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Employment Opportunities, Jobs & Internships in Preservation & Cultural Resources
2018 Historic Preservation Intern
Greater Portland Landmarks seeks 4 Preservation Interns to provide support for our Director of Advocacy in conducting reconnaissance level surveys in Portland, a historic seaport city on the coast of Maine. Interns will be exposed to many facets of a community-based historic preservation organization through surveys, advocacy, activities and events.
As Portland rewrites its zoning code, addresses intense development pressure and plans for growth, information on historic neighborhoods and commercial areas will be essential to creating preservation-sensitive public policy. The team of interns will conduct field surveys and archival research, produce written and photographic
documentation, and complete data entry of survey information for historic 19th
and early 20th century neighborhoods in Portland. In addition, interns
will work on the Annual Awards Program that recognizes outstanding preservation
projects and leaders in the preservation movement, inspect easement properties,
attend selected civic and neighborhood meetings, and work with an enthusiastic
staff of preservation professionals.
·Conduct Reconnaissance Level Survey of properties in Portland according to Maine Historic Preservation Commission standards.
Photograph Historic resources with a digital camera.
Create and maintain maps of surveyed resources.
Enter field notes and photographs into Maine’s Cultural & Architectural Resource Management Archive and prepare for transmittal to Portland’s Historic Preservation Program.
Assist the Director of Advocacy with research for local historic district nominations.
Manage nominations process for 2018 Awards Program.
Research properties being considered for awards, maintain paper and electronic files, take media-quality photographs, and create short profile summaries for use in documenting and selecting nominated properties, individuals, and organizations.
Prepare pre-meeting information packets and Power Point presentations for selection process.
Attend meetings of the Advocacy, Education, and Awards Selection Committees. Draft minutes and meeting notes.
Opportunity to participate in a variety of preservation-related activities and community meetings.
Assist Director of Advocacy in inspecting Landmarks’ preservation easement properties; documenting condition of these properties.
Position reports to Director of Advocacy and Executive Director
Currently enrolled in, or have graduated from a graduate program in historic
preservation, urban planning, community development, American studies, American history or architectural history. Recent undergraduate college graduates will be considered but must have a very strong background in above areas and strong writing skills.
Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and National Register of Historic Preservation nomination standards is highly beneficial.
Experience in, or knowledge of, cultural resource surveys and research methods is
Applicant should have excellent interpersonal communication skills, the ability to
participate successfully as member of team-based environment, and the ability
to maintain confidentiality.
Solid office skills and use of Microsoft products (Office, Excel, Outlook, Power
Point). Familiarity with InDesign is beneficial.
Applicants should have excellent writing skills, be highly organized and efficient, and have an ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Ability to operate a digital camera and compose quality architecture and landscape
photographs is required.
A car is not required, but may be helpful. The applicant must be sufficiently
mobile to travel up and down city blocks for several hours at a time and to
Some familiarity with New England architecture is preferred but not required.
Honorarium: $3,000 for 10 weeks
Housing: If needed, housing is available in private homes.
Service Dates: June 4th - August 17th (some flexibility to accommodate college schedules)
Interested candidates please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the project, a resume, writing sample, photography samples, and three references by February 16, 2018 to: Hilary D. Bassett, Executive Director, Greater Portland Landmarks, email@example.com, Preservation Intern
in subject line. Electronic applications are preferred.
Greater Portland Landmarks Mission
preserve and revitalize Greater Portland’s remarkable legacy of historic
buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and parks.
Greater Portland residents and visitors will
appreciate, protect and support the historic fabric and
architecture of the community, thus enriching our lives and those of generations to come.
The maintenance and enhancement of our historic buildings, neighborhoods,
landscapes and parks support sustainability, spur economic development and help
to make Greater Portland one of the most vital communities in America.
The design, quality and condition of the built environment affect our sense of well-being, evoke the power of the past
and embody our aspirations for the future.
Historic structures can and should be adapted to fit modern uses while maintaining their integrity and character.
Education is essential to carry forward the stories and achievements of the past and to rally the public to preserve and revitalize Greater Portland’s legacy for the future.
Keywords: Internship, Historic Preservation, Maine, Portland
Posted: January 25, 2018
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