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SPRING INTERN PROGRAM 2014
Community Research Intern – Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
The Historic House Trust of New York City (HHT) is a nonprofit organization that operates in tandem with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to aid in and insure the preservation of 23 city-owned historic properties located in parks in all five boroughs. We believe historic sites are not static antiquities – they are living institutions uniquely poised to address current issues while retaining their connections to the past. HHT is therefore dedicated to preserving our sites, protecting their collections, engaging diverse audiences, educating visitors and sustaining the nonprofit organizations that operate our houses.
The Community Research Intern creates an in-depth profile of the neighborhood surrounding the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum. Demographic, employment, social services, and school information must be compiled, organized and analyzed in a way that will define community needs that Wyckoff staff can address through interpretation and educational programming.
- Organize and present community data through tables, graphs, and description
- Research community trends and opinions through media, scholarly publications, and interviews with community members
- Analyze trends and important issues based on statistical and research findings
- Represent the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum when gathering information, communicating effectively with the intent of beginning future organizational partnerships
- Become familiar with internet research through governmental databases such as the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Factfinder, the American Community Surveys, and the New York City Department of City Planning.
- Interpret and use statistical maps to understand community trends
- Candidates fluent in Spanish are preferred, but not required.
The intern will work in the HHT office in the Arsenal and at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum.
QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL SKILLS/AREAS OF INTEREST:
Community Outreach, Research, Nonprofits, , History, Museum Studies, and Marketing.
This internship is to begin in April 2014. Weekly schedule can be flexible. The duration of this internship is a minimum of two months and can be for credit. The internship is unpaid. Please send a letter of interest and resume.
Matthew T. Rizzo
Part Time Coordinator of Community Relations
The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance seeks a part‐time Coordinator of Community Relations to launch the Alliance as a 501c3. Working closely with the Alliance's Board and the Director of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the Coordinator of Community Relations will manage community engagement and fundraising efforts for the Alliance.
The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum tells the story of rural Northern Manhattan, a landscape and lifestyle that disappeared in the transformation from farming community to urban neighborhood. Opened as a museum in 1916, today it is nestled in a small garden. It serves as an extraordinary reminder of early Manhattan and is an important part of its diverse Inwood neighborhood. The Farmhouse is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance is a newly formed non‐profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and fundraising support to the site.
This position provides an excellent opportunity to lead a wide range of community outreach and fundraising tasks in a museum with 2 full‐time staff members. There are opportunities for growth and advancement for an individual who demonstrates interest. The part‐time Coordinator of Community Relations will:
- Represent the Alliance and its activities to the greater northern Manhattan community, raising the profile of the Alliance and the historic site with individuals, community businesses, and public officials;
- Organize and administer the Alliance's fundraising efforts, including coordination of fundraising and community events, foundation, corporate, and government grants and individual giving;
- Collaborate with the Museum Director to ensure that the priorities and needs of the historic site are being served.
- Minimum of Bachelor's Degree plus related work experience, preferably with a non‐profit education or cultural institution.
- Outstanding organizational skills, exacting attention to detail and the ability to take initiative, work independently and simulaneously to meet deadlines on multiple projects.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Familiarity with the community of northern Manhattan and the adjacent neighborhoods of southwest Bronx preferred.
Experience with a non‐profit start‐up desirable but not required.
- Spanish language skills highly desirable.
- Experience with social media and marketing
To start: $25/hour for 10 hours a week. This is an hourly position without benefits.
Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls, please.
PLEASE ensure that your name is included in the title of any documents you attach to your email.
History Play Date Workshop Educator
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum tells the story of rural Northern Manhattan, a landscape and lifestyle that disappeared in the transformation from farming community to urban neighborhood. Opened as a museum in 1916, today it is nestled in a small garden. It serves as an extraordinary reminder of early Manhattan and an important part of its diverse Inwood neighborhood. The Farmhouse is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and fundraising support to the site.
The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance seeks an Educator to lead its History Play Date series in the spring and summer of 2014. The History Play Date series is aimed at local children and provides a free monthly creative exploration into history. Each session focuses on a topic related to the historic site but also provides the opportunity for children to engage in a hands-on activity in a fun, inventive way. Past workshops have includedhelping to harvest crops from our kitchen garden, hands-on time with historic objects, art classes and scavenger hunts.The goal of the program is to educate local children about the rural history of their neighborhood while allowing them to actually participate in a meaningful way.
- Work with the Director to review the existing playdate series and brainstorm new topics.
- Think creatively about inventive, engaging ways to bring history to children.
- Develop any additional workshops required to fill out the series.
- Lead all workshops.
- Assist with promotion of the series.
- Coordinate the purchase of supplies and development of any required handouts.
- Arrive promptly for workshops; coordinate set-up and put away of any materials.
- The series requires nine sessions, scheduled between March and August 2014.
- Workshops will be conducted during weekend days, school holidays or after‐school hours.
- Experience creating and implementing creative educational children’s programming.
- Demonstrated understanding of American history and ability to quickly grasp historic concepts.
- Ability to convey information in an enthusiastic manner.
- Previous education experience with children required.
- Experience teaching at a historic site or museum preferred.
- English/Spanish bilingual required.
The Educator will receive an honorarium of $3,000.
If interested in this position please submit a cover letter and resume to Susan De Vries, Director via email at email@example.com. No calls please.
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
4881 Broadway at 204th Street
New York, NY 10034
The following volunteer opportunities are available
Contact individual houses with interest and availability:
Queens County Farm Museum
Every Tuesday and Sunday April - October, between 10am and 4pm, QCFM hosts regular volunteer days. Individual volunteers can simply show up on these days, between these hours, and assist farmers with various tasks. Volunteers can stay the whole day, or just a few hours.
- All volunteers must be 16 and older.
- Volunteers should wear clothes they don't mind getting dirty, and bring a lunch and insect repellent if planning on staying most of the day.
- There is no need to sign up or apply before volunteering.
- First time volunteers, should stop by the welcome center (first building on your left as you enter), and an employee there will point you in the right direction.
- Groups must schedule volunteer days in advance. (posted 5.21.12)
The Alice Austen House Museum
- Grant writers
- Marketing people
- IT assistance
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
- Regular garden volunteers
- Advise/set-up online gift shop (and online payment for public programs)
- Data entry for contacts (constant contact)
- Book buyer advisor (recommendations for appropriate books to see on site)
- Product designer
- Newsletter Editor
Photo database organizer
- Publicity coordinator
Old Stone House
- Updating social networking sites (facebook, twitter, OSH events)
- Gardening at OSH
Volunteers for the Spring Fling on May 23 (crafts, face painting, crowd control)
- Volunteers for OSH Outdoor July Programming