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Posted: 02/26/2013

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a summer intern to work with the Director of Preservation. The purpose of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s operation of Fallingwater is to preserve, maintain and make available for public education and appreciation Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy believes that Fallingwater is more than the sum of its parts: the architect, the client, the architecture, the art, the land and the period. It is the inspired coming together of these parts that makes Fallingwater a great work worthy of preservation. Fallingwater works closely with other local, regional, and national institutions and organizations including but not limited to: The Pennsylvania Federation of Museums; The Pennsylvania Coalition of Independent Museums; Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau; Visit Pittsburgh; the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance; the Pennsylvania Department of Tourism; and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

Fallingwater Preservation Internship
Internship Opportunity
Mill Run, PA
$Paid with housing
Open Until

Job Description:  This is a unique opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site.  The preservation intern will be involved in a variety of tasks related to the restoration and maintenance of the historic buildings at Fallingwater.  This includes Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wrights masterpiece, and a variety of other historic structures throughout the 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve.  The internships primary focus is hands-on masonry restoration of Fallingwater, involving stone repointing, cement plastering, and concrete patching.  The student will also participate in other preservation projects throughout the summer, such as historic building assessments, inventories, documentation, and miscellaneous preservation repairs.  The intern works under the supervision of the Curator of Buildings and Collections.  

Qualifications:  We are looking for a graduate student with education or background experience in historic preservation, historic building trades, or architectural history and experience in assessing and documenting historic structures.  A candidate with hands-on experience in historic masonry or plastering or a related field is preferred.

Pay:  This is a paid internship plus free, shared, on-site housing.

How to apply
Application process: To apply send resume, cover letter and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Preservation Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is April 1, 2013.

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