Summer Fellows will be placed with the companies Preservation Timber Framing or Bagala Window Works. (Other trades firms have expressed interest, and their involvement will be determined later this spring.)
Preservation Timber Framing is headed by Arron Sturgis, a past president of Maine Preservationís Board of Trustees, whose firm generally repairs and restores 18th and 19th century barns, steeples, museums and homes. Bagala Window Works has been restoring historic windows and doors from houses, churches, commercial blocks ó and any place that has antique windows ó since 1988. Bagala designed and manufactures its own large-scale steam stripping machine. Duties at the trade/professional sites will be according to the Summer Fellowís skill set and the projects available at the time.
Responsibilities at Maine Preservationís headquarters will include assistance with research and professional writing (press releases, etc.), event and advocacy orchestration, and general assistance in the office. Most time will be spent on MPís annual Most Endangered Historic Places list and the annual Honor Awards. Benefits of a Summer Fellowship include introduction to the preservation field, both of the tangible applications of construction and repair, and of the program, policy and advocacy side of preservation, including sale of historic properties and the financial pro-forma models used by developers. Two experienced professionals on the staff have more than 35 years of experience in the field to share. Fellows will be introduced to preservation professionals, policy makers, preservation consultants, supporters and donors, and allied organizations in the field. Fellows will gain important practical knowledge of how preservation businesses run and how preservation nonprofits function.
An academic or professional background in preservation is encouraged and some experience related to the professional or trades placement is advantageous. Preservation Timber Framing specifically looks for work experience in Construction. Several Maine Preservation Fellows have gained post-grad employment through Maine Preservation contacts, although Maine Preservation does not have paid positions available following the Summer Fellowship at this time. Housing and transportation will be the responsibility of the Summer Fellow, but Maine Preservation has limited local housing options for Fellows without a Maine connection. Maine Preservation is located at 233 West Main Street above the Yarmouth village, 10 miles northeast of Portland on the highway. Transportation will also be required to get to the trades site each day, which can be up to an hour away from Portland (carpooling is common, but not guaranteed).
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Barbara Wheaton, Barbara@MainePreservation.org by Friday, March 31, 2017.
Please include in the cover letter (1) a brief introduction of your background, (2) a description of your relevant experience and skill set, especially hands-on (expand on your resume), (3) whether you have access to transportation and a Maine connection for the possibility of housing, (4) optimal timeframe between May and September when you are available, and (5) your level of commitment (whether you have competing options this summer). A succinct response to each question is sufficient in the letter. Ideally, a cover letter will span a page to a page and a half.
After the application deadline has closed, Maine Preservation will review the applications with our partner trades organizations, and selected candidates will be interviewed by phone. The coordination takes time among busy people, so please be patient while we conduct the selection process. Maine Preservation plans to announce Fellowships by mid-April.