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Posted: 04/01/2015

State of Vermont
Department of Housing and Community Development

State of Vermont, Division for Historic Preservation Department of Housing and Community Development Division for Historic Preservation, located within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, serves as the State Historic Preservation Office. Vermontís rich legacy of historic resources is as diverse as it is engaging. From 12,000-year-old Native American sites to rambling 19th century farms, railroad-spawned villages of the 1870s to gleaming, streamlined diners that sustained auto-borne patrons road tripping through the 1930s, each of the buildings, structures, and spaces tell a story of who we are and what we cherish. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation keeps hundreds of years of history alive and vital, engaging people of all walks in Vermontís past through collecting, preserving and discovering a shared priority and value for the human spirit that preceded us. Our programs support the continued use of our historical assets, and the integration of our history into our future planning and growth, job creation and communitiesí culture. Through grants, review and compliance, and the operation of a statewide system of State-owned historic sites, we foster protection, research, education and interpretation of Vermontís historic resources.

temporary seasonal employee
Professional Opportunity
Strafford, VT

This temporary seasonal employee at the Senator Justin Morrill State Historic Site will be assuming several important duties inherent in the site's mission statement.

The employee will:

- Perform collections cataloging in the PastPerfect Museum Software database, using the site's laptop with biweekly data transfers to the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch. Cataloging will include creation of an inventory of all two-dimensional and three-dimensional art in the house and larger Morrill collection, include photographs, descriptions, and provenance. The temporary employee will conduct research about how these works came into the possession of the Morrill family and/or the State. The inventory will also include suggestions and recommendations on how to better incorporate the art into the guided tour. Research will be conducted on site, at local and state libraries and historical societies, and at the offices of the Division for Historic Preservation in Montpelier. Items will be cleaned and labeled as part of the cataloging process.

- Occasionally serve as a docent and lead guided tours of Senator Morrill's Gothic Revival-style home and his landscaped gardens and outbuildings.

- Assist with larger Friends of the Morrill Homestead (as approved) and/or Division for Historic Preservation events to take place at the site.

- Digitally photograph all of the buildings at the site, both indoors and outdoors to document current conditions. Contextual images are also desired.

- Furnish a final report detailing the PastPerfect activities including the number of objects entered into the database, the status of the cataloging with regard to the art inventory, copies of all photographs (on a CD), recommendations and further work, and art inventory. This report will be submitted electronically on the last day that the temporary employee works.

This is a paid position, working 40 hours a week, five days a week with some nights and weekends as needed and approved. The wage is $10.89/hour. The position starts June 29 and concludes on August 11th.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please forward a resume and brief cover letter to the email below.
Matthew Goguen
1 National Life Drive
6th Floor, Davis Building
Montpelier, VT 05620

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