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Posted: 01/13/2015

Employer
Greater Portland Landmarks
Preservation Services

Greater Portland Landmarks Mission: To preserve and revitalize the architectural fabric, history and character of Greater Portland – renewing our neighborhoods, spurring economic development and keeping Portland one of the most livable cities in America. Vision: Greater Portland’s long history and remarkable legacy of architecture, neighborhoods, parks and landscapes will continue to be a vital part of the area’s wonderful quality of life and vibrant economy. Portland residents and visitors will be drawn to, appreciate, protect and support the historic fabric of the community, enriching their lives and those of generations to come. “How will we know it’s us without our past?” Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath We believe:  An understanding of and connection with our history through architecture and landscapes enriches our lives.  The design, quality and condition of the built environment affect our sense of well-being and the economic viability of the community.  Historic structures can be adapted to fit modern uses, contribute to sustainability, and still maintain the integrity and character of the original structure.  The maintenance and enhancement of our historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods supports the livability, economic health and overall value of Greater Portland.


Position
2015 Endangered Properties Preservation Intern
Type
Internship Opportunity
Location
Portland, ME
Uni
Details
 

2015 Endangered Properties Preservation Intern

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks an Endangered Properties Preservation Intern to provide support for our Preservation Services Advisor and Public Issues Committee in managing Landmarks Places in Peril Program. The intern will attend Places in Peril Program and Public Issues Committee meetings, record meeting notes, research properties and produce written and photographic documentation, and provide assistance with all aspects of the endangered properties selection process and public issues discussions. In addition, the intern will work on other activities, including preservation planning tasks, marketing of the Historic Markers Program, developing and entering historic district economic data, and other duties as assigned.

Through this internship, the intern will be exposed to the many facets of historic preservation advocacy and building evaluation.

Primary Duties

Manage nominations process for 2015 endangered properties list, including media releases.

Research properties being considered for endangered property status, maintain paper and electronic files, take media-quality photographs, and create short building profile summaries for use in documenting and selecting nominated endangered properties.

Prepare pre-meeting information packets and Power Point presentations for selection process.

Attend meetings of the Public Issues and Endangered Properties Selection Committees and draft minutes and meeting notes.

Ancillary Duties

Assist Preservation Services Advisor in conducting inspection of Landmarks preservation easement properties; documenting condition of these properties.

Assist in the marketing and implementation of Landmarks Historic Marker Program

Conduct Reconnaissance Level Survey of surviving historic industrial properties in Portland. Prepare materials for the web site and transmit to Portlands Historic Preservation Program.

Gather real estate and economic data for Congress Street Historic District Economic Study.

Attend selected meetings of Portland Historic Preservation Board, Planning Board and City Council meetings.

Supervision

Position reports to Preservation Services Advisor and Executive Director

Qualifications

Graduate students with strong backgrounds in historic preservation, planning, community development, American studies, or architectural history. Recent undergraduate college graduates will be considered but must have very strong background/skills in above areas.

Ability to participate successfully as member of team-based environment.

Solid office skills and use of Microsoft products (Office, Excel, Outlook, Power Point)

Strong interpersonal communication skills; ability to maintain confidentiality.

Strong writing and organizational skills.

Ability to operate a digital camera and compose quality architectural & landscape photographs.

Must hold a current & valid automobile drivers license

Honorarium: $2,000 for 10 weeks (at 30 hours per week)

Service Dates: June 15th August 21st, 2015 (some flexibility to accommodate college schedules)

OPen until
03/10/2015

How to apply
Interested candidates please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the project, a resume, writing sample, and three references by March 10, 2015 to: Hilary D. Bassett, Executive Director, Greater Portland Landmarks, hbassett@portlandlandmarks.org, Endangered Properties Preservation Intern in subject line. Electronic applications are preferred.
Hilary Bassett
Phone: 2077745561
ADDRESS
93 High Street
PORTLAND, ME 04101

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