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Posted: 03/07/2016

Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear

A nonprofit 501c 3 partner Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We are committed to assisting the National Park in preserving and interpreting its historic structures and landscapes. We conduct historic preservation projects each year from the long list provided by the National Park. We offer an interpretive exhibit in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District within the Park, and offer programs and tours.

Port Oneida Interpreter
Internship Opportunity
Glen Arbor, MI


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, 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 of the National Park, assisting in the stewardship of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores historic resources. The interpreter will serve as an informed and friendly ambassador for the Charles and Hattie Olsen Farm interpretive exhibit in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, and Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. They will be PHSBs lead exhibit greeter and 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 Farmhouse 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; able to easily climb stairs, lift 25 pounds, and be in excellent health. Show initiative and poise with an outgoing disposition. This position will require memorizing interpretive information.

Opportunity for couples:  Also, to couples who bring additional qualifications for other experiences involving business, carpetnry, historic preservation or other areas that would be helpful. Excellent health and mobility required.

Suitability: Adults, college students, seniors.  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, and 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.

Open: Until filled 

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
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
Susan Pocklington
Phone: 231-334-6103
P.O. Box 453
Empire, MI 49630

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