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Bacon’s Castle Historic Interpreter

The position of Bacon’s Castle Historic Interpreter is a part time, hourly position without benefits.  Located in Surry County, Bacon’s Castle is the oldest brick home in North America.  Built in 1665, it is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.

Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must enjoy working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

The duties of the position are as follows:

  • Interpreters will provide accurate and well organized tours of the house and extant buildings and garden to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.
  • Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  • Interpreters represent Bacon’s Castle and Preservation Virginia to visitors and shall conduct themselves at all times in a courteous and professional manner.  Interpreters will inform visitors of the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support, and the advantages of becoming a member.
  • Interpreters assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections.  They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and must respond calmly and professionally to emergencies.  They follow institutional procedures and will report any changes in the condition of the house or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  • Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  • Interpreters participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities.  Interpreters are required to update or modify their tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  • Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  • Interpreters assist with keeping Bacon’s Castle clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas (kitchen and desk area) clean and tidy, cleaning the bathrooms, taking out trash, sweeping the house, porch and steps daily, etc.
  • Interpreters open and close the house, if trained and required to do so.
  •  Interpreters welcome visitors into the museum store, encourage sales and answer questions, operate the cash register and keep accurate sales records as directed, and keep the shop tidy and well stocked.

Bacon’s Castle Interpreters report to the Bacon’s Castle Site Coordinator and are responsible for other duties, as assigned.

The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 5-30 hours per month. Weekend availability (Friday-Sunday) is required.

In order to apply,To apply, click here to print out an application.  please submit letter of interest, application and a resume with listed references to Joanna Braswell,  jbraswell@preservationvirginia.org. The position is opened until filled.

John Marshall House Interpreter

The position of John Marshall House Museum Interpreter is a part time, hourly position without benefits.  Located in downtown Richmond, the John Marshall House is a 1790 brick Federal-style structure, which served as the home of Chief Justice John Marshall from 1790 to 1835.  The house is significant for its remarkable preservation and architectural form and its outstanding collection of Marshall family and Richmond-made objects.  The John Marshall House is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.

Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

The duties of the position are as follows:

  • Interpreters will provide accurate and well organized tours of the house to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.
  • Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  • Interpreters represent the John Marshall House and Preservation Virginia to visitors and shall conduct themselves at all times in a courteous and professional manner.  Interpreters will inform visitors of the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support, and the advantages of becoming a member.
  • Interpreters assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections.  They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and must respond calmly and professionally to emergencies.  They follow institutional procedures and will report any changes in the condition of the house or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  • Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  • Interpreters participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities.  Interpreters are required to update or modify their tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  • Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  • Interpreters assist with keeping the John Marshall House clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas (kitchen and desk area) clean and tidy, cleaning the bathrooms, taking out trash, sweeping the porch and steps daily, etc.
  • Interpreters open and close the house, if trained and required to do so.
  •  Interpreters welcome visitors into the museum store, encourage sales and answer questions, operate the cash register and keep accurate sales records as directed, and keep the shop tidy and well stocked.
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John Marshall House Interpreters report to the John Marshall House Site Coordinator and are responsible for other duties, as assigned.

The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 5-30 hours per month.  Parking is provided.

In order to apply,To apply, click here to print out an application.  please submit letter of interest, application and a resume with listed references to Bobbie LeViness,  bleviness@preservationvirginia.org. The position is opened until filled.

Administrative Coordinator

Position Summary

The Administrative Coordinator oversees the database and office management systems and provides support to the overall development and administrative programs for Preservation Virginia.   Under the supervision of the Executive Team, the Administrative Coordinator is responsible for supporting the work of the Executive Director and Senior Management Staff.  This includes correspondence, scheduling and related activities.  The Administrative Coordinator has primary responsibility for the donor database in Raiser’s Edge.

