This fellowship combines hands-on experience managing historic landscapes with practical documentation. The fellow will work with Historic New Englands Boston Region landscape staff to care primarily for the Codman Estate, the Gropius House, and the Lyman Estate with subsidiary care responsibilities possible for the remaining properties in the region. All three of the properties are open to the public as historic house museums and the landscapes need to be maintained to standards set by Historic New England.
The fellowship is a 40 hour a week position, Monday through Friday, for a 12 week period with a stipend of $6,000. The fellowship will include 32 hours per week focused on hands-on landscape maintenance tasks including, but not limited to, maintaining perennial garden beds, weeding, brush clearing and other land management tasks, watering gardens, lawns, trees and woody plants, mowing and edging lawns and other tasks as assigned. 8 hours per week will focus on collating the documentation and creating an inventory of features for a historic landscape in the collection in order to support ongoing preservation and restoration work. Actual work schedule will be determined at the beginning of the fellowship.
The Boston Region landscape staff is part of the Property Care Team which is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of historic sites and structures owned by Historic New England. The Historic New England property collection spans four centuries and five New England states and is comprised of 15 National Historic Landmark sites and 28 National Register sites. Historic New England has long been a leader in establishing preservation philosophy, standards and methods, and continues to provide models of historic preservation for preservation professionals, organizations and the public.
This position is based out of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, MA. Previous landscape maintenance experience, including the operation of basic landscaping equipment, is preferred. The ideal candidate is a student of historic preservation, landscape architecture or horticulture with an interest and basic understanding of historic landscapes. As typically performed, this position regularly involves talking, hearing, sitting, standing, walking, and bending/stooping, crawling/kneeling, carrying, and reaching. The position also involves lifting up to 60 pounds.