Employment & Internships

Employment & Internships

To apply please send your cover letter and resume to: Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

Employment  

  • Continuing Education Coordinator

    Continuing Education Coordinator

    Cheekwood is seeking a full-time Continuing Education Coordinator to oversee docent recruitment, training, scheduling, and management for art, history, and horticulture interpretation programs. Coordinates the recruitment of Cheekwood’s interns and assists with school tours when necessary.

    • Serve as primary contact for docent engagement, scheduling, and training
    • Schedule docents for public tours, private group tours, and special programs
    • Collaborate with Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager to implement cohesive scheduling process, training, and recruitment
    • Collaborate with Education, Museum, and Garden staff to develop new training materials and revise existing materials
    • Be knowledgeable of Cheekwood history, exhibitions, and gardens
    • Recruit new docent applicants and conduct garden and house and history training sessions twice yearly
    • Coordinate regular monthly meetings and special temporary exhibition trainings
    • Develop and maintain accurate docent directory
    • Maintain a high level of personalized service and communication with docents
    • Evaluate docent performance to ensure quality of content delivery and positive guest experience
    • Conduct surveys to evaluate program and solicit feedback
    • Encourage positive morale through formal and informal docent appreciation and feedback
    • Assist in planning and implementing organization-wide volunteer appreciation events
    • Give tours as needed
    • Track and analyze docent data
    • Recruit for and manage campus-wide intern program
    • Work with Cheekwood departments to ensure department intern needs are being met
    • Assist with logistics for large school group tours
    • Assist with Education & Public Programs events as needed
    • Knowledgeable of all departmental programs, events, and activities

    Qualifications
    The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, in Education, Science, Humanities or related degree and experience in volunteer management with constituent relationship manager software and scheduling tools. Experience teaching and working in a museum, botanical garden, or comparable institution is strongly preferred. Must have strong organization and communication skills, excellent written communication and public speaking skills with an interest in interpersonal communication and relationship building. This person must have the ability to be flexible and a responsible attitude and professionalism toward career are essential.

    This is a full-time position with a competitive benefit package. Please send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Full-time Housekeeper

    Full-time Housekeeper

    Reporting to the Facilities Manager, this position is responsible for thoroughly cleaning assigned areas with attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be dependable, flexible to move from building to building, enjoy working in a team environment and possess outstanding customer service skills.

    Qualifications:

    Must have the ability to regularly lift and move up to 50 pounds, a valid driver’s license and the availability to work Tuesday-Saturday from 7am-3pm. This is a full-time position with available benefits. We offer the opportunity to work in an exceptionally beautiful setting.

    Please send resume to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Assistant Camp Coordinator

    Assistant Camp Coordinator

    Cheekwood is seeking a creative, energetic, and positive individual to act as an assistant coordinator for a summer day camp program for children ages 2 and up.

    • Assists Summer Camp Manager and Summer Camp Coordinator with various duties pertaining to summer camp setup, logistics, and classroom activity
    • Maintains studio spaces and all stock supplies with weekly inventory and communication with instructors and interns
    • Assists teachers as needed, locating supplies and equipment
    • Organize Monday morning registration
    • Oversees weekly instructor check-in and supplies
    • Facilitates Child Care programs
    • Coordinate Summer Interns and Volunteer activities, including daily assignments, work schedules, placement in classrooms and timeclock or hour logs
    • Communicates supply and equipment needs to supervisors
    • Serves as a substitute teacher as needed
    • Provides excellent customer service for parents and children
    • Administers basic first aid when necessary
    • Knowledge of Cheekwood Education and Public Programs Department and the mission of the institution.

     

    Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in art, horticulture, or general education. Must have the ability to follow written and oral instructions, excellent customer service and time management skills, highly organized and detailed oriented, a desire to work with children, excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others, able to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols, use of security system, phones, computers, electric kiln, pottery wheel and studio equipment. Responsible attitude and professionalism towards career are essential.

    ** Required Work Schedule and Hours:

    • May 20, 2019 – August 9, 2019
    • 25 hours per week; Monday through Friday, 8am-1pm or 12pm-5pm.

