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Posted: 11/10/2009

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Chesterwood Historic Site

Chesterwood, a National Trust for Hsitoric Preservation Historic Site located in beautiful Stockbridge, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires, is the historic home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the seated Lincoln and other noted public monuments. This National Trust historic site includes Frenchs 1920s summer home, his studio with working models of his most famous pieces, and his gardens, on a 122 acre estate. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from historyand the important moments of everyday lifetook place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America's stories.

Buildings & Grounds Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Stockbridge, MA
$low 30,000s

Job Summary:

Coordinates and performs, at the direction of the Buildings and Grounds Superintendent, all aspects of maintenance and security of the 10 buildings and 122 acres of grounds to insure the proper care and appearance of Chesterwoods built and natural resources. The position will carry out all duties of the Building and Grounds Superintendent in his or her absence. The position will take a lead role in the coordination and implementation of all grounds maintenance programs for the property. Carries out regular maintenance of all buildings and grounds and assists in implementation of curatorial, interpretive and other program areas. Assists in the implementation of special events for fundraising and special property use. Will carry out other related duties as directed by Buildings and Grounds Superintendent or property Director.


  • Work at the direction of and in concert with the Buildings and Grounds Superintendent in the development and execution of regular and periodic programs required for the proper maintenance of the buildings, landscape, and related equipment to include such duties as; assembling data and gathering information for the preparation of specifications and bids; monitoring and supervising contracted maintenance and construction services; implementing the National Trust Buildings and Landscape Manuals and supervising and organizing seasonal maintenance assistants, college interns, and volunteer buildings and grounds staff.
  • Supervise the day to day activities of the Horticulturist, Maintenance Assistants, and all seasonal grounds maintenance staff. The position will take a leading role to manage and execute regular and periodic programs required for the proper appearance and good condition of the grounds, gardens, and nature walks, by mowing, trimming, raking, edging, mulching, spraying, fertilizing, and planting
  • Manage, schedule and perform tasks assigned by the Superintendent in maintaining the appearance and proper physical condition of the buildings at Chesterwood through painting, carpentry, roofing, repairing mechanical systems, wiring, plumbing, and completing other related, specialized functions with the Buildings and Grounds Superintendent.
  • Be proficient in the operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment needed to efficiently take care of the building and grounds, keeping tools sharp, clean, and in good working order. Perform routine and scheduled maintenance on vehicles, equipment and tools.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of curatorial and interpretive programs and special events; this would include the use of tradesman skills in exhibit construction, handling and packing, rigging and shipping valuable and fragile artifacts; safely applying prescribed insecticides as part of the integrated pest control management program; fabricating and installing exhibit devices such as vitrines and exhibit labels; installing fine and decorative arts objects according to curatorial guidelines; designing and constructing museum storage areas and undertaking crowd control measures at special events.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of earned-income programs to include such operations as working at special property rentals, regular and special events, fundraising receptions and galas and other events as assigned.
  • Assist with after regular hours and holiday security of the property to include beeper duty, placement on call list for alarms, and appointment to Chesterwood Disaster Response Team.
  • In coordination with the Buildings and Grounds Superintendent, assist in carrying out necessary service to all tenants living or renting on-property housing, including renters of the Canary, Redhouse, and Meadowlark B&B.
  • Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years experience of practical maintenance work; two years of college or related experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake the varied and technical tasks of maintaining an historic site.
  • Physical requirements include, but are not limited to, ability to lift and carry 50 lbs, climb stairs and ladders, use heavy power equipment, and perform other manual tasks.
  • Common sense; sound interpersonal skills; organizational ability; sound work habit.
  • Possession of valid drivers license and acceptable driving record.
  • OPen until
    none given

    How to apply
    To apply, please include your cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text attachment to 44559-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com

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