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Open 365 days of the year, Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Over 96 million people have visited Mount Vernon since 1860, when the estate officially opened to the public. Today, Mount Vernon welcomes an average of one million guests each year. The estate, gardens, and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Presently, an estimated 500 acres of this historic property have been painstakingly preserved along the banks of the Potomac River.
The Temporary Preservation Technician is a temporary, full-time, non-exempt position, working within the Historic Preservation and Collections Department under the direct supervision of the Architectural Research Manager. The Temporary Preservation Technician is charged with supporting the overall mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Historic Preservation and Collections department to conserve, maintain, record, and study the historic resources of Mount Vernon, with a particular focus on coordinating and executing maintenance, repair, restoration, and preservation relating to the Mansion, outbuildings and other historic structures at Mount Vernon. The Preservation Technician will also assist with research and documentation, facilitate the use of the architecture collection, assist with administrative and outreach efforts, and collaborate with colleagues across the Estate.
- Carries out a daily program of inspecting and cleaning selected features of the outbuildings or mansions, consisting of interior and exterior architectural elements, and acts as a point of contact for the care and maintenance of those structures. Performs targeted deep cleaning and prepares spaces for after-hours tours and special events as needed.
- Assists with ad hoc maintenance requests and recurring maintenance projects in the Historic Area and coordinates and monitors work conducted by staff of other departments and contractors, as necessary.
- Works with members of the architecture team on annual inspections of the historic structures, both interior and exterior; assists in preparing written plans for their care, and contributes to developing a prioritized work plan.
- Executes administrative tasks as assigned, e.g., gathering contractor estimates, coordinating contractor visits, arranging lodging, tracking and ordering lab and project supplies, and providing updates for the monthly department report.
- Assists the Director of Preservation (“Director”), Architectural Research Manager, and Preservation Specialists with research and documentation of the construction and preservation history of the estate’s historic structures; produces archival documentation of restoration projects through writing reports and schedules, takes, processes, and annotates digital images, prepares drawings, and adopts new documentation technologies as necessary.
- Undertakes other duties as assigned.
- Retirement plan with employer matching
- Meals and merchandise discounts
- Free Parking
- Employee recognition at five years of service
- Annual employee events
- On-site gym
- Health and dental insurance
- Life and disability insurance
- Paid leave
- Flexible spending accounts for medical care
Mount Vernon is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are committed to building and representing various skills, experiences, and perspectives as an Equal Opportunity Employer retaining a tea. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, performance, and qualifications without regard to race, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, gender/sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran and military status, family or parental status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. Mount Vernon will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on these characteristics.