Preservation and Facilities Management

Expected Dates
May 4, 2020 to November 1, 2020
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Position ID
Become part of our team for the National Park Service! The Facilities Intern will work with a highly-skilled team of historic preservation staff and will perform various duties in the upkeep and preservation of the historic structures and cultural landscapes at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH.  The park includes many diverse historic structures with rich histories and unique architecture, including Saint-Gaudens’ home, art studio, stables and 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 facilities upkeep  activities that are involved in managing a nationally significant historic site. The buildings and grounds staff, including the park’s exhibits specialist, carpenters, gardener, and grounds keepers will provide guidance, mentoring, training and supervision. The intern may also be required to work independently on basic projects and assignments in addition to assisting professional  tradesmen in the performance of their work.  

Daily work will be performed according to prescribed plans or specific directions involving detailed methods and tools.  Duties will include: cleaning, monitoring and providing quality facilities (visitor center, park offices, park buildings, restrooms, meeting spaces and outside patios and walkways); assisting with special events by setting up tents and providing event support; assisting grounds staff with clearing and maintaining gardens and historic hedge and grape vines, and lawn mowing; assisting with carpentry projects (based on skill set); and possibly painting and helping maintain exhibit spaces.  

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

The job requires both 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, humidity and exposure to biting insects.

The Facility Management Intern is an essential part of operations at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and 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 a very  unique national park while demonstrating the best of sustainability practices and creating outstanding visitor experiences.
  • 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
Trail Maintenance
some experience