The National Bonsai Foundation is seeking a part-time communications and social media intern to maintain and expand its online presence with the goal of recruiting donors and visitors to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.
The intern will be responsible for managing the foundation’s social media accounts, assisting in event planning, helping update the website, and promote NBF and the Museum as we head into two major fundraising campaigns. They will work with our communications and executive team on social media strategy, and will be expected and encouraged to implement their own ideas.
The intern will be expected to commit to 15-20 remote hours per month, plus regular visits to the Museum. Applicants based outside the D.C. area will not be considered. This is a paid position.
Responsibilities will include, but won’t be limited to:
- Creating and executing content campaigns for our Facebook and Instagram
- Contributing content for our website and social media pages by documenting and attending Museum events, interviewing notable figures in the bonsai world, and/or capturing “behind-the-scenes” experiences at the Museum
- Create and distribute a twice-monthly email newsletter, with occasional additional messages to promote special events or fundraising campaigns
- Track analytics from our social media pages
The ideal applicant will have:
- Extensive experience using social media for personal use
- Experience using social media on behalf of a non-profit organization such as a museum
- Strong writing skills
- Familiarity with the following programs and services: Squarespace, MailChimp, Eventbrite, Facebook Live, YouTube
- An interest in bonsai, horticulture, Japanese culture, public gardens, and the Washington, D.C. museum scene
- Photo or video editing skills
- Cover letter
- Links to portfolio or relevant work
- Contact information for 1-3 reference(s)
Please send your application to Dr. Johann Klodzen, Executive Director of NBF, at email@example.com.
The National Bonsai Foundation is the non-profit supporting branch of The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The Museum began in 1976 when Japanese bonsai enthusiasts from the Nippon Bonsai Association donated 53 bonsai to the people of the United States to commemorate the U.S. Bicentennial. Today, more than 150 trees are on display in the Museum’s Pavilions, Tropical Conservatory, Special Exhibitions Wing and courtyard. Under the leadership of Curator Michael James, the Museum is training the next generation of bonsai experts, who have gone on to lead institutions in major U.S. cities.