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Posted: 12/03/2019

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Historic Preservation and Collections--Architecture Program

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is a private non-profit organization charged with the mission to preserve, restore, and mange the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington. For more information, please visit our website.

Preservation Mason
Professional Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA
Open Until
Until Filled

George Washington's Mount Vernons Department of Historic Preservation and Collections is currently seeking a Preservation Mason. This position is responsible for the preservation and conservation of the brick and stone masonry dating from the 18th-20th centuries. This position also performs a variety of duties to assist with the maintenance of buildings and other non-masonry preservation work as required. The person selected for this position is under the supervision of the Architectural Conservator. He/she should be able to work independently and as a part of a team.

Position Specific Responsibilities:

  • Performs restoration masonry work at the highest level
  • Ability to match mortars, bricks, pavers, stone and plaster to construct or repair walls, walks, and similar structures, and to clean masonry
  •  Ability to create specifications, budgets, schedules, and scopes of works for preservation activities
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of the techniques and materials of historic masonry including the use of appropriate bonds and joint types, hand-made brick and appropriate lime mortars
  • Ability to diagnose and resolve masonry deterioration and failure
  • Capacity to read historic masonry in order to identify changes, repairs, and alterations over time
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of the techniques and materials of historic lime plaster
  • Ability to compose condition assessments and project reports
  • Follows the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and all guidelines set by Mount Vernons Historic Preservation Department
  • Able to interpret and work from architectural drawings
  • Provides support for all construction activities: mixes mortar and plaster, transports bricks, and soil
  • Works directly with outside consultants, contractors, suppliers, masons and laborers with all aspects of masonry projects
  • Operates, maintains and secures all tools and equipment
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Five years experience in masonry-related trades to include restoration
  • Successful completion of apprentice training in masonry (preferred)
  • Successful completion of a certificate program in historic masonry or equivalent
  • Valid drivers license
  • Must possess effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Equipment experience: Machinery, assorted hand, power and air tools and saws 

George Washington's Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply
Please follow the application link provided.

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