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Posted: 02/27/2017

Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear

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, since 1998. We are committed to preserving this rich 1800s heritage. We conduct historic preservation projects each year, maintain an interpretive exhibit that tells the story of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District within the Park,and offer programs and tours. The 71,000-acre park looked just west of Traverse City, Michigan, features perched sand dunes, beech/maple and pine/oak forests, crystal clear rivers and 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.

Port Oneida Interpreter
Internship Opportunity
Maple City, MI

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 Lakeshores 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 PHSBs 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 othe rexpeirences and skills involving business, carpentry, fundraising, historic preservation or other areas that would be helpful. Excellent health and mobility required.

Suitability: Adults, Seniors, Colelge Students, particulary majoring in museum studies, historic preservation, 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 





























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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