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Posted: 06/22/2018

Employer
Appalachian Forest Heritage Area
Hands On Team

Explore local heritage while gaining experience in public history. Spend a year of service in the beautiful highlands of West Virginia, serving with local communities and non-profits such as historical museums and societies, archaeology program, preservation or cultural organizations. Members help sites conserve and interpret their heritage, support volunteers, and encourage heritage tourism. Public history or museum skills such as collections, research, and interpretation are sought for some positions; for others communications and outreach skills are important.


Position
Hands On Team (AmeriCorps member)
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Elkins, WV
Details
 

Hands-On Team (HOT) members work as a team on a variety historic preservation community buildings and outdoor conservation projects doing primarily hands-on work. Tasks may include window repair, structural stabilization, reconstructing porches or other parts of structures, interior repair, painting, plaster repair, timber wall straightening and repair, site prep and cleanup, as well as archaeological excavation, site protection, trail building or landscape projects. Hands-on team members may also take on historic preservation planning, such as preparing reports on historic structures, needs assessments, or assisting building owners with reuse plans, or a heritage or interpretive project, depending on your interest and the tasks needed.

Experience or familiarity with construction and hand tools is required; members will receive training in specific skills. For HOT projects, members will often be working side by side with an experienced contractor or trainer such as HistoriCorps, and can learn on the job. All HOT members will do both construction and conservation tasks.

Members should be prepared for physically difficult and sometimes tedious work, as well as unpleasant or dirty working conditions (with appropriate safety equipment). You should be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, be able to wear a face mask, and climb a step ladder. Although there may be some office work, this team will continue hands-on work through the winter on interior projects. The team is based in Elkins, with periodic travel including several days at a time away for some projects. Applicants must be comfortable in a team, and understand and follow all safety precautions. 

OPen until
09/05/2018

How to apply
See our website link www.appalachianforest.us/americorps.htm for complete details about the program and positions or contact us by email at afha@appalachianforest.us for more details. Email us a cover letter to initiate application and get a list of still available positions. AmeriCorps application also required. We are recruiting actively to try to fill positions before September.
Phone: 304-636-6182
ADDRESS
Elkins, WV 26241

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