You have an opportunity to be part of preserving Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

If you are studying history, communications, preservation, or have an interest in nonprofit work, we may have a job for you!  We hire a part-time intern to work from May – early August. You can learn and contribute in a variety of ways such as public relations, event planning, computer database maintenance, logistical coordination of projects, working with our volunteer program, and there’s always help needed in the office.


The days and hours are somewhat flexible but generally involve around 20-24 hours per week for 10-12 weeks.  This may include some weekend or evening hours.  The schedule will vary and the intern must have some flexibility.

Stipend:  An intern will receive a stipend.

More specifically, responsibilities may include:

  • Volunteer management –
  • Docents: recruit, train, schedule, and thank volunteer docents;
  • Project volunteers: recruit and schedule project volunteers
  • Deal with computer tech issues and social media
  • Write press releases
  • Distribute rack cards and flyers
  • Interface with the public at the Olsen House
  • Desktop publishing
  • Update website
  • Mailings
  • Historic research
  • Project logistical coordination
  • Orientation of volunteers at work projects
  • On-site PHBS staff at work projects – set up, sign in volunteers
  • Gopher – run errands into Traverse City; pick up supplies and/or food for projects
  • Advertising – place ads in appropriate publications
  • Update database – enter new names
  • Assist with event planning; set-up and tear-down (Port Oneida Run, Port Oneida Fair, etc.)
  • Sales of promotional items – ordering and tracking inventory, fulfilling orders, display
  • Straighten up the house and basement
  • Act as docent or tour guide

Qualities needed: Ability to work independently; initiative, motivation; enthusiasm; willingness to accept responsibility in many capacities; maturity; good verbal communication skills; ability to type accurately and at least 55 wpm; knowledge of Excel, Word, email programs, and ideally, Publisher or other desktop publishing programs; ability to write well; computer tech knowledge is a plus; punctuality; ability to lift up to 30 pounds. Prefer someone with artistic skills.

To apply, download the Job Application,or call 231-334-6103 to speak with Susan about your interests or questions.



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