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The Seasonal Recruitment Operations
Center is currently accepting applications to fill up to 1 temporary positions at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six
months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments
under this announcement are eligible for extension if workload and funding
allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible
for rehire in subsequent service years. Anticipated Entry on Duty:
AREA INFORMATION: Saint-Gaudens National
Historic Site, New Hampshire's only national park consists of 148 acres
including the home (Aspet), gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens
(1848-1907). As one of America's foremost sculptors, he is best known for his
public monuments including the Sherman and Farragut monuments in New York City,
the Shaw Memorial in Boston, MA the Standing and Seated Lincoln Memorials in
Chicago, IL, as well as the 1907 ten and twenty dollar gold coins and over 100
portrait reliefs. Aspet was his summer residence from 1885-1897, and his
permanent home from 1900 until his death in 1907. In partnership with the
Saint-Gaudens Memorial, the site promotes the arts through exhibitions, special
events, and programs as a living tribute to the sculptor. Located in Cornish,
New Hampshire, the site is one of only two national parks dedicated to a visual
artist. There are two hiking trails that explore the park's natural areas. For
more information about this park,
visit www.nps.gov/saga. Saint-Gaudens
NHS is located in Cornish, New Hampshire, which is a rural area. The nearest
community is Windsor, Vermont, which is three miles away. It has a population
of approximately 3,500 and the usual amenities, i.e. hospital, churches,
lodging, stores, transportation, etc. Larger
nearby communities include West Lebanon, NH (11 miles north) and Claremont, NH
(10 miles south). Temperatures range from -10 F to +40 F in the winter and +50
F to +95 F in the summer. Precipitation is approximately 35 inches annually.
The park is open from Memorial Day weekend to the end of October.
This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.
MAJOR DUTIES: This position is located in Cornish, N.H. within the Division of Interpretation at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Services as the Sculptor-in-Residence for the park. Interacts daily with park visitors, explaining and demonstrating the process of creating figurative or relief sculpture. Develops and gives interpretive programs on sculpture. Answers a wide range of questions on the processes of sculpture and casting, especially those that relate to the techniques and methods used by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his contemporaries. May develop exhibits and other media illustrating figurative or relief sculptural processes. Prepares and teaches, 14-18, three-hour, hands-on workshops and classes about figurative, or relief sculpture, which are geared toward adults and young adults. Weekend and holiday duty is required. There are over 110 works by Augustus Saint-Gaudens exhibited at the site. They were all created with the classical figurative, or relief style and process. Most were cast by the lost wax process, which can somewhat complicated to explain. By interacting with the sculptor-in-residence and observing demonstrations, the visitors gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the sculpture they see exhibited in the park, and in their own communities. The sculptor-in-residence plays an important and unique role in the interpretive and educational outreach programs of the park. Therefore, an experienced sculptor with a thorough knowledge of, and formal training in, figurative sculptural processes, and lost wax casting is essential for this position.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, etc.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.