Seeking applicants for a PAID PRESERVATION INTERN!

Arlington currently has a management Intern position being advertised here:

This will be a PAID, full-time, one-year temporary assignment with Arlington County Government (with potential to renew if funding permits). There are several internships available, including one with our Historic Preservation Program. All of the details can be found in the advertisement. It is indeed rare that we have such opportunities available in our Historic Preservation Program.

They are looking for talented, energetic, and passionate preservationists and history buffs who want to see how an active preservation program at the local government level operates… and who are willing to dive right in and help make a difference!

2016 Archaeology Field School at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

From Liza Gijanto
I am writing in regards to the 2016 Archaeology Field School offered by the Department of Anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  This summer we will be investigating the great house and surrounding outbuildings of the 17th and 18th century plantation of West Ashcom on the Pautuxant River.  Here’s the link for more information.

Summer Work for Historical Interpreters on the GW Parkway

George Washington Memorial Parkway is seeking qualified students to work as interpreters in the park this summer. Students will be awarded the opportunity to provide services to visitors by giving talks, interpreting natural and historic features, answering questions, and guiding tours.
Positions are located at multiple sites, including Glen Echo Park, Clara Barton National Historical Site, Arlington House, Great Falls Park, park headquarters, and the park’s maintenance facility.  
The park preserves the natural scenery along the Potomac River.  It connects historic sites from Mount Vernon, where Washington lived, past the nation’s capital, which he founded, to the Great Falls of the Potomac, where he demonstrated his skill as an engineer. 
These temporary employment opportunities are open to current students who meet the requirements of the Pathways internship program. The anticipated entrance on duty date is May/June; employment will end on or before September 30th.
Detailed information is provided in the following vacancy announcements:
These announcements will be open until May 10th.

Historical Interpretation Internship at Aldie Mill

Here’s another opportunity to get some experience in the field of historic preservation with our own faculty member Tracy Gillespie at Aldie Mill.  Please see below for more details:


Summer/Fall 2013




  • Do you like American history?
  • Enjoy talking with visitors to the area?
  • Want to learn the historic trade of milling?


Then this internship is for YOU!

What’s the commitment?       

Two Saturdays per month, 12:00-5:00. 

            Learn the milling process and the history of Aldie Mill

            Have fun and meet interesting people!



CONTACT SITE MANAGER Tracy J. Gillespie, 703-327-9777 or

Spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.



Aldie Mill Historic Park is a property of The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

Historic Preservation Summer Employment Opportunity

Here’s an interesting opportunity for jobs in the preservation field, sponsored by the  National Park Service:


The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings
Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic  American
Landscapes Survey), a division of the National Park Service, seeks
applications from qualified students for summer employment documenting
historic sites and structures of architectural, engineering and
landscape significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site
field work and the preparation of measured and interpretive drawings
and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at
the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.Projects last twelve weeks, beginning in May/June. Salaries range from
approximately $6,000 to approximately $11,000 for the summer,
depending on job responsibility, locality of the project, and level of
experience. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Applications Due: 15 March 2013

Application information can be found on our web site: examples of HDP documentation on the Library of Congress web site: the HDP Summer 2013 Recruitment Poster from our web site:  (340KB.PDF)

For additional information regarding the HABS/HAER/HALS Summer 2013
Documentation Program, please contact:Judy Davis
Summer Program Administrator
Heritage Documentation Programs Division
National Park Service (2270)
1201 Eye Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC  20005
Tel: (202) 354-2135
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Mount Vernon Archaeological Field School

This summer, George Washington’s Mount Vernon will be offering an archaeological field school class in conjunction with the University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation graduate program.   This is a very exciting opportunity for anyone passionate about archaeology, and the archaeologists at Mount Vernon have specifically invited preservation students from NOVA to apply.  The text of the announcement for the program is as follows:

“George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located near Washington, DC, is the historic site dedicated to interpreting the life of the first president within the context of his home and plantation. Under the management of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the property is preserved and restored to reflect the 18th‐century home of the Washington family and the enslaved community. In 2013, the Historic Preservation and Collections Department will embark on a multi‐year project to explore the evolution of the homelot and the multiple generations of outbuildings flanking the Mansion’s west front beginning with an interdisciplinary study of the kitchen. The inaugural year of the Mount Vernon / University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation will investigate the archaeological, architectural, and interpretive histories of the Washington family’s kitchen to create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation while offering a unique educational opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students.

This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology, laboratory procedures, and current themes in historical archaeology and historical preservation. Via readings, discussions, and field trips, students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation – while conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm. They will gain hands‐on, practical experience as they work closely with Mount Vernon’s preservation professionals. Additionally, students will interpret the work to the Estate’s many visitors.

Details. The field school will take place from May 28th through July 3rd. Faculty includes UMD Professor Donald Linebaugh and MVLA staff Eleanor Breen, Luke Pecoraro, and Esther White.  Students earn 6 course credits by attending 6 weeks of classes, 40 hours per week. Check with your institution about transferring credit. Mount Vernon does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local accommodations if necessary. Be advised that most of our time will be outdoors doing strenuous work in hot, humid conditions.


  • Undergraduate or graduate with good academic standing who is attending college full time.
  • Interest in historical archaeology, historic preservation, museums, and American history.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Application. Applicants should submit a resume, names of two references and cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program by April 1, 2013.”