Apply now to become a paid Preserve WV AmeriCorps member! The
Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is recruiting members for full-time and
half-time service at sites throughout West Virginia. Among other
benefits, members will receive a biweekly living allowance and an
educational award (payable toward tuition or federal student loans).
9/2018 UPDATE: Full-time and half-time service opportunities are
still open, with new members able to start after the program's main
orientation on August 28, 2018. Late-start full-time slots will end 11.5
to 12 months after the start date, and late-start half-time slots will
end August 27, 2019. (Renewal is possible for a second term.)
The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is the Preservation Alliance of
West Virginia’s statewide service initiative where members help main
streets thrive, help communities capture their local history, and help
preserve beloved West Virginia landmarks. The purpose of the Preserve WV
AmeriCorps program is to implement historic preservation and heritage
tourism projects throughout WV by way of historic resource reuse,
improvement, and interpretation. A historic resource could be a
building, museum/archival collection, structure, landscape, or historic
district / downtown commercial district. Members' service will emphasize
community development and revitalization through projects focused on
historic preservation, volunteer management, and cultural heritage
Members will be placed with individual sites across the state,
ranging from museums and archives to Main Street organizations and city
agencies. Preserve WV AmeriCorps offers 2 main categories of site
placements for members: Museums, Archives, and Heritage Sites; and
Historic Districts, Revitalization Sites, and Thematic Regional Sites.
Within those categories, each site has individual needs. A detailed
description of all sites and their specific task lists (plus more
information about the program) will be provided to applicants upon
receipt of the initial application; alternately, you can email
dlapresta-at-pawv.org for a copy in advance.
All members’ duties will include some combination of the following:
* Increase site capacity by recruiting and training volunteers.
* Preserve and enhance site quality through collections management, collections care/maintenance, and preservation activities.
* Increase sites’ public utilization by creating new exhibits;
developing and leading site tours; conducting living history
demonstrations; assisting patrons with research; planning/managing
events; organizing beautification or public art projects; and creating
* Provide assistance to sites by creating/revising policies;
performing outreach marketing; researching/writing Clio entries;
creating interpretive or wayfinding signage; completing preservation
needs assessments; completing National Register of Historic Places
nominations and state Historic Property Inventory forms; completing
multi-building inventories; and doing project-specific, non-federal
fundraising (10% of time or less).
* Required: Propose, organize, and participate in 2
community-service-oriented, volunteer-based, Civic Service Projects. One
must be preservation-related.
* Complete the My AmeriCorps application at https://my.americorps.gov and submit it under the Preserve WV AmeriCorps listing.
* Review the site descriptions and task lists (supplied via email on
request or after receipt of the application or your Indeed.com
information) and email a cover letter to dlapresta-at-pawv.org
explaining sites of interest & why you would like to serve at those
sites & be a good fit for service. Applicants can apply to more than
one site at once, using the same letter. If desired, applicants can
attach a resume or CV.
* Complete a questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6WFJ6MN
* Once the My AmeriCorps application, questionnaire, and cover letter
have all been submitted, the applicant will be considered for a phone