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Posted: 05/18/2017

Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Historic Deerfield Inc., founded in 1952, is an outdoor history museum that focuses on the history and culture of the Connecticut River Valley and early New England. It has a dual mission of educating the public about the lifestyles of the diverse people who lived here long ago and of preserving antique buildings and collections of regional furniture, silver, textiles, and other decorative arts. First settled in 1669, Deerfield is one of the few towns settled by English colonists along the eastern seaboard that retains its original scale and town plan. Visitors are offered guided and self-guided tours of 12 antique houses ranging in age from 1730 to 1850. Eleven of these houses are on their original sites.

Director of Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
Deerfield, MA

The Director of Historic Preservation conducts research on and oversees the care and repair/restoration of Historic Deerfield's 55 antique structures. More specifically, the person shall:

Conduct detailed structure conservation surveys entailing close inspection of all Historic Deerfield's properties to document present conditions and to determine potential problems. Compile a prioritized list of projects to aid long-range planning.

Oversee all work conducted on Historic Deerfield's historic building fabric either by in-house maintenance crew members or by outside contractors. Work closely with the Superintendent of Properties Maintenance in scheduling projects.

Work closely with the Superintendent of Properties Maintenance on yearly and long-range planning and budgeting for maintenance, repair, and restoration of Historic Deerfield's buildings and landscape features.

Review and update specifications for various projects, contact appropriate contractors for bidding, oversee and document all work (written/photographic), and approve all related billing.

Research materials, products, and firms to better preserve Historic Deerfield's buildings.

Conduct research and building archaeology on Historic Deerfield's structures as required for restoration work and for a better understanding of local building practices from the late 17th to early 20th centuries.

Curate the museums extensive collection of architectural fragments in conjunction with the Deerfield home lot files. Conduct research regarding historic paints, wallpapers and floor treatments.

Create basic floor plans and elevations compatible with historic structures reports.

Collaborate with curatorial department staff on repair and restoration plans and environmental issues that affect the institution's historic buildings and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life.

Prepare lectures and articles for the general public, professional organizations, museum education programs, and staff training. Reply to inquiries from the public and other institutions regarding preservation/restoration questions/issues.

The Director of Historic Preservation reports directly to the Senior Vice President; works closely with the Superintendent of Properties Maintenance, the Director of Finance, and the Director of the Curatorial Department; and oversees the work of Historic Deerfield staff on antique buildings.

Job requirements:

M.S. in Historic Preservation

5 years minimum in the preservation field, with an emphasis on 18th to mid-19th century construction preferred

Public speaking experience

Hands-on restoration/construction experience

While not required, the following are desirable:

Lead Safe renovator-Supervisor certificate

Construction Supervisor license

Introductory CAD technology

Hours: The Director of Historic Preservation will work 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am 4:00 pm. Evenings and weekends may occasionally be required for programs, special events, or other needs.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
send application materials to the contact listed below
Betsy McKee
Phone: 413-775-7165
Fax: 413-775-7220
PO Box 321
84B Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342

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