobat, Photoshop], Corel Draw, Audacity, or similar applications.

Location: Victoria, BC V9B6X2 CA (Primary)

Salary Range: $54,933.89 – $62,318.99 annually [as of April 12, 2020]

Close Date: 4/9/2020

Call for NAMES Editorial Board Members

Onomastic Experts Sought for the NAMES Editorial Board

To compensate for the growing number of submissions NAMES is receiving, the number of article reviewers for the Editorial Board is being expanded.  Toward that end, NAMES Editor-in-Chief Dr. I. M. Nick is currently soliciting applications for new Board members.  Members of the Board are expected to critically assess submissions on the following points: 1) scientific contribution to onomastic studies; 2) interest for NAMES readers; and 3) adherence to the stylistic, grammatical, and formatting regulations of the NAMES Style Sheet.  Members of the board typically review two submissions per month by providing detailed evaluations of ca. 500 words.  Onomastic experts are particularly needed in the areas of place names, literary onomastics, brandnames, and trade names. Along with their reviewing duties, once a year, the members of the Editorial Board also vote to select the Best Article of the Year.  

If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Board, please complete and return the application via the following link: <>.  All members of the Board are expected to be members of the ANS in good-standing.  Should you have any questions about the Board, please do not hesitate to contact, NAMES Editor-in-Chief, Dr. I. M. Nick ( 

Open Position: Place Name Research Associate, University of Glasgow

Job description: To make a (leading) contribution to the project: ‘The Place-Names of the Galloway Glens’ working with Prof. Thomas Clancy and Dr Simon Taylor. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in the areas of Scottish place-names, and place-name survey. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help to successfully deliver this project as opportunities allow.

This position is part time at 17.5 hours per week and has funding until 31 May 2019.

Deadline for applications is 31st July 2018.

To apply, please visit the website at

To read more about the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, please visit their website.

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany: Postdoctoral position available

The University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in urban semiotics, memory studies or and/or linguistic landscape research. This opportunity is being funded by the German Research Foundation and will be a part of the project “Memory and ideology in the linguistic landscape: Commemorative (re)naming in East Germany and Poland 1916-2016.” The purpose of this project is to explore the socio-political and ideological factors involved in the commemorative street naming in five cities in Eastern Germany and Poland. You will find information about the Faculty and the contracting authority at the University web site.

The ideal candidate will have a background in urban semiotics, linguistic landscape analysis, memory studies, media studies, critical and /or multimodal discourse analysis and a strong research interest in Eastern Europe. A very good knowledge of German and English is required. Knowledge of Polish is a plus but not required. This is a 50% position for 3 years. Starting date: 16. April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Duration: 3 years. Tenure: 50% FTA

Contact Information: Prof. Isabelle Buchstaller,

American Geographical Society Library Research Fellowships

Between 4 to 8 fellowships are being offered by the American Geographical Society for scholars to conduct research in the special maps collection of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Libraries. The fellowships range in time from two to four weeks. The library’s primary strengths are geography, cartography, and related historical topics. Interested applicants are encouraged to consult the fellowship descriptions and application process on the AGSL website. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2017.

PhD Opportunity: Researching the Stevenson collection of maps, University of Edinburgh / National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is currently offering funding for a collaborative PhD centered on researching the Stevenson collection of ca. 3,000 maps and plans (ca. 1800-1900).  The collection also includes details documents on infrastructure construction projects such as the building of 19th century Scottish harbors, canals, bridges, and lighthouses.  Further details concerning the collection, the project, and the profile required for applicants can be found here. The closing date for applications is Friday 19 May.

The award, which is made by the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium as part of the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Programme, will be managed jointly by the University of Edinburgh (Institute of Geography) and the National Library of Scotland, The studentship, which is full-time and funded for 3.5 years, will begin in October 2017 and will be jointly supervised by Christopher Fleet and Alison Metcalfe (National Library of Scotland) and Professor Charles W. J. Withers (University of Edinburgh). Part-time applications are welcome.

Summer Internship at Ethnic Technologies

Ethnic Technologies is currently searching for an undergraduate or graduate student with a keen interest in onomastics to serve as a paid summer intern M-F, 40 hrs/wk for 8 weeks. The person hired for this position will be responsible for classifying first and last names by ethnicity; identifying morphological patterns within lists of names; defining rules from visible patterns; improving the logic that incorporates name intelligence into a predictive software product. Applicants must have strong communications skills in English and competency in at least one second language. Basic computer programming skills and knowledge of database software are a bonus. Information about the company can be found at their website. Interested applicants are asked to email former ANS Information Officer, Lisa Spira (lspira AT THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 7, 2017.

Place Names Officer position at Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is currently recruiting a new permanent full time member of staff to work on a new Welsh Place Names list for historic locations in Wales. The Welsh Ministers have asked the Commission to compile and maintain a list of historic place names in Wales, and the Place Names Officer will be a key part of this commitment. The successful candidate will be put in charge of compiling and maintaining the list. Further details on the Historic Place Names list and an application can be found at their website. Interested applicants who would like to learn more about the position and the project are asked to contact David Thomas, Head of Public Services: david.thomas at

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 March 2017 at 5pm.

Purpose of the List of Historic Place Names

The List of Historic Place Names will be an index of names given to, or held by, geographical locations identified from sources that predate the First World War. Drawing upon existing place name research, the List will incorporate the various forms and spellings used to record structures or places over time.

The purpose of the List is:

  • to provide easy access to a single centralised source of information on historic place names
  • to raise awareness of the value of historic place names
  • to inform decision makers

Funded PhD at the University of Glasgow: ‘Protocols for the use of name evidence in lexicography: comparative analysis of onomastic and non-onomastic data for historical and contemporary Scots’

17101840068_4796d8a18f_mSubmit your application for a funded PhD on the use of name evidence in lexicography, based at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

The studentship is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award program with Scottish Language Dictionaries (Edinburgh) and will be co-supervised by Professor Carole Hough, Dr Wendy Anderson (University of Glasgow), and Dr Alison Grant (Scottish Language Dictionaries).

The studentship is funded for three years, beginning in October 2015. The deadline for applications is Monday, 29 June 2015. Interviews will be held on Thursday, 23 July 2015.

Click here for more information and to apply.