Country Heritage Park has developmental intern programs under development for recent graduates in curatorial service evaluation, exhibit and program development associated with both historical, current and futuristic components of rural living, agriculture and food related exhibits and interactive displays 1850 to 2050.
The purpose of the Intern Program is to:
Assist Country Heritage Park develop:
- An updated curatorial profile of its current 20,000 plus artifacts
- Assist in the development of a range of seasonal and artifact category showcase programming and updated exhibits for curriculum based and public educational programming at the park for a range of target audiences including:
- Kindergarten to Grade 7
- High School Students, and
- Heritage Arts & Craft Enthusiasts
- Public interested in the past present and future development of the agriculture and food sector,and
- The public at large
- Provide the opportunity for interns to:
- Participate and assist in the design and development of an updated curatorial management information system for the Park's artifact collection and exhibits
- Assist in identification of key artifact gaps / needs in proposed seasonal, educational and other Park programming activity
- Assist in development of interactive displays and exhibits
- Develop enhanced curatorial skills and capabilities with a view to becoming a positive contributing member of CHP artifact and exhibit showcase team
Proposed intern programs typically incorporate 30-32 week programs and incorporate orientation, detailed project planning activity, hands-on research and skills development, exhibit and model development and participation in showcase events. Programs typically commence in the spring.
Employability skills to be gained
Successful intern applicants will:
- Have a ground floor opportunity to experience and participate in the development of a revised mission and mandate for the park and assist a new entrepreneurial management and dedicated staff and volunteer team re vision the park and its activity
- Have the opportunity to display and develop their communications, information management and problem solving skills and capabilities
- Need to bring and display positive attitudes and personal management skills, adaptability, responsible & diligent research aptitude and an on-going learning capability.
- Be expected to become an integral, cohesive contributing member of the project team. The reward for these latter two items will be a positive, natural accumulation of learning employable skills development from the experience, the staff, the specialists, the interpreters and the parks customers and clients.
The successful intern candidate could have emerged from a range of educational backgrounds including arts, history, social sciences and or science. It would be very beneficial if the candidates had a demonstrated specialization (degree, diploma, or previous coop experience) in curatorial or library science, museum/gallery management, education programming and agricultural or food related educational components. Additionally, it would be beneficial if the candidate had experience or keen interest in the history of rural life, farming and or related crafts.
Successful intern candidates would need to fully conversant and capable of using spreadsheet and on-line research and communications tools and any experience with specialist curatorial software would be useful asset.
Intern positions are open to all candidates and selection would be based on the needs and qualifications outlined but subject to availability of specific candidate positions and funding support.
For more information, please contact us via email