     

    Please send resume to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Summer Camp Instructor

    Summer Camp Instructor

    Cheekwood is seeking creative, energetic, and positive individuals to instruct in a summer day camp program for children ages 2 and up. Summer camp instructors will be responsible for facilitating age-appropriate lessons, activities, and games that reflect course offerings in the visual arts and horticulture.

    • Instruct summer camps utilizing age-appropriate lessons, activities, and games in assigned studio arts, nature and/or gardening or other camps
    • Provides a written curriculum for approval upon class assignment. Curriculum clearly outlines projects and material lists. Adapts when materials available differ from those requested.
    • Responsible for set up and clean up after session including changing/replacing paper, returning supplies to the designated areas, cleaning supplies (brushes, paint containers, etc.).
    • Arrive at least 15 minutes before their class begins
    • Acts as the primary supervisor of students during class hours.
    • Actively participates in student tours and other programs facilitated by volunteers
    • Provides instruction to Interns or Volunteers assisting in the classroom
    • Administers basic first aid when necessary
    • Create a positive environment that encourages active learning for campers
    • Other duties as assigned
    • Knowledge of Cheekwood’s Education and Public Programs Department and the mission of the institution.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will have a Teaching Certification and a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts, Horticulture, or related art educational field. Must have knowledge of basic teaching methods, as well as non-traditional techniques for early childhood development, ability to follow written and oral instructions, work well without direct supervision, time management skills, a desire to work with children, excellent communication skills with the ability to work well with others, able to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols and responsible attitude and professionalism towards career are essential.

    Preferred Skills:

    • Previous teaching experience or summer camp counselor experience is desired.
    • Experience conducting educational programming is also desired.

    Required Work Schedule and Hours:

    Summer Camp dates: June 3th- August 2nd, 2019 (excluding the week of July 4th). Candidates must commit to a Monday through Friday schedule of either morning sessions, 9:00am-12:00pm or afternoon camp sessions 1:00pm-4:00pm.

    Please send resume to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Full-time Visitor Services Representative 

    Full-time Visitor Services Representative 

    Working closely with the Tour & Visitor Experience Manager & Coordinator, this position will greet all Cheekwood visitors combining exceptional customer service with attention to detailed register keeping at the Visitor Services Desk inside Botanic Hall, Visitor Services Gatehouse and the Ticketing Kiosks.

    • Information specialist about Cheekwood, including the history of the mansion, the estate grounds, permanent collection and exhibits. Keeps up-to-date with the current events on site. May attend docent meetings and trainings to stay current on an as needed basis.
    • Welcome and greet all visitors while explaining the benefits of Cheekwood Membership and the collection of admission fees, while providing excellent customer service to all guests.
    • Create meaningful connections and fulfilling experiences for guests.
    • Greets, orients and shares information with visitors when they arrive at the mansion or visitor services building.
    • Offer concierge-like services for guests interested in other Nashville attractions and venues
    • Ensures that visitors have access to different pamphlets and handouts and keeps them replenished
    • Actively promote and sell membership to reach monthly revenue goals.
    • Renews and processes new Cheekwood Memberships as needed.
    • Actively promote preservation donations.
    • A basic understanding of Altru or current ticketing software, to perform daily sales, advance sales, group sales and membership sales.
    • Monitor all incoming and exiting traffic. Directing guests, workers, delivers and business clients to appropriate sites, and notifying security when necessary.
    • Receives incoming phone calls with the ability to inform callers of times, prices, events etc. Directs calls to the appropriate departments as necessary.
    • Assists in the management of the ticketing phone line to help solve ticketing questions and issues.
    • Track and report all data thoroughly and accurately, including all information collected (i.e. cash, credit card, membership forms, demographics data, visitor counts, etc.).
    • Prepare the end of day closing report and reconciling sales report to cash on hand and the cash till.
    • With Security, helps to enforce Cheekwood’s visitor guidelines and rules for the property, the mansion and museum.
    • Directs and offers support to volunteers.
    • Serve as a resource for all staff onsite.
    • Assist in providing shift breaks to other Visitor Services Representatives.
    • Assists in the training of part-time staff.
    • Maintain an organized and clean working environment in all locations.
    • Assists the Tour and Visitor Experience Manager and Coordinator in setting up ticketing kiosks for seasonal events.
    • Help to monitor all areas of the garden to ensure that safety or visitor experience problems are report and fixed. Report problems to the Tour and Visitor Experience Manager and/or Coordinator. Complete incident report forms and coordinate with security.
    • Performs other projects assigned by supervisor as needed.

    Qualifications: Energetic and pleasant personality with excellent oral communication skills. Strong customer service skills. Ability to operate a cash and ticketing system and money transactions. Perform light administrative duties. Ability to work productively in an instructed environment with frequent interruptions. Ability to work a flexible schedule. Previous Retail Sales /Customer Service Experience is preferred. This position will be scheduled primarily from Tuesday to Saturdays, between the hours of 7 AM and 5:30 PM, however, scheduled hours will vary as needed based upon seasonal events and needs. This is a full-time position, approximately 30-40 hours per week, with benefits.

    This is a full-time position with a competitive benefit package. Please send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

Internships

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of three references, at least one academic.

Please submit all applications to Haley Combs at hcombs@cheekwood.org by application deadline for the desired semester. Accepted interns will be required to undergo a background check.

 

  • Public Programs Internship

    Public Programs Internship

    Cheekwood 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 and drop-in art making activities, creating educational materials, contributing to Cheekwood’s wide range of events and public programs, 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.

    Responsibilities:

    • Interns will work with the Public Programs Manager and 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 at Cheekwood.
    • Interns will conduct a semester long project as well as carry out duties potentially including: researching talent for public programs, assisting with performance preparations, organizing event space, lay-out, and logistics, and overseeing programs while in progress.
    • Public Programs Interns may also assist in managing our weekly drop-in art making activities, such as Tuesdays for Tots, and other camps, classes, and workshops for adults and children.
    • 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.

    Qualifications:

    College or University student preferred, with experience in art education, museum education, or studio art preferred. Customer service or teaching experience a plus.

    Hours/Time Commitment:

    Time commitment is 6-12 weeks with a minimum of 15 hours weekly, with a total minimum of 90 hours during the internship. Must be available weekends. All interns are required to record their service hours through our online Volunteer Information Center (VIC).

    Compensation:

    Students are encouraged to seek academic credit from their institution. Cheekwood will work with students to complete all required paperwork and documentation. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and travel expenses. All interns receive free admission to events, discounts in Cheekwood’s gift shop on their days of service, and two individual admission passes to Cheekwood to share with friends and family.

    Application Requirements:

    Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of 3 references, at least 1 academic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    *Start dates may vary based upon department needs and schedule.

    Please submit all applications to Haley Combs at hcombs@cheekwood.org. Accepted interns will be required to undergo a background check.

  • Marketing Internship

    Marketing Internship

    The marketing department at Cheekwood is offering an internship for undergraduate students working to obtain a degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Interactive Media or any related field. Recent graduates will also be considered. Interns will assist the marketing department in daily functions.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist in writing press materials and content for Cheekwood’s website and blog
    • Assist in management of Cheekwood social media accounts including photography, content writing and maintaining social media posting schedules
    • Assist with development of email communications to key Cheekwood contacts
    • Establish archiving system for Cheekwood press clippings, images and videos
    • Provide miscellaneous support for marketing department, including management of online calendars and support at Cheekwood events
    • Assist graphic designer with digital projects such as website management and graphic design
    • Conduct a semester long project tailored to intern goals and department needs

    Qualifications:

    Candidate must be an undergraduate enrolled in an accredited college pursuing a degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Interactive Media, Graphic Design, Advertising or a related field. Internships require a weekly commitment with a minimum of 16 hours a week.

    • Strong writing and communication skills
    • Knowledgeable with social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs. Knowledge of Adobe programs is a plus.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects at once
    • Candidate should have a creative eye in order to provide photography and design assistance

    Hours/Time Commitment:

    Time commitment is 6-12 weeks with a minimum of 15 hours weekly, with a total minimum of 90 hours during the internship. All interns are required to record their service hours through our online Volunteer Information Center (VIC).

    Compensation:

    This position is unpaid. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit from their institution. Cheekwood will work with students to complete all required paperwork and documentation. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and travel expenses. All interns receive discounts in Cheekwood’s restaurant and gift shop on their days of service, two individual admission passes to share with friends and family, free membership to Cheekwood, and professional development opportunities including lunches with industry professionals and career workshops.

