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🔗Historic Buildings & Grounds Technician

  • Full Time
  • Washington, D.C., DC
  • $41,600 ($20/hr) USD / Year
  • November 4, 2022
  • Department: Preservation
  • Job Summary: The Historic B & G Technician will maintain the overall appearance of buildings and grounds at President Lincoln’s Cottage by carrying out routine maintenance and preservation tasks according to prescribed schedules and professional standards.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Experience in the preservation trades or landscape maintenance. A degree from a preservation trade school, landscape program or historic preservation is a plus. 
    Good organizational skills with an ability to prioritize tasks and at the same time be flexible and able to adapt to meet site needs.  Basic problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
    Ability to understand instructions and deadlines in English and execute tasks as assigned, with ability to learn and handle routine tasks without close supervision. 
    Ability to work with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and other stake holders ensuring cooperation as a site team member.
    Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions.
    Availability for evening, weekend and holiday work required.

  • How to Apply:

    Send a cover letter, resume and three references to Jeff Larry, Director of Preservation, at

  • Job benefits: Paid Holidays; Paid Time Off; 401K with Employer Matching Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short- and Long-term Disability Insurance; Employee Discounts and Perks; Employee Assistance Program; Flexible Spending Account
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Minimum physical requirements include but are not limited to:  ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis and occasionally more; ability to push or pull up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis and occasionally more; ability to climb stairs, ladders, and scaffolding; ability to bend, squat, kneel, twist/turn, and reach above the shoulder.
  • Contact Name: Jeffrey Larry
  • Application Email:

Website President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln’s Cottage is a historic site and museum located in Washington D.C. on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, an active home for veterans founded in 1852. The site opened to the public in February 2008, after an eight-year capital restoration project under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is the only place the public can experience the history of Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life, where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency. Through innovative guided tours, exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.

Ensure security of the site and safety for visitors and staff through daily building and grounds checks, perform routine maintenance and assist with preservation efforts to the interior and exterior of President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Visitor Education Center (this includes such tasks as painting, carpentry, hardware maintenance, and occasional custodial duties), support routine and seasonal maintenance of the gardens, trees, and pathways (this includes such tasks as raking, leaf blowing, mulching, weeding, pruning, edging, planting, and maintenance of a site wide irrigation and exterior lighting system), maintain a consistent record of maintenance and preservation efforts (this includes project reports and photographs, historic and modern building materials research and documentation, and updates to the cyclical maintenance and important projects list), assist managing contractors hired to complete maintenance projects and keep photo record of work when necessary, attend and participate in weekly staff meetings and professional development opportunities and perform other duties as assigned.

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