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Summer Internship with Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead

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Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead | Hallowell, ME
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Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead


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June 1, 2020
August 21, 2020
February 15, 2020
Up to $1,000 stipend (depending on duration) plus housing.
Flexible hours; 25-40 hours a week, including some Saturdays and Sundays; June-August; some weeks will consist of more work hours than others.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead is a non-profit nature preserve and non-traditional house museum that seeks to connect people to place through nature, history and the arts. Vaughan Woods is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk, programs are offered at the Homestead throughout the year, and an effort to catalogue the organization’s collection of historical papers and artifacts is ongoing. Vaughan Homestead is located in the heart of one of Maine’s most iconic small villages. Nestled on the banks of the Kennebec River, historic Hallowell is a picturesque community offering a vibrant downtown and active culture and arts scene.

Located in the heart of the small city, Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead offers an 8-week summer internship for college students to work in both its nature preserve and historic house museum. Applications are due February 15, 2020. Tasks fall into three areas and may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Nature Preserve:

  • trail maintenance
  • administering visitor surveys/collecting visitor data
  • species monitoring
  • invasive plant control
  • assisting with educational programming
  • organizing volunteers
  •  nature preserve focus for 2020: gathering visitor data (trailhead surveys, etc.); conducting invasive plant survey / drafting invasive plant management strategy; and creating a plan for the ecological restoration of a vacant lot adjacent to the preserve. 


Historic House Museum:

  • assisting with house tours
  • organizing and cataloguing museum documents and artifacts
  • digitizing historic documents and photographs
  • working in the gardens (flower and food)
  • museum focus for 2020: interpretive house tours and other programs for the public will focus on Maine’s Bicentennial.

General Non-Profit Support:

  • sending out mailings
  • helping to organize events
  • regular office work

Interested applicants must be able to perform physically demanding field work, enjoy working with children and the general public, be comfortable multi-tasking in the office, and be interested in historic preservation, Maine history and the natural world.

Independent Research Opportunities: 


The opportunity to conduct independent research projects related to either the historic collections of Vaughan Homestead or to the ecology or recreational use of Vaughan Woods is available to VWHH interns, but is not a requirement of the internship. The range of topics for research within our archive and in the Woods is vast, including, but not limited to, Maine history, early agriculture, women’s history, land conservation, 18th – 20th century art, monarch habitat, water quality, erosion control, invasive species, recreational management issues etc.. Interested students should contact VWHH to discuss their areas of interest.

VWHH will help students frame research questions and identify areas within the collection to conduct research. We ask that students work with an advisor from their college or university on their independent projects, and that they submit a final report to VWHH upon completion of their summer research.

Compensation: 

VWHH provides a modest stipend as well as housing. Interns are encouraged to apply for grant funding or work study funds from their college or university to compensate their time with VWHH. Accommodations are offered at Vaughan Homestead’s Guest House, which is adjacent to the historic property, offers a sweeping view of the Kennebec River and is within walking distance of downtown Hallowell. The house will be shared with interns from the Kennebec Land Trust, with each resident having a private room. 


VWHH Supervision: 


Interns will report to Kate Tremblay, Executive Director; however, they will have the opportunity to work with a variety of staff and volunteers.

Hours: 

Flexible hours; 25-40 hours a week, including some Saturdays and Sundays; June-August; some weeks will consist of more work hours than others. The ideal start date is June 1; however, this could be flexible for students whose classes go into June.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year of college, with preference to students working towards degrees in education, environmental science, recreation, art, and history or museum studies; other majors will be considered
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to perform moderately strenuous manual labor
  • Comfortable working outside
  • Valid driver’s license

CONTACT: Questions may be addressed to Kate Tremblay at the above email address or via phone at (207) 622-9831.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead is a non-profit nature preserve and non-traditional house museum that seeks to connect people to place through nature, history and the arts…

Details at a glance

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Benefits

Spend the summer in Maine!

Beautiful Location

Work outside

Free Housing

For the right candidates, start and end dates as well as the internship duration can be flexible to accommodate student needs/school requirements.

Live in a nice home with fellow interns, in walking distance from historic Hallowell (an iconic Maine downtown), and just next door to the Homestead/worksite.

Spend the summer in Maine!

Beautiful Location

Work outside

Free Housing

For the right candidates, start and end dates as well as the internship duration can be flexible to…

How to Apply

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of two references to the address below. Both academic and prior work references are accepted.

Send Full Application:

  • Via Email To: katetremblay@vaughanhomestead.org
. Please send as a single pdf entitled lastname_firstname_internship2020
  • OR Via Mail To:

Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead


c/o Kate Tremblay


2 Litchfield Road, Hallowell, Maine 04347 


CONTACT: 

Questions may be addressed to Kate Tremblay at the above email address or via phone at (207) 622-9831.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of two references to the address below. Both academic and prior work references are accepted.

Send Full Application…

Location

Hallowell, ME

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