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Posted: 01/20/2016

Greater Portland Landmarks

Greater Portland Landmarks preserves and revitalizes 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. Landmarks is proud to provide leadership and advocacy, present educational publications, events and programs, and act as steward of the Portland Observatory (1807) for future generations.

2016 Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Portland, ME
$2,750 for 10 weeks
Open Until

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks a Preservation Intern to provide support for our Director of Advocacy in managing Landmarks Annual Awards Program and a reconnaissance level survey in the Deering area of Portland.  The intern will attend Awards Program, Education, and Advocacy Committee meetings, record meeting notes, and provide assistance with all aspects of the awards nomination process and public issues discussions.  

The intern will also conduct field surveys and archival research, produce written and photographic documentation, and complete data entry for the reconnaissance level survey. In addition, the intern will work on other activities, including the easement program, preservation planning tasks, and other duties as assigned.

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

Primary Duties

Manage nominations process for 2016 Awards Program, including media releases.

Conduct Reconnaissance Level Survey of properties in the Deering area of Portland according to Maine 

          o Research properties being considered for awards, maintain paper and electronic files,                take media-quality photographs, and create short building profile summaries for use in              documenting and selecting nominated properties.

          o Prepare pre-meeting information packets and Power Point presentations for selection                  process.

          o Photograph Historic resources with a digital camera.

          o Create and maintain maps of surveyed resources.

          o Enter field notes and photographs into Maines Cultural & Architectural Resource                        Management Archive and prepare for transmittal to Portlands Historic Preservation                    Program.  

          o Assist the Director of Advocacy with research for local nominations. 

Attend meetings of the Advocacy, Education, and Awards Selection Committees. Draft minutes and meeting notes.  Opportunity to participate in a variety of preservation-related activities and community meetings.

Ancillary Duties

Assist Director of Advocacy in inspecting Landmarks preservation easement properties; documenting condition of these properties.  


Position reports to Director of Advocacy and Executive Director


Currently enrolled in, or have graduated from a graduate program in historic preservation, urban planning, community development, American studies, American history or architectural history.  Recent undergraduate college graduates will be considered but must have a very strong background in above areas and strong writing skills. 

Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and National Register of Historic Preservation nomination standards is highly beneficial.

Experience in, or knowledge of, cultural resource surveys and research methods is beneficial.

Applicant should have excellent interpersonal communication skills, the ability to participate successfully as member of team-based environment, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

Solid office skills and use of Microsoft products (Office, Excel, Outlook, Power Point). Familiarity with InDesign is beneficial.

Applicants should have excellent writing skills, be highly organized and efficient, and have an ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

Ability to operate a digital camera and compose quality architectural & landscape photographs is required.

A car is not required, but may be helpful. The applicant must be sufficiently mobile to travel up and down city blocks for several hours at a time and to climb stairs.

Some familiarity with New England architecture is preferred but not required.


Service Dates: June 6th - August 10th (some flexibility to accommodate college schedules)

How to apply
Interested candidates please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the project, a resume, writing sample, photography samples, and three references by March 11, 2016 to: Hilary D. Bassett, Executive Director, Greater Portland Landmarks, hbassett@portlandlandmarks.org, Preservation Intern in subject line. Electronic applications are preferred.
Hilary Bassett
Phone: 2077745561
Fax: 2077742509
93 High Street
Portland, ME 04101

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