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🔗Field Carpenter

  • Full Time
  • Newport, RI
  • $49,920 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Preservation
  • Job Summary: The Field Carpenter will serve as part of a larger Preservation Crew of 10. This position will assist with restoration and routine repair and maintenance of NRF collection of over seventy 18th- and 19th-century houses.
  • Job Qualifications:


    ·       5+ years of experience in general carpentry.

    ·       Knowledge of rough framing and finish carpentry.

    ·       Skilled in the use of both hand and power tools and possess extensive awareness of the safe operation of all tools.

    ·       Basic knowledge of heavy equipment used in NRF’s mill (e.g., large table saw, thickness planer, radial arm saw, etc.).

    ·       Knowledge of workplace safety procedures and hazardous materials in order to prevent injuries and accidents and ensure compliance.

    ·       Ability to effectively communicate, both verbal and written.

    ·       Ability to work independently and in team settings.

    ·       Ability to exercise good judgment with a strong attention to detail.

    ·       Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and dedication, including when interacting with NRF’s tenants and outside contacts.

    ·       Must possess basic carpentry hand tools and willingness to bring them to the job.

    ·       Must possess the ability to work in a variety of inclement weather conditions.

    ·       Must be able to work from extended heights using extension ladders, staging, and lifts.

    ·       Must have the ability to lift 50 lbs alone or in concert with others.

    ·       Must possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle for commuting to and from job sites.

    ·       Speak and take direction in English.

    Preferred Qualifications:

     ·       Experience working on historic buildings and/or restoration carpentry.

    ·       Knowledge of Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting protocols.

  • How to Apply:

    Email your resume to Maeve Sheehan at

  • Job benefits: 100% employer paid medical, dental vision, insurance, 100% employer paid life, long term disability and AD & D insurance Employer contribution to health savings account, 401(k) contribution (not a match) 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, 12 holidays Professional development assistance. Interesting work environment and free on-site parking
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Interior and exterior work throughout the year.
  • Contact Name: Maeve Sheehan
  • Application Email:
  • Application Phone #: 401-849-7300 ext. 111
  • Application Address: 680 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI 02840.

Website Newport Restoration Foundation

The Newport Restoration Foundation promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all. NRF is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Doris Duke to preserve, maintain, and interpret Aquidneck Island’s 18th- and early 19th-century architectural heritage. In addition to a collection of more than 70 early American houses, now rented to tenant-stewards, NRF operates three museum properties that are open to the public: Rough Point, Doris Duke’s Newport mansion which is home to a significant collection of European paintings, furniture, and textiles, and other European and Asian decorative arts; and Prescott Farm in Middletown, RI, a public park and historic site with ties to the Revolutionary War.

Specific Responsibilities:

Field Carpentry (100%)

·       Prepare interiors and exteriors for preservation jobs.

·       Perform carpentry repairs at Preservation Properties and museums including – but not limited to – siding, fences, railings, doors, water tables, corner boards, and windows.

·       Carry out carpentry replacements, dutchman repairs, and/or replications.

·       Resolve tenant work orders as assigned by the Preservation Crew Supervisor and/or Senior Field Carpenter.

·       Assist with the installation, removal, and repair of storm windows.

·       Contribute to vacancy turnovers, which may include – but is not limited to – clean up, minor interior painting, and other related duties.

·       Assist with general maintenance and repair at Preservation Properties and museums when needed.



·       Contribute to NRF’s Trades Training Initiative as assigned by the Preservation Crew Supervisor or Director of Preservation.

·       Participate in other preservation-related educational programming, as assigned by the Preservation Crew Supervisor or Director of Preservation.

·       Perform other duties as assigned by the Preservation Crew Supervisor, Director of Preservation, and/or President.

·       Opportunity for participating in a rotating on-call schedule with stipend.