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🔗Restoration Director

  • Full Time
  • Helena, MT
  • 60,000 - 70,000 USD / Year
  • Job Summary: Preserve Montana is seeking an experienced, skilled, and energetic leader to join our dedicated team and lead Preserve Montana’s innovative Restoration & Training program.
  • Job Qualifications:
    • Post-secondary education and experience in construction trades, architecture, historic preservation, or a related field. Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience is desired. Experience may substitute for some of the required education through 8-10 years’ practice with project and program management, training and teaching, and preservation carpentry.
    • 5-10 years’ experience with program management and leadership, training and teaching, and preservation carpentry and design.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of preservation carpentry theories, concepts and practices.
    • Experience with personnel management.
    • Knowledge and proficiency in budgeting, estimating, contracting, and office systems.
  • How to Apply:

    Send a digital or hard copy cover letter and a resume with references to: Executive Director Jenny Buddenborg at or PO Box 101, Helena, MT, 59624. Full job description available at Open until filled.

  • Job benefits: Health, Paid Time Off, Retirement Plan, Flexible Work Schedule
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: This is both an administrative and hands-on carpentry position. The latter includes remote, outdoor working environments.
  • Contact Name: Jenny Buddenborg
  • Application Email:
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  • Application Phone #: 406-457-2822
  • Application Address: PO Box 101, Helena, MT, 59624

Website Preserve Montana

Preserve Montana protects the cultural heritage, traditional landscapes and historic places of Montana. It is the voice of historic preservation in the Treasure State.

The primary responsibilities of the Restoration Director are 1) program leadership and administration, 2) hands-on preservation carpentry, and 3) preservation trades education. This multi-faceted position meets Preserve Montana’s mission by directly saving and enhancing historic properties through physical preservation, expanding the preservation trades, and engaging the public through training and volunteer opportunities.

The position reports to the executive director, supervises the seasonal restoration carpenter, and provides 50% supervision of the restoration & research associate.

Leadership and Administration

Direct all aspects of Restoration & Training program management including planning, staffing and implementation.

  • Initiate and set goals for program according to the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Plan the program from start to completion involving deadlines, milestones and processes.
  • Develop budgets and operations.
  • Identify and secure program funding in collaboration with executive director, including donations, grants and earned income.
  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine need for improvements.
  • Supervise program staff to provide feedback and resolve complex problems.
    Discover ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people.
    Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies.
  • Keep executive director and board of directors informed with detailed and accurate reports and presentations.
  • Serve as the face of the Restoration & Training program.
  • Develop program content for organizational outreach and marketing.

Hands-On Preservation Carpentry

Lead, manage and execute preservation carpentry projects with the Preserve Montana restoration crew and volunteers, focusing on endangered historic properties in Montana.

  • Identify and secure restoration carpentry projects for annual project calendar.
  • Develop project budgets and estimates and negotiate as necessary.
  • Engage and manage volunteers with projects, where appropriate.
  • Direct projects with restoration crew like building condition analysis, preservation treatment methods, and active repair and stabilization of historic properties.
  • Complete Baxendale Schoolhouse rehabilitation and site improvements.
  • Oversee Baxendale Schoolhouse building management and maintenance.
  • Establish and ensure that safety protocols are followed.

Education & Training

Lead preservation carpentry education and training opportunities to grow the preservation trade workforce in Montana.

  • Develop and implement annual preservation trades workshop series and volunteer project opportunities.
  • Establish partnerships with individuals, organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders to support and expand education and training opportunities.
  • Establish and oversee the preservation corps, a seasonal preservation trades student workforce program that is under development.
  • Participate in planning and organizing conferences, workshops, tours, and other programs and activities to further the preservation and restoration of historic properties and address threats to endangered properties.
  • Provide support and technical assistance to individuals and organizations seeking to preserve and restore historic properties in Montana.