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Temporary Part-time Preservation Carpenter

  • Part Time
  • Mount Vernon, VA, USA
  • Department: Historic Preservation and Collections
  • Salary ($): Hourly
  • Hourly Salary ($): 22.00 - 35.00
  • Job Summary: George Washington’s Mount Vernon is pleased to invite applications for a temporary Preservation Carpenter position in the Historic Preservation and Collections Department during the spring/summer/fall of 2021. (Target start date: February 2021)
  • Job Qualifications:

    Qualifications:
    The temporary Preservation Carpenter position at George Washington’s Mount Vernon requires a minimum of 3 years’ experience in restoration carpentry, with mastery of the materials used in the mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake regions during the 18th century. The successful candidate must demonstrate expertise in the use of period techniques and tools, as well as the use of modern hand and power tools. The carpenter must be conversant in the maintenance of historic buildings, particularly in the diagnosis of the pathologies of wood and wooden structures. Preservation is at the heart of the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, and any successful candidate must imbue his/her work with the prime directive of preservation of original fabric whenever possible. The Preservation Carpenter’s work should be informed by their ability to understand contextual research and architectural history.

  • How to Apply:

    To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume (no more than 2 pages) with contact information for 3 references.

  • Physical Demands: Applicants should also have the ability to work both independently and within a team, prioritize tasks, document information in a clear and well-organized manner, work at varying heights, stand and bend for extended periods of time, and lift up to 30 pounds. Familiarity with jobsite and shop safety practices, regulations, and etiquette are also required.
  • Application URL: https://www.mountvernon.org/about/employment/open-positions-at-mount-vernon/
  • Application Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

Website George Washington's Mount Vernon

Temporary Part-time Preservation Carpenter – Spring/Summer 2021

Introduction:
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is pleased to invite applications for a temporary Preservation Carpenter position in the Historic Preservation and Collections Department during the spring/summer/fall of 2021. In 2021, Mount Vernon’s preservation-architecture team will be undertaking a full-scale restoration of the north and south elevations of the Mansion’s wooden exterior, including paint removal, condition assessment, necessary repair work to the siding, trim, and windows, repainting, and sand-coating the rusticated siding, and performing thorough documentation of the entire project. The carpenter will work closely with members of the architecture team, with a particular focus on collaborative tasks with the team’s full-time Preservation Carpenter and Preservation Joiner.

Responsibilities:
The temporary Preservation Carpenter will assist with executing wood repairs and infills on siding, architraves, and framing on the north and south elevations of the Mansion, assist with window sash removal, repairs, and reinstallation, contribute to project documentation in collaboration with the Architectural Historian and Preservation Specialist and assist with additional tasks as needed.

This position is part-time with a maximum of 38 weeks of work, at 40 hours {maximum} per week, payable on Mount Vernon’s standard bi-weekly pay schedule.

Qualifications:
The temporary Preservation Carpenter position at George Washington’s Mount Vernon requires a minimum of 3 years’ experience in restoration carpentry, with mastery of the materials used in the mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake regions during the 18th century. The successful candidate must demonstrate expertise in the use of period techniques and tools, as well as the use of modern hand and power tools. The carpenter must be conversant in the maintenance of historic buildings, particularly in the diagnosis of the pathologies of wood and wooden structures. Preservation is at the heart of the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, and any successful candidate must imbue his/her work with the prime directive of preservation of original fabric whenever possible. The Preservation Carpenter’s work should be informed by their ability to understand contextual research and architectural history.

Applicants should also have the ability to work both independently and within a team, prioritize tasks, document information in a clear and well-organized manner, work at varying heights, stand and bend for extended periods of time, and lift up to 30 pounds. Familiarity with job site and shop safety practices, regulations, and etiquette are also required.

Start date target: February 2021

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume (no more than 2 pages) with contact information for 3 references.

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Mount Vernon is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to building and retaining a team that represents a variety of skills, experiences, and perspectives.  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/or 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 any of these characteristics.



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