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HistoriCorps Project Supervisor

May 12 - November 15


Start: May 12
End: November 15
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If you are a historic preservation construction professional passionate about sharing your skills and knowledge while saving historic structures in some of the most beautiful places in America, HistoriCorps may be the opportunity for you.  The Project Supervisor is our boots on the ground professional that directs the day-to-day work of each project, educates and trains our volunteer workforce, and works closely with the HistoriCorps Project Manager to communicate project progress and needs.

Want a break from the mundane, the familiar, the day-to-day work?  Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and wake up in the morning to an elk herd on the horizon, our bald eagles soaring above? Want to re-invigorate your passion for historic preservation, meet people of like mind, and introduce volunteers to the gratifying work we do?  Do you want to do all this in places most people spend a lifetime dreaming about?  HistorCorps just may change your life.

Program Description
HistoriCorps’ mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education.

Specifically, HistoriCorps:

  • Saves historic buildings
  • Teaches volunteers and students traditional building skills
  • Encourages volunteerism on public lands

This season’s projects will restore/rehabilitate historic buildings that were originally used as ranches, historic summer homes, ranger stations, fire lookout towers and more. The buildings are all remotely located on America’s spectacular public lands (Bureau Land Management, National Park Service, United States Forest Service, state lands). While most sites are accessible by high clearance vehicles, some require a hike to access the sites.

Position Description
Project Supervisors are responsible for everything related to, and everyone on, their respective work sites. Duties include:

  • Prepare sites and plan project-related tasks for arrival of crews;
  • Adhere to and promote work safety standards;
  • Work with, provide on-the-job training for, and coordinate tasks for unskilled and semiskilled volunteers and students;
  • Supervise up to 3 paid crew (most typically 1);
  • Supervise crews of up to 18 volunteers (most typically 6-8);
  • Camp onsite in primitive lodging, ensure a clean and safe campsite and toilet facilities, and be responsible for the welfare of everyone camping onsite;
  • Manage all jobsite activities including supervision of sub-contractors
  • Assist crew leader in campsite activities, including kitchen duties;
  • Purchase building materials;
  • Deliver timesheets, volunteer reports, and project photographs in timely manner to home office;
  • Provide a positive learning environment;
  • Complete projects and oversee cleanup to a “leave no trace” standard (other than the preservation work just completed!).

Project Supervisors will be expected to work long days in variable weather and live in a remote and/or backcountry setting (i.e., tents) for up to 14 days at a time. Project Supervisors must have previous leadership experience instructing crews, ideally in remote or backcountry settings.

Required Qualifications

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of experience in the historic preservation field supervising projects and demonstrating leadership experience instructing crews;
  • Have experience rehabilitating or restoring log, frame, masonry, and/or adobe structures (NOTE:  Please list past projects that you supervised, and describe the scope of work and skill needed for these projects);
  • Have a working knowledge of, and practical experience with, The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties;
  • Ability to work in remote or backcountry settings;
  • Possess strong communication, management and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record;
  • Possess a journeyman’s knowledge of historic building techniques, hand tools and the historic building trades;

Pay for this position starts at $350/day and is commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Please send resume, letter of interest (maximum 400 words), and list three references to Jason Whitehead at jwhitehead@historicorps.org.