Maine Preservation is hiring! Scroll down to learn about our open positions.

  • Field Services Manager

  • Development Administrator

Field Services Manager

Current opening. Full Time: 40 hours/week, Salary commensurate with experience and competitive with other Maine nonprofit organizations.

Maine Preservation (MP) seeks an experienced historic preservation professional to provide field services throughout the state. The Field Services Manager provides direct assistance to organizations, businesses, communities and individuals who are undertaking historic preservation projects or are working to revitalize downtowns and village centers The Field Services Manager will perform conditions assessments of historic properties, make recommendations about appropriate maintenance and treatment options, and engage with owners and contractors regarding proposals to make alterations to protected properties. The Field Services Manager serves as an advocate for preservation promoting its entrepreneurial and economic-development potentials and builds relationships with communities, organizations, governmental entities, construction professionals and others to further the organization’s mission.  The position reports to the Executive Director.


  • Efficiently respond to phone and email inquiries from a wide variety of constituents

  • Conduct site visits to advance MP’s mission and project objectives

  • Perform building pre-assessments and assessments, including for the Maine Steeples Fund

  • Provide consultation to historic tax credit qualifying projects and other entrepreneurial-based projects

  • Develop and execute training programs and materials in support of Maine Preservation’s mission, including sustainability planning, energy efficiency and climate change response

  • Maintain MP easements: oversee or conduct annual inspections; review plans and draft comments, provide on-site inspections and offer advice during rehabilitation and maintenance cycles

  • Advance the use of preservation-service-related programs including MP’s Protect & Sell and easement donation programs, historic tax credits, Most Endangered Historic Places, Honor Awards, and Old House Forum

  • Oversee MP or contracted building rehabilitation projects

  • Coordinate with Maine Historic Preservation Commission and other state agencies and local governments

  • Provide advocacy advice and prepare and deliver testimony on local issues and assist with public policy and other issues in coordination with MP staff

  • Communicate regularly with Maine Downtown Center, Greater Portland Landmarks, and other organizations and practitioners to stay abreast of related preservation efforts and issues, and coordinate services

  • Develop and maintain resource lists of preservation-skilled professionals, contractors, trades people and consultants

  • Write articles and synopses for MP communications, magazines and other publications and platforms

  • Promote fundraising including sponsorships, Preservation Professionals, the Annual Gala and solicitation of items for the silent auction and augment MP’s database

  • Identity and help develop grant proposals and reports in support of Maine Preservation programs

  • Manage program budgets and evaluations

  • Help foster support for Maine Preservation: promote the organization in the field, develop and share prospects on a regular basis


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Historic Preservation or closely related field

  • Minimum of five years professional experience in historic preservation, building rehabilitation, architecture, planning

  • Technical preservation background or building systems knowledge required; community sustainability and energy efficiency skills desired

  • Understanding of state, federal, and foundation grants and technical assistance resources

  • Experience in historic preservation planning and technical services, community economic development, public policy advocacy and community revitalization

  • Excellent human relations skills and ability to work independently with a wide range of partners including developers, contractors, grant funders, government officials, national, state and regional partners as well as small, volunteer-run grassroots organizations is essential

  • Strong written and oral communications skills and experience in public speaking required

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a tight-knit team is a must

  • Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office Suite and the ability to learn other programs

  • Self-starter, a highly motivated and energetic person who can quickly and accurately assess and understand preservation issues, draw upon other resources as needed and provide informed and timely recommendations tailored to particular circumstances

  • Must value collaboration, teamwork and building partnerships

  • Willingness and ability to travel and be away from home overnight is essential

  • A valid driver’s license is required and the candidate must provide and maintain his/her own vehicle (mileage is reimbursed)

  •  Meet the National Park Service Professional Qualifications Standards for Architectural History or Historic Architecture as set forth in 36 CFR Part 61, Appendix A (see Addendum at end of page)

 Work Environment: Flexible schedule. Regular in-state travel is required as well as attendance at periodic staff and Board Meetings. The ideal candidate will have the ability to prioritize work and collaborate with other staff members to accomplish responsibilities

Benefits: The position offers:

  • Broad exposure to committed people throughout Maine and to nationally recognized preservation experts

  • Health insurance

  • Flexible schedule

Send cover letter, resume and position-related writing sample to: Philip Jones

Development Administrator

Immediate opening. Full Time: 40 hours/week, Salary commensurate with experience and Maine nonprofit organizations.

The Development Administrator at Maine Preservation executes development efforts and helps coordinate communications to maintain and grow a robust development program, forging strong donor relations with the goal of increasing upper-end donations, while exhibiting the ability, work ethic and positive attitude needed to meet the ever-changing demands of a dynamic, growing statewide nonprofit organization. The position reports to the Executive Director.

The Development Administrator administers the development program of the organization.


  • Coordinate and execute membership and fundraising activities and schedule donor visits for the Executive Director, Board members and volunteers

  •  Manage the donor database, ensuring accurate recording of donations and updating of member records and draft and ensure the sending of acknowledgements

  • Develop campaign materials as well as prepare mailings, social media postings and other methods for soliciting memberships, annual fund donors, patrons, sponsors, special campaigns and preservation professionals

  • Manage deadlines and complete, with the help of program staff, grant applications and foundation reports

  • Provide reports and database information to staff on request

  • Provide staff support for the Development Committee and

  • Work closely with staff to execute all elements of event planning (3 major events annually) including with volunteers to execute the annual Gala fundraiser

  • The Development Administrator also will:

  •  Participate in the planning and execution of communications and marketing activities for the organization, including composing and distributing external communications via a variety of online and offline channels; and

  • Work in coordination with other staff to keep the organization’s website current.


Our ideal candidate has:

  • Experience managing a donor database, preferably DonorPerfect

  • Competence in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint and aptitude in learning other programs

  • Familiarity with leading social media platforms and experience in their use to build relationships ideal

  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks and Adobe suite a plus

  • Is dependable, punctual, trustworthy and friendly

  • Is able to work effectively both independently and as a team member and implement detailed work accurately and efficiently

  • Is able to juggle multiple priorities with enthusiasm, meet deadlines, communicate clearly, understand and accept direction, create a positive atmosphere and work well with other staff, trustees, volunteers and interns

  • An interest in gaining a working knowledge of, or prior experience in, historic preservation is essential

  • A Bachelor’s degree

  • Experience with cultivating funders highly preferred.

BENEFITS. The position offers:

  • Broad exposure to committed people throughout Maine and to nationally recognized preservation experts

  • Health insurance

  • Flexible schedule

Send cover letter and resume to: Philip Jones


Field Serices Manager Addendum:

National Park Service Professional Qualifications Standards

 Architectural History

The minimum professional qualifications in architectural history are a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in

American architectural history; or a bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:

1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or

2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

 Historic Architecture

The minimum professional qualifications in historic architecture are a professional degree in architecture or a State license to practice architecture, plus one of the following:

1. At least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or

2. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.

Such graduate study or experience shall include detailed investigations of historic structures, preparation of historic structures research reports, and preparation of plans and specifications for

preservation projects.