The Events Associate (EA) serves as an informed and friendly ambassador for President Lincoln’s Cottage, providing support for its award-winning events program. The EA reports directly to the Events Manager and assists with general event services including: leading venue tours; preparation of event materials, set-up, monitoring, and clean-up of events; and tracking event information. This is a part time, hourly position not to exceed 30 hours per workweek. Events occur throughout the year, on weekdays and weekends, daytime and evenings.
- Helps ensure that President Lincoln’s Cottage is ready to receive guests by the start of each event, greets and orients guests during events, and assists to ensure that the site is properly returned to excellent, pre-event conditions at the conclusion of each event.
- Actively monitors vendors and guests during events. Protects the National Monument and adjacent historic landscape and structures by ensuring strict adherence to site policies and procedures.
- Conducts venue tours for potential and contracted clients.
- Assists in monitoring security (buildings, grounds) and ensuring visitor safety, responding calmly and professionally to emergencies and promptly notifying supervisor and/or other appropriate staff of incidents or unsafe conditions.
- Assists in marketing outreach initiatives including updating client databases.
- Assist with visitor services and frontline operations as required, including shop retail, answering phones, and opening and closing site’s buildings in accordance with site procedures and
- Accurately convey the site’s history and sense of place for visitors, so they may better understand and appreciate the site within historical and contemporary
- Convey the mission of President Lincoln’s Cottage, including knowledgeably sharing information on upcoming programs and initiatives.
- Ability to work shifts ranging from 3 hours to 10 hours each, between the hours of 7AM-12AM.
- Experience in wedding coordination, special events or other aspects of the hospitality field preferred, including customer service experience and experience dealing with clients, vendors and guests in sophisticated and complex social settings.
- Previous experience in a historic, museum, or other cultural setting a plus.
- Effective and engaging interpersonal skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to speak and read English fluently (bilingual fluency a plus).
- Basic problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
- Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including culturally diverse audiences, patrons and guests.
- Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set a plus.
- Ability to work weekends, holidays and evenings.
- Minimum physical requirements include but are not limited to: Ability to stand or be active for periods up to 10 hours; walk over uneven terrain; climb stairs; lift up to 50lbs.
- BA or equivalent work experience required; studies in hospitality- or site-related fields a plus.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Jobs@LincolnCottage.org. Please use “Events Associate” in the subject line. President Lincoln’s Cottage is accepting applications until February 15, 2019.
Summer Intern (Preservation)
President Lincoln’s Cottage seeks a summer intern to perform hands-on preservation and restoration work on the 1842 Gothic Revival Style Cottage and the Visitor Education Center, an Italian Renaissance Revival style building constructed in 1905. Duties, as assigned, will include documentation, painting and preservation work on sash (glazing), doors (mortise & tenon repair), shutters (rail & stile Dutchman and epoxy repair) and sills (different techniques in managing checks and rot). In addition to obtaining hands-on experience the intern will gain an understanding of the day to day operations and preservation management at an historic site.
The position is open to individuals entering their final year or graduating from a college level preservation trades program. The applicant must show a commitment to a career in the preservation trades and an interest in Historic Preservation. Previous experience (degree or certificate) in Historic Preservation is a plus. The intern may use their own hand tools but this is not required.
This is a paid internship that runs Monday, June 3 – Friday, August 9 (dates are slightly flexible depending on school obligations). The intern is expected to work 32-40 hours per week. The rate of pay is $18/hour.
President Lincoln’s Cottage does not provide housing but there are numerous options available for summer interns in the Washington D.C. area. General guidance on locating housing will be provided upon request.
Please send a cover letter and resume (with three references) via email to:
Jeff Larry, Senior Preservationist
Application deadline is Monday, March 18, 2019.
Notification will be made no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.
President Lincoln’s Cottage is a proud recipient of the Washingtonian’s 50 Great Places to Work (2017)