Employer: Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society
Internship Number: 562
Internship Title: Docent & Museum Operations Assistant
Location: Rangeley, Maine
Period of Engagement: Each Summer
Compensation: Unpaid
Description of the Internship:
As a non-profit organization, the mission of the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society is “to discover, identify, collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts, printed material, and original historical records which document the history and traditions of the region and its people.”

The Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society is seeking student interns to serve as Docent & Museum Operations Assistants.  In this capacity the interns will assist in all aspects of the operation of small regional non-profit museums.

For more information on the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum, visit their website at:  http://www.rangeleyoutdoors.com/rangeley-region-guides-and-sportsmens-association-sponsors/organizations/rangeley-lakes-region-historical-society/

Responsibilities:
The intern will work onsite at either the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum or the Rangeley History Museum facilities in Rangeley, serving as a docent and as an assistant to the Executive Director.

The intern will be trained to greet visitors, operate the museum, assist with exhibit construction and enhancement, work in accessioning and preservation of artifacts, and will participate in customer service, promotion and event management roles.

The candidate will assist with a wide variety of museum operations projects and events and will gain valuable first-hand experience in the day-to-day operation and management of a small regional non-profit museum.  The position will include occasional light maintenance of the property, artifacts and exhibits.

It is anticipated that the intern will work approximately 15-20 hours per week, including two Saturdays per month sometimes.  Museum hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.  Assistance via no-cost ride share from Strong to Rangeley is available when coordinated in advance.  Flexible hours with an ability to work around interns’ classes or work schedule are available.  If the candidate wishes to seek other work in Rangeley during the summer (a great place to be in summer!), other work opportunities off-site at supporting businesses are available. Call the Executive Director (207-491-4771) with questions or for more information.

Qualifications:
  • A desire to continue to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills and to assist with various aspects of the organization’s operations and events.
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude and a desire to have a wide variety of fun and rewarding work experiences.
  • An interest in history and desire to learn more about it and to effectively share it with others.
  • The ability to work independently and creatively (after training) in cataloging artifacts.
  • A willingness to participate in tasks involving the use of a computer.
  • Organizational ability and an attention to detail.
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Partnership’s Internship Application Form online.
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