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Posted: 01/18/2013


HistoriCorps' mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. Specifically, HistoriCorps: •Saves historic buildings •Teaches volunteers traditional building skills •Encourages volunteerism on public lands Since 2009 HistoriCorps has preserved ninety-two historic buildings and structures in ten states with the generous contribution of over 24,000 volunteer hours. Visit www.historicorps.org for more information.

HistoriCorps Field Assistant
Internship Opportunity
Rural, CO
$11-14, depending on experience

We are looking for a few good historic preservationists who love to cook in the wilderness, or good cooks who love old buildings in the wilderness!  If you love cooking for others and want to work on old buildings, come spend a season with HistoriCorps.  If you are studying or working toward a career in historic preservation, and you love to cook, come spend a season with HistoriCorps ...

The summer 2013 projects will restore/rehabilitate multiple historic log, stone, adobe, and frame buildings that were originally used as ranger stations, guard stations, cow camps, and miner cabins. The buildings are all remotely located on Americas spectacular public lands (BLM, NPS, USFS, state lands). Most projects are located in the Rocky Mountains.  However, the Field Assistant may be asked to travel anywhere in the United States. While most are accessible by high clearance vehicles, some require a hike to access the sites.


Field Assistants will work at the direction of and assist the Project Supervisor on all aspects of HistoriCorps projects.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Plan, purchase and prepare meals for paid crew and volunteers;

·         Assist the preservation Project Supervisor to plan and  coordinate tasks for volunteer, student, or youth crews;

·         Work alongside volunteers on tasks as designated by the Project Supervisor;

·         Adhere to and promote work safety standards;

·         Provide a safe, clean, bear-proof camp kitchen;

·         Serve as a liaison between volunteer crews and project supervisor;

·         Camp onsite in primitive lodging; ensure a clean and safe campsite and toilet facilities, and be responsible for the welfare of everyone camping onsite;

·         Assist with natural and cultural resources compliance.


Required Skills and Qualifications:

·         A willingness to work long days in variable weather;

·         Able to live and work in a remote and/or backcountry setting (i.e. tents) for up to 14 days at a time;

·          A valid drivers license and a good driving record;

·         A rudimentary knowledge of handtools and the building trades, and a willingness to learn;

·         Strong communication and conflict resolution skills;

·         Enjoy infusing in others your enthusiasm for the wilderness and  historic resources;

·         Work well in groups;

·         Have the ability and aptitude to cook, and enjoy cooking, meals for large groups (8-18 people at a time).


The preferred candidate will:

·         Possess rudimentary building trade skills and a positive attitude toward old buildings, log working experience ideal;

·         Demonstrate a high aptitude for culinary endeavors;

·         Be First Aid or First Responder certified (partial reimbursement by HistoriCorps upon receipt of certificate);

·         Have previous leadership experience with crews, ideally in remote and/or backcountry settings.

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How to apply
Please send resume, letter of interest (maximum 600 words), and list three references to jlandes@historicorps.org
Jonas Landes
Phone: 303-893-4260
Fax: 303-893-4333
1420 Ogden Street
Suite 103
Denver, CO 80218

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