Website George Washington's Mount Vernon
The Mansion at Mount Vernon is one of America’s most iconic 18th-century homes. George Washington’s beloved home began as a one and one-half story house built in 1734 by his father, Augustine, and received its well-known name during the ownership of his half-brother Lawrence. George Washington acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the dwelling to create the resplendent 21-room residence we see today. Conscious that the world was watching, Washington selected decorative and architectural elements that expressed his growing status as a Virginia gentleman planter and ultimately as the leader of a fledgling democratic nation.
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 he mansion, 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 architecture team members on annual inspections of the historic structures, both interior and exterior; assists in the preparation of 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; 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.