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Field Services Manager, Maine Preservation (Yarmouth, ME)
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Field Services Manager at Maine Preservation

Maine Preservation (MP) seeks an experienced historic preservation professional to provide field services throughout the state. The Field Services Manager provides direct assistance to organizations, businesses, communities and individuals who are undertaking historic preservation projects or are working to revitalize downtowns and village centers The Field Services Manager will perform conditions assessments
of historic properties, make recommendations about appropriate maintenance and
treatment options, and engage with owners and contractors regarding proposals
to make alterations to protected properties. The Field Services Manager serves as an advocate for preservation promoting its entrepreneurial and economic-development potentials and builds relationships with communities, organizations, governmental entities, construction professionals and others to further the organization’s mission.  The position reports to the Executive Director.


• Efficiently respond to phone and email inquiries from a wide variety of constituents

• Conduct site visits to advance MP’s mission and project objectives

• Perform building pre-assessments and assessments, including for the Maine Steeples Fund

• Provide consultation to historic tax credit qualifying projects and other entrepreneurial-based projects

• Develop and execute training programs and materials in support of Maine Preservation’s mission, including sustainability planning, energy efficiency and climate change response

• Maintain MP easements: oversee or conduct annual inspections; review plans and draft comments, provide on-site inspections and offer advice during rehabilitation and maintenance cycles

• Advance the use of preservation-service-related programs including MP’s Protect & Sell and easement donation programs, historic tax credits, Most Endangered Historic Places, Honor Awards, and Old House Forum

• Oversee MP or contracted building rehabilitation projects

• Coordinate with Maine Historic Preservation Commission and other state agencies and local governments

• Provide advocacy advice and prepare and deliver testimony on local issues and assist with public policy and other issues in coordination with MP staff

• Communicate regularly with Maine Downtown Center, Greater Portland Landmarks, and other organizations and practitioners to stay abreast of related preservation efforts and issues, and coordinate services

• Develop and maintain resource lists of preservation-skilled professionals, contractors, trades people and consultants

• Write articles and synopses for MP communications, magazines and other publications and platforms

• Promote fundraising including sponsorships, Preservation Professionals, the Annual
Gala and solicitation of items for the silent auction and augment MP’s

• Identity and help develop grant proposals and reports in support of Maine Preservation programs 

• Manage program budgets and evaluations

• Help foster support for Maine Preservation: promote the organization in the field, develop and share prospects on a regular basis, and participate in other organization-building activities


• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Historic Preservation or closely related field

• Minimum of five years professional experience in historic preservation, building rehabilitation, architecture, planning

• Technical preservation background or building systems knowledge required; community sustainability and energy efficiency skills desired

• Understanding of state, federal, and foundation grants and technical assistance resources

• Experience in historic preservation planning and technical services, community economic development, public policy advocacy and community revitalization

• Excellent human relations skills and ability to work independently with a wide range of partners including developers, contractors, grant funders, government officials, national, state and regional partners as well as small, volunteer-run grassroots organizations is essential

• Strong written and oral communications skills and experience in public speaking required

• Ability to work both independently and as part of a tight-knit team is a must

• Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office Suite and the ability to learn other programs

• Self-starter, a highly motivated and energetic person who can quickly and accurately assess and understand preservation issues, draw upon other resources as needed and provide informed and timely recommendations tailored to particular circumstances

• Must value collaboration, teamwork and building partnerships

• Willingness and ability to travel and be away from home overnight is essential

• A valid driver’s license is required and the candidate must provide and maintain his/her own vehicle (mileage is reimbursed)

•  Meet the National Park Service Professional Qualifications Standards for Architectural History or Historic Architecture as set forth in 36 CFR Part 61, Appendix A (see Addendum below)

Work Environment: Flexible schedule. Regular in-state travel is required as well as attendance at periodic staff and Board Meetings. The ideal candidate will have the ability to prioritize work and collaborate with other staff members to accomplish responsibilities

Full Time: 40 hours/week, Salary commensurate with experience and competitive with other Maine nonprofit organizations.

 Benefits. The position offers:
  • Broad exposure to committed people throughout Maine and to nationally recognized preservation experts
  • Health insurance
  • Flexible schedule
Send cover letter, resume and position-related writing sample to: Philip Jones


Maine Preservation, founded in 1972, is the statewide historic preservation 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Maine Preservation promotes and preserves historic places, buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods, strengthening the cultural and economic vitality of Maine communities.


National Park Service Professional Qualifications Standards

Architectural History

The minimum professional qualifications in architectural history are a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history; or a bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:

1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or

2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

Historic Architecture

The minimum professional qualifications in historic architecture are a professional degree in architecture or a State license to practice architecture, plus one of the

1. At least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or

2. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.

Such graduate study or experience shall include detailed investigations of historic structures, preparation of historic structures research reports, and preparation of plans and specifications for preservation projects.

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Posted: August 9, 2019
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