Internship Description: Civic Halls Program

Internship Description: Civic Halls Program


What: A short duration research/organizing internship with the Maine Civic Halls Initiative, a joint project of Greenhorns, the Friends of Liberty Hall, and Maine Preservation



To survey and study the current use and users of civic halls by fraternal organizations and community groups, beginning with a focus on Downeast Maine, with the aim of identifying areas where extra support could be valuable. This may include historic preservation grants/technical assistance, networking on topics of interest such as insurance and recruitment, or programming support/formats/funding.



  • Interest in community organizing/development
  • Care for rural communities and their needs
  • Student of history/anthropology/regional planning
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, good with people
  • Cultural competence and the ability to work in rural areas
  • Ability to conduct in-depth quantitative and qualitative research
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to successfully advance multiple projects
  • Strong emotional intelligence skills


Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Experience and interest in one or more of the following areas: community-based planning, sustainability and resiliency, architecture and urban design, historic preservation, real estate, and economic development
  • Experience with community-based mapping and digital forums for skill-building
  • Facilitation of small groups, supporting community visioning or charrettes


Reports to:

Maine Civic Halls Initiative Advisory Committee, who will facilitate:

  • Rigorous onboarding, methodology, and work plan review
  • Weekly check in meetings and progress reports thereafter
  • Final project report due at end of internship; continuing the work is encouraged!


Hours and Remuneration:

This internship pays $20/hr for 10-20 hours a week as a fixed 10 week contract with a 1099 administered by Maine Preservation. Applicants can consider remote work, but must attend a mandatory orientation in person. The intern may choose to accept the offer of subsidized housing and food allowance at the Greenhorns campus in Pembroke, ME during all or part of the work period. This consists of a dormitory room at Grey Lodge, 12 Little Falls Rd in Pembroke, and access to laundry, organic food supplies, and the Reversing Hall agrarian library collection.



There is no education requirement for this internship, but applicants should possess a demonstrated interest in or experience with related subject areas such as history, anthropology, sociology, historic preservation, regional/urban planning, or other relevant fields.


Application Instructions:

The application deadline is January 30, or open until the position is filled.

To apply, please fill out this Google Form, which includes:

  • a resume;
  • a cover letter; and
  • a work sample that demonstrates relevant skills (such as a writing sample, meeting or educational materials created, and/or excerpt of a research paper, or portfolio, 10 pages/5 MB maximum).


About Greenhorns

Greenhorns works to promote, recruit and support the next generation of farmers through grassroots media production. Our role is to explore the context in which new farmers face the world.

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About Friends of Liberty Hall

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About Maine Preservation

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