Employment Opportunities

Looking to join the American Battlefield Trust team? Explore our open full-time positions and part-time internship opportunities below. Find out more about the benefits and highlights of working at the Trust on our career page.


 

Open Positions 

At the American Battlefield Trust, we build parks and tell stories — the narrative threads that make up the rich tapestry of our nation. Our culture calls for hardworking, entrepreneurial individuals that take calculated, intelligent risks and are always looking for opportunities to learn and improve. Our staff is united by a commitment to excellence and a passion for keeping American history alive. 

Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 58,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We have reached millions of students and other life-long learners through our education programs.  As our nation heads toward the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes.

The American Battlefield Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.        

Land Preservation Assistant

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit, seeks an administrative professional with an interest in land preservation, records and data management. The Land Preservation Assistant will be responsible for administrative support for the Land Preservation Department.  

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid Office)
Department: Land Preservation
Job Classification: Full-Time, Exempt
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, 403(b) retirement plan, health and dental insurance, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance, paid parental leave, FSA, onsite gym at Washington, DC office

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Filing, scanning, organizing, researching, and reconciling digital and physical land transaction files 
  • Maintaining up-to-date and accurate records for complex real estate transactions   
  • Assisting with the migration of existing digital data into a new data management software system, managing data entry in the new data management software, and supporting implementation of new project management tools 
  • Coordinating data requests and departmental review of materials  
  • Coordinating and handling billing for vendors performing due diligence for land preservation projects 
  • Managing the departmental calendar, including scheduling meetings and drafting agendas  
  • Writing and compiling internal and external communications regarding land preservation efforts, such as presentations or newsletters 

The Assistant will be expected to manage additional tasks, as required for real estate transactions, land stewardship, fundraising, events, and partner outreach. The Assistant may also provide support to the Grants and Project Managers, as needed. 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • B.A./B.S. degree is required 
  • At least two (2) years of experience in office administrative support, data management, real estate, or related work is preferred 
  • Ability to establish excellent working relationships, be detail-oriented, have superior data management and presentation/public speaking skills 
  • Experience working with Adobe Acrobat and the Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Willingness to work a hybrid remote/in-person schedule 
  • Interest in the preservation of American historic battlefield sites 
  • Real estate transaction, paralegal, title and/or database experience is a plus 

To apply for the position, please send your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to LPresumes@battlefields.org. No calls, please. 

Land Preservation Senior Project Manager

Would you like the opportunity to make a permanent and lasting impact to the preservation of uniquely important landscapes where the most consequential events in American history occurred? The Senior Project Manager position at the American Battlefield Trust (the “Trust”), the nation’s largest non-profit battlefield preservation organization, offers the chance for a motivated individual to save extraordinary historic sites for present and future generations.  The Trust has protected more than 58,000 acres of important Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefield land in 25 states. Through its land preservation and history education efforts, the Trust creates and expands battlefield parks that, as outdoor classrooms, tell the story of America’s unique history. 

In order to accomplish its important mission, the Trust seeks a Senior Project Manager in the Land Preservation Department to advance our goal to save critical battlefield land at significant Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefields.  The Senior Project Manager will work closely with landowners, partner organizations, government grant sources, and other Trust staff to complete land preservation projects, including conservation easements and fee simple transactions to protect battlefield land in perpetuity before it is lost.  

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid Office); remote work options in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee or Virginia will also be considered
Department: Land Preservation
Job Classification: Full-Time, Exempt
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, 403(b) retirement plan, health and dental insurance, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance, paid parental leave, FSA, onsite gym at Washington, DC office

General Scope of the Position 

The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for accomplishing land preservation transactions, from initial landowner outreach, due diligence, closing, and post-closing activities.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Landowner and Partner Organization Outreach  
  • Conduct initial outreach to landowners to introduce the Trust and its preservation interest and build lasting working relationships 
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with partners, including battlefield friends groups; local, state, and national park personnel; and key local and state officials 

  1. Preservation Transaction Structuring and Negotiation  
  • Present preservation options and structures to landowners, including fee simple acquisitions, life estates transactions, conservation easements, bargain sales, etc.    
  • Negotiate and structure preservation agreements, including fee simple purchase agreements containing purchase price, feasibility study periods, holdover arrangements, and other terms and conditions, and conservation easements containing provisions to protect the property in perpetuity 

