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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
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
Annual employee events
Health and dental insurance
Life and disability insurance
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.