Summer 2018 Internship
Greater Portland Landmarks seeks 4 Preservation Interns to provide support for our Director of Advocacy in conducting reconnaissance level surveys in Portland, a historic seaport city on the coast of Maine. Interns will be exposed to many facets of a community-based historic preservation organization through surveys, advocacy, activities and events.
As Portland rewrites its zoning code, addresses intense development pressure and plans for growth, information on historic neighborhoods and commercial areas will be essential to creating preservation-sensitive public policy. The team of interns will conduct field surveys and archival research, produce written and photographic documentation, and complete data entry of survey information for historic 19th and early 20th century neighborhoods in Portland. In addition, interns will work on the Annual Awards Program that recognizes outstanding preservation projects and leaders in the preservation movement, inspect easement properties, attend selected civic and neighborhood meetings, and work with an enthusiastic staff of preservation professionals.
· Conduct Reconnaissance Level Survey of properties in Portland according to Maine Historic Preservation Commission standards.
· Photograph Historic resources with a digital camera.
· Create and maintain maps of surveyed resources.
· Enter field notes and photographs into Maine’s Cultural & Architectural Resource Management Archive and prepare for transmittal to Portland’s Historic Preservation Program.
· Assist the Director of Advocacy with research for local historic district nominations.
· Manage nominations process for 2018 Awards Program.
· Research properties being considered for awards, maintain paper and electronic files, take media-quality photographs, and create short profile summaries for use in documenting and selecting nominated properties, individuals, and organizations.
· Prepare pre-meeting information packets and Power Point presentations for selection process.
· Attend meetings of the Advocacy, Education, and Awards Selection Committees. Draft minutes and meeting notes.
· Opportunity to participate in a variety of preservation-related activities and community meetings.
· Assist Director of Advocacy in inspecting Landmarks’ preservation easement properties; documenting condition of these properties.
· Position reports to Director of Advocacy and Executive Director
· Currently enrolled in, or have graduated from a graduate program in historic preservation, urban planning, community development, American studies, American history or architectural history. Recent undergraduate college graduates will be considered but must have a very strong background in above areas and strong writing skills.
· Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and National Register of Historic Preservation nomination standards is highly beneficial.
· Experience in, or knowledge of, cultural resource surveys and research methods is beneficial.
· Applicant should have excellent interpersonal communication skills, the ability to participate successfully as member of team-based environment, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
· Solid office skills and use of Microsoft products (Office, Excel, Outlook, Power Point). Familiarity with InDesign is beneficial.
· Applicants should have excellent writing skills, be highly organized and efficient, and have an ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
· Ability to operate a digital camera and compose quality architecture and landscape photographs is required.
· A car is not required, but may be helpful. The applicant must be sufficiently mobile to travel up and down city blocks for several hours at a time and to climb stairs.
· Some familiarity with New England architecture is preferred but not required.
Honorarium: $3,000 for 10 weeks
Service Dates: June 4th - August 17th (some flexibility to accommodate college schedules)
Housing: If needed, housing is available in private homes.
Interested candidates please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the project, a resume, writing sample, photography samples, and three references by February 16, 2018 to: Hilary D. Bassett, Executive Director, Greater Portland Landmarks, firstname.lastname@example.org, Preservation Intern in subject line. Electronic applications are preferred.