Preservation Specialist

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By The L'Enfant Trust
1310 19th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia
Salary $45,000 + vacation, health and retirement benefits
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Name: Lauren McHale
Title: Executive Director
Phone: 202-483-4880
Fax: 202-483-4893

The L’Enfant Trust is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 that creates and maintains programs that promote the beauty of Washington’s historic streetscapes. The Trust, an early pioneer of the use of conservation easements, holds over 1100 easements protecting the District’s historic buildings. The Trust’s Historic Properties Redevelopment Program, launched in 2013, extended the Trust’s reach into direct rehabilitation of blighted vacant historic structures in the District’s Anacostia neighborhood. The Trust seeks an individual to support the Trust’s programs, reporting directly to the Trust’s Executive Director. A successful candidate will possess strong organizational and prioritization skills, have pleasant and professional demeanor, have excellent communication and writing skills, and have the ability to work proactively with minimal oversight. This unique role presents an excellent opportunity to be part of a small busy non-profit working in the field of historic preservation.


Primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Review rehabilitation/restoration proposals and architectural drawings for exterior changes to easemented properties
  • Prepare written correspondence to easemented property owners
  • Provide guidance to architects, contractors, consultants and property owners on historic preservation standards and local preservation regulations
  • Perform on-site property inspections and photography
  • Maintain Filemaker database and physical files for each easemented property
  • Respond to easement donation inquiries and administer donation materials
  • Oversee the Trust’s social networking activities, website, and creation of other published electric and written communications


Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree in historic preservation, architectural history, art history, or architecture, and one year of full-time experience working in the field of preservation, restoration, or conservation of historic structures; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with specialization in one of the fields listed above and two years of full-time related experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and social media coordination.

How to Apply

Email a cover letter describing your interest in the position and resume: Attention: Lauren McHale, Executive Director.