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2019 Maine Preservation Summer Fellows Program, Maine Preservation (Portland, ME)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Maine, summer, internship, preservation, window, timber framing
Contributed By: Sarah Hansen
Website: http://mainepreservation.org

2019 Maine Preservation Summer Fellows Program, Maine Preservation (Portland, ME)
Become a Maine Preservation Summer Fellow!

Spend the summer in Maine working to save historic buildings! Maine Preservation, the statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization, is offering four Summer Fellowship positions for students of historic preservation and related fields in conjunction with the preservation trades and professions. Fellowships span 9 weeks in the summer, split between 5 weeks hands-on site work with a trades firm and 4 weeks of organizational work at Maine Preservation’s headquarters at the historic Captain Reuben Merrill House (1858) in Yarmouth, about 10 miles north of Portland.

Trades Partners

Preservation Timber Framing, headed by Arron Sturgis, a past president and current member of Maine Preservation’s Board of Trustees, repairs and restores 18th and 19th century barns, steeples, museums and houses.

Bagala Window Works, headed by Marc Bagala, has restored historic windows and doors from houses, churches, commercial blocks, etc. since 1988. Marc also designed and manufactures large-scale steam stripping machines.

Assignments and projects at the trade/professional sites will be made according to the Summer Fellow’s skill set and the projects available at the time.

Work at Headquarters

Responsibilities at Maine Preservation’s headquarters include research and professional writing along with event and advocacy orchestration. Special projects this summer include:

- Most Endangered Historic Places and Honor Awards: solicit, research and help coordinate 2019 Most Endangered Historic Places list and the 2019 Honor Awards

- Protect & Sell Program: assist with documentation and marketing of historic properties for sale through this program

- Field Services with exposure to activities including easement inspections and recording, site visits and documentation of endangered steeples and historic rehabilitation tax credit projects.

- Potential for field survey work and updating a National Register historic district nomination

Compensation

Fellows will be compensated at $12 per hour during their 4 weeks at Maine Preservation headquarters and between $10-$12 per hour during their 5 weeks with our trades partners.

Housing & Transportation

Housing and transportation will be the responsibility of the Summer Fellow. Maine Preservation is located at 233 West Main Street near the Yarmouth village, 10 miles northeast of Portland on Interstate 295. Transportation will also be required to get to the trades site each day, which can be up to an hour away from Portland (carpooling is common, but not guaranteed).
 
Benefits of a Summer Fellowship include exposure to the preservation field, both to the tangible applications of construction and repair, and to the program, policy and advocacy side of preservation. Fellows will be introduced to the preservation professional’s community, policy makers, preservation consultants, supporters and donors, and allied organizations in the field. Fellows will gain important practical knowledge of how preservation businesses run and how preservation nonprofits function. An academic or professional background in preservation is encouraged and some experience related to the professional or trades placement is advantageous. A good sense of humor is essential.  

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Sarah Hansen at
sarah@mainepreservation.org by Friday, March 15, 2019. Please include in the
cover letter:

(1) a brief introduction of your background

(2) a description of your relevant experience and skill set

(3) whether you have access to transportation and a Maine connection for the possibility of housing

(4) optimal 9-week timeframe between May and September when you are available

(5) why you’d like to work with Maine Preservation
 
After the application deadline has closed, Maine Preservation will review the applications with our partner trades organizations, and selected candidates will be interviewed by phone.


Keywords: Maine, summer, internship, preservation, window, timber framing

Posted: February 20, 2019
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