Jobs & Internships

Preservation Virginia has staff across the Commonwealth advocating on behalf of historic places, interpreting the sites we own and operate and working with local communities. If you’re interested in joining our team, review our current job openings and follow the instructions to apply.

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 like working with and speaking to the public for several
hours at a time and operate a cash register. 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 extant buildings and garden to the general public, tour groups, and
school groups.
2. Interpreters welcome the public, sell 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
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 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.
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.

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 18-90 hours per
month.

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, 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.

Read the full Smith’s Fort Plantation Job Description. To apply, click here and print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to smithsfort@preservationvirginia.org. The 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 capehenry@preservationvirginia.org. Position is open until filled. EOE.