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Bacon’s Castle- Part-time Site Coordinator

Preservation Virginia is looking for a part-time site coordinator at Bacon's Castle. Built in 1665, Bacon's Castle embodies four-centuries of American history. From the oldest brick dwelling in North America and the first rebellion against the English crown, to the changing tide of race-based slavery, Virginia Indian relationships and Reconstruction, Bacon's Castle has stood as a part of the American story. This position requires a passion for story-telling, the desire and ability to work with the local community as well as a strong sense of preservation and organization.

Bacon's Castle is open four days a week during summer and three in spring and winter. This part-time position will require weekend work.

Position Summary

Under the guidance of the Director of Museum Operations and Education and in coordination with the Director of Finance, the Site Coordinator is responsible for the administration of the site and staff, preservation of the structures and grounds, interpretation of the entire site, promotion of Preservation Virginia and the site’s in the community, and successful performance of the museum store.

This is a part-time year round position that will require weekend work.  It also requires supervision of the interpretive staff on site, including hiring and firing decisions, close coordination with Preservation Virginia’s statewide staff, operation of a wide range of electronic communication and data collection methodology, program development, testing and implementation and coordination with the local community around the site.

Duties of the position include:

  • Monitoring the historic structure as well as all support structures on the property and notifying the Director of Museum Operations and Education of any maintenance needs on the site.
  • Following all of Preservation Virginia’s procedures and policies included in the “Site Coordinator Manual” including those for maintenance, preservation, care of collections, care of live animals, disaster preparedness, filming, facilities use etc.
  • Ensuring proper and accurate interpretation at the property by recruiting and selecting, training, evaluating, scheduling and supervising interpretive staff.  All staff, paid and volunteer are considered interpretive staff and must be fully knowledgeable of the history and significance of the site as well as Preservation Virginia as an organization and their statewide initiatives.
  • Performing annual evaluations of interpretive staff
  • Ensuring compliance with the Employee Manual and that employee records are current and complete and have been forwarded to the Finance Office
  • Promoting and ensuring promotion by interpretive staff of Preservation Virginia’s fundraising goals including membership and donation programs to reach the organizational goals for the site.
  • Preparing weekly and monthly reports concerning number of visitors, ticket sales, gift shop receipts, and other income generated by the property, using Excel template worksheets and e-mail communications from the site and according to the schedule set by the Finance Office.
  • Managing site operations to ensure budgeted goals for expenses, as well as admissions and retail sales are achieved annually.
  • Work with the Finance Office, or designated Inventory Manager, to order retail merchandise and as a resource for product mix to improve retail sales and maintain reasonable inventory levels.
  • Acting as liaison with related organizations in the region, including the County of Surry, Isle of Wight and Smithfield, tourism organizations, historical and cultural attractions and associations, etc.
  • Work with the Director of Museum Operations and Education to develop, test, implement and promote programs that will increase the visibility and sustainability of the Bacon’s Castle site including the house, outbuildings, garden and grounds.
  • Act as a representative of Preservation Virginia and Bacon’s Castle in the local community.
  • Attend training and informational meetings in the Richmond office or at such locations as may be determined.  This includes participating by conference call in regular staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Performing other duties as required by the position or as assigned by the supervisor.

How to Apply for this Position:

Electronic submissions are preferred, please email a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Hurst-Wender, Director of Museum Operations at jhurstwender@preservationvirginia.org
If sending by regular mail, send to Jennifer Hurst-Wender, Preservation Virginia, 204 W Franklin Street, Richmond, VA  23220
Applicants should demonstrate three years successful management experience in a museum or historic site setting. College degree required, advanced studies or degree a plus.
Success in the position requires physical exertion including ability to climb stairs, walk the grounds and lift at least 50lbs.
Please include references with resumes or applications

 

 

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: 

 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.

 

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.

 

Ground Staff Position at Jamestown Rediscovery (Historic Jamestowne)  

Jamestown Rediscovery, located at Historic Jamestowne, requires a full time grounds staff member with responsibilities for all types of grounds work and facilities maintenance, including bathroom and office cleaning. The position requires working in all types of weather, an ability to lift at least 50 pounds, run power tools, and operate motorized equipment such as mowers, small tractors, trucks and trailers.

  • The position is full time, Wednesday to Sunday 7 am to 3 pm. Vacation and sick leave are accrued and the position comes with benefits.  
  • No experience necessary but the successful applicant will be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised when necessary.  
  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • Compensation will be commensurate with level of skill and experience. 

Please submit a letter, resume, and names of three refrences to::

Mr. Shane Shortt, Grounds Manager

Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation

1365 Colonial Parkway,

Jamestown, VA 23081