Are you intrigued by local history? Do you enjoy sharing stories with others? Consider becoming a Museum Interpreter at one of Connecticut Landmarks’ historic properties: Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem; Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry; Butler-McCook House & Garden and Isham-Terry House in Hartford; Hempsted Houses in New London; and Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden in Suffield. Interpreters greet visitors, share CTL’s historic properties and their stories, facilitate the visitor experience, give guided tours, conduct school programs, and assist with public programs and special events. Houses are open seasonally. $8.70/hour; 10-20 hours per month (including weekends). A greater number of hours is possible at Hale during spring/fall school programs. Training begins in March. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people, and enjoy learning. Send resume and cover letter – including the properties at which you’d like to work – to Lillian Toller at 255 Main St., 4th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interpreters greet visitors, share CTL’s historic properties and their stories, facilitate the visitor experience, give guided tours, conduct school programs, and assist with public programs and special events. They also assist with management of properties by helping with record-keeping, cleaning and conservation. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people, and enjoy learning. Pay for new interpreters in 2014 is $8.70/hour for regular hours, $9.70 for school groups and $10 for cleaning. Pay for returning interpreters in 2014 is $8.95/hour for regular hours, $9.95 for school groups and $10 for cleaning.
The position entails walking up and down stairs, standing for extended periods of time (up to several hours), working in an environment that is not air-conditioned, helping to move chairs and other objects, stooping and bending to help with cleaning and other tasks.
Connecticut Landmarks Internship Program
Connecticut Landmarks welcomes applications for Internships and invites Academic Advisors to encourage student interest. Interns choose a concentration and join one of the organization's departments: Archives, Gardens & Grounds, Curatorial, Education, or Marketing & Development. Interns are placed both in CTL's Hartford office and at each of CTL's historic house museums.
Structure: Internships are part-time, volunteer positions with the potential for academic credit. Student interns enjoy benefits such as free parking, unlimited free admission to the Connecticut Landmark sites and selected programs. Work will be organized around specific functional areas, providing students with the opportunity to learn about the responsibilities and operations of specific museum departments. Upon request, an Internship may be structured to give the student more than one aspect of operations.
Requirements: Preferably, candidates will have computer and basic office skills, and will be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate college students. Museum assignments require the use of telephones, PCs, copiers and other office equipment.
Goals: Internships at Connecticut Landmarks give undergraduate and graduate students experience in areas related to their fields of study and/or career plans.
Archives & Collections Management: Intern will assist part-time Archivist to sort, organize and rehouse documents and photographs; and transcribe documents. The Archives Intern will be shared with the Curatorial Department and will assist in the on-going registration of CTL's large collection of the fine & decorative arts.
Curatorial: Intern will assist the Curator and Site Administrators with research on and documentation of CTL collections including, the history of the site and connections to local and regional history, the original families, decorative and fine arts, and historic building and landscape. Assist with care and organization of the collection and contribute to program and exhibition planning and execution.
Gardens & Grounds: Intern will work with the Director of Historic Sites and Site Administrators on select projects that enhance the interpretation of the site and deepen the visitor experience. For those who are interested, hands on gardening and landscape work, as well as research.
Education: Intern will help Education Coordinator and Site Administrators develop, deliver, and evaluate programs that serve adults, students, families, and other target audiences circulate curriculum materials.
Marketing & Development: Interns work with the Marketing & Development Associate to draft and prepare press releases, maintain mailing lists, make calls to media, process and prepare mailings, get duplicates of photographs and slides, and place feature stories. Interns will assist in database management, membership outreach, event coordination, grant research and more. This department promotes CTL's properties, publicizes programs, fundraising events and more.
Connecticut Landmarks' mission is to inspire interest and encourage learning about the American past by preserving selected historic properties, collections and stories and presenting programs that meaningfully engage the public and our communities.