Supervisor(s): Whiting Forest Program Manager
Employment Type: Full time
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Benefits include 401k, health, dental, and vacation.
Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (including email addresses).
Mail to: Kyle Bagnall
Whiting Forest Program Manager
1018 W. Main Street
Midland, MI 48640
The Whiting Forest Interpretation Assistant will serve as an integral part of a team that will create and implement all aspects of interpretation at Whiting Forest as we actively engage guests with nature. The successful candidate will have experience with research and interpretive writing for signage and exhibits, designing and leading public programs for all ages, and an ability to coordinate simultaneous projects with other staff, instructors, consultants and contractors. Creativity, a demonstrated ability to work well with others, and excellent communication skills are essential for this position.
Interpretive Exhibits and Signage
In the startup phase of Whiting Forest, the Interpretation Assistant will help design and create interpretive exhibits in the Visitor Center, The Lodge, and outdoor signage in Whiting Forest. Responsibilities will include research, interpretive writing, obtaining images, and working with exhibit design firms to successfully implement our ideas. Over time, responsibilities will transition more to other aspects of drop-in public programming.
Drop-In Public Programs
Programs will be developed that support the mission of Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest on topics including (but not limited to): nature education, environmental stewardship, farm-to-table, orchard management, artistic expression, and creative outdoor play. The Interpretation Assistant will:
Short interpretive videos will be a part of the visitor experience in the Whiting Forest Visitor Center. The Interpretation Assistant will help design and create these pieces, including research and writing, gathering images and video, and final production. Other responsibilities may include conducting interviews, taking photos, and working with consultants to produce the final products.
About Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest
Founded in 1899, the 164-acre Dow Gardens is operated by the Herbert H. and Grace A Dow Foundation. More than 130,000 annual visitors enjoy an Estate Garden, Exploration Garden, and Whiting Forest. Major projects are currently underway at Whiting Forest, a 54-acre parcel of Dow Gardens. These include construction of a 1,400-foot canopy walk, visitor center, apple orchard, playground, café, and more. Visitors will enjoy new perspectives of nature as they rise 40 feet above the forest floor on the longest fully-accessible canopy walk in the nation. For more information, visit: http://www.dowgardens.org/whitingforestproject
Posted on the MMA website 12/13.