EMPLOYMENT, INTERNSHIP & Volunteer OPPORTUNITES
SWAN BALL & FUNDRAISING EVENTS COORDINATOR
Cheekwood is seeking a Swan Ball & Fundraising Events Coordinator. Reporting directly to the Director of Events & Food Service; the primary responsibility of the Swan Ball & Fundraising Events Coordinator is to provide administrative support for the volunteer-chaired Swan Ball in a variety of functions associated with efficient management of the office and of the event. The Swan Ball & Fundraising Events Coordinator will give continuity to office procedures and policy, adjusting to the requirements and needs of the chairmen who will change each year.
This is a full-time position, with benefits, and the office hours are dependent upon the needs of the event chairmen. The schedule has some flexibility built in according to the responsibilities that vary with the time of year. There are some required periods of attendance including some weekends and nights. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in office administrative duties. Strong customer service skills are essential. Organizational and communication skills, both written and oral, are necessary. Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Access, Word, and Excel are required. Must be willing to work with sensitive information where confidentiality is critical.
Qualified candidates email resume and letter of interest with salary requirements to: Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE
EDUCATION & PUBLIC PROGRAMS INTERNSHIP
Cheekwood Education and Public Programs Internships are designed for the university or college student seeking hands-on experience in a non-profit museum and botanical garden. Interns can experience all aspects of museum education and programming including: developing and teaching classes, creating educational materials, guiding tours through the gardens and collections, contributing to Cheekwood’s wide range of events, and working with a variety of age groups. The internship is ideal for students wishing to gain experience in: art education, museum education, event planning, and music business.
Internships are offered in conjunction with the academic calendar, coinciding with the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Hours vary and are flexible, but a minimum of 15 hours per week is required. Students should be available to work during Cheekwood’s opening hours and some Saturdays.
All interns are encouraged to obtain credit for internships through their academic institution. Cheekwood will work with students to complete all required paperwork and documentation.
Description / Focus Areas:
Internships are designed to introduce students to the multi-faceted and high energy field of museum education and provide opportunities to apply classroom skills in a real-world environment. Specific internship projects are based on Cheekwood needs and requirements as well as applicants’ interests and skills. Possible intern projects and/or areas of focus include:
- Exhibition Interpretation
Interns will work with the Director of Education & Public Programs to develop interpretive materials, such as interactive galleries and family guides, in conjunction with upcoming exhibitions in the Garden and Museum of Art.
- Studio Art Instruction / Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistants will work with the Youth and Community Coordinator to manage the operations of Cheekwood’s weekly classes or camps. From developing craft activities and preparing the supplies to facilitating class sessions, interns will help create a fun and educational season of classes. Potential duties include: supply ordering & preparations, lesson planning for classes and larger events, leading drop-in art programs, planning and facilitating seasonal programming for families.
- Public Programs & Events
Interns will work with the Public Programs Coordinator to plan and execute monthly programs, concerts, lectures and workshops, and seasonal events such as Cheekwood in Bloom, Spring Art Hop, Cheekwood Harvest, El Día de los Muertos, and Holiday @ Cheekwood. Potential duties include: researching talent for public programs, assisting with performance preparations, organizing event space, lay-out, and logistics, and overseeing programs while in progress.
- School Services & Outreach
Interns will work with Cheekwood’s School & Outreach Coordinator to develop educational materials for school tours and programs as well as projects and materials for outreach services. From creating standards-based tours to developing supplemental materials for teachers, aspiring educators will gain great hands-on experience.
Interested applicants should submit their letter of interest and resume to the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or mail it to: 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205. Applicants should reference the focus area(s) they are most interested in (Exhibit Interpretation, Studio Art Instruction, Programs & Events, or School Services and Outreach.)
Horticulture internships are designed to expose students to the multi-faceted and labor intensive field horticulture and public garden management while providing them with opportunities to apply these skills in a real-world environment. Interns help maintain Cheekwood’s gardens while working side by side with highly skilled garden staff throughout the 55 acre garden. Interns play an integral role in ensuring the quality and overall beauty of the gardens by assisting with planting, watering, weed control, insect and pest identification, fertilization, and general garden upkeep.
• Follow and assist garden staff with the daily garden maintenance, rotating through each garden.
• Assist with seasonal color installation.
• Assist with daily garden maintenance such as weeding and watering.
• Observe Seasonal Color design sessions and assist with plant selection.
• Assist with the plant collections including dogwood collection.
• Assist with plant maintenance in the production greenhouses.
• Work collaboratively with the garden staff in order to understand their key role with in the institution.
• Develop working knowledge of minor equipment such as mowers, blowers, and weedeaters.
• Work with the Garden manager to develop a self guided tour for the Dogwood collection.
Hours / Time Commitment:
The total amount of time worked per week is at the digression of the student, volunteer or requirements by the University. To fully understand all aspects of the Horticulture Department a minimum of 15 hours per week is suggested.
Compensation / College Credit:
All interns are encouraged to obtain credit for internships through their academic institution. The Horticulture department internship program does not currently offer any paid internship positions. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and travel expenses.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the internship. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current internship, management reserves the right to revise the internship, or to require that other, or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.
DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INTERNSHIP
Development Department internships are designed to expose students to Membership, Individual, Corporate and Foundation Giving while providing students with opportunities to apply skills in a real-world environment.
• Conducting research on top prospects using a variety of tools and online databases
• Assisting with the execution of cultivation and fulfillment events for top donors and members
• Drafting fundraising communications copy
• Researching grant opportunities
• Preparing management tracking materials
• Interacting with members and donors
• Assisting staff with preparation and execution of projects and activities
Experience in the following areas is preferred:
• Experience in arts and culture institutions
• Museum Services
• Customer Service
The Development internship runs Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5pm, with a 6-12 week commitment. The intern will keep a Log Sheet recording actual hours, by day.
Application Deadline: Interested applicants should send the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org: Letter of interest and resume.
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art is located on 55-acres in Nashville, Tennessee, and is considered one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era Estate in the United States. Designed by Bryant Fleming for the Cheek Family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, Cheekwood was built between 1929 and 1932. The estate was opened to the public as a garden and art museum in 1960 and currently operates with an annual budget of $6 million and over 100 full and part-time staff members. A Fodor’s Destination of Choice, Cheekwood welcomes over 200,000 visitors from around the world annually and has 11,000 member families.
Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 for its 30,000 square-foot Georgian Mansion and original boxwood gardens, Cheekwood boasts 10 additional distinct gardens, numerous botanical collections and a Tennessee Level IV Arboretum. Cheekwood is also an accredited art museum with strengths in American painting, works on paper, photographs, and decorative arts. The Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail showcases an outstanding collection of outdoor sculpture by internationally acclaimed artists along a natural hiking trail.
Preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.
Cheekwood will be a nationally recognized destination renowned for its distinctive beauty, historical significance and excellence in art and horticulture.
• Celebration of BEAUTY that nurtures the spirit
• Historical PRESERVATION that pays tribute to the past
• EDUCATION that stimulates the mind
• FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY in stewarding our resources
• CREATIVITY that ensures we are dynamic and innovative
• COLLABORATION that embraces our community
• EXCELLENCE as our standard of operation in all areas