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.  Position requires significant outside work in both hot and cold weather, requires energy and physical stamina, ability to walk and climb a substantial quantity of stairs, operate a cash register, 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.

The 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. Provide accurate and well-organized walking tours of the 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 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. 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 may be asked to assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events often held on weekends.
  6. 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. Assist in the office as needed, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  8. Assist with keeping Cape Henry Lighthouse clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas clean (taking out the trash, sweeping the museum store, restrooms and steps daily).
  9. Open and close the site if authorized and required to do so.

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

$12 per hour. The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 16-120 hours per month.  

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.

Cape Henry Lighthouse- Shuttle Bus Driver

Description

To ensure safe, reliable, efficient, and guest friendly transportation services to and from JEBLCFS Fort Story Gate 8 at 89th and Atlantic Ave. to Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse at 583 Atlantic Ave. To serve as a superior guest service provider, offering friendly and informative exchanges with our guests.

Essential Functions

  • Perform daily safety and mechanical inspections of the shuttle buses and accessible lifts.
  • Deliver superior guest services to all of our guests.
  • Clean and maintain the shuttle buses, creating a professional and neat appearance.
  • Report safety and mechanical problems to the Site Coordinator and Transportation Team Leader.
  • Greet guests in a polite, friendly and welcoming manner.
  • Answer guest questions fully and professionally.
  • Taking feedback from your supervisors in a positive manner and following their directions.
  • Operate the shuttle bus in a safe manner at all times, fully complying with all Preservation Virginia, Commercial Driver’s License, and federal department of transportation rules and regulations.
  • Drive for special events as needed and required.
  • Safely operating a wheel chair lift.
  • Maintain a neat and professional appearance at all times.
  • Driving during and assisting with after-hour and large scale special events as needed.
  • Insure vehicles are regularly maintained per the maintenance schedule developed by the Transportation Team Leader.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Commercial Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement
    • Ability to operate up to a 25 passenger shuttle bus in a safe manner
    • Ability to operate a handicap accessible lift
    • Basic knowledge of ADA Requirements
    • Ability to use basic automotive cleaning supplies and equipment
    • Knowledge of City of Virginia Beach, State and Federal Department of Transportation rules and regulations.
    • Ability to perform a pre-trip and post-trip safety and mechanical inspection
    • Basic bus mechanical knowledge needed to assist in describing problems and assisting in diagnosis.
    • The ability to vocally convey standard script on microphone while operating a shuttle bus.
    • Safe driving record (verifiable)
    • Ability to pass federal background check to gain access to JEBLCFS
    • Exemplary guest service skills
    • Team Player
    • Ability to interact and engage with diverse populations and resolve complaints through established procedures.
    • Basic knowledge of tourism industry and local attractions
    • Ability to use email and operate a time clock
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Interpersonal skills – communicates effectively
    • Punctuality (reliability)

Physical Demands and Work Considerations

  • Weekday and weekend work required, including holidays.
  • Must adhere to Preservation Virginia’s dress code requirements at all times
  • Must be able to drive in inclement weather conditions as well as stand outside the bus assisting and greeting guests during inclement weather.

Education

High School Diploma, GED or some college or equivalent work experience.

$15 per hour

The position is as-scheduled but shuttle drivers can expect to work 16-120 hours per month.  

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.

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- Museum Educator

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. 

Position Title: Museum Educator (Part-time, hourly, ineligible for benefits) 

Hourly Rate: $12

Available Hours: As-scheduled; Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is open to the public Friday-Sunday, ability to work at least one of those days each week is desired. Potential to work 22 – 80 hours a month. Additional group visits may fall Monday-Thursday. 

Reports To: Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown Interpretation Coordinator

The primary roles of Museum Educators will be to lead 45 minute – 1 hour tours of the manor house at Scotchtown and staffing the museum store. Museum Educators will engage diverse audiences in topics to include but not limited to: the history of Patrick Henry and his impact on the Early Republic and social, political, and cultural history of the Early Republic period to include that of the complexities of gender, race, and slavery. Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown also provides all necessary training in the subject matter, best practices in historic interpretation and tour techniques, as well as opportunities for program developmen

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Must be over 18 years old.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds.
  • Ability to climb up and down stairs repeatedly and to stand on feet for several hours at a time.
  • Obtained or in-progress: Bachelor’s degree in history, education, public history, political science, or related field; or equivalent experience.
  • Must enjoy engaging and speaking with diverse public audiences, both youth and adults. 
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Dedication to providing excellent customer service. 
  • Prior knowledge of American history, including 18th and 19th century society, politics and law, war, gender, race, and slavery preferred. 
  • Experience in giving public tours and/or public speaking, and experience operating a cash register/point-of-sale system preferred.
  • Availability to work Friday-Sunday and occasionally other days for student field trips and group tours. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Open and close the site through performance of routine duties.  
  • Lead 45 minute long guided tours to diverse audiences including student field trips and adult group tours. 
  • Serve as front-line museum staff. 
  • Greet guests to Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, sell admission, facilitate museum shop purchases, and provide excellent customer service. 
  • Answer museum phone and monitor museum email account and online tour booking reservations. 
  • Perform regular cleaning of public and staff spaces including museum shop floors, counters, bathrooms, and emptying trash cans. Maintain Covid-19 levels of sanitation and precautions in all public spaces.
  • Assist with student field trips and group tours by providing group instruction and leading tours. 
  • Reserve public tours of Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown via phone, email, and online reservation page. 
  • Occasionally serve as appointed Manager on Duty when neither Interpretation Coordinator or Site Coordinator are present on-site. 
  • Help monitor physical maintenance of house, property, and historic collection and follow established protocols when issues arise. 
  • Engage with the public by answering questions and pursuing conversations. 
  • Assist with special events on-site and virtually as needed, usually on evenings and weekends, such as focus tours, lectures, etc. 