Duties of the position

  • Maintain and update the donor database, Raiser’s Edge.  Process all donations and acknowledgments of gifts and pledges.  This includes recording gifts in donor records, preparing and mailing acknowledgments and other necessary documentation and processing in-kind gifts. Maintain orderly donor files and records.
  • Maintain pledge reports and reminder systems and keep the Development Team informed of any variations from pledges.
  • Processing deposits for all monies received and preparing related reports or transmittals per specifications set by the finance office.
  • Assist donors as needed and participate in the overall success of the development department.
  • Serving as secretary to the Executive Director and Senior Management staff and performing other duties as assigned by them.
  • Overseeing agendas, scheduling, mailings, and notifications for the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, various committees, and the staff meetings.
  • Maintaining the files for the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Executive Director's general correspondence and permanent contact files for the organization
  • Performing activities related to the annual Board retreat; e.g., correspondence/memos, arranging for dinner, lunch, and refreshments, preparing folders for events, coordinating other staff members reports onto the board repository
  • Opening, sorting, and distributing mail, making copies when necessary.  Ensuring the mail is delivered to the post office daily.
  • Serve as receptionist for phone system and general website inquiries, taking messages and forwarding calls/emails as needed.
  • Primary responsibility for greeting guests, accepting deliveries, answering front door for inquiries etc.
  • Miscellaneous “volunteer” duties; e.g., maintaining some order in the kitchen/lounge and workroom areas, ensuring tidiness in public areas for visitors and guests
  • Other Duties as assigned

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree required with experience in an administrative or support position in a non-profit organization.  Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work with and motivate other professionals and volunteers. Excellent verbal and written communications skills.  Ability to work independently with little supervision. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Raiser’s Edge Database management experience a plus.

Salary

Commensurate with experience

Benefits

Preservation Virginia offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package which includes, Medical, Health Savings Account with employer contribution, Dental, Life, Short & Long Term Disability, 403(b) plan with an employer match, paid time off and holiday pay.

To Apply

Send resume with cover letter to Cheryl Greenday, Director of Finance cgreenday@preservationvirginia.org  or by mail to Preservation Virginia, 204 West Franklin St. Richmond VA 23220.  No phone calls please. EOE.

Smith’s Fort Interpreter 

The position of Smith’s Fort Museum Interpreter is a part-time, hourly position without benefits.  Located in Surry, VA, Smith’s Fort site contains both an 18th-century manor house and the earthworks of a 1609 fort site. Smith’s Fort is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.

Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

The duties of the position are as follows: 

  1. Interpreters will provide accurate and well-organized tours of the house and site to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.
  2. Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  3. Interpreters represent Smith’s Fort and Preservation Virginia to visitors and shall conduct themselves at all times in a courteous and professional manner.  Interpreters will inform visitors of the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support, and the advantages of becoming a member.
  4. Interpreters assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections.  They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and must respond calmly and professionally to emergencies.  They follow institutional procedures and will report any changes in the condition of the house or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  5. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  6. Interpreters participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities.  Interpreters are required to update or modify their tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  7. Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  8. Interpreters assist with keeping Smith’s Fort clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas clean and tidy, cleaning the bathrooms, taking out trash, sweeping the house, porch and steps daily, etc.
  9. Interpreters open and close the house, if trained and required to do so.
  10.  Interpreters welcome visitors into the museum store, encourage sales and answer questions, operate the cash register and keep accurate sales records as directed, and keep the shop tidy and well stocked.

 Smith’s Fort Interpreters report to Smith’s Fort Site Coordinator and are responsible for other duties, as assigned.

 The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 5-30 hours per month.  

To apply, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to tforehand@preservationvirginia.org  Position is open until filled. EOE.

Summer Maintenance Assistant at Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne (Preservation Virginia) seeks a part-time summer Maintenance Assistant to provide support to the building and grounds crew.   Responsibilities will include custodial work, grounds maintenance and landscaping, and some minor projects such as painting.  The Maintenance Assistant can be scheduled from 16 - 30 hours per week for a period of 10-12 weeks. Hours will vary weekly. Weekend and holiday work is required.  Candidates should have flexibility to accommodate this schedule. The position is located at Historic Jamestowne on Jamestown Island. 

The position requires significant outdoor work in hot weather, requires energy and physical stamina, and the ability to lift 50 pounds. The qualified candidate should be honest, reliable and a team player. This is a part-time, hourly position without benefits. 

To apply for this position, email sshortt@preservationvirginia.org or call (757)229-4997, x 100. 

