• Historical Interpreter Intern

    Posted: 02/03/2023

    Position Available:
    Historical Interpreter Intern
    Status: Part Time / Seasonal
    Application deadline: Open until filled
    Join a staff of creative, energetic professionals who work together to help connect people with nature and history through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. Through historic farm tasks, demonstrations, and hands-on interpretation, CNC educators welcome people of all ages to connect with history.
    Job Summary: CNC is in search of a Historical Interpretive Intern with a passion for sharing the past in a relevant, engaging way with children and adults. Under supervision of the Historical Interpreter, the intern will be responsible for delivering public programming and educational activities at the 1870s Homestead Farm and Log Schoolhouse. Optional: The intern will select a project that compliments their individual interests within the field. Projects may include an emphasis on exhibits, programming, historical research or volunteer management.
    Objective: To provide high quality cultural history programs to visitors at the Chippewa Nature Center Homestead Farm and Log Schoolhouse, while exploring the different roles of historians in the workforce.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    1. Develop a working knowledge of 19th century Midland history, as well as CNC’s procedures, facilities and programs
    2. Lead activities and traditional skill demonstrations, such as rope making, corn grinding, woodworking, and fiber arts (training provided)
    3. Assist in setting up/cleaning up self-guided activities
    4. Assist with volunteer sign-ins
    5. Select a project (optional) to be completed by end of internship, August 27, 2023
    6. Other duties as assigned

    Required Qualifications

    • Coursework or degree in public history, interpretation, environmental history, museum studies or related field
    • Comfortable interacting with and serving all ages and audiences
    • Demonstrated ability to write and speak effectively
    • Physically able to lift 50 pounds
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Knowledge of basic interpretive/teaching techniques
    • Working knowledge of the cultural history of the region and its relationship to natural resources
    • First aid and CPR certification
    Status: Part time, seasonal (10 hours/week for 13 weeks)
    Reports to: Corrine Bloomfield, Historical Interpreter
    Schedule: Sunday afternoons, 12-5:30 pm, and select weekdays
    Start Date: Week of May 15, 2023
    End Date: August 27, 2023
    Compensation & Benefits: $14/hr; staff uniform, CNC membership, 20% discount in Nature Center Store, 10% discount on registered program member fee
    Application procedure: Send cover letter and resume to Corrine Bloomfield, Historical Interpreter at cbloomfield@chippewanaturecenter.org or 400 S Badour Road, Midland, MI  48640
    Application Deadline: Open until filled
    Overview: CNC is a nonprofit, environmental education organization. Its mission is to connect all people to nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. The 1,500-acre property includes woodlands, fields, ponds and rivers. CNC’s facilities consist of a Visitor Center with a River Overlook, Ecosystem Gallery, Wildlife Viewing Area and more; an 1870s Homestead Farm complex; Nature Preschool; an arboretum and 19 miles of trails. Visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org for more information.
    Equal Opportunity Employer: CNC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, height, weight, handicap or disability, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws.