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Summer Staff Positions at Great Camp Santanoni – Deadline Extended to March 18, 2022

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) announces the availability of three summer staff/advanced intern positions at Great Camp Santanoni in 2022. Camp Santanoni is a National Historic Landmark, located in the Adirondack Forest Preserve and in the Essex County town of Newcomb. AARCH manages Camp Santanoni in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and with significant support from the Town of Newcomb. These positions are a partnership between AARCH and the Town of Newcomb.

Camp Santanoni is located within the 12,900-acre Santanoni Preserve and consists of: a Main Camp complex, a collection of rustic buildings situated on secluded Newcomb Lake; a Gate Lodge complex at the entrance to the preserve; and an early 20th century model farm. Building of this great camp began in 1892 for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany. In its time Camp Santanoni was the largest of the Adirondack Great Camps and hosted Theodore Roosevelt, among other prominent guests. After New York State acquired the site in 1972 and added it to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, Santanoni sat vacant and neglected for more than 20 years with an uncertain fate. In 2000, New York State created the Camp Santanoni Historic Area, committing to use the site for public educational and recreational purposes. Since then, more than $2 million in conservation work has been completed and thousands visit annually.

AARCH has supported the preservation of Camp Santanoni since its founding in 1990. Since 1991, we have hosted summer interns working at the great camp, interpreting Camp Santanoni for the public and completing hands-on preservation projects.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Interaction with public visitors, including site explanation and interpretation. This includes the Gate Lodge, accessible from Route 28N; the Farm Complex, a one-mile walk/bike into the complex; the Main Lodge Complex, a five-mile walk/bike each direction.
  • Participating in ongoing restoration work. This includes staining, painting, window reglazing, and other discrete conservation projects.
  • Operating a small visitor’s center at the Gate Lodge.
  • Developing programs and exhibits for ongoing site interpretation.

Position Requirements:

  • Applicants must be upper-level undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate level and studying/have studied historic preservation, history, or a related field in college or graduate school.
  • Independently motivated who works well in a small team environment.
  • Physically able to travel daily walking or cycling on an uneven carriage road between the Gate Lodge and Main Camp (5 miles each direction).
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.
  • Able to lift some large and heavy objects, alone or with assistance, such as wooden window sash.
  • Comfort working outdoors all day in a rustic wilderness environment.

Position Details:

  • Employment dates are June 13-September 2, 2021, with flexible start/end dates as needed.
  • Each position receives a $3,000 stipend with housing provided.
  • Staff will work 37.5 hours over a 6-day workweek.
  • All staff will reside at the Gate Lodge, a communal living situation with private bedrooms, a shared hall bathroom, a full kitchen and common living spaces. The Gate Lodge is located directly off NYS Route 28N and the center of Newcomb.
  • Summer staff will be supervised by the AARCH Executive Director and their team, with support from the Town of Newcomb and regular interaction with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Additional information about Camp Santanoni and is available on AARCH’s website.

To Apply:

  • Submit a cover letter and resume to Erin Tobin, Executive Director, Adirondack Architectural Heritage, via email to erin@aarch.org. In the cover letter, please outline your qualifications specific to the job responsibilities and position requirements.
  • Application deadline is 5pm on March 18, 2022.

About the Organization

AARCH’s regular activities include: sponsoring a series of educational tours to historic places throughout the region; holding technical workshops; supporting local advocacy efforts; publishing regular newsletters; and providing technical assistance to homeowners, municipalities, businesses and other organizations. AARCH has supported the preservation of Camp Santanoni since its founding in 1990, working with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Town of Newcomb to preserve, protect, and celebrate this National Historic Landmark. AARCH has also sought to ensure a future for Adirondack fire towers through nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, in addition to sponsoring and supporting the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine and the Friends of Hurricane Mountain.

AARCH also seeks to publish books and other materials related to the region’s architectural history and legacy. Our publications include Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at an Adirondack Great Camp by Rob Engel, Paul Malo and Howie Kirschenbaum; Adirondack Churches: A History of Design and Building by Sally E. Svenson; and A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks by Richard Longstreth.

In 2015 the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded AARCH the prestigious Trustee’s Award for Organizational Excellence.   

AARCH is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and a registered New York State charitable institution.