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.

Director of Preservation Initiatives and Engagement

General Responsibilities: The Director of Preservation Initiatives and Engagement is responsible for managing and directing Preservation Virginia’s advocacy and public policy program. The position supports the organization’s exploration of new approaches to preservation by engaging diverse communities and connecting historic sites and resources to today’s activities. The director will implement the comprehensive advocacy plan for the organization; related programming includes the Most Endangered Historic Places, Preservation Awards and educational seminars and conferences, and develop publications, action alerts and other written communications. The director manages a team of two professionals and works collaboratively with the marketing, development and museum operations team. The director works to raise awareness among developers, government officials, partner organizations and communities to find solutions that preserve history and allow for growth and development. Reports to the Chief Executive Officer in coordination with the Public Policy Committee.

Qualifications: This position requires a master’s degree and a minimum of three years of experience in a related field. Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work with and motivate other professionals and volunteers and an entrepreneurial spirit. Excellent verbal and written communications skills to speak effectively in small and large groups. Ability to read and interpret complex documents, such as public policy and legal preservation documents and to synthesize into understandable reports and communications. Ability to manage and coordinate statewide work. Travel is required.

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 three writing samples to info@preservationvirginia.org or by mail to Preservation Virginia, 204 West Franklin St. Richmond VA 23220. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Public Relations Manager

General Responsibilities: The Public Relations Manager is responsible for coordinating Preservation Virginia’s marketing and public relations program. The manager will implement the comprehensive marketing and public relations plan for the organization, which includes electronic and print communications, media relations, advertising, promotions and community outreach with the purpose of increasing public awareness of Preservation Virginia’s programs and services and supporting the earned income capacity of the organization. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Public Relations Manager will work closely with the Directors of Museum Operations and Preservation Initiatives and Engagement, and coordinate with the development team on messaging and audience.

Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of experience in marketing and public relations. Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work with and motivate other professionals and volunteers. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with particular attention to editing and accuracy. Ability to self-start and work independently with little supervision. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite including Publisher. Experience with multiple social media platforms and MailChimp or other email marketing program. Familiarity with photo and video editing software a bonus.

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 three 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.