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Posted: 04/25/2017

Employer
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Description of Historic Property: Congressional Cemetery is a 35 acre National Historic Landmark situated along the Anacostia River on Capitol Hill in Washington DC that was founded in 1807. As the premier burial ground for the nationís capital city in the early 19th Century, Congressional became the final resting place for hundreds of notable individuals from across the country. This impressive roster of outstanding Americans enables Congressional to tell the story of America in all its many dimensions. Today Congressional is not the sleepy old burial ground you might expect; it is a vibrant active community of 600 (!) daily dog walkers, visiting descendants, outdoor movie nights, history and genealogy researchers, school tours, living history presentations, night tours, marching bands, 5k races, festivals, preservationists, and gardeners. It is also a privately owned, non-profit managed active burial ground with 68,000 interred and 30,000 headstones. Learn more on our FB page or website.


Position
Grounds Conservation Manager
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Washington, DC
Details
$44,000
 

The position of grounds conservation manager includes myriad duties typically associated with a cemetery manager, groundskeeper, and historic preservationist combined.The Grounds Conservation Manager at HCC reports directly to the President for the vast majority of preservation and restoration projects and day to day activities, and to the Director of Site Sales and Funerals for site issues, stone installation, and funeral preparations.

General duties include:

-††††††††† Provides the restoration, cleaning, and resetting of small headstones

-††††††††† Oversees the restoration of historic structures, chapel, vaults, and mausoleums

-††††††††† Oversees contractors for large restoration projects and major monument restorations

-††††††††† Prepares buildings, grounds, and sites for special events and activities

-††††††††† Research those interred and author newsletter articles about restoration activities

-††††††††† Oversees upkeep and appearance of the grounds, gatehouse, and chapel on a daily basis

-††††††††† Oversees the planning, planting, watering, pruning of trees and gardens

-††††††††† Coordinates and supervises Reprobates onsite serving community hours

-††††††††† Oversees a summer hands-on conservation intern

-††††††††† Coordinates, schedules, and supervises visiting volunteers and volunteer groups

-††††††††† Prepares and updates safety briefing for volunteers and/or special activities

-††††††††† Coordinates tools and supplies for volunteer groups and staff

-††††††††† Maintains an organized tool shed and garage

-††††††††† Maintains and fuels onsite motorized vehicles and equipment

-††††††††† Assists in the location, preparation and closing of burial sites (with contractor)

-††††††††† Digs small cremation burial sites and pours small foundations for stone setting

-††††††††† Monitors mowing, garden, tree care and groundskeeper contractors onsite


† Qualifications:

- Background in Historic Preservation, Conservation, and/or Landscape Architecture

- Strong computer skills in Word, Access, Excel, Outlook

- Good organizational skills

- Good written and oral communication skills

- Attention to detail and accuracy essential

- Able to work independently

- Valid Driver's License

†40 hours per week, with a flexible schedule to fit the needs of the applicant.† Two weeks vacation, with travel to training workshops and conferences.† Requires some weekend and evening work in exchange for comp hours or days off during the week. HCC is a non-profit 501(c)3 and employment is qualified for eventual student loan relief by the federal government.

Historic Congressional Cemetery is easily reached by taking metro to the Stadium/Armory or Potomac Avenue Station, on the orange, blue and silver lines.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please send cover letter and resume and/or any questions to Paul K. Williams, President, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 or pwilliams@congressionalcemetery.org No phone calls, please.
Paul Williams
Phone: 202-543-0539
ADDRESS
1801 E Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

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