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.

Preservation Specialist/Project Manager

General Responsibilities: The Preservation Specialist/Project Manager is responsible for ensuring preservation and short and long-term maintenance plans for each Preservation Virginia property and works with external groups to advise and assist on fee-for-service projects. The position oversees and directs maintenance and capital projects at Preservation Virginia properties, including the budget and arrangements with external contractors. The Preservation Services Specialist supervises a team of two restoration craftspeople. The position reports to the Director of Museum Operations.

 Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in historic preservation and an understanding of historic buildings’ construction, care and maintenance. Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines. The successful candidate will have the ability to read and interpret complex documents, such as contracts and legal documents, as well blueprints and other plan documents; ability to write detailed reports and ability to speak effectively in small groups.

 Salary: Position is a full-time, salaried position. Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Preservation Virginia offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes, Medical, Health Savings Account with employer contribution, Dental, Life, Short & Long Term Disability, 403(b) plan with an employer match, paid time off and holiday pay.

To Apply: Send resume with cover letter and two writing samples to info@preservationvirginia.org or by mail to Preservation Virginia, 204 West Franklin St. Richmond VA 23220. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Curator of Collections

General Responsibilities: Curator of Collections is responsible for the care, documentation, acquisitions, and conservation of the objects in Preservation Virginia’s fine and decorative arts collection. The position assists with the development of storylines, labeling, and object content for interpretive and exhibitions. The position is expected to research and publish findings relating to historic interiors and collections resulting in presentations, publications and programs. The position reports to the Director of Museum Operations.

Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor’s degree in decorative arts, history or closely related field, a master’s degree is preferred. The candidate must have a strong knowledge of material culture, including fine arts, decorative arts, folk art, architectural history, and related subjects and developing research and writing skills. History of publications and presentations is a plus.

Salary: Position is a full-time, salaried position. Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Preservation Virginia offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes, Medical, Health Savings Account with employer contribution, Dental, Life, Short & Long Term Disability, 403(b) plan with an employer match, paid time off and holiday pay.

To Apply: Send resume with cover letter and two writing samples to info@preservationvirginia.org or by mail to Preservation Virginia, 204 West Franklin St. Richmond VA 23220. No phone calls, please. 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.

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.