Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead offers an 8-week summer internship for college students to work in both our nature preserve and historic house museum. Tasks fall into three areas and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- trail maintenance
- administering visitor surveys/collecting visitor data
- species monitoring
- invasive plant control
- assisting with educational programming
- organizing volunteers
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)
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 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, 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.
Rate of pay: VWHH will provide a modest stipend. Interns and students conducting independent research projects are encouraged to apply for grant funding or work study funds from their college or university to compensate their time with VWHH. Housing opportunities may be available.
VWHH supervision: Ellen Gibson, Executive Director
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.
- 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
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 to:
Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead
c/o Kate Tremblay, Program Coordinator
2 Litchfield Road
Hallowell, Maine 04347
Questions may be addressed to Kate Tremblay at the above email address or via phone at (207) 622-9831.