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.

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.

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

The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 8-30 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 capehenry@preservationvirginia.org. Position is open until filled. EOE.

 

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown- Interpreter

Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

Scotchtown is the only original standing home of Patrick Henry, known as the “orator of the American Revolution,” open to the public. Henry lived here from 1771 to 1778 and conceived his most influential revolutionary ideas at the home, including his famous “Liberty or Death” speech. 

Interpreters will primarily be responsible for leading 45 minute – 1 hour long guided tours of Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and serving as front-line staff in the museum shop. Museum Educators will engage diverse audiences in topics to include but not limited to: the history of Patrick Henry, and the social, political, and cultural history of the transition from colonialism through revolution to Early Republic periods including the complexities of gender, race, and slavery. Museum Educators will receive all training, including historical background, best practices in public history, historic interpretation, and tour techniques, and other necessary information for success in the position.

To see full position description, click here: Scotchtown Interpreter Position

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to dburnett@preservationvirginia.org. The position is open until filled. 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.

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.

 

Historical Highway Marker Program Research Intern

Preservation Virginia and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) are partnering to enrich and update the inventory of the Commonwealth’s Historic Highway Marker Program with new and updated markers focused on the contributions of Virginia Indians, African Americans, and other diverse communities to our history. Follow the link below for more information.

Internship Announcement and Application Form