Preservation Outreach Representative

David Fredenburgh

Preservation Outreach Representative - Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District

Geographic Focus:    Albemarle County

Office Location:        Home Office/Charlottesville Office

Supervisor:                Historic Preservation Coordinator

Job Classification:    Part-Time, Temporary – estimated 25 hours per week


The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.


PEC is planning to document, through deed research and mapping, several historically African-American communities in and around the Southwest Mountains area of Albemarle County. This work is part of a larger project to update and revise the existing Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District, listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1987 and National Register of Historic Places in 1991, to more fully and accurately incorporate the African-American experience and recognize associated resources in the district.


This position is a part time, temporary position that will last through 2023.  It is estimated that this person will work between 25 - 29 hours per week.

The bulk of the project will entail outreach to local churches, community groups and institutions, landowners and descendants of families that once lived in the area to informally share research on the history of Boyden, Bunker Hill, Campbell, Clarks Tract, Cobham, Lindsay, and Scuffletown, historically African-American communities within the Southwest Mountains area. Previously completed deed research and mapping will be used as an aide to collect additional histories and information, eventually building a story about the history of these communities. The employee will organize calls, virtual and in-person meetings with landowners, community organizations and other interested parties to build relationships between PEC and the greater Southwest Mountains community. The remainder of the work will entail working with the Historic Preservation Coordinator to identify and document extant historic sites in these communities and organize site visits when possible. That information will also be used to identify and document extant historic resources and sites in those communities, ultimately culminating in Preliminary Information Forms to determine whether those communities may be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.


The interns will report to Historic Preservation Coordinator and be responsible for the duties outlined below:

  • Developing a list of landowners, community members and community groups and organizations that should be included in this overall project
  • Building relationships with interested parties in the district through calls, virtual meetings and/or in-person meetings and retaining a record of all outreach activities
  • Organizing a public/virtual meeting to share project with community
  • Working with the Historic Preservation Coordinator to build a list of extant historic sites in the seven identified African-American communities in the Southwest Mountains
  • Reaching out to landowners within the identified communities to organize potential site visits, where possible
  • Documenting extant historic resources where possible


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree preferred in the field of history, historic preservation, archaeology, or a related field.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office and Google Drive applications


  • $22.00 per hour


As a part-time, temporary position, there is no eligibility for fringe benefits other than Workers’ Compensation and participation in our 403b retirement plan (based on the fact that it is anticipated that this person will work more than 1,000 per year).

PEC’s 403b retirement plan allows an employee to contribute to the plan - either on a pre-tax basis or to a Roth plan - from the start of employment.  PEC contributes on behalf of the employee starting on the first payroll of the month following the employee’s one year work anniversary date.  PEC then automatically contributes 3% to the plan and will match up to an additional 3%.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter,  resume, and a work sample to include past historic preservation - related projects to

The Piedmont Environmental Council is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge of our organization. Diversity of experience and skills, combined with passion, is key to our organizational identity.

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted upon your acceptance.



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