Become a Maine Preservation Summer Fellow!
Spend the summer in Maine working to save historic buildings! Maine Preservation, a statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization, is offering four Summer Fellowship positions for students of historic preservation and related fields in conjunction with the preservation trades and professions. Fellowships span approximately nine weeks in the summer, split between 5 weeks hands-on site work with a trades firm and 4 weeks of organizational work at Maine Preservations headquarters at the historic Captain Reuben Merrill House (1858) in Yarmouth, about 10 miles north of Portland.
Preservation Timber Framing is headed by Arron Sturgis, a past president of Maine Preservations Board of Trustees, whose firm generally repairs and restores 18th and 19th century barns, steeples, museums and homes.
Bagala Window Works, headed by Marc Bagala, has been restoring historic windows and doors from houses, churches, commercial blocks and any place that has antique windows since 1988. Bagala designed and manufactures their own large-scale steam stripping machine.
Assignments and projects at the trade/professional sites will be made according to the Summer Fellows skill set and the projects available at the time.
Work at Headquarters
Responsibilities at Maine Preservations headquarters will include research and professional writing along with event and advocacy orchestration. Special projects this summer include:
- Most Endangered Places: get updates from previously listed sites; solicit and help coordinate 2018 Most Endangered Places list
- Honor Awards: solicit and help coordinate the 2018 Honor Awards
- Protect & Sell Program: assist with documentation and marketing of historic properties for sale through this program
- Field Services with exposure to activities that include easement inspections, site visits and documentation of endangered steeples and historic rehabilitation tax credit projects.
Fellows will be compensated at $12 per hour during their 5 weeks with a trades firm. The four weeks at Maine Preservation headquarters are unpaid.
Housing & Transportation
Housing and transportation will be the responsibility of the Summer Fellow. Maine Preservation is located at 233 West Main Street near the Yarmouth village, 10 miles northeast of Portland on Interstate 295. 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).
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. Fellows will be introduced to the preservation professionals community, 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. A good sense of humor is essential.