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Posted: 12/06/2018

Preservation Virginia
Preservation Services

Preservation Virginia, a privately-funded, statewide historic preservation leader founded more than 100 years ago, works to ensure the relevancy of the Commonwealth’s historic places. The multifaceted and impactful nature of our advocacy programs, six historic sites and partnerships with other organizations has allowed us to create a holistic approach to saving the places that connect us to our diverse, complex history.

Apprentice Craftsperson
Professional Opportunity
Richmond, VA
Open Until
Until Filled

Preservation Virginia seeks an Apprentice Craftsperson who will work with Preservation Virginias Master Craftsman to maintain the nine historic properties owned by the organization. The properties range in location from Hanover County (Scotchtown) to the City of Virginia Beach (Cape Henry Lighthouse) and range in age from 1607 (Jamestowne) to 1835 (Tucker Brothers Store).   The preservation services staff is also hired out to perform fee for service projects on historically significant structures throughout the state. Work is directed by the Architectural Conservator, who manages the properties (grounds, buildings, MEP, conservation) and serves as the project manager for all conservation work.

The successful candidate will support the mission and vision of Preservation Virginia and will report directly to the Master Craftsman. Most non site-specific work is completed at Jamestowne or Bacons Castle, where the workshops are located.


Must arrive to work on time and ready to work
Basic computer and digital camera skills
Required to follow Federal, State, and local building codes and regulations
Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
Ability to estimate required skills, material requirements, tools, and equipment
needed to complete a wide range of jobs
Desire to acquire institutional knowledge, namely the preservation history of each
Attention to detail in work- manufacture and install
Perform duties effectively, timely, and without supervision
Detailed and accurate oral and written communication skills including creating
and maintaining records
Critical thinking skills for diagnosing building problems
Understand and follow oral and written directions
Must adhere to ALL requirements in the Employee Handbook
Must adhere to a schedule with the possibility of working beyond the normal 8
hours per day

Preservation Skills:
Excellent manual dexterity
Knowledge of, and an interest in, historic structures and traditional building
Must possess experience and knowledge in historic construction technology,
techniques, materials, equipment, and tools related to masonry and carpentry
Paint and plastering skills
Knowledge and experience constructing, installing, maintaining and repairing
Ability to understand architectural drawings, schematics, shop drawings, and
Effectively and safely operate a variety of tools and equipment used in the skilled
carpentry trade
Conduct work with the utmost safety in mind including wearing personal
protective equipment (PPE) which is required for every job
Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interiors National Historic Preservation Act
Section 106 regulations

Interpersonal Skills:
Ability to listen effectively and take direction as well as be self-motivated
Maintains open and clear communication with the Master Craftsman and
Architectural Conservator
Ability to foster a cooperative and positive work environment
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy

Work in extreme conditions inside and outside
Work safely from a ladder, scaffolding, or lift at varying heights
Lift heavy objects
Knowledge of safe erection and use of scaffolding
Regular exposure to fumes, dust, odors, heights, and loud noises
Standing, sitting, bending, and/or crouching for extended periods of time
Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally
Lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling object(s) weighing up to 75 pounds
Ability to recognize hazardous situations

Minimum Qualifications
High School Diploma or equivalent
Carpentry coursework desired
3 years carpentry experience desired
Masonry experience with historic mortar types and repointing skills
Valid Drivers License; provide own transportation and be able to travel
throughout the state

How to apply
To apply, complete an application for employment found at https://preservationvirginia.org/about/jobs-internships/. Submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a completed application to: Architectural Conservator 204 West Franklin Street Richmond, Virginia 23220 Application materials can also be emailed to Janelle Elyse Sahutski at jsahutski@preservationvirginia.org. Position open until filled. Competitive salary and benefits. No faxes or phone calls
Janelle Elyse Sahutski
204 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220

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