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Posted: 12/28/2011

Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the regional non-profit, historic preservation organization for New York State's Adirondack Park. With a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the region's built environment and with a very active staff, board, and membership of 1,000, AARCH fulfills its educational mission by annually sponsoring tours, workshops and slide presentations, by providing technical assistance, and through advocacy efforts. In cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), AARCH also manages Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark, Adirondack Great Camp in Newcomb, New York. In 2012, AARCH has three internship positions available at Camp Santanoni. Camp Santanoni is located within the 12,900 acre Santanoni Preserve and consists of: a Main Camp complex, a collection of fine, rustic buildings situated on secluded Newcomb Lake; a Gate Lodge complex at the entrance to the preserve; and an early 20th century, model farm. Built, beginning in 1892, for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany, in its time Camp Santanoni was the largest of the Adirondack "Great Camps" and was host to Theodore Roosevelt and other prominent guests. After being acquired by New York State in 1972 and added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, Santanoni sat vacant and neglected for more than twenty years with an uncertain fate. New York State has now committed itself to preserving Camp Santanoni and using it for public educational and recreational purposes and the camp has been undergoing restoration and conservation for more than ten years.

Great Camp Santanoni Summer Internships
Internship Opportunity
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Three internship positions are available this summer at Camp Santanoni. Positions 1 & 2:  Two interns will work at Santanoni's Main Camp and will be primarily responsible for meeting and greeting the hiking public who visit Santanoni, interpreting the camp to the public, and participating in the ongoing restoration work there by working with Santanonis builder-in-residence and volunteers. In 2012, the primary project is the ongoing restoration the exterior of the Main Lodge and this will include staining the logs walls and porch components, reglazing and painting windows, and undertaking other discrete conservation projects. Position 3:  The third intern will be primarily at Santanoni's Gate Lodge and be responsible for greeting the public, interpreting the Gate Lodge and farm, helping to oversee volunteer work, operating the Gate Lodge as a small visitor's center, and developing future programs and exhibits and support for Camp Santanoni through the Friends of Camp Santanoni.  Other special projects for the summer will include training and supervising small groups of volunteers. Interns may also be rotated between the various responsibilities at the camp.

The Main Camp at Santanoni is a 4.9-mile hike/bike from Santanonis Gate Lodge near the hamlet of Newcomb. Interns should be in good physical condition in order to be able to routinely travel between the Gate Lodge and Main Camp on foot or by bicycle and to handle the physical work required at the site. Applicants should also have some outdoor experience and be comfortable working in this wilderness setting. Although there will be support from AARCH staff, local townspeople, and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation staff, considerable self-sufficiency is required.  All interns will reside at the Gate Lodge, which is located near the hamlet and has all the modern conveniences.

Internship dates are June 9-September 3, 2012, though we have some flexibility on these dates.  The Camp Santanoni interns will be expected to work approximately 40 hours per week over a six-day workweek. A $3000 stipend will be provided.   Applicants should be in an historic preservation, environmental studies or related field, enjoy the outdoors, be motivated and independent and work well with the public. Contact AARCH for further information, if desired. Some additional information about Camp Santanoni and AARCH is available at www.aarch.org.

How to apply
To apply: Write to Steven Engelhart, Executive Director, Adirondack Architectural Heritage, at 1745 Main Street, Keeseville, NY 12944 or by calling (518) 834-9328 or by emailing to steven@aarch.org. Submit a resume, cover letter, and sample of your work. Explain why you're interested in the positions, describe your educational background and work history, and discuss your qualifications for these internships. Final application deadline is March 1, 2012 but some positions may be filled as good applicants come forward prior to that, so apply ASAP. If you wish to apply after that date, call to inquire if the position is still available.
Steven Engelhart
Phone: (518) 834-9328
Fax: (518) 834-9225
Adirondack Architectural Heritage
1745 Main Street
Keeseville, NY 12944

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