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.

Site Coordinator at Cape Henry Lighthouse

Position Summary

Under the guidance of the Director of Museum Operations and Education, 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 the site in the community, and successful performance of the museum store.

This is a full-time year round position with  that will require weekend work.  It also requires supervision of the interpretive staff on site, including hiring and firing decisions, close coordination with statewide staff in the Richmond office, operation of a wide range of electronic communication and data collection, and coordination with the military surrounding the site.

Duties of the position include:

  • Monitoring the historic structure as well as all support structures on the property. This includes attending to the appearance of the grounds, stairs, walls, etc. and notifying the Director of Preservation Services of any maintenance needs of the site.
  • Ensuring compliance with financial and accounting policies at Cape Henry to ensure adequate security and control of monetary and inventory assets maintained at the site to prevent loss, theft or misuse of those assets.
  • Following all of the procedures and policies of Preservation Virginia including those for maintenance, preservation, care of collections, care of live animals, disaster preparedness, filming, facilities use etc.
  • 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.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Employee Manual and that employee records are current and complete and have been forwarded to the Finance Office
  • Managing site operations to ensure budgeted goals for expenses, as well as admissions and retail sales are achieved annually.
  • Ensuring proper and accurate interpretation at the property by recruiting and selecting, training, evaluating, and monitoring interpretive staff. All staff, including those with primary duty in the Museum Store are considered interpretive staff and must be fully knowledgeable of the history and significance of the site.
  • Scheduling and supervising the interpretive staff (paid or volunteer).
  • Coordinating customer service training for all staff
  • Performing annual evaluations of interpretive staff
  • Promoting and ensuring promotion by interpretive staff of membership and gift card programs to reach the stated goals of the site.
  • 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 military, the City of Virginia Beach, tourism organizations, historical and cultural attractions, etc.
  • 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.

Salary: $32,000-$36,000

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to jhurstwender@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, 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.

 

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)

Project Name: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

2-03-2020

NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE PROPOSERS:

Preservation Virginia is seeking a qualified Virginia Tribal consultant to assist Preservation Virginia in facilitation of NAGPRA to include; facilitation of meetings, training, consultation, review of inventories and summaries. To work closely with staff and the Tribes to develop an education opportunity (internships) and understanding of the archaeological collection and to help develop internal procedures for handling repatriation claims, updating inventories and summaries.

The ideal candidate will be well versed in the cultural heritage of the Virginia Tribal communities as well as have an extensive knowledge of material culture and be an excellent communicator and facilitator. You are invited to review and respond to this Request for Proposal (RFP) by contacting Will Glasco at wglasco@preservationvirginia.org.

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.

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, sell tickets, gift shop merchandise and memberships, and provide tours.
  3. Interpreters represent Smith’s Fort 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 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.
  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.

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 18-90 hours per month.  

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.

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown Interpreter

Through programs and tours of the site, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown’s historic interpreters promote dialogue and historical perspective about the American Revolution, liberty and human rights by examining 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.

Read the Scotchtown Site Interpreter 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 scotchtown@preservationvirginia.org. The position is open until filled. EOE.

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.

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 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 johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org. The position is open until filled. EOE.