Preservation and Facilities Management

Expected Dates
June 1, 2021 to October 18, 2021
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Position ID
Become part of our team for the National Park Service!  The Preservation & Facilities Interns 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, and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Site in Woodstock, VT.  One intern will serve primarily at Saint Gaudens NHS, the other at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.   The parks are approximately 20 miles apart and include many diverse historic structures with rich histories and unique architecture, including stables, art studios, stables and beautiful gardens and grounds.  

The interns will experience the full range of behind-the-scenes preservation and facilities upkeep activities that are involved in managing a nationally significant historic sites. The buildings and grounds staff, including the park’s exhibits specialist, carpenters, gardener, and grounds keepers will provide guidance, mentoring, training and supervision. The interns 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 hedges 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 the interns 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 internship 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 Interns are an essential part of Park operations and will become members of a dynamic, skilled, and motivated team.  Together we will harness the power of team-work, innovation, and perseverance, to care for two very unique national parks while demonstrating the best of sustainability practices and creating outstanding visitor experiences.
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park is located in the rural New Hampshire town of Cornish, just across the river from Windsor, Vermont. The park preserves and interprets the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors, including over 100 of his artworks, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Visitors enjoy summer concerts, hike nature trails, or explore their artistic side by participating in sculpture classes.

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is located in the year-round resort community of Woodstock, Vermont – an area of great natural beauty alongside the Ottauquechee River in the foothills of the Green Mountains. The new park opened for the first time to visitors in 1998 and is the first unit of the National Park System to focus on the theme of conservation history and the changing nature of land stewardship in America. It manages and interprets the early 19th century Billings/Rockefeller mansion and grounds complex, as well as a 500-acre forest property on the slopes of Mount Tom where hiking, nature study, and cross-country skiing are popular with visitors.

  • 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
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience