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Posted: 02/12/2016


Our mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. Specifically, HistoriCorps: 1. Saves historic buildings 2. Teaches volunteers traditional building skills 3. Advances the use of green technologies on historic buildings 4. Encourages volunteerism on public lands

Project Supervisor (Summer Season)
Professional Opportunity
Denver, CO

If you are a historic preservation construction professional looking for a working vacation in some of the most beautiful places in America, HistoriCorps may be the opportunity for you.  Want a break from the mundane, the familiar, the day-to-day work?  Want to re-invigorate your passion for historic preservation, meet people of like mind, and introduce them to the gratifying work we do?  And do all this in places most people spend a lifetime dreaming about?  HistorCorps just may change your life.

The summer 2016 projects will restore/rehabilitate multiple historic log, stone, adobe, and frame buildings that were originally used as ranches, historic summer homes, ranger stations, fire lookout towers and more. The buildings are all remotely located on Americas spectacular public lands (Bureau Land Management, National Park Service, United States Forest Service, state lands). The projects are located in areas including California, Colorado and the Southwest. However, the Project Supervisor may be asked to travel anywhere in the United States.  While most site are accessible by high clearance vehicles, some require a hike to access the sites.

The Project Supervisors are responsible for everything related to, and everyone on, their respective work sites.  They will:

  • Prepare sites and plan project-related tasks for arrival of crews;
  • Work with, provide on-the-job training for, and coordinate tasks for unskilled and semiskilled volunteers and assistants;
  • Supervise up to 3 paid crew (most typically 1);
  • Supervise crews of up to 18 volunteers (most typically 6-8);
  • Camp onsite in primitive lodging, ensure a clean and safe campsite and toilet facilities, and be responsible for the welfare of everyone camping onsite;
  • Supervise sub-contractors;
  • Manage all jobsite and campsite activities;
  • Purchase building materials;
  • Deliver timesheets, volunteer reports, and project photographs in timely manner to home office;
  • Adhere to and promote work safety standards;
  • Provide a positive learning environment;
  • Complete projects and oversee cleanup to a leave no trace standard (other than the preservation work just completed!).

Project Supervisors will be expected to work long days in variable weather, live in a remote and/or backcountry setting (i.e., tents) for up to 14 days at a time, and have, or be willing, to obtain (by the commencement of work during the 2016 season) a First Aid or First Responder certification (partial reimbursement by HistoriCorps upon receipt of certificate).   Project Supervisors must have previous leadership experience instructing crews, ideally in remote or backcountry settings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Possess a valid drivers license and a good driving record;
  • Possess a journeymans knowledge of hand tools and the historic building trades;
  • Have experience in rehabilitating/restoring log, frame, and/or adobe structures (NOTE:  Please list past projects that you supervised, and describe the scope of work and skill needed for these projects);
  • Have a working knowledge of, and practical experience with, the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties;
  • Possess strong communication, management and conflict resolution skills;
  • Enjoy teaching others about historic preservation skills and techniques


Pay for this position is commensurate with experience. 

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How to apply
Please send a resume, letter of interest (maximum 400 words), and list three references to Rebecca Curry at rcurry@historicorps.org. The deadline to apply is March 4th, 2016.
Rebecca Curry
Phone: 3038934260 ext 221
1420 Ogden Street, Suite 103
Denver, CO 80218

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