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🔗Preservation Technician

  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Mount Vernon, VA
  • $22 USD / Hour
  • September 30, 2023
  • Department: Historic Preservation and Collections
  • Job Summary: 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.
  • Job Qualifications:
    • BA or coursework in historic preservation or a closely-related field, as well as a familiarity with 18th-century building materials and methods.
    • The Preservationist’s work should be informed by his/her/their ability to understand contextual research and architectural history and he/she/they should have the ability to document information in a clear and well-organized manner.
    • Professional experience in a museum or historic house setting is preferred, as well as experience in architectural research using a variety of sources and the use of AutoCAD, Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop.
    • Candidates should also possess excellent communication, organization, and diplomacy skills and a positive attitude. Flexibility, reliability, punctuality and the ability to work beyond a normal workday as needed are expected.
    • Applicants should also have the ability to work both independently and within a team, prioritize tasks, work at varying heights using scaffolding and ladders, stand and bend for extended periods of time, work in tight spaces, and lift up to 30 pounds.
    • Ability to successfully complete a security background check.
  • How to Apply:

    Candidates should apply via the website. At the bottom of the landing webpage, there is a link for “Employment.”

  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Applicants should also have the ability to work both independently and within a team, prioritize tasks, work at varying heights using scaffolding and ladders, stand and bend for extended periods of time, work in tight spaces, and lift up to 30 pounds.
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: Mount Vernon Ladies' Association 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

Website George Washington's Mount Vernon

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.
  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


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