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Architectural Conservator

Preservation Virginia seeks a highly motivated individual to oversee general preservation and maintenance of all Preservation Virginia historic properties, including periodic, annual and capital projects. In addition, the position provides advice to outside individuals and organizations in best practices for preserving properties, including fee-for-service projects.  Externally, the position is involved in the assessment of properties considered for the List of Endangered Historic Places. The work environment includes office, conference facility, other meeting space, fieldwork that includes tours of properties. Some travel is required.

The successful candidate will be a member of the management team and support the mission and vision of Preservation Virginia.  He or she will report directly to Preservation Virginia’s Director of Museum Operations and Education.

Salary: Full-Time Position $38-42,000; commensurate with experience

Qualifications:  

This position requires:

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in historic preservation, demonstrated good stewardship practices in historic buildings’ care and maintenance, an understanding of the application of the Secretary of the Interior’s standards and general systems maintenance.

Proven experience in managing budgets and capital projects. Fundamental knowledge of building systems.

Ability to read and interpret complex documents, such as contracts and legal documents. Ability to read blueprints and other plan documents. Ability to write detailed reports. Ability to speak effectively in small groups.

Duties of the position include:

  1. The essential duties of this job include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  2. Identify preservation and maintenance needs at Preservation Virginia historic properties and develop plans to address those needs in conformity with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards and good stewardship practices.
  3. Ensure short and long-term maintenance plans are developed, budgeted, documented and implemented for each Preservation Virginia property
  4. Oversee capital projects, including developing scope of work and bid packets, awarding projects, on-site inspections of work, daily/weekly progress reports, approving payment requests, monitoring project budgets and generally ensuring external contractors properly execute projects to ensure the integrity of historic fabric to the greatest extent possible.
  5. Works with external groups on preservation projects including developing and overseeing fee-for-service projects utilizing in-house restoration craftsmen and providing advice in the selection of properties to be added to the Endangered Historic Places listings.
  6. Provides technical assistance in identifying structural and system integrity of historic and non-historic buildings, and advising other preservation groups and/or individuals in the proper stewardship of historic sites.
  7. Work with the Department of Historic Resources on historic property projects and coordinate with the SHPO when project reviews are required.
  8. Supervise one restoration craftsman.

To Apply:

Submit letter of interest with resume and three references to 204 West Franklin Street; Attention: Director of Museum Operations and Education search or email jhurstwender@preservationvirginia.org. Open until filled.   

Competitive salary and benefits. No faxes or phone calls. EOE.

 

Part-Time Site Coordinator: Preservation Virginia's Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

Position Summary

Preservation Virginia seeks an enthusiastic and motivated part-time site coordinator for Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown.              

The Site Coordinator, in coordination with the Preservation Virginia team, is responsible for the administration of the site staff, preservation of the structures and grounds, interpretation, promotion, successful performance of the museum store and outreach to the local community.

This is a part-time, year-round position that will require weekend work.  $13 per hour 20-30 hours per week.

The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication skills and be able to enthusiastically represent Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and Preservation Virginia’s statewide initiatives to the interpretive staff and a wide variety of individuals both in person and through social media.

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. 
  • 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 tourism organizations, historical and cultural attractions and associations, etc., be certain to inform the director of museum operations about any upcoming opportunities in which you will be representing the site/organization.
  • Providing original and accurate site-related content for professional publications and social media platforms.
  • 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.
  • Oversee physical plant site operations to include managing contractors that provide grounds maintenance, equipment maintenance and repair, service calls for on-site physical plant issues, responding to emergency personnel in the event of fire or security alarm, receiving deliveries of product merchandise.
  • Performing other duties as required by the position or as assigned by the supervisor.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Director of Museum Operations, Jennifer Hurst-Wender at jhurstwender@preservationvirginia.org EOE. Open 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:

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. Weekend availability (Friday-Sunday) is required. Parking is provided.

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

 

Patrick Henry's Scotchtown Interpreter 

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:

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.

 

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: 

  1. Interpreters will provide accurate and well organized tours of the house 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 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.
  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 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.
  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.
  11. 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.
  12. All interpreters must read the tour manual and assigned compendium of approved resources prior to conducting tours for the public.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  18. 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.
  19. Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  20. 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.                  
  21. 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.                                
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Interpreters perform other duties as assigned in furtherance of the mission of Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and Preservation Virginia.
  25. 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.
  26. Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  30. 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.
  31. Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  32. 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.
  33. Interpreters open and close the house, if trained and required to do so.
  34. 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.

To apply, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to baconscastle@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.