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Posted: 03/12/2012

Greater Portland Landmarks
Preservation Services

Greater Portland Landmarks Mission To preserve and revitalize the architectural fabric, history and character of Greater Portland – renewing our neighborhoods, spurring economic development and keeping Portland one of the most livable cities in America. Vision Greater Portland’s long history and remarkable legacy of architecture, neighborhoods, parks and landscapes will continue to be a vital part of the area’s wonderful quality of life and vibrant economy. Portland residents and visitors will be drawn to, appreciate, protect and support the historic fabric of the community, enriching their lives and those of generations to come. “How will we know it’s us without our past?” Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath We believe:  An understanding of and connection with our history through architecture and landscapes enriches our lives.  The design, quality and condition of the built environment affect our sense of well-being and the economic viability of the community.  Historic structures can be adapted to fit modern uses, contribute to sustainability, and still maintain the integrity and character of the original structure.  The maintenance and enhancement of our historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods supports the livability, economic health and overall value of Greater Portland.

Endangered Properties Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Portland, ME

Endangered Properties Preservation Intern

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks an Endangered Properties Preservation Intern to provide support for our preservation services advisor and public issues committee in establishing an endangered properties identification program that will be announced in the fall of 2012. The intern will attend all endangered properties task force and public issues committee meetings, take notes, research properties and produce written documentation, and provide assistance with all aspects of the endangered properties selection process and public issues discussions.

Through this internship, the intern will be exposed to the many facets of historic preservation advocacy and building evaluation.

If needed, survey other preservation organizations, regionally and nationally, to compile information on endangered properties programs, and compare and contrast the different approaches.

Work with the preservation services advisor and members of the public issues committee to develop endangered property program parameters for Landmarks.

Manage nominations process for endangered properties list.

Research properties being considered for endangered property status, set up paper and electronic files, take photographs, and create a short building summary for use in documenting and selecting the endangered properties.

Prepare pre-meeting information packets and materials.

Attend meetings of the endangered properties task force and the public issues committee and draft minutes and meeting notes.

Identify hyperlinks to information on local preservation ordinances, historic districts, National Register landmarks or related information available from existing sources to create links on the Landmarks web site.

Research information on Portlands landmarks. Prepare to put online.

If time allows, research information on easements policies. Prepare landmarks files to use to reestablish monitoring of easements.

Position reports to Preservation Services Advisor and coordinates with Chair of Board of Trustees Public Issues Committee.

College juniors or above with very strong background and skills in historic preservation, planning, community development, American studies, or architectural history. Recent graduate or graduate student in areas above preferred.
Solid office skills and use of Microsoft products: Office, Excel, Outlook.

Strong interpersonal communication skills.
Strong writing and organization skills.
Ability to operate a digital camera.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Honorarium: $1,500 for 2.5 months (at 30 hours per week)
Dates: June 4 August 17, 2012

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How to apply
Interested students please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the project, a resume, writing sample, and three references by March 26, 2012 to: Hilary Bassett, Executive Director, Greater Portland Landmarks, hbassett@portlandlandmarks.org, endangered properties preservation intern in subject line. Greater Portland Landmarks is located at 93 High Street, Portland, ME 04101 www.portlandlandmarks.org
Hilary Bassett
Phone: 207-774-5561
93 High Street
Portland, ME 04101

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