Facilities Management Intern

Expected Dates
April 29, 2019 to October 27, 2019
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Position ID
Become part of our team for the National Park Service! The Facilities Intern will assist the park’s maintenance and historic preservation division in all aspects of caring for the site’s historic buildings and cultural landscape, preparing the park to welcome visitors during and throughout the summer. 

The intern will work with a highly skilled team of historic preservation and maintenance staff and will perform various duties in the upkeep and preservation of the historic structures and cultural landscapes at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site located in Cornish, NH.  The park includes many diverse historic structures with rich histories and unique architecture, including Saint-Gaudens home, art studio, and stables, including stunning gardens and grounds.  Saint-Gaudens was one of America’s greatest sculptors.

The intern will experience the full range of behind-the-scenes preservation and maintenance activities that are involved in managing a nationally significant historic site. The position will work with the park’s maintenance and grounds staff including the park’s exhibits specialist, carpenters, gardener, and grounds keepers who will provide guidance, mentoring, training and supervision. The position may also require the intern to work independently on basic projects and assignments.

Projects and experiences will include: daily upkeep assistance of visitor center (offices, meeting spaces, bathrooms); upkeep of gardens and grounds; assisting with the historic preservation of the park’s buildings; assisting with park special events, possible trail maintenance, and other facility management projects.
Facility Management Interns will be an essential part of operations at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.  Once selected, you will become a member of a dynamic, skilled, and motivated team.  Together we will harness the power of team-work, innovation, and perseverance, to care for this unique national park while demonstrating the best of sustainability practices and creating outstanding visitor experiences.

Primary duties will involve assisting professional maintenance workers or tradesmen in the performance of their work.  Daily work is performed according to prescribed plans or specific directions including detailed methods and tools.  Cleans, monitors, and provides quality facilities, (i.e., visitor center, restrooms, park offices, park buildings, meeting spaces and outside patios and walkways).  Assist with special events by setting up tents and providing event support.  Assist grounds staff with clearing and maintaining gardens, mowing lawns, and historic hedge and grape vine maintenance.  Assisting on carpentry projects, based on skill set; possible painting, and helping maintain exhibit spaces.  Empties trash cans and recycling, keeps tools clean, and assists with performing preventative maintenance.  

Our high operational tempo offers numerous other chances for you to become acquainted with a wide range of operations and management activities, including: special event planning, habitat management, facility maintenance, cultural resource management and invasive species management.  

The job requires indoor and outdoor work. The work involves frequent on-site field work requiring some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, and uneven terrain; bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, lifting or similar activities. Outdoor work may involve extreme temperatures and exposure to biting insects.

  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens first came to Cornish, NH in 1885, renting an old inn for the summer. He adapted the house to his needs and converted a hay barn into a studio. He named the estate Aspet after his fathers birthplace in France. Over the years he transformed the grounds with gardens, hedges and recreation areas, including a swimming pool, bowling green, and nine hole golf course. In 1876 he received his first major commission: a monument to Civil War Adm. David Glasgow Farragut. Unveiled in New York in 1881, the work was a tremendous success; its combination of realism and allegory marked a departure from previous American sculpture. Saint-Gaudens’ fame grew, and other commissions quickly came to him.
  • May attend workshops, lectures, and other programs related to art and sculpture in the Park.
    CPR, First Aid, Defensive Driving.
    Orientation about the park.
  • May attend workshops, lectures, and other programs related to conservation and stewardship in the Park.
    CPR, First Aid, Defensive Driving.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Hand Tools
some experience
Social Media
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience