2023 Summer Internship
Greater Portland Landmarks seeks two (2) 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 greater Portland, Maine. Interns will be exposed to many facets of a community-based historic preservation organization through surveys, advocacy, activities, and events. Our internship program will primarily focus on conducting field surveys and archival research to identify and interpret cultural properties in historic 19th and early 20th century neighborhoods outside of established historic districts. Interns will produce written and photographic documentation and complete data entry of survey information into the State’s on-line GIS based database.
• Conduct Reconnaissance Level Survey of properties in Greater 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).
• Assist the Director of Advocacy with research for local historic district nominations.
• 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.
• Position reports to Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager.
• Currently enrolled in, or have recently 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 GIS 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 required in order to access distant neighborhoods. 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: Housing can be provided at the University of Maine dormitories on the Gorham campus (11 miles from the Greater Portland Landmarks office). Please indicate in your application if housing is needed.
Dates: June – August (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, and three references by March 15, 2023 to: Ian Stevenson, Director of Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.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 mission is to ensure that Greater Portland preserves its sense of place for all and builds vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods and communities for the future.