 

Job Opportunities:

  • Facilitate field trip and group tour programs and presentations. 
  • Assist in content development and research for educational programs and activities. 
  • Contribute written content to Preservation Virginia blog and Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown social media accounts. 
  • Expand Scotchtown’s research and knowledge of associated histories.

To see full position description, click here: Museum Educator Job Description

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Patrick Laird at plaird@preservationvirginia.org The position is open until filled. EOE.

Smith’s Fort – Historic 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.

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 operating 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 courteously and professionall.  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 the 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.  

 

To apply, click here and print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to baconscastle@preservationvirginia.org. The position is open until filled. EOE.

John Marshall House- Museum Educator

Located in downtown Richmond, the John Marshall House is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation. Home to the Great Chief Justice, the 1790 John Marshall House is significant for its remarkable preservation and architectural form, and for its outstanding collection of Marshall family and Richmond-made objects. The property also existed as an urban site of forced labor for over 60 enslaved individuals during John Marshall’s residence from 1790 to 1835.

Position Title: Museum Educator (Part-time, hourly, ineligible for benefits)
Hourly Rate: $12 ($12.50 after completing paid training)
Available Hours: As-scheduled; the John Marshall House is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday. Potential to work 7.5 – 80 hours a month.
Reports To: Preservation Virginia Education Manager

Position Description: Museum Educators will primarily be responsible for leading 45-60 minute long guided tours of the historic John Marshall House and serving as front-line staff in the museum. Museum Educators will engage diverse audiences in topics to include but is not limited to: the history of Chief Justice John Marshall and his legal legacies on the US Supreme Court (1801-1835), and social, political, and cultural history of colonial and Early America to include that of the complexities of gender, race, and slavery. Museum Educators will also provide virtual presentations to public and private audiences, present outreach programs in the community, and assist with special events. Museum Educators will receive all necessary training in Marshall and related histories, best practices in public history, historic interpretation, and tour techniques, among other necessary information to perform the position.

       Desired Qualifications:

  • Must be over 18 years old.
  • Obtained or in-progress: Bachelor’s degree in history, education, public history, political science, or related field; or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds.
  • Ability to climb up and down stairs repeatedly and to stand on feet for several hours at a time.
  • Must enjoy engaging and speaking with diverse public audiences, both youth and adults.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  •  Dedication to providing excellent customer service.
  • Prior knowledge of American history, including 18th and 19th century society, politics and law, war, gender, and race and slavery preferred.
  • Experience giving public tours and/or public speaking, and experience operating a cash register/point-of-sale system preferred.
  • Availability to work hours during Wednesday-Sunday and occasionally other days for student field trips and group tours, as well as 1-2 evenings a month providing virtual presentations.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Open and close John Marshall House museum through performance of routine duties.
  • Lead 45-60 minute guided tours to diverse audiences including student field trips and adult grouptours.
  • Serve as front-line museum staff.
  • Greet guests to the John Marshall House, sell admission, facilitate museum shop purchases, promote Preservation Virginia memberships, and provide excellent customer service.
  • Be an ambassador for Preservation Virginia’s mission, work, and other historic sites.
  • Answer museum phone and monitor museum email account and online tour booking reservations.
  • Perform regular cleaning of public and staff spaces including museum shop floors, counters, bathrooms, staff kitchen, house porches, and emptying trash cans.
  • Assist with student field trips and group tours by (including but not limited to) greeting teachers, parents, and group representatives; providing group instruction; leading tours and programs.
  • Reserve public tours of the John Marshall House via phone, email, and online reservation page.
  • Occasionally serve as appointed Manager on Duty when Education Manager is not present on-site.
  • Help monitor physical maintenance of house, property, and historic collection and follow established protocols when issues arise.
  • Engage with the public by answering questions and pursuing conversations.
  • Assist with special events on-site and virtually as needed, usually on evenings and weekends, such as focus tours, lectures, etc.Other Opportunities:
  • Assist in content development and research for educational programs and activities.
  • Contribute written content to Preservation Virginia blog and John Marshall House social media accounts.
  • Expand John Marshall House research and knowledge of associated histories.
  • Participate in lectures and webinars.To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with two references to Preservation Virginia Education Manager, Meika Downey, at mdowney@preservationvirginia.org by December 16, 2022.