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Posted: 03/27/2013

Historic New England
Property Care

We serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage. 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.

Cultural Landscape Fellowship
Internship Opportunity
Waltham, MA


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, Mass.  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. 

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please submit an application to Jennifer Pustz, Museum Historian Historic New England 141 Cambridge St. Boston, Mass. 02114 JPustz@HistoricNewEngland.org Applications can be found on our website at: www.historicnewengland.org/about-us/volunteers-interns/internships-at-historic-new-england
Jennifer Pustz
Historic New England
141 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114

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