  1. Funding, Due Diligence and Closings 
  • Work with the Trust’s government grant managers to pursue government grant funding for projects 
  • Work with the Trust’s development team to assist in private fundraising 
  • Engage contractors to complete all necessary due diligence and feasibility analysis, including appraisals, title reviews, surveys, and environmental assessments 
  • Conduct substantive reviews of all due diligence reports, identifying any potential issues and developing approaches for issue resolution 
  • Manage real estate transaction closings, including document review, coordination with landowners, settlement companies and attorneys 
  • Prepare post-closing documentation, including conservation easements and stewardship arrangements 
  • Explore opportunities to transfer preserved properties post-closing to partner entities for long-term stewardship and interpretation 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • B.A./B.S. degree is required; J.D. or MBA is preferred 
  • At least 5-10 years’ experience in real estate transactions, project management, or related work 
  • Ability to establish excellent working relationships, be detail-oriented, and meet project deadlines 
  • Strong writing and communication skills 
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Willingness to travel 
  • Interest in land conservation and American history preservation is essential  

To apply for the position, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to LPresumes@battlefields.org

 

State and Local Relations Associate

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit organization, seeks a politically savvy government relations professional. The Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters today.

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid Office)      
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt           
Department: Policy and Communications 
Salary Range: $55,000 - $70,000 annually
Benefits: vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, 403(b) retirement plan, health and dental insurance, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance, paid parental leave, FSA, onsite gym at Washington, DC office

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote historic battlefield preservation and heritage tourism initiatives among state and local officials
  • Develop strategic partnerships with national and regional nonprofit organizations that help support the Trust’s mission
  • Build grassroots initiatives, coalitions and campaigns to foster preservation of hallowed ground
  • Monitor potential threats that could disturb or destroy historic battlefield resources. 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-4 years of relevant professional experience
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Experience in politics, grassroots advocacy, and/or public relations
  • Demonstrated interest in American history and/or land conservation

To apply for the position, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to policyresumes@battlefields.org.  No calls, please.

 

Internships

The American Battlefield Trust provides students interested in history and conservation with outstanding opportunities to work on meaningful projects and gain perspective on the dynamics of an efficient, top-rated nonprofit organization.

The Trust offers paid part-time internships in our Washington, D.C. office, up to 29 hours per week, as needed throughout the year. Interns will be paid at minimum the Washington, DC, minimum wage, which is currently $17.00/hour. Successful candidates may be able to arrange for varied tenures, depending on availability. While we strive to accommodate the schedules of qualified candidates, the selection process is competitive and organizational staffing needs are consideration criteria.

We are currently accepting applications for the following department(s). Click the links below for additional details or see the department descriptions below for more information:

Successful candidates will be contacted by a staff member directly. As part of the selection process, candidates may be asked to participate in an interview, either in person or over the phone. We regret that due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond personally to all applicants. No calls, please.

Candidates must specify the department (first and second choices are welcome) for which they wish to be considered. Application packages containing a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (no more than five pages; excerpts welcome). Please submit applications specifically for Development to developmentresumes@battlefields.org; applications for the Digital Department to digitalresumes@battlefields.org; applications for the History and Education Programs to eduinterns@battlefields.org; applications for Land Preservation to LPresumes@battlefields.org; applications for Policy and Communications to to policyresumes@battlefields.org or:

American Battlefield Trust           
ATTN: Intern Coordinator           
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900           
Washington, D.C. 20005

Internship applicants can expect the following per department or initiative:

Development:

Interns will learn the mechanics of the nonprofit industry, including event planning, prospect research and donor and member cultivation and management.

Education:

These internships entail a wide variety of Civil War and Revolutionary War research, writing, content creation and image or video editing in support of our education programs on our web site, at American Battlefield Trust events and in print. These are just some of the opportunities available to you as an intern for the American Battlefield Trust Education Department. For motivated History majors, who are looking to hone and develop their public history and program management skills, this internship is for you.

Video Production:

The Education team also offers internships specific to video editing. Assistance with filming in the field may also be included depending on the intern’s location and length of the internship. Responsibilities include color correction, sound mixing, illustrating with images and B-Roll, and adding Trust branding; researching Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 topics in order to best find the best possible imagery to illustrate our programming; and building pages on the Trust website for videos to live.

Policy and Communications:

Interns assist with multimedia advocacy and outreach efforts; planning, preparing for and executing select special events; drafting and distributing news releases; and supporting a wide variety of government and public relations initiatives throughout the year.

Land Preservation:

Interns will perform key administrative tasks regarding land transactions. These tasks may include organizing digital and physical files, researching land transaction records, and assisting with grant applications. These internships are ideal for detail-oriented students interested in real estate or data management. Internships will have hybrid or in-office work schedules, to be determined in consultation with successful candidates.

Digital Media:

Interns assist with social media, marketing, digital video editing, and web publishing to help 19th-century history meet 21st-century technology.           
 


 

More opportunities

If you’re interested in bringing your experience and passion to the Trust, but we don’t have the right position available right now, please email our HR Manager at rmaris@battlefields.org with your resume and contact information, and we’ll reach out if we ever have an opportunity that we think might be a good fit.