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Posted: 03/01/2013

Historic New England
Property Care

Historic New England is a museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and appreciation for its preservation. Program Areas We fulfill our mission through five key program areas: Historic Properties: Visit our thirty-six historic sites, spanning five states and four centuries of New England life. Hear the stories of the New Englanders who called these sites home, stroll through formal gardens, or visit a working farm. Historic New England offers scores of public programs at our sites each year, ranging from courses and workshops to walking tours, craft festivals, and concerts. Collections: With more than 110,000 objects Historic New England has the most comprehensive and best documented collection of New England decorative arts and household furnishings in the country. These collections, which date from the mid-seventeenth to the twentieth-first centuries, include the whole range of goods needed for day-to-day life, from furniture and clothing to cooking and heating equipment. Preservation Services: Historic New England's preservation services include caring for and managing our own thirty-six historic museums and working with private property owners to protect and maintain their old and historic homes. We advocate for the preservation of significant New England residential resources representing all time periods, architectural styles, and cultural stories. Education: Historic New England's school and youth programs, serving more than 42,000 students each year, receive national attention for the creative way in which they use historical resources to enrich learning. The programs are fun and multi-disciplinary, encouraging learning through a variety of approaches, including hands-on activities and role playing. Archives and Publications: Every year hundreds of researchers come to the Library and Archives to study the more than one million items that document New England's architectural and cultural history. The archival collections include photographs, prints and engravings, architectural drawings, books, manuscripts, and ephemera.

Preservation Carpentry Internship
Internship Opportunity
Waltham, MA
Open Until
Until Filled


This internship provides preservation carpentry experience working with Historic New Englands carpentry crew.  The internship will focus on historic window and shutter conservation with additional support work to the crew as assigned.


The carpentry crew is a part of the Property Care Team responsible for the physical preservation and maintenance of the buildings and landscapes owned by Historic New England.  The carpentry crew helps maintain the historic integrity of the properties by monitoring conditions at the sites, developing treatment plans, performing the work required, documenting all phases of work in an appropriate manner and demonstrating in all actions a commitment to long-term preservation and maintenance of Historic New Englands resources. 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, Mass, however work will require occasional travel throughout the region.  Previous carpentry experience and ability to use basic tools is required.  Every interns hand and tool skills will be evaluated on the first day and work will be assigned according to the experience of the applicant. 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.  A basic tool set, drivers license and means of transportation are not required however are helpful. 


A minimum commitment of 16 hours per week for 8 weeks is required. This is an unpaid internship.  The internship can be combined with the Preservation Project Management internship if appropriate.

How to apply
Please visit our website to download the application form.

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