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Posted: 01/11/2016

Macon County Conservation District
Historic Sites

Homestead Prairie Farm, a circa 1860 living history house museum, is located on the grounds of Rock Springs Conservation Area (a 1300 acre riverine forest and prairie park) near the city of Decatur, Illinois. It is administered by the staff of the Macon County Conservation District with assistance from volunteers. Staff offices are in the nearby Rock Springs Nature Center.

Historic Sites' Intern
Internship Opportunity
Decatur, IL
$9.00/hour plus housing stipend

One internship opening for 26 weeks from mid-May to mid-November. Work week is Monday through Friday with alternating weekend duty and compensatory time off.  988 total hours for the entire length of the internship based on a 38 hour work week.


Interpretation:  The intern will assist in the third person interpretation of Homestead Prairie Farm. The main feature is the Trobaugh-Good House which is listed on the National Register.  Main interpretive duties include working with staff and volunteers to provide tours and history programs for the general public during regular weekend hours and for schools and other groups by appointment, either on-site or as outreach.

Youth Programs:  The intern will co-manage the Pioneer Adventure Day Camp with a part-time staff naturalist.  The camp meets for 3 hours once a week on Wednesday morning for 6 weeks in June and July. Campers will range in ages from 6 to 12.

Collections/Exhibits:  The intern will help other staff set up/remove exhibits, assist in collections processing and inventory, and help in the recordkeeping of reproduction period clothing worn by staff and volunteers for tours and programs.

Research/Educational/Administrative:  The intern will assist with the research and presentation of various history programs both on-site and off-site, write newsletter articles, research various history topics for interpreter training materials, and train/supervise volunteers as needed. The intern will also assist with special events, some housekeeping/maintenance duties, purchasing, supervising the visitor information desk, and other duties as needed.


At least a bachelor's degree in history, museum studies or related field preferred.  Graduate students working on an internship to fulfill the requirements of their degree are welcome also.   



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How to apply
To apply: Download an application. Return completed application along with 2 writing samples of at least 3 pages each, a resume, and official college transcripts to Brent Wielt at the address below. Deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, March 4, 2016. To inquire with questions, please contact: Brent Wielt Historic Sites Manager Macon County Conservation District 3939 Nearing Lane Decatur, IL 62521 217-423-7708 bwielt@maconcountyconservation.org
Brent Wielt
Phone: 217-423-7708
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521

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