Student Artist-in-Residence

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Position Description

Two Student Artist-in-Residences will support arts-based public programming at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park (SAGA) in Cornish, NH and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (MABI) in Woodstock, VT as independent contractors for the park’s partner organization, the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. Each intern will work at each park unit and will receive time, space, and materials to create an art project with lasting impacts of the visitor experience at one park.

This pilot model for youth internships is aimed at supporting the next generation of creatives while increasing the parks’ capacity for arts programming on-site and in the regional community. The program will allow artists to create original works and develop skills facilitating artistic experiences across mediums in a museum, governmental, and public lands setting.

Duties for each intern during this full-time summer position include:
  • Supporting daily Art-in-the-Park drop-in programming at SAGA and MABI for park visitors.
  • Collaborate with staff to identify and complete a legacy art project for the park(s) that meet Student Artist-in-Residence's skills and the park’s needs.
  • Demonstrate plein air and studio art making while informally interacting with park visitors.
  • Develop and facilitate family and senior community creative art programming at the parks and in the region including occasional evening programming.
  • Assist park staff and partners hosting school camps and youth programs.
  • Assist SAGA sculptor-in-residence to deliver intensive art workshops.
  • Assist MABI art-in-residences to deliver short art workshops.
  • Propose new ways to integrate arts in park operations and communications. Work with staff to implement new ideas.
  • Assist planning and lead select elements of park-organized educator professional development opportunities.

About the Organizations

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park (SAGA) in Cornish, NH preserves the home, studios, gardens, and museum collection of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The park boasts the largest collection of Saint-Gaudens sculpture in the world and is the only unit of the National Park Service dedicated to a sculptor. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (MABI) in Woodstock, VT preserves and interprets the story of conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. The park’s museum collection includes extensive nineteenth and twentieth century art and artifacts including Hudson River School landscape paintings. A network of gardens, carriage roads, and trails provide opportunities for nature-inspired art activities. The parks operate in partnership with the Saint-Gaudens Memorial to advance programs and educational opportunities that promote public awareness of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, his works, and the arts.

The intern must:

  • Be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an art, art education, or related undergraduate, apprenticeship, or certificate program.
  • Work an average of 40 hours per week from June to August on site at Saint-Gaudens NHP and/or Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. The work week is Tuesday – Saturday except for the potential for working up to three Sundays in which case days off would shift to Monday and Tuesday. Occasional evening programs may be required.
  • Collaborate with Saint-Gaudens NHP and/or Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP to identify and complete a legacy art project for the park(s) that meet Student Artist-in-Residence's skills and park needs.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A skilled emerging artist interested in parks and museums as sites of creativity and art education.
  • A strong communicator and relationship-builder who can effectively share artistic skills and perspectives with diverse public audiences at all skill levels.
  • A team member capable of completing assigned duties and tasks independently and in collaboration with others.
  • An art enthusiast willing to dabble in a variety of mediums and techniques beyond artist’s primary focus.


Both park units are situated in the Upper Valley along the border of Vermont and New Hampshire. Cornish, NH is a rural community along the Connecticut River a short distance from Windsor, VT. Woodstock, VT is a historic town with a busy year-round tourism industry. Population centers surrounding the two parks include White River Junction and Springfield in Vermont and Lebanon and Claremont in New Hampshire.


The Student Artist-in-Residence program in coordinated by the Education Fellow based at SAGA. The assistants will also support the work of SAGA’s sculptor-in-residence and MABI’s artist-in-residence. Rangers at each park will provide day-to-day support and guidance.

Compensation and Benefits

Interns will receive $3,000 per month in compensation. Each intern is responsible for their own housing along with payment of benefits and income taxes. Please note that this position is not a federal job and does not confer a noncompetitive hiring authority for future federal jobs.


The 2023 application period has closed.

Last updated: March 7, 2023

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