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Summer Internship, Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc. (Portland, ME)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Maine, Portland, Intern, Survey, History, Architecture
Contributed By: Sarah Hansen
Website: https://www.portlandlandmarks.org/

Summer Internship, Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc. (Portland, ME)

2022 Summer Internship

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks 3 summer interns to provide support for our Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager in Landmarks’ expanding neighborhood education and outreach activities and conducting reconnaissance level surveys in Portland. Interns are critical to our ability to create and present programming to our audiences. Our internship program will primarily focus on conducting field surveys and archival research to identify and interpret cultural properties associated with underrepresented communities in Portland. Interns will produce written and photographic documentation and complete data entry of survey information into the State’s on-line GIS based database.

The three underrepresented communities we’ll focus on this summer include:
- Black History: a major port city, Portland was a stop on the Underground Railroad and home to a community of free Blacks who worked the waterfront and railroads.
- Chinese History: a small community centered around Portland’s Monument Square with the first Chinese person arriving 1858 and immigration continuing until 1953. Resources include dwellings and businesses established by members of the community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in existing buildings in busy commercial areas.
- Armenian History: the first immigrants arrived in 1896 to escape growing persecution in Turkey. By 1908, there were 27 families in Portland's Armenian community, primarily living in the Bayside neighborhood, with more arriving by the Armenian Genocide in 1915. As the population grew, schools, apartment houses, and a bank were built. Urban renewal removed many Armenian businesses and homes.

This survey will result in the development of historic and architectural context statements for each underrepresented community and a reconnaissance survey of approximately 250 undocumented above ground resources. These will be reviewed for National and local listing eligibility. Interns will help develop neighborhood history night lectures and discussions, digital engagement tools including walking tours and narratives, and provide Portland with a more complete understanding of the rich and diverse history that shapes our city.

Primary Duties
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 (CARMA) and prepare for transmittal to Portland’s Historic Preservation Program. 
Assist the Director of Advocacy with research for local historic district nominations.

Ancillary Duties
Assist with planning and execution of various programming and events.
Write articles for the Greater Portland Landmarks magazine, blog posts, and website posts as assigned.

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.

Supervision
Position reports to Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager.

Qualifications
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.

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 and/or Publisher is beneficial.

Applicants should have excellent writing skills, be highly organized and efficient, and have an ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

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 climb stairs.

Some familiarity with New England architecture is preferred but not required.

Honorarium:  $5,000 for 10 weeks
Housing: It is possible that Greater Portland Landmarks can assist with housing this year.
Dates: June – August/September (10 weeks within those dates, some flexibility to accommodate college schedules)

Interested candidates please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the internship projects, a resume, writing sample, photography samples, and three references by May 2, 2022 to:  Ian Stevenson, Director of Advocacy at istevenson@portlandlandmarks.org, with Preservation Intern in subject line.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Founded in response to the Urban Renewal movement and the demolition of Portland’s historic Union Station (1888) more than 50 years ago, Greater Portland Landmarks continues to work to increase the public’s connection to greater Portland’s historic built environment. We provide leadership, advocacy, educational publications, programs and resources, and act as steward of the Portland Observatory (1807) for future generations. Our current headquarters is the Safford House (1858).

Our goal is to save greater Portland’s historic places through preservation and adaptive reuse while promoting creative new architecture that enhances historic neighborhoods. Our activities seek to build awareness, to instill community pride and to encourage public participation in the important decisions regarding historic preservation, urban planning, and new development that will affect our future. Our goal is to be part of the conversation early, to find mutually beneficial solutions, and to continue the tradition of architectural excellence that distinguishes greater Portland. Landmarks is here to provide information and assistance, engage the public through historic architecture and the built environment, and to support a thoughtful dialogue about the development of greater Portland for the betterment of all its citizens.



Keywords: Maine, Portland, Intern, Survey, History, Architecture

Posted: April 15, 2022
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