    Application Requirements:

    Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of 3 references, at least 1 academic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    *Start dates may vary based upon department needs and schedule.

    Please submit all applications to Haley Combs at hcombs@cheekwood.org. Accepted interns will be required to undergo a background check.

  • Rentals/Special Events Internship

    Rentals/Special Events Internship

    Rentals/Special Events Department internships are designed to expose students to the multi-faceted and high energy field of Venue Logistics, Event Sales, Planning, Coordination and Execution while providing students with opportunities to apply skills in a real-world environment.

    Responsibilities:

    • Conduct a semester long project tailored to interns goals and department needs
    • Active learning in the area of proactive sales, venue logistics, planning, coordination and scheduling of a wide variety of events including large and small annual events, corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, networking events, internal events, and special interest group meetings. Internal events may include holiday and seasonal programming, weekly events on the grounds, large and small dinners, meetings etc.
    • Assisting in the creation of proposals to tailor events specifically to clients needs and accurately represent financial obligation of client.
    • Web/social media based marketing and media – assist with creating, editing and publishing content.
    • Working with a team to become familiar with preparing venue logistic documents for vendors and staff.
    • Day of event execution as needed; set-up, tear-down, and general coordination of overall event.
    • All other duties approved by supervisor.

    Qualifications:

    • Strong project management skills, working with cross-functional teams.
    • Strong analytical skills; fluent with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
    • Excellent oral and written communications, demonstrated success with multi-tasking & juggling multiple priorities.
    • Self-starter who takes initiative, highly reliable, polished and professional when dealing with members, prospective members, sponsors, and executive management.
    • Comfortable in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment with an all-hands-on-deck mentality.

    Hours/Time Commitment:

    Time commitment is 6-12 weeks with a minimum of 15 hours weekly, with a total minimum of 90 hours during the internship. All interns are required to record their service hours through our online Volunteer Information Center (VIC).

    Compensation:

    This position is unpaid. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit from their institution. Cheekwood will work with students to complete all required paperwork and documentation. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and travel expenses. All interns receive free admission to events, discounts in Cheekwood’s gift shop on their days of service, and two individual admission passes to Cheekwood to share with friends and family.

    Application Requirements:

    Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of 3 references, at least 1 academic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    *Start dates may vary based upon department needs and schedule.

    Please submit all applications to Haley Combs at hcombs@cheekwood.org. Accepted interns will be required to undergo a background check.

  • Summer Camp Internship Program

    Summer Camp Internship Program

    Cheekwood’s Summer Camp Internship Program is designed for the university student seeking to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit museum and botanical garden. Interns will experience all aspects of museum education including: developing and teaching classes, creating educational materials and lesson plans, overseeing studio spaces, and working with a variety of age groups. Pairing interns with art educators and professional teaching artists, participants in this program will receive one-on-one learning opportunities to develop their skills in the studio and in the classroom. Interns will attend weekly enrichment seminars, including lunch with members of Cheekwood’s staff.

    Responsibilities:

    • Hands-on classroom instruction
    • Overseeing camp registration
    • Preparing supplies and materials for classes
    • Interacting with visitors, campers, and parents through educational activities
    • Providing excellent customer service for parents & children enrolled in classes
    • Assisting instructors with preparation and execution of projects and art activities

    Qualifications:

    Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Undergraduate, recent college graduate, or graduate student, with experience in art education, museum education, life sciences, or studio art preferred. Experience in the following areas is preferred:

    • Experience supervising children
    • Teaching experience
    • Public speaking
    • Customer Service

    Hours/Time Commitment:

    The Summer Camp Internship Program runs from June 4 – August 3. Applicants must be available Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 4 PM or 9 AM – 5 PM.

    Compensation:

    This position is unpaid. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit from their institution. Cheekwood will work with students to complete all required paperwork and documentation. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and travel expenses. All interns receive free admission to events, discounts in Cheekwood’s gift shop on their days of service, and two individual admission passes to Cheekwood to share with friends and family.

    Application Requirements:

    Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of 3 references, at least 1 academic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    *Start dates may vary based upon department needs and schedule.

    Please submit all applications to Haley Combs at hcombs@cheekwood.org by March 20, 2019. Accepted interns will be required to undergo a background check.

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