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The mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association is to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations.
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 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.