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Part-Time Copywriter

The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit fund-raising partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. We have received a grant to create a “Plan Your Visit” section of our website to aid visitors to the Park in exploring all the history and recreational opportunities the Park offers. We seek a freelance copywriter to assist in researching and writing content for this project.

This position is grant-supported and will end in July 2015 or when the work is complete on the Plan Your Visit website. Compensation will be $40 per web article completed and approved for publication (up to $6,000). Required time is approximately 10-15 hours a week. This is a part-time position with no benefits. Incumbent can work from home and/or from our Hagerstown office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Researches assigned topics online and in the C&O Canal National Historical Park’s library located in Hagerstown, MD. Topics include historical events, historic structures, recreational activities, points of interest, tourism destinations, etc.
  • Writes compelling short narratives about assigned topics, approximately 100-200 words as the topic requires.
  • Assures accuracy of information, taking into account copyright laws.
  •  Recommends photography to be used with text.
  • Coordinates with Trust staff on final edits.
  • Meets all deadlines and participates in meetings as required.

Qualifications

  • Excellent writer with a strong command of the English language and grammar
  • Experience writing for the online environment
  • Experience writing history and/or tourism content
  • A bachelor’s degree in English, Writing, Communications, or similar
  • At least two years experience writing in a professional environment
  • Ability to communicate with colleagues via phone, email, and in person
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  •  Independent worker, self-motivated
  • Working knowledge of the C&O Canal National Historical Park preferred, but not required

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and two relevant writing samples to Director of Communications Heidi Glatfelter at glatfelter@canaltrust.org by January 15, 2015. No phone calls.

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Part-Time Web Content Manager

The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit fund-raising partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. We have received a grant to create a “Plan Your Visit” section of our website to aid visitors to the Park in exploring all the history and recreational opportunities the Park offers. We seek a part-time web content manager to assist in creating and managing content for this project.

This position is grant-supported and will end in July 2015 or when the work is complete on the Plan Your Visit website. The position requires 10 hours a week of work, but the schedule is flexible. Compensation is $15/hour. This is a part-time position with no benefits. Incumbent can work from home and/or from our Hagerstown office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of Communications and other staff to implement Plan Your Visit section of C&O Canal Trust website (www.canaltrust.org)
  • Coordinate content assignments with freelance writers, provide assistance, enforce deadlines
  •  Identify appropriate photography for website, oversee copyright permissions, keep records of copyright approvals
  • Post all text and photography on website via WordPress content management system
  • Oversee keywording of all content, ensure search functions of website work correctly
  • Assist in writing/copyediting of content for website as needed. 

Qualifications

  • Experience managing web projects
  • Experience coordinating with colleagues and vendors
  • Experience juggling multiple priorities and projects
  • Experience using content management systems (CMS); particularly WordPress
  • Experience with Photoshop preferred
  •  Excellent writer with a strong command of the English language and grammar
  • A bachelor’s degree in English, Writing, Communications, or similar
  • At least two years experience in a professional environment
  •  Ability to communicate with colleagues via phone, email, and in person
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Independent worker, self-motivated
  • Working knowledge of the C&O Canal National Historical Park preferred, but not required 

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and two relevant writing samples to Director of Communications Heidi Glatfelter at glatfelter@canaltrust.org by January 15, 2015. No phone calls.

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Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Duties and Responsibilities

Intern will assist Trust staff in the planning and execution of large scale Canal Pride volunteer events for the spring of 2015.  Duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Developing database of special interest groups for targeted marketing of events
  • Promoting events in community newsletters, online calendars, and via social media
  • Distributing flyers and signs across length of park
  • Recruiting volunteers, both individuals and groups, from local educational, social, and recreational organizations
  • Coordinating refreshments, registration, and other logistics for events
  • Coordinating the participation of Elected Officials, Press, and other VIPs
  • Maintaining event planning documents and schedules as well as a volunteer database
  • Assisting in the execution of events, including packing supplies, event set-up, and volunteer coordination 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or currently pursuing a college degree in related fields
  • Leadership and organizational skills
  • Customer-service approach to all professional relationships
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills and the ability to excel at details, multi-tasking and working under deadlines
  • Outgoing self-starter, but collaborates well in a team environment
  • Must have experience in the use of software programs such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Previous experience with volunteer organizing, customer service, or event coordination preferred
  • As this position involves extensive local travel to and from events, a personal vehicle is required
  • Availability to attend at least 3 Saturday events in April/May is mandatory

Benefits

Individuals interning with the Trust will have unique opportunities to further develop their professional skills, including:

  • Gaining valuable work experience in the nonprofit industry and partnering with government agencies
  • Networking with local business owners and community groups
  • $10/hr, up to 700 hours.

To Apply

Interested parties should submit an application, including a cover letter and resume, to Becky Curtis at curtis@canaltrust.org.