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🔗Restoration Director

  • Full Time
  • Helena, MT
  • $60,000 - $72,000 DOE USD / Year
  • Job Summary: This position directs the Restoration & Training Program that saves and enhances historic properties through physical preservation, expansion of the preservation trades, and engagement of people through training and volunteer opportunities.
  • Job Qualifications:


    • Post-secondary education in construction trades, architecture, historic preservation, or a related field. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Experience may substitute some of the required education.

    • Five (5) years of industry related experience.

    • Two (2) years of managerial/supervisory experience.

    • Comprehensive knowledge of preservation carpentry theories, concepts, and practices.

    • Knowledge and proficiency in project 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. Job posting available at

  • Job benefits: Health, Paid Time Off, Retirement Plan, Flexible Work Schedule
  • Contact Name: Jennifer Buddenborg
  • Application Email:
  • Application Phone #: 406-457-2822
  • Application Address: PO Box 101, Helena, MT, 59624

Website Preserve Montana

Preserve Montana is the statewide nonprofit organization that saves and protects Montana's historic places, traditional landscapes, and cultural heritage. Since 1987, Preserve Montana has provided individuals and communities with the leadership and knowledge to protect Montana's heritage today, for tomorrow.

Looking to make a difference, thrive in a supportive work environment, and grow the preservation trades? Preserve Montana is seeking an experienced, skilled, and energetic leader to join our passionate team and lead Preserve Montana’s innovative Restoration & Training program. This unique position offices in a historic schoolhouse adjacent to a scenic trail system and travels to project sites across Montana.


Primary responsibilities of the Restoration Director are 1) program leadership and administration, 2) hands-on preservation carpentry, and 3) preservation trades education. This position meets Preserve Montana’s mission by directly saving and enhancing historic properties through physical preservation, expanding the preservation trades, and engaging people through training and volunteer opportunities. The position reports to the executive director and provides direct supervision to two staff members.


Leadership and Administration

Direct all aspects of Restoration & Training program 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.

• Supervise program staff.

• Keep executive director and board of directors informed with detailed and accurate reports.

• Serve as the face of the Restoration & Training program.

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.

• Secure and implement restoration carpentry projects for annual project calendar.

• Engage and manage volunteers with projects, where appropriate.

• Complete Baxendale Schoolhouse rehabilitation and site improvements.

• Oversee Baxendale Schoolhouse building management and maintenance.

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.

• Oversee the preservation corps, a seasonal preservation trades student workforce program.

• 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.


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.

Eligible NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. To be eligible to earn a PLC certificate, an intern must be 30 years old or younger (or 35 if a veteran). Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Successful completion of a NCPE internship does not guarantee Federal employment. Contact for more details.


To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program at the college level (or recently graduated within the past 12 months), and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

How to Apply

You may review NCPE's internship opportunities anytime without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.

Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your username or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. A PDF is preferred, labeled Your Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages are preferred. A PDF is preferred but jpg, png, doc, or docx file types are accepted. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during an application round; there is no limit at other times of the year. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

Logging in with a Registered User Account and completing the Universal Application is required to apply for NCPE Internships. Please visit the Universal Application page to register for an account and complete the form. After logging in and completing the form, refreshing this listing will display the Job Application to apply online.