Interpreter at Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

Through programs and tours of the site, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown’ historic interpreters promote dialogue and historical perspective about the American Revolution, liberty and human rights by examining the Henry’s experiences at Scotchtown.

This position is part-time, hourly and provides no benefits.  Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.  The interpreter is directly supervised by the Site Coordinator.

 Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

 All Interpreters must be able to fulfill all duties of the position as follows:

  1. Interpreters will provide accurate and well-organized tours of the site to the general public, tour groups, and school groups using the provided tour manual as their primary resource and guide for authority.
  1. All interpreters must read the tour manual and assigned compendium of approved resources prior to conducting tours for the public.
  1. Interpreters serve as primary customer service contacts and will welcome the public, collect admission fees or tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  1. Interpreters represent the site and Preservation Virginia to visitors and shall conduct themselves at all times in a courteous and professional manner.  They promote the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support, and the advantages of becoming a member.
  1. The interpreter is to be fully aware of the advantages and benefits of visitors becoming members and supporters of Preservation Virginia and be able to articulate the mission of the organization and how the Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown fits into the mission of the organization.
  1. Interpreters assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections.  They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and respond calmly and professionally to emergencies.  They follow institutional procedures and will report any changes in the condition of the house or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  1. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  1. Interpreters participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities.  Interpreters are required to update or modify their tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  1. Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  1. Interpreters assist with keeping the site clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas (kitchen and desk area) clean and tidy, cleaning the bathrooms, taking out trash, sweeping the porch and steps, etc.                                  
  2. Interpreters assist visitors to the museum store, encourage sales and answer questions, operate the cash register and keep accurate sales records as directed, and keep the shop tidy and well stocked.                                
  3. Interpreters are responsible for handling the financial transactions at the site according to the established operating procedures, are to be accurate and precise when processing the transactions and should disclose any discrepancies to the site coordinator.
  1. Interpreters will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Site Coordinator to provide guidance and support in the full carrying out of their responsibilities.
  1. Interpreters perform other duties as assigned in furtherance of the mission of Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and Preservation Virginia.

To apply, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to Patrick Henry's Scocthtown Site Coordinator, Ann Reid at areid@preservationvirginia.org  Position is open until filled. EOE.

Cape Henry Lighthouse Interpreter

The position of Cape Henry Lighthouse Museum Interpreter is a part time, hourly position without benefits.  Located inside of the Fort Story military base, in Virginia Beach, VA, Cape Henry Lighthouse is the first public works project to be authorized by the newly formed U.S. Congress in 1792. Cape Henry Lighthouse is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.

Requirements:

Interpreters must enjoy people, science and history.  Some college preferred. Position requires significant outside work in both hot and cold weather, requires energy and physical stamina, ability to walk and climb substantial quantity of stairs and ability to lift 50 pounds. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

 Position is part time and does require working weekends. A valid ID is required to gain access to the active Fort Story Base in Virginia Beach.

The duties of the position are as follows: 

  1. Interpreters will provide accurate and well organized tours of the house and site to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.
  2. Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  3. Interpreters represent Cape Henry Lighthouse and Preservation Virginia to visitors and shall conduct themselves at all times in a courteous and professional manner.  Interpreters will inform visitors of the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support, and the advantages of becoming a member.
  4. Interpreters assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections.  They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and must respond calmly and professionally to emergencies.  They follow institutional procedures and will report any changes in the condition of the lighthouse or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  5. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  6. Interpreters participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities.  Interpreters are required to update or modify their tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  7. Interpreters assist in the office as needed, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  8. Interpreters assist with keeping Cape Henry Lighthouse clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas clean and tidy, cleaning the bathrooms, taking out trash, sweeping the museum store and steps daily, etc.
  9. Interpreters open and close the site, if trained and required to do so.
  10.  Interpreters welcome visitors into the museum store, encourage sales and answer questions, operate the cash register and keep accurate sales records as directed, and keep the shop tidy and well stocked.

 Cape Henry Lighthouse Interpreters report to Cape Henry Lighthouse Site Coordinator(s) and are responsible for other duties, as assigned.

 The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 8-29 hours per week.  

To apply, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to ndabney@preservationvirginia.org Position is open until filled. EOE.