Spend your summer in 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 main street and active culture and arts scene. Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead is located in the heart of the small city and offers an 8-week summer internship for college students to work in its nature preserve, on the gardens and grounds and in the historic house museum.
Tasks: Tasks fall into three areas and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Nature Preserve/Gardens & Grounds
Administering visitor surveys/collecting visitor data
Invasive plant control
Working in the gardens (flower and food)
Assisting with weekly educational programming
Focus for 2022: In 2022 we will be focused on gathering visitor data (trailhead surveys, etc.); conducting an invasive plant survey and drafting an invasives management plan; and creating a plan for the ecological restoration of a vacant lot adjacent to the preserve.
Historic House Museum
Assisting with house and garden tours
Organizing and cataloguing museum documents and artifacts
Digitizing historic documents and photographs
Assisting with weekly educational programming
Focus for 2022: In 2022 we will be focused on updating entries in our collections database, scanning photographs and documents, and creating an exhibit about Benjamin Vaughan’s agricultural endeavors, particularly related to orchards cider. This research will support the future development of a heritage orchard onsite.
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 and be comfortable multi-tasking in the office. Candidates with a focus on history and historic preservation will still spend some time working on the trails and grounds. Likewise, candidates with an environmental focus will spend some time supporting history projects. All interns will work with the public and youth programs.
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 $1,000 stipend as well as housing. 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. 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: Kate Tremblay, 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. The ideal start date is June 1; however, this could be flexible for students whose classes go into June.
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
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, Executive Director
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.