Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks, the non-profit steward of Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark located in the Central Adirondack community of Raquette Lake, NY, is recruiting for paid seasonal internships for the 2017 season. Sagamore is a 27-building complex built by William West Durant from 1895-97. The camp is located on an otherwise undeveloped lake in the Blue Ridge Wilderness, a 40,000 area section of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, and was once the private estate of the Alfred Vanderbilt family. From 1900 through the 1940s, Sagamore was visited by the leading writers, artists, businessmen and political figures of the early 20th century. Durant's complex is considered one of the finest of the Adirondack "Great Camps and is an architectural model of National Park Service rustic building design.
The David & Janet Griffith Internship Program invites qualified applicants to join our staff for the season to work and learn in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state. Interns will perform a variety of duties but will specialize in one of the following areas:
Historic Interpretation of Sagamore's history and buildings
Outdoor Programming and environmental interpretation
Event Planning and Office Support
Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management
Interns will receive training in their specified area as well as participate in a comprehensive training program which will prepare them to lead tours and complete projects at the site. The training seminars include presentations on American history of the late 19th and early 20th century, Adirondack environmental issues and concerns, and museum practice and management. Interns will work in teams to complete substantive projects in support of Sagamore's mission.
Qualifications: Successful candidates will be self-motivated and possess great leadership, organization, communications and interpersonal skills, with a commitment to non-profit advocacy, sustainability, and cultural education. A background and record of academic achievement in relevant college coursework, strong writing skills, and interest in pursuing careers in related cultural and environmental fields are preferred. Interns will need to acquire at least First Aid and CPR certification (class offered at Sagamore); additional outdoor skills like canoeing and wilderness first responder training are strongly desired, especially for program interns. Internships generally require a commitment from the first week of June through the end of the Sagamore season in October, although terms ending around Labor Day are sometimes possible.
Benefits: These include a stipend paid bi-weekly; room and board in a National Historic Landmark Adirondack Great Camp, professional interpretation training and content seminars on history and environmental issues; and opportunities to participate Sagamore's on-going programming.