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Invitation for Bid - Bacon’s Castle Slave Quarters and Smokehouse Structural Stabilization

SCOPE OF WORK: Preservation Virginia is seeking a contractor to perform structural repair and improvements, and considerable masonry repairs to ensure the stability of the smokehouse and 1830s slave quarters at their historic site, Bacon's Castle in Surry, Virginia. The slave quarters will include masonry repairs and some carpentry restoration. The smokehouse will include raising the building and temporarily supporting it while wood epoxy repairs are completed. The contractor shall provide all labor, materials equipment and supervision. Click the links below to download the project specifications and drawings. 

Project Specifications

Project Drawings 

Bids are due August 13, 2018 no later than 2:00 p.m. Please send one complete electronic submittal to Janelle Sahutski at jsahutski@preservationvirginia.org 

Part-time Site Coordinator - John Marshall House

Preservation Virginia seeks an enthusiastic and motivated part-time site coordinator for The John Marshall House.

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.  $15 per hour 20-30 hours per week.

The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication skills and be able to enthusiastically represent The John Marshall House 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 and the grounds and notifying the Architectural Conservator and 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, 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, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to jhurstwender@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 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 jkinder@preservationvirginia.org. Position is open until filled. EOE.

John Marshall House Interpreter 

The John Marshall House is looking for enthusiastic Museum Interpreters!

Are you passionate about constitutional law? Would you like the opportunity to engage visitors in discussions about the often messy history of this nation? If so, please apply!

The John Marshall House is located in downtown Richmond, and served as the home of Chief Justice John Marshall from 1790 to 1835. During Marshall’s long political career, he participated in the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, tried Aaron Burr in the infamous treason case, deliberated what would the standard for Federal Indian law, defined Judicial Review in Marbury V. Madison, owned enslaved individuals and was president of the Richmond chapter of the American Colonization Society and much, much more. The John Marshall House is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.

This is a part-time, hourly position without benefits. 

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. Provide accurate and well-organized tours of the house and site to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.
  2. Welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  3. Represent the John Marshall House and Preservation Virginia to visitors and conduct one's self, at all times, in a courteous and professional manner. Inform visitors of the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support and the advantages of becoming a member.
  4. Assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections. Ensure the safety of the visiting public and respond calmly and professionally to emergencies. Follow institutional procedures and report any changes in the condition of the lighthouse or collection promptly to the site coordinator.
  5. Assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  6. Participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities. Update or modify tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  7. Assist in the office as needed, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  8. Assist with keeping the John Marshall House 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. Open and close the site, if trained and required to do so.
  10. 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.

John Marshall House interpreters report to site coordinator and are responsible for other duties, as assigned. 

The position is as-scheduled, but interpreters can expect to work 20-90 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 johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org. Position is open until filled. EOE. 

Smith's Fort Plantation Interpreter

The position of Smith's Fort Museum Interpreter is a part-time, hourly position without benefits. Located in Surry, VA, the Smith's Fort site contains both an 18th century manor 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:

  • Provide accurate and well organized tours of the house and site to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.
  • Welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  • Represent Smith’s Fort and Preservation Virginia to visitors and behave in a courteous and professional manner at all times. Inform visitors of the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support and the advantages of becoming a member.
  • Assist in providing security and care for the site, building and collections. Help ensure the safety of the visiting public and respond calmly and professionally to emergencies. Follow institutional procedures and report any changes in the condition of the house or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  • Assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, which are often held on evenings and weekends.
  • Participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities. Update or modify tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  • Assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, including answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  • 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.
  • Open and close the house, if trained and required to do so.
  • Welcome visitors into the museum store, encourage sales, 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 the Smith’s Fort Site Coordinator and are responsible for other duties, as assigned. The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 16-30 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 smithsfortplantation@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:

  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 Patrick Henry's Scotchtown 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 Patrick Henry's Scotchtown 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.

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

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.