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 Craftsperson

Preservation Virginia seeks a skilled Preservation Craftsperson who will work as part of Preservation Virginia’s architecture team to continue to maintain our nine historic sites across the Commonwealth. The list of 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, known as fee-for-service projects.  This position reports to the Senior Craftsperson. All projects are designated and overseen by the Preservation Specialist/Project Manager.

The successful candidate will support the mission and vision of Preservation Virginia and be willing and able to document projects via preservation reports, 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 Bacon’s Castle, where Preservation Virginia’s workshops are located. They will have hands-on 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, material use and construction techniques.  
  • Ability to generate architectural documentation and project reports
  • A 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 with generous benefits package including health and dental insurance, 401k, professional development opportunities and paid leave.

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 Junior Preservation Craftsperson who will work as part of Preservation Virginia’s architecture team to continue to maintain our nine historic sites across the Commonwealth. The list of 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, known as fee-for-service projects.  This position reports to the Senior Craftsperson. All projects are designated and overseen by the Preservation Specialist/Project Manager.

The successful candidate will support the mission and vision of Preservation Virginia and be willing and able to document projects via preservation reports, 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 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.  Experience with preservation specific repair techniques  and architectural documentation are prefered.  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 with generous benefits package including health and dental insurance, 401k, professional development opportunities and paid leave.

To download the position description, click Junior Preservation Craftsperson

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

 

Community Outreach Manager

Position Description:
Preservation Virginia is seeking an energetic self-starter to join a collaborative team to support individuals and groups intent on saving, preserving and sharing the undertold history of Virginia’s historic places. The Community Outreach Manager works internally and externally to advise on best practices in historic preservation and community-based preservation initiatives. The Community Outreach Manager supports efforts to increase inclusivity, broaden community audiences and engagement, and expand represented history. The position will support and expand a network of organizations, communities and individuals committed to preserving historic African American and Virginia Indian sites, as well as coordinate the exploration of partnership efforts in the Petersburg region to explore opportunities for case studies related to communities of underrepresented history, urban planning, economic policies and revitalization. The position will also coordinate and administer Preservation Virginia’s launching of an African American Fellows program.  

Qualifications:
The successful candidate will be an innovative thinker, results oriented and well organized with a minimum of a four-year college or university with a degree in historic preservation, urban or rural planning or a similar field of study complementary to community revitalization. Strong writing and oral communication skills and a working knowledge of historic preservation practices are essential, as are two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or community preservation program. Hours will vary depending on initiatives and may require after hours, evening and weekend work. Candidates must have a valid Virginia driver’s license and have access to their own vehicle as this position involves travel statewide. 

Because of the nature of statewide preservation work, Preservation Virginia offers flexible and hybrid work arrangements depending on the role and the employee. 

Additional Considerations

  • Experience providing technical preservation or planning assistance to municipalities, community groups, and/or individuals.
  • Demonstrable experience interpreting and applying National Park Service guidance and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Experience in outreach and public speaking, preparing and delivering public presentations.
  • Experience in writing and/or reviewing zoning, ordinances or preservation plans.
  • Demonstrate excellent ability working with a team of individuals and independently.
  • Demonstrate experience in determining the eligibility of resources for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Position Type: Full-Time with benefits 

Salary: $45,000-$50,000

To download the position description, click Community Outreach Manager

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Kat Driggs
kdriggs@preservationvirginia.org

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown- Interpretation Coordinator

 

Preservation Virginia seeks an enthusiastic, organized and motivated Interpretation Coordinator for Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown.

This is a part-time, year-round position that will require weekend work. $14 per hour 20-30 hours per week.

The ideal candidate with have exceptional communication skills and be able to enthusiastically represent Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and Preservation Virginia’s statewide initiatives to the interpretive staff, students and visitors.

The Interpretation Coordinator will primarily be responsible for the administration and management of the interpretive staff, including training, scheduling, interpretation, and educational programmatic development in coordination with site coordinator and state-wide museum operations staff.

This is a front-facing position and will require active interpretation to the public. This position will also lead 45 minute – 1 hour long guided tours of Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and serve as front-line staff in the museum shop. This position engages with diverse audiences on topics to include but not limited to: the history of Patrick Henry, and the social, political, and cultural history of the transition from colonialism through revolution to Early Republic periods including the complexities of gender, race, and slavery.

The Interpretation Coordinator will work with the Site Coordinator, and Museum Operations team to receive all training, including historical background, best practices in public history, historic interpretation, and tour techniques, and other necessary information for success in the position.

To see full position description, click here: https://preservationvirginia.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Interpetation-Coordinator-Scotchtown-.docx.pdf : Interpretation Coordinator Job Description

To apply, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your cover letter and resume to dburnett@preservationvirginia.org.

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.

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

The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 8-30 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.

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.

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

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. 

Interpreters will primarily be responsible for leading 45 minute – 1 hour long guided tours of Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and serving as front-line staff in the museum shop. Museum Educators will engage diverse audiences in topics to include but not limited to: the history of Patrick Henry, and the social, political, and cultural history of the transition from colonialism through revolution to Early Republic periods including the complexities of gender, race, and slavery. Museum Educators will receive all training, including historical background, best practices in public history, historic interpretation, and tour techniques, and other necessary information for success in the position.

To see full position description, click here: Scotchtown Interpreter Position

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to dburnett@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.

Historical Highway Marker Program Research Intern

Preservation Virginia and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) are partnering to enrich and update the inventory of the Commonwealth’s Historic Highway Marker Program with new and updated markers focused on the contributions of Virginia Indians, African Americans, and other diverse communities to our history. Follow the link below for more information.

Internship Announcement and Application Form