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Posted: 01/22/2018

Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks

Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark in the Central Adirondacks, is recruiting for paid interns for its 2017 season. Sagamore is a 27-building complex started in 1895 by William West Durant and sold to Alfred Gwyn Vanderbilt in 1901. For four decades, the Vanderbilts hosted celebrity icons, American aristocrats, and outdoor adventurers far away from the trappings of modern life. Located on an undeveloped private lake in the 40,000-acre Blue Ridge Wilderness, the complex is a stunning example of Adirondack "Great Camp” architecture. Sagamore has gathered a new annual class of about 12 interns since the 1980s to work and learn with our staff. Interns are trained in one of five job skill-sets and all are prepared to lead historic and nature tours. Training seminars include presentations on Adirondack history and environmental issues, and museum practice and management. Interns will have the opportunity to work on impactful projects that mutually promote both Great Camp Sagamore’s mission and intern career development.

Seasonal Historic Interpretation Internship
Internship Opportunity
Raquette Lake, NY
Open Until
Until Filled

Historic Interpretation of Sagamore's Buildings and Grounds


Interns lead public tours that explain the purpose of Sagamores 27 buildings and convey the camps role in Adirondack and American history, couching that understanding in context for modern audiences. They also conduct research on the history of Sagamore and the Adirondacks that links the site's history to its programming.

Historic Preservation

Great Camp Sagamore is considered one of the most successful historic preservation projects in the United States. Through the combined effort of preservationists, building professionals and volunteers this rustic complex in the middle of a designated wilderness has benefited from 40 years of preservation activities. The intern will work on a dedicated hands-on or research project based upon their skills and interests. They should have training in historic preservation practices and documentation.

All Interns will also gain experience in hospitality services that are pivotal to the function of a historic wilderness Great Camp including helping with visitor arrivals, kitchen duties and hospitality. (10 hours per week)

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 record of achievement in relevant college coursework, strong writing skills, and interest in pursuing careers in related cultural or environmental fields are preferred. Outdoor skills such as canoeing and wilderness first-aid training are strongly desired, especially for outdoor programming interns. Internships generally require a commitment from early June through late October, although the end date is flexible.


      A bi-weekly stipend of $225

      Room and Board at a registered National Historic Landmark included

      Professional interpretation training and content seminars on historical, cultural, and environmental topics

      Opportunities to interact and learn from New York Council of the Arts supported artisans including storytellers, naturalists, basket makers, canoe builders, traditional Adirondack musicians, and many more

      Contributing to a highly recognized not-for-profit promoting historical and environmental education

      Opportunity to live in a wilderness setting with unparalleled access to outdoor recreation opportunities

      CPR and First Aid Certification Training

How to apply
To apply: Send cover letter explaining interest and qualifications, resume, and contact information of three references to Garet Livermore, Executive Director at employment@greatcampsagamore.org. Acceptances are made on a rolling basis until positions filled. For more information visit http://greatcampsagamore.org/internships.
Garet Livermore
Phone: 315-354-5311
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436

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