Americana Fellowship in Architectural Conservation/Preservation Carpentry

Fellowship Opportunity

Classification: Full-time (forty hours per week), term-limited

Description: The Americana Fellowship is a postgraduate opportunity to receive additional hands-on training through an immersive program in a complex preservation work environment. Working with Historic New England’s preservation carpentry crew, as well as through targeted educational opportunities throughout the term, the fellow will deal with a wide range of issues, materials, and their repair, all through the lens of Historic New England’s preservation philosophy. This experience will augment the fellow’s education to date by providing opportunities to hone technical skills and to introduce and practice new techniques and approaches that may not have been learned in the classroom. In addition to providing focused training in the conservation of historic wood structures and features, the fellow will be exposed to other traditional trade and conservation skills, including plaster consolidation and repair, masonry and mortar care and repair, and historic finishes such as paint and whitewash. This position is supported partially through a grant from the Americana Foundation.

Qualifications: A successful candidate will have a degree or certificate from a school or program that focuses on the preservation or conservation of historic materials. The fellowship requires competency with an array of hand and machine tools. Requires fully competent computer skills including working knowledge of word processing, email, internet research, and digital photography. A valid driver’s license and means of transportation are required. Drawing skills are desirable.

This is a term-limited, hourly position with a maximum commitment of forty hours per week (eight-hour days, half-hour unpaid lunch).  The current approved and funded term is twelve months, with a potential for an additional six months pending additional funding. This position is based at the historic Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts and requires regular travel to Historic New England locations throughout New England. Applicant must have a selection of basic hand tools available for use on the job.

Applications: Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.