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.

Curator of Collections

Position Type: Full-Time 

Salary: $45,000-$50,000 

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. 

General Responsibilities: 

The Curator of Collections is responsible for the care, documentation, acquisitions, and conservation of Preservation Virginia’s fine and decorative arts collection. The position assists with the development of storylines, labeling, and object content for interpretive exhibitions. The position is expected to research and share 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 a closely related field, a master’s degree is preferred. The candidate must have a strong understanding of best practices in collections management. They should have familiarity with and the ability to interpret histories of enslavement. Deep knowledge of material culture, especially 17th-19th century southern interiors, is key. History of publications and presentations is a plus. Ability to conduct genealogy and research on individuals associated with sites, both free and enslaved. 

 

General Description: 

  • Cares for, researches, and develops the Preservation Virginia fine and decorative arts collection; assumes responsibility for exhibitions, research, publications, acquisitions, and donor stewardship related to the collection. Works collaboratively with the Manager of Statewide Education and site coordinators to use the collection as a starting point for interpretive programs and tours.
  • Ensures that objects in Preservation Virginia collection are properly documented, including the development of appropriate written and photographic data for the creation of a full catalog record in paper and digital forms.
  • Assists with documentation, including the development of appropriate written and photographic data, for historic interior projects.
  • Maintains collections on display and in storage.
  • Establishes conservation priorities, works with the development department on grants and funding needs, and executes conservation treatment requests; assists with the establishment of priorities and participates in discussions about proposed treatments.
  • Researches and shares findings relating to Preservation Virginia collections, historic interiors, and the household accessories collections through publications, presentations, and social media. 
  • Researches the lives of enslaved and free occupants of the Preservation Virginia historic sites to improve the depth and integrity of interpretation.
  • Trains site coordinators and interpreters in coordination with Director of Museum Operations and Preservation Services Project Manager, in best practices for collections management.
  • Develops professional relationships with current and potential donors to further the development of funding for Preservation Virginia’s collection and interpretation.
  • Develops professional relationships with colleagues at other institutions and related fields in order to keep abreast of current scholarship.
  • Supervises the work of interns and volunteers as required. 
  • Undertakes other tasks and assignments as appropriate.

To Apply: 

Send resume with cover letter and two writing samples to Jennifer Hurst-Wender, director of museum operations at jhurstwender@preservationvirginia.org . No phone calls, please. EOE.

Preservation Craftsperson

Preservation Virginia seeks a skilled Preservation Craftsperson who will work as part of Preservation Virginia’s architecture team to maintain our nine historic sites across the Commonwealth. Preservation Virginia properties range in location from Hanover County (Scotchtown) to the City of Virginia Beach (Cape Henry Lighthouse) and span from 1607 (Jamestowne) to 1835 (Tucker Brothers’ Store).   In addition, the architecture staff works on select contractual projects for historically significant structures throughout the state.  This position reports to the Senior Craftsperson and is supervised by the Preservation Projects Manager.

This position is a hands-on job that includes rough and fine carpentry, masonry, plastering, painting, glazing, roofing, and a variety of other trades specific to historical structures.   The successful candidate will support the mission and vision of Preservation Virginia and be willing to produce project documentation, write blogs and articles and speak to the public about their work.  They will be able to be based within driving distance of Jamestowne and/or Bacon’s Castle, where Preservation Virginia’s workshops are located. The position requires experience preserving historical architecture, a firm knowledge of traditional building materials and construction, and the ability to perform a wide range of preservation-specific repair techniques.  

 

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum three years experience in historic preservation.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately produce time and material estimates.
  • Ability to read architectural drawings, schematics, shop drawings, and blueprints
  • Experience repairing and preserving historical architectural fabric consistent with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.
  • Ability to identify different periods of construction through analysis of tool marks, materials, and construction techniques.  
  • Ability to generate architectural documentation and project reports
  • Familiarity with the architectural history of Virginia
  • Ability to Lift, carry, push, and pull object(s) weighing up to 75 pounds
  • Valid Driver’s License; ability to provide your own personal transportation and capability to operate company vehicles and trailers
  • Ability to travel and work throughout the state of Virginia with occasional overnight stays
  • Work in outdoor environments year round and safely work from ladders and scaffolding.
  • Effectively and safely operate a variety of trade tools and equipment.
  • Basic computer, email, and digital camera skills.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in other trades including painting, roofing, metalwork, plastering, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work
  •  Academic training in historic preservation or related fields.

Position Type: Full-Time 

Salary: $42-45,000

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 download the position description, click Preservation Craftsperson

To apply, send cover letter and resume to elitchford@preservationvirginia.org Position is open until filled. EOE.

Junior Preservation Craftsperson

Preservation Virginia seeks a skilled Preservation Craftsperson who will work as part of Preservation Virginia’s architecture team to perform repairs and maintenance on our nine historic sites across the Commonwealth. Preservation Virginia properties range in location from Hanover County (Scotchtown) to the City of Virginia Beach (Cape Henry Lighthouse) and span 1607 (Jamestowne) to 1835 (Tucker Brothers’ Store).   In addition, the architecture staff works on select contractual projects for historically significant structures throughout the state.  This position reports to the Senior Craftsperson and is supervised by the Preservation Project Manager.  

This position is a hands-on job that includes rough and fine carpentry, masonry, plastering, painting, glazing, roofing, and a variety of other trades specific to historical structures.   The successful candidate will support the mission and vision of Preservation Virginia and be willing to produce project documentation,  write blogs and articles and speak on camera and to the public about their work.  They will be able to be based within driving distance to Jamestowne and/or Bacon’s Castle, where Preservation Virginia’s workshops are located.  Basic skills in masonry and/or carpentry and working knowledge of traditional building materials and construction are required.  Experience with preservation-specific repair techniques and architectural documentation is preferred.  This position provides on-the-job training and experience preserving 17th,18th, and 19th century Virginia architecture and an applicant with an appetite to increase their skill levels is a must. 

 

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with traditional building materials and methods.
  • Ability to Lift, carry, push, and pull object(s) weighing up to 75 pounds
  • Valid Driver’s License; ability to provide your own personal transportation and capability to operate company vehicles and trailers
  • Ability to travel and work throughout the state of Virginia with occasional overnight stays
  • Prior carpentry and/or masonry work experience or equivalent training.
  • Work in outdoor environments year round and safely work from ladders and scaffolding.
  • Effectively and safely operate a variety of trade tools and equipment.
  • Basic computer, email, and digital camera skills.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in other trades including painting, roofing, metalwork, plastering, HVAC, plumbing, or electrical work
  • Academic training in historic preservation or related fields
  • Knowledge and experience repairing and preserving historical architectural fabric consistent with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.
  • Ability to read architectural drawings, schematics, shop drawings, and blueprints
  • Familiarity with the architectural history of Virginia
  • Ability to generate architectural documentation and project reports
  • Experience in other trades including painting, roofing, metalwork, plastering, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work
  • Ability to identify different periods of construction through analysis of tool marks, material use and construction techniques.  

Position Type: Full-Time 

Salary: $35-38,000

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 download the position description, click Junior Preservation Craftsperson

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to elitchford@preservationvirginia.org Position is open until filled. EOE.

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- 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- 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.