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.

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.

Development Coordinator

The development coordinator is responsible for implementing external communications for Preservation Virginia. This role incorporates both marketing and development responsibilities, including management of the donor database and acknowledgement letters, social media campaigns and website. The development coordinator also assists in development-related event planning. This position reports to the director of development.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. In coordination with the annual fund manager, maintain and update the donor database. Process donations and acknowledgements of gifts and pledges. This includes recording gifts in donor records, preparing and mailing acknowledgements and other necessary documentation for review by the annual fund manager.
  2. Curate Preservation Virginia’s social media channels. Brainstorm and produce creative content, and monitor, moderate and respond to audience comments when necessary; manage social media partnerships with other brands; and create and/or post shareable images and videos.
  3. Work with programs managers to ensure all messaging aligns with key strategies as outlined in the strategic plan and marketing plans
  4. Main point of contact for website updates on preservationvirginia.org. Work with management team to determine content needs and secure copy and images as necessary
  5. Work with subject matter experts provide content needed for various campaigns
  6. Update the communications calendar in preparation for management team meetings
  7. Brainstorm and collaborate with teams and various departments to generate new ideas and coordinate strategies for carrying them out
  8. Main point of contact for social media needs at five of Preservation Virginia’s historic sites, including Bacon’s Castle, Cape Henry Lighthouse, the John Marshall House, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and Smith’s Fort. Monitor activity on historic sites’ social media pages and offer support and coaching to site coordinators
  9. Work with historic sites and programs managers to update relevant community calendars for upcoming events
  10. Assist in cultivation and stewardship events, including invitations design, maintaining RSVPs, securing catering and other responsibilities
  11. Assists donors as needed and participates in the overall success of the development department
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required with 2-3 years’ experience in non-profit development or marketing. Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects. Experience with technologies and best practices for campaigns across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.  Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work with and motivate other professionals and volunteers. Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Ability to work independently with little supervision. Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Experience with Raiser’s Edge database and graphic design preferred.

Salary: $35,000-$38,000

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume electronically to wglasco@preservationvirginia.org.

 

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.

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.