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Posted: 01/29/2015


Organization Description: HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. Headquartered in the Rocky Mountains where many of our projects are located, our work takes us to public lands throughout the United States. Specifically, HistoriCorps: --Saves historic buildings --Teaches students and volunteers traditional building skills --Encourages volunteerism on public lands

Project Supervisor
Professional Opportunity
Rural, CO
Salaried at $1000-1400/week

HistoriCorps® Project Supervisors.; Five month term with possibility for extensions, One position may start April 1, additional positions starting May 1st (start date depends on respective projects).  Work in some of Americas last great places. 

If you are a historic preservation construction professional looking for an opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in America, HistoriCorps may be the opportunity for you.  Do you want a break from the mundane, the familiar, the day-to-day work?  Do you want to re-ignite your passion for historic preservation, meet people of like mind who want to learn, and introduce them to the gratifying work we do, all while teaching, coaching and inspiring them?  And do all this in places most people spend a lifetime dreaming about?  You will never have more fun working and making a difference.  HistoriCorps just may change your life.

Project Supervisors will have the opportunity to restore/rehabilitate multiple historic log, stone, adobe, and frame buildings, living and working on Americas remote and spectacular public lands (BLM, NPS, USFS, state lands). Project Supervisors may be asked to travel anywhere in the United States.  While most sites are accessible by high clearance vehicles, some require a backcountry hike.

The Project Supervisors are responsible for everyone on, and everything related to, their respective work sites.  They will:

  • Prepare sites and plan project-related tasks for arrival of crews;
  • Work with, provide on-the-job training for, and coordinate tasks for unskilled and semi-skilled volunteers and assistants;
  • Supervise up to 3 paid crew (most typically 1);
  • Supervise crews of up to 18 volunteers (most typically 6-8);
  • Tent camp onsite or in primitive lodging;
  • Ensure a clean and safe campsite and toilet facilities, and be responsible for the welfare of everyone camping onsite;
  • Supervise sub-contractors;
  • Manage all jobsite and campsite activities;
  • Monitor group dynamics among crew, volunteers and project partners; ensuring a positive and fun experience and quality product;
  • Purchase building materials;
  • Deliver timesheets, receipts, volunteer reports, and project photographs in timely manner to home office;
  • Adhere to and promote work safety standards;
  • Instruct, coach and inspire to provide a positive and fun learning environment;
  • Complete projects and oversee cleanup to a leave no trace standard (other than the preservation work just completed!);
    • Provide own personal camping equipment (tent and sleeping gear. Tools, vehicles, and camp kitchen are provided);
    • Use own personal cell phone for business.

Project Supervisors will be expected to work long days in variable weather, live in a remote and/or backcountry setting (i.e., tents) for up to 14 days at a time, and have, or be willing, to obtain (by the commencement of work during the 2015 season) a First Aid or First Responder certification (partial reimbursement by HistoriCorps upon receipt of certificate).   Project Supervisors must have previous leadership experience instructing crews, ideally in remote or backcountry settings.  Project Supervisors will be expected to attend management training prior to commencement of the season, at a location to be determined.

Required Qualifications:

  • Possess a valid drivers license and a good driving record;
  • Possess a journeymans knowledge of hand tools and the historic building trades;
  • Have experience in rehabilitating/restoring log, frame, and/or adobe structures,

(NOTE:  Please list past projects that you supervised, and describe the scope of work and skills needed for these projects);

  • Have a working knowledge of, and practical experience with, the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties;
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How to apply
Please send resume, letter of interest (maximum 400 words), and list three references to cgriffin@historicorps.org. Deadline: March 1st.
Catherine Griffin

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