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🔗Preservation Carpenter

  • Full Time
  • Mount Vernon, VA
  • starting at $30.00/hour USD / Hour
  • Department: Historic Preservation
  • Job Qualifications:

    The Preservation Carpenter position at George Washington’s Mount Vernon requires:
    a minimum of 3 years’ experience in restoration carpentry or timber framing, with mastery of the materials used in the mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake regions during the 18th century;
    expertise in the use of period techniques and tools, as well as the use of modern hand and power tools;
    knowledge of the maintenance of historic buildings, particularly in the diagnosis of the pathologies of wood and wooden structures;
    the ability to understand contextual research and architectural history.
    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.

  • How to Apply:

    To apply:
    Please submit electronically via our website at :  cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume (no more than 2 pages) with contact information for 3 references.

  • Job benefits: Health, Vision, and Dental, Life Insurance, Paid time off, etc
  • Application URL:

Website George Washington's Mount Vernon

The restoration of Mount Vernon is an ongoing process that began in the 19th century and continues today. More than 12 original buildings on the estate are exposed to the extremes of weather and wear put on them by more than one million visitors each year. Mount Vernon's preservation team restores and preserves the estate to how it appeared at the time of Washington’s death in 1799. "I have scarcely a room to put a friend into, or to set in myself, without the Music of hammers, or the odoriferous smell of Paint." GEORGE WASHINGTON TO JAMES MCHENRY, APRIL 3, 1797

Preservation Carpenter
Full-time, temporary

George Washington’s Mount Vernon is pleased to invite applications for the full-time, temporary position of Preservation Carpenter in the Historic Preservation and Collections Department. The position will start in January 2023 and last a minimum of three years.

In 2023, Mount Vernon’s preservation department will be undertaking a full-scale restoration of the Mansion’s cellar, including necessary repairs of historic fabric, dressing and fitting of new timber members, and execution of finish carpentry. The carpenter will work closely with members of the architecture team, with particular focus on collaborative tasks with the team’s Restoration Manager and Assistant Restoration Manager. Work may also include carpentry work on other structures, including 18th-century outbuildings, and reconstructed livestock enclosures, fencing, and gates.

This is a full-time, benefitted position that is dependent on project funding, payable on Mount Vernon’s bi-weekly pay schedule.  Compensation starts at $30.00 per hour.

Retirement plan with employer matching
Meals and merchandise discounts
Free parking
Annual employee events
On-site gym
Health and dental insurance
Life and disability insurance
Paid leave
Flexible spending account for medical care

The Preservation Carpenter will:
assist with the restoration of sensitive historic fabric in Mount Vernon’s Mansion, including removal, repair and re-installation;
dress and install new timber sills, girts, summers, and joists, executing all joinery
assist in fitting, moving and installing frames
The Carpenter will also contribute to project documentation in collaboration with the Architectural Historian, Preservation Specialist, and Preservation Technician.

All staff, volunteers, and contractors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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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