Easement Inspection Intern (submission deadline April 15th)
Are you a recent graduate or pursuing a graduate degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or related field? Do you like photographing buildings? Are you interested in exploring Denver by visiting 70 historic structures? Do you have excellent communication and organization skills? Historic Denver’s Easement Internship is great job experience, and a fun opportunity to expand your skills and network.
About Historic Denver, Inc. and the Easement Program:
As one of the nation’s premier non-profit urban historic preservation organizations, Historic Denver works to protect and promote Denver’s historic places. Historic Denver’s preservation easement program began in 1972 with the Richthofen Castle. Historic Denver now holds 70 easements on buildings in and around Denver and the portfolio includes stately mansions and churches, downtown mercantile buildings and mid-century modern gems.
A Preservation Easement is a legal agreement by which the property owner voluntarily gives an outside party (in this case, Historic Denver) purview over the condition of a historic building to protect it in perpetuity. For the majority of easements held by Historic Denver, only the exterior is protected.
As part of the easement, the building must be kept in good condition – the walls must be structurally sound, the drainage system must be working properly, the roof shingles must be stable and any cracks in masonry or stone must be monitored. In our bi-annual inspections we look for obvious issues (structural changes) and for issues that could lead to larger problems later.
The inspection process includes communicating with the property owners about site visits, photographing and inspecting the exterior of the building using a checklist, reviewing the findings with the Manager of Grants and Preservation Services, sending a follow-up report to each owner notifying them of any maintenance issues, and filing Easement Inspection Reports in permanent records.
- Complete an inspection schedule to ensure all 70 properties are monitored within 8-10 weeks of start date
- Work with qualified volunteers to assist in monitoring efforts, this includes hosting a training session(s)
- Conduct inspections and support volunteers conducting inspections
- Meet with property owners on site when requested by owner
- Gather all inspection check-lists and photographs and prepare a visual/digital report for each property
- Review each property report with the Manager of Grants and Preservation Services
- Mail each property-owner a copy of their preservation report (printing services in the office will be available)
- Update the digital easement database with updated contact info, and inspection completion dates
- File all physical inspection reports in the office file system, and digitally organize photographs to upload to HD’s server
- Pending COVID related health requirements in Summer 2022, coordinate an Easement Property Owner gathering at the end of the internship to promote community
Eligible Candidate Qualifications:
- Graduate degree, relevant undergraduate degree, or comparable job experience in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or Preservation/Building trades
- Knowledge of historic structures (awareness of Secretary of the Interior’s Standards is preferred)
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Experience working with Word and Excel, in order to complete Inspection Letters, Visual Inspection Reports, and updating the Easement database
- Excellent organization skills
- Ability to travel independently to locations within and near the City of Denver
- Experience conducting condition assessments of buildings (preferred)
- Experience in overseeing/managing volunteers (preferred)
Internship Period & Hours:
- 15-20 hours per week for 8-10 weeks (starting around June 1, 2022)
- $18-20 per hour, non-exempt
- Work can be partially completed on weekends, with a minimum of 1-2 hours in the office each week (to be coordinated with Manager of Grants and Preservation Services)
- Partial remote work acceptable, but must be close to the Denver, CO area to access properties and the office
How to Apply
To apply please send a cover letter, resume and Historic Denver Employment Application to: Shannon Stage, Historic Denver, 1420 Ogden St., Suite 202, Denver, CO 80218 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit by April 15, 2022.
Equal Opportunity Employer: Historic Denver, Inc. is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. We do not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by state or local law. Prospective employees are subject to a background check.