Come work in the rooms where it happened. Abraham Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation and made other nation-changing decisions while living here at President Lincoln’s Cottage.
Today, we welcome more than 35,000 visitors a year for innovative guided tours, exhibits, and programs. Using Lincoln’s example, we work to preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.
- Working with and under the supervision of the Senior Preservationist, the Historic Building & Grounds Technician will maintain the integrity and overall appearance of buildings and grounds at President Lincoln’s Cottage by carrying out routine maintenance and preservation tasks according to prescribed schedules, seasonal needs, and professional standards.
- Ensure security of the site and safety for visitors and staff, through daily building and grounds checks.
- Perform routine maintenance and assist with preservation efforts to the interior and exterior of President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Visitor Education Center. This includes such tasks as painting, carpentry, hardware maintenance, and occasional custodial duties.
- Support routine and seasonal maintenance of the gardens, trees, and pathways. This includes such tasks as raking, leaf blowing, mulching, weeding, pruning, edging, planting, and maintenance of a site wide irrigation and exterior lighting system.
- Maintain a consistent record of maintenance and preservation efforts. This includes project reports and photographs, historic and modern building materials research and documentation, and updates to the cyclical maintenance and important projects list
- Assist in managing contractors hired to complete maintenance projects and keep photo record of work when necessary.
- Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings and professional development opportunities.
- Perform other duties as assigned
- At least two years’ experience, and an interest in pursuing a career, in the preservation trades or landscape maintenance. A degree in historic preservation, a preservation trade school, or landscape program is a plus.
- Good organizational skills with an ability to prioritize tasks and at the same time be flexible and able to adapt to meet site needs.
- Basic problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Ability to understand instructions and deadlines in English and execute tasks as assigned, with ability to learn and handle routine tasks without close supervision.
- Ability to work with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and other stake holders ensuring cooperation as a site team member.
- Minimum physical requirements include but are not limited to: ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis and occasionally more; ability to push or pull up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis and occasionally more; ability to climb stairs, ladders, and scaffolding; ability to bend, squat, kneel, twist/turn, and reach above the shoulder.
- Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions.
- Availability for evening, weekend and holiday work required.
- Paid Holidays
- Paid Time Off
- 401K with Employer Matching
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Short- and Long-term Disability Insurance
- Employee Discounts and Perks
- Employee Assistance Program
- Flexible Spending Account
- Job Type: Full-time
Please send a cover letter and resume (with three references) via email to:
Jeff Larry, Senior Preservationist
Application deadline is July 29, 2022