Visitor Services and Museum Collection Intern

Expected Dates
August 4, 2014 to July 31, 2015
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Position ID

The intern will be provided with a varied, year-round experience in a national park.  The duties will encompass a broad array of different tasks in the visitor services and museum management fields including:

Interpretation and Visitor Services

 •Offering basic visitor services in a park visitor center and via roving the park grounds and trails

•Preparing and presenting interpretive talks, tours, and other programs

•Helping pilot a new series snowshoe guided hikes in the winter

•Helping lead the park’s social media presence on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube through the regular production of creative content

•Staffing park bookstore and entry kiosk

•Participating in community programs

•Helping enhance the internal communications between Saint-Gaudens and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

Collections Management

 •Learning and applying object handling and collections care techniques

•Learning and applying historic housekeeping and museum environmental monitoring techniques

•Helping to inventory and catalog museum items

•Helping scan prints and slides into digital formats

•Assisting with the preparation of a traveling exhibit

•Assisting with the preparation of resource management documents and reports (on subjects such as climate change, night sky preservation, etc.)

 We are looking for someone with a good public service ethic and with strong computer skills in social media, photo and video editing, etc.

Assist the Curator with preparing annual reports, museum housekeeping, cataloging, and exhibit preparation among other duties; assist with opening and closing the museum, (pack and unpack boxes, label contents, and maintain a record of boxes and their contents); assist with cleaning and preparation of objects for exhibit or winter storage (this task requires ability to lift and carry boxes and objects and climb ladders); catalog objects on ANCS (Automated National Cataloging System) according to NPS Procedures outlined in the NPS Museum Handbook, and with supervision and instruction of the Curator; repair, maintain and organize manual and automated curatorial records including accession records, catalog records, loan and accession records; complete annual inventory following instructions and procedures outlined by the Curator as found in NPS Museum Handbook and ANCS Handbook; perform routine research for catalog records, exhibits and other purposes as assigned; implement museum maintenance and housekeeping procedures as directed and according to established standards; implement museum environmental monitoring program, including gathering data, maintaining the monitoring equipment and preparing permanent records as directed; assist in the preparation, installation and de-installation of exhibits; work with the park’s Visitor Services Division in preparing and delivering a specialized tour to park visitors (possible); assist with photograph requests, including scanning, saving on a CD and mailing.

  • Beautifully situated in a rural area near the Connecticut River, Saint-Gaudens NHS preserves the home, studio and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, in Cornish, NH
  • On-site training by park staff, opportunities to visit other area cultural institutions.
  • On-site training, visits to area cultural institutions, as well as recreational possibilities of hiking, backpacking, canoeing, biking.

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
degree major or professional experience
Social Media
competent with supervision
some experience
competent with supervision