of posting August 1, 2019
Research and Outreach Associate – Long Term internship
student (or recent graduate) degree Current student (or recent graduate)
pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in museum studies, English, art
history, education, ethnobotany, or a related field.
interest in curating museum-quality exhibits. Experience in this field is a
writing, editing, and communication skills.
of plant biology, botany, and/or horticulture is a strong advantage. It is
helpful – but not required – to have an interest and/or prior experience in the
broad areas that comprise our programs – plants, gardens, landscapes, and
Virginia; The Oak Spring estate is located in rural northern Virginia, 15
minutes from the nearest town. Having access to a car is desirable, but not
Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) is a 501(c)3 private
operating foundation based in Upperville, Virginia with a mission to perpetuate
and share Rachel Lambert Mellon’s home, garden, estate and Library to serve the
public interest. The Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating
scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including
the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human
months, beginning in September 2019 ending August 2020.
$16.00 & Benefits +housing provided, if needed employee
will be provided with a private bedroom and self-catering accommodation in a
shared house on the Oak Spring Estate (if needed; local applicants who do not
require housing are encouraged).
Description OSGF is engaged in
a major initiative to research and share our Library collections. The selected
Associate, working with the Head Librarian and Head of Communications, will be
based in the Oak Spring Garden Library and tasked to research specific parts of
the collection and translate that research into captivating outreach material
in a variety of formats.
During 2017, 2018, and 2019, OSGF
staff and interns have worked to develop several ways of engaging and educating
the public using materials in the Oak Spring Garden Library collection,
including traveling exhibits and electronic exhibits on the Google Cultural
Institute site. The Associate’s major project will be to continue the
development of one or more exhibits into final products that exists in physical
and online formats, and to advertise and administer all of these exhibits in collaboration
with partners who can use them in their own programming. The Associate will
have the opportunity familiarize her/himself with outstanding range of
spectacular material in the Oak Spring Garden Library and to conceive creative
ways to share the collection to the public.
- Research the Library’s collection to develop and expand
on original exhibit materials. To do so, the intern will consult with
staff and external partners to:
- Conduct additional research to develop a list of
physical materials from the Oak Spring Garden Library that are available
for the exhibit;
- Expand on an interpretive plan that creates a clear
storyline that is appropriate for elementary and high school audiences
(and potentially broader audiences);
- Write clear and engaging label copy; and
- Develop posters, physical materials and online content
that will creatively communicate the intended messages of the exhibit.
- Facilitate the digitization and replication of original
materials while tracking the project budget.
- Work with the Head of Communications to translate
ideas, label copy, and Library materials into finished exhibit products –
both physical and digital.
- Track and administer the completed exhibits the
completed exhibits to partners who can use it to educate our target
- Support the Head of Communications and Social Media
Communications Associate in other Library-related outreach communications.
Apply To be considered
for this position, please send a cover letter, resume and any additional
material that relates to the proposal (not to exceed three pages in length.
Please include “2019/2020 Library Data Associate” and your name in the subject
Deadline: Review of
applications will begin August 15th 2019 on a rolling basis and will continue
until the position is filled).