Seasonal Positions  -- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Port Oneida Interpreter Program

Location Description

This 71,000-acre park features sand dunes, beech/maple and pine/oak forests, rivers, inland lakes, miles of Lake Michigan beach, and two offshore islands. It also embraces 366 historic structures and cultural landscapes including a significant historic farming district, a lighthouse, two campgrounds and 105 miles of hiking trails.

Position Description

This position is with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear (PHSB), an official non-profit partner group of the National Park Service, assisting in the preservation and interpretation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic resources. The interpreter will serve as an informed and friendly ambassador for the Charles and Hattie Olsen Farm/Port Oneida Heritage Center in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, and Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. They will be PHSB’s lead greeter at the Center, and a tour interpreter of historic farmsteads in the Port Oneida District and other historic sites in the park; provide visitor use information; be in charge of the sales system and inventory; take registration for tours; assist with all programs and events, and keep the exhibit area clean.

Qualifications: Interpreters must be comfortable interacting with the public in a professional and courteous manner; have good oral communications and research skills; ability to memorize interpretive information and tell stories; able to easily climb stairs, lift 25 pounds, and be in excellent health. Show initiative and poise with an outgoing disposition.

Opportunity for couples: Preference may be given to a couple with additional qualifications for other experiences and skills involving business, carpentry, historic preservation or other areas that would be helpful. Excellent health and mobility required.

Suitability: Adults, Seniors, College Students particularly majoring in historic preservation, museum studies, nonprofit management, cultural resource interpretation.

Opportunity Timeframe:

Serving a minimum of one month between the end of May and Labor Day, or a 2 week minimum between Labor Day and mid-October. Preference may be given to volunteers who can serve from late May – mid-August or longer.

Hours: 32 hours of work/week. This may include some weekend or evening hours. The schedule will vary and the candidate must have some flexibility. Work and play in a beautiful National Park!

Housing:  provided in the National Park. Campgrounds are available in the area as well for short-term volunteers (1-2 weeks). RV hook-ups are not available except for 1-2 weeks.

Open: Until filled 

To apply: Send cover letter confirming availability dates, housing needs, and explaining interest and qualifications with a resume; and titles/phones of three references.

Contact:  Susan Pocklington, Director   231-334-6103   PHSB@leelanau.com  phsb.org

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Event and Outreach

Location Description

This 71,000-acre park features sand dunes, beech/maple and pine/oak forests, rivers, inland lakes, miles of Lake Michigan beach, two offshore islands. It also embraces 366 historic structures and cultural landscapes including a significant historic farming district, a lighthouse, two campgrounds and 105 miles of hiking trails.

Position Description:

This position is with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear (PHSB), an official non-profit partner group of the National Park Service, assisting in the preservation and interpretation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic resources. We are seeking a qualified individual to provide general support for staff; assist with organizing and promoting all programs and special events, posting for social media and website, writing media releases and feature articles; soliciting sponsorships and volunteers for fundraisers; designing print materials; set up and tear down for events; distributing brochures and flyers. Raise public awareness of our mission, projects and programs. Brand promotion.

Opportunity Timeframe:

The position is for 8-10 weeks, 35 hours per week, starting sometime between late May and the second week of June, working through mid-August. Dates are flexible. This may include some weekend or evening hours. The schedule will vary and the volunteer must have some flexibility.

Qualifications:

Candidate should be a self-starter possessing good computer and writing skills; be creative, conscientious, organized and detail-oriented; have experience with desktop publishing programs such as InDesign, Illustrator or Publisher software; possess good oral communications skills; ability to easily climb stairs and lift 40 pounds. Experience in event planning and coordination. Working knowledge of social media platforms. Photography and/or video experience, and knowledge of Word Press a plus. Ideal for college students in their junior or senior year studying historic preservation, graphic design, marketing, public relations, communications or nonprofit management.

Benefits: Lodging is provided in the Park. Experience working in a national park and communicating with the public with time to play in the Park!

Open: Until filled 

To apply: Send cover letter confirming availability dates, housing needs, and explaining interest and qualifications with a resume; and titles/phones of three references.

Contact:  Susan Pocklington, Director  231-334-6103  PHSB@leelanau.com  phsb.org

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Posted on the MMA website 2/24.

        
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