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Posted: 04/02/2013

Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc.
Preservation Services

Greater Portland Landmarks Mission To preserve and revitalize the architectural fabric, history and character of Greater Portland – renewing our neighborhoods, spurring economic development and keeping Portland one of the most livable cities in America. Vision Greater Portland’s long history and remarkable legacy of architecture, neighborhoods, parks and landscapes will continue to be a vital part of the area’s wonderful quality of life and vibrant economy. Portland residents and visitors will be drawn to, appreciate, protect and support the historic fabric of the community, enriching their lives and those of generations to come. “How will we know it’s us without our past?” Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath We believe: • An understanding of and connection with our history through architecture and landscapes enriches our lives. • The design, quality and condition of the built environment affect our sense of well-being and the economic viability of the community. • Historic structures can be adapted to fit modern uses, contribute to sustainability, and still maintain the integrity and character of the original structure. • The maintenance and enhancement of our historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods supports the livability, economic health and overall value of Greater Portland.

Endangered Properties Intern Summer 2013
Internship Opportunity
Portland, ME
Open Until



Greater Portland Landmarks seeks an Endangered Properties Preservation Intern to provide support for our Preservation Services Advisor and Public Issues committee in managing Landmarks endangered properties program.  The intern will attend endangered properties and public issues committee meetings, take notes, research properties and produce written documentation, and provide assistance with all aspects of the endangered properties selection process and public issues discussions.  In addition, the intern will work on other activities, including 50th Anniversary planning, the inventory of historic markers, archiving photos in preservation services files, and other duties as assigned.

Through this internship, the intern will be exposed to the many facets of historic preservation advocacy and building evaluation.




·         Manage nominations process for 2013 endangered properties list.

·         Research properties being considered for endangered property status, maintain paper and electronic files, take photographs, and create a short building summary for use in documenting and selecting the endangered properties.

·         Prepare pre-meeting information packets and materials for selection process.

·         Attend meetings of the public issues and endangered properties selection  committees and draft minutes and meeting notes.

·         Research information on historic properties in greater Portland.  Prepare materials for the web site.

·         As time permits, conduct inspection of easement properties with the Preservation Services Advisor and document condition of properties. 

·         Assist in the promotion and implementation of the 50th Anniversary activities.

·         Assist in the inventory of historic marker properties to determine condition of marker/marker property.




·         College seniors or above with very strong background and skills in historic preservation, planning, community development, American studies, or architectural history.  Recent graduate or graduate student in areas above preferred.

·         Ability to participate successfully as member of team-based environment.

·         Solid office skills and use of Microsoft products: Office, Excel, Outlook.

·         Strong interpersonal communication skills.

·         Strong writing and organization skills.

·         Ability to operate a digital camera.

·         Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Honorarium:  $2,000 for 10 weeks (at 30 hours per week)

Dates:  June 3 August 9, 2013





How to apply
Interested students please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the project, a resume, writing sample, and three references by April 10, 2013 to: Sharon Colgan, Greater Portland Landmarks, scolgan@portlandlandmarks.org, endangered properties preservation intern in subject line. Electronic applications are preferred.
Sharon Colgan
Phone: 207-774-5561
93 High Street
Portland, ME 04101

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