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Posted: 01/13/2017

Historic New England
Property Care

Our Mission We serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage. Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, exhibitions, museum properties, and archives that document more than 400 years of life in New England. 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 45,000 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. Statement of Preservation Philosophy One of Historic New England's primary goals is the preservation of cultural resources. Recognizing that the resources administered by Historic New England, including landscapes, buildings, structures, archeological resources, objects, and archival material, may have different preservation needs and ideologies, Historic New England's preservation philosophy is to: •Research and document the history, evolution, features, materials, integrity, and areas of significance of resources prior to undertaking any repair or conservation work. Research should be considered a continuum that serves to direct the overall management approach for resources, and records Historic New England's contribution to their care and maintenance; •Monitor usage to prevent irreparable loss of historic fabric; •Choose maintenance and conservation treatments that reflect a commitment to retaining and preserving historic material; •Recognize and preserve the design and craftsmanship that has uniquely shaped a resource over time; •Disseminate the experiences and information associated with resources to internal and external audiences; and •Follow or exceed nationally-accepted professional standards and guidelines, as appropriate for each discipline, in order to ensure the longevity of resources and maintain a reputation for innovation and the highest quality of work.

Preservation Carpenter
Professional Opportunity
Waltham, MA
Open Until
Until Filled


The Preservation Carpenter is a member of the Property Care Team responsible for the physical preservation and maintenance of structures owned by Historic New England.    The Preservation Carpenter will work as part of a carpentry crew and will help maintain the historical integrity of the properties by monitoring conditions at the sites, developing treatment plans, performing required work, documenting all phases of work in an appropriate manner, and demonstrating in all actions a commitment to long-term preservation and maintenance of Historic New England resources.




Responsibilities:  Performs repairs based on work plans that adhere to Historic New Englands preservation philosophy.  Assists Preservation Managers in maintenance activities to ensure preservation of structures and monitors contract work at sites as required.  Communicates with Preservation Managers when strategies for repair and preservation differ in the field from work plans.   Work can include but is not limited to timber frame repair, rough and finish carpentry, fence or other landscape element repairs, window maintenance and restoration, plaster stabilization, masonry re-pointing, and painting. Tools used include, but are not limited to, hand tools, molding planes, individual power tools, shop tools, paints, epoxies and resins.  Creates conditions assessments and develop work plans in conjunction with Preservation Managers for repairs that adhere to Historic New Englands preservation philosophy.  Documents each stage of repair in written reports, photography, and/or measured drawings. Documents historical and architecturally significant evidence found prior to making repairs.  Maintains carpentry shop, carpentry van, equipment and tools. Responds to emergencies at the sites as required.


Qualifications:  Minimum of two years preservation carpentry experience or carpentry experience and a degree in a preservation carpentry program or its equivalent. Requires computer skills including working knowledge of word processing, e-mail, internet research, and digital photography. Must be able to operate effectively in a team environment, where communication within and among the teams is essential to success.  Ability to interact and communicate orally and in writing is essential.  Requires problem solving skills and ability to effectively plan and implement work processes to complete tasks according to schedule. 


Requires strong knowledge of historic construction techniques for the New England area. Requires competency in the use of hand and power tools.  A valid drivers license, a means of transportation, and the ability to drive are requirements of this position. The position requires regular travel to Historic New England locations throughout New England.


Preferred Qualifications: Drawing skills are desirable. Knowledge and understanding of current OSHA guidelines relating to building construction are preferred.


How to apply
Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@historicnewengland.org.
151 Essex Street
Haverhill, MA 01832

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