Employer: Washburn-Norlands Living History Center
Internship Number: 441
Internship Title: Historical Interpreter-Education Assistant
Location: Livermore, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available each term:  Spring, Summer and/or Fall
Compensation: Unpaid
Description of the Internship:  
The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a multi-faceted museum and working farm that preserves the heritage and traditions of 19th-century rural life in Maine, celebrates the achievements of Livermore’s Washburn family, and uses living history methods to make values, activities, and issues of the past relevant to present and future generations.

The Norlands’ living history experience has become a cornerstone of Maine history lessons for school children and adult learners during the course of its 40-year history.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, the Norlands consists of a working farm, a preserved 200-seat Universalist meeting house, the Washburn’s 1867 mansion and attached farmer’s cottage, an 1883 granite library, and a restored 1853 one-room school house.

For more information on the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, please visit their website at:  http://norlands.org/

Responsibilities:
The Norlands is seeking student interns to train as historical interpreters (educators).

The Interpreter gives tours of the historical buildings, leads school programs, and assists with special events.  Interpreters dress in period costume as a 19th century farmer, farm wife, or school teacher.

Norlands’ Interpreters teach history by doing, using living history techniques to share accurate information about the historical buildings, the Washburn family, agricultural methods, and the way people lived in the 1800’s.  Interpreters share history in a fun, humorous, yet thought-provoking way with visitors of all ages, creating a memorable museum and farm experience.

The ideal candidate has a friendly and positive personality, with the ability to engage all types of audiences, especially school groups.  This is an ideal position for a student interested in education and/or history.

All training is provided.

The hours are seasonable and flexible.  It is anticipated that the intern(s) would work 5 hours per week, one day per week on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., when the school field trips are scheduled.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in education, history, theater or museums
  • Prior experience with customer service, teaching, or museums is helpful, but not required
  • Reliable, friendly, with a positive attitude
  • The ability to interact with a variety of people and situations
  • Ability and comfort (with training) to perform domestic and farm chores using 19th century methods and tools. Comfort around farm animals and working in both indoor and outdoor conditions.
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the required Internship Application Form online.
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