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Steppingstone Farm Museum
461 Quaker Bottom Road
Havre de Grace, MD
Posted: January 20 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 10 Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionDo you love working with objects? Are you new to the museum world and want hands on experience? Then Steppingstone Farm Museum is the place for you! Steppingstone Farm Museum preserves the Harford County farming culture and artifacts of the turn of the 20th century, educates the public about our agricultural heritage, demonstrates the past through rural arts and crafts, and promotes related educational and community activities. Since 1968, when the museum was founded, the collection has increased to more than 5,000 accessioned objects, which include tools, textiles, paintings, works on paper, furniture, toys, and other materials pertaining to rural life in Harford County from 1880 to 1920. The collection is estimated to be more than 7,000 objects.
Interns shall work with the curator in cataloging, inventorying, and caring for the collections. Interns shall assist with special events, education programs, and other duties as needed. Interns shall focus on a project that will give them significant experience in the workplace. This is an unpaid internship. Interns shall be expected to work some weekends as necessary.
Interns shall have a concentration to their internship. When applying please specify which concentration you are applying for. Concentrations and their responsibilities include:
• Photographs: creating procedure, cataloging, and housing the photographic collection
• Textiles: cataloging, stabilizing, and housing the textile collection
• Oral History: creating policy and procedure for the oral history project
• Education: research in turn of the 20th century agriculture, social history, and farm culture, and documentation of school programs.
• Museum Management: marketing, fundraising, special events and other development activities (works with the Executive Director).
• Social Media: Create procedure and maintain our website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
• Gardens: Document gardens, with gardener create long term garden plan.
• Exhibitions: Create procedure for exhibitions, create exhibits within the larger interpretive mission of the site.
ResponsibilitiesInterns will commit to two to three days per week at the museum. Some weekend work is required. Interns are expected to present a project of their choosing to the Curator and Board of Directors at the conclusion of the internship.
RequirementsInterns may be Juniors or Seniors in high school, students in an undergraduate program, recently graduated from an undergraduate program, and current graduate students. Applicants may have proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). Applicants should have an interest in history, the arts, agriculture, or museum work. Excellent written and oral communication skills, and presentation skills are preferred. May have experience with PastPerfect data base.
SkillsRequired - Dependable, Detail Oriented, Always Willing to Learn, Commitment to Customer Service
Preferred - PastPerfect, American History