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

Government Relations Associate

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier battlefield land preservation 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.


Title: Government Relations Associate  

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid office)

Reports To: Director of Government Relations

Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote historic battlefield preservation initiatives among state and local officials
  • Research and manage state and local government activities that could affect battlefields
  • Develop strategic partnerships with national and regional nonprofit organizations that help support the Trust’s mission
  • Oversee information and communications related to state and local battlefield grant programs
  • Monitor potential threats that could disturb or destroy historic battlefield resources.
  • Collaborate with other departments (land preservation, web, development) to achieve goals of battlefield promotion and preservation.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

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

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

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 55,000 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 its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes. 

 

Grassroots and Advocacy Associate

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier battlefield land preservation 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.


Title: Grassroots and Advocacy Associate

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid office)

Reports To: Director of Government Relations

Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and lead grassroots advocacy initiatives at the state, local and federal levels to promote battlefield preservation.
  • Mobilize Trust membership, as well as local, state and national partners, to take action on legislative and policy issues related to historic battlefields.
  • Collaborate with Trust government relations staff to plan and execute grassroots strategies.
  • Cultivate and lead grassroots and friends’ groups at battlefields across the country.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with national and regional nonprofit organizations that help support the Trust’s mission
  • 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
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Experience in grassroots advocacy, campaigns, and government relations
  • Demonstrated interest in American history and/or land conservation
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Extensive experience with campaign/grassroots programs

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

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 55,000 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 its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes. 

 

Senior Accountant

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit, seeks a dynamic, independent Senior Accountant to work on a variety of accounting functions as a team member in the Office of Finance.

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid Office)

Reports To: Senior Manager of Accounting

Job Classification: Full Time; Exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Process all accounts payable activity including entering invoices, preparing check runs, and fielding vendor inquiries. 
  • Record accounts receivable and pledge receivable transactions. 
  • Analysis of monthly general ledger account activity, journal entries, accruals, and reconciliations across various accounts. 
  • Assist with the preparation of audit work papers for year-end audits with outside auditors. 
  • Maintain various spreadsheets to support financial transactions and analysis of expenses. 
  • Work on special accounting projects as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • BA/BS in Accounting or Finance with 3+ years’ experience demonstrating significant accounting responsibilities.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently and well as a team member. 
  • Can effectively manage multiple priorities.
  • Possesses a positive, can-do attitude and seeks new challenges and continuous self-improvement.
  • Excellent skills in MS Excel.  Knowledge of Sage Intacct accounting software a plus.
  • Outstanding communication skills – verbal and written. 

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

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. Find out more about our staff and benefits here.

Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 55,000 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 towards its 250th anniversary in 2026, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes. 

The American Battlefield Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 


Internship Opportunities

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 30 hours per week, as needed throughout the year. 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). Please see the department descriptions below:

  • Development

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 the Development internship to developmentresumes@battlefields.org; applications specifically for Government & Public Relations to policyresumes@battlefields.org; and all other departments to interns@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:

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.

Government & Public Relations:

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 work on land acquisition projects that may include organizing and researching land transaction records; conducting outreach with preservation partners; and supporting grant applications. This internship is ideal for a pre-law or humanities student interested in real estate and/or historic preservation.

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 cgaluska@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.  

The American Battlefield Trust is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.