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

Project Manager

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit, seeks a Project Manager to work with landowners, partner organizations, government grant sources, and other Trust staff to complete land preservation projects, including conservation easements and fee simple transactions.

Location: Washington, DC

Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Department: Land Preservation

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Initial outreach and communication with landowners
  • Contract negotiation for potential preservation transactions
  • Coordinating due diligence and feasibility analysis
  • Managing real estate transaction closings
  • Developing and executing property disposition strategies
  • Communicating with local preservation groups and state and federal funding sources

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • B.A./B.S. degree is required; an M.A., MBA or J.D. is preferred
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in real estate transactions, project management, or related work
  • Ability to establish excellent working relationships with partner organizations and teammates at the Trust and meet project deadlines
  • Superior writing skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • Land preservation experience is a plus
  • Interest in the preservation of American historic battlefield sites
  • Salary is commensurate with experience

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

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

Since 1987, the Trust has preserved more than 54,000 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.  

 

Communications Associate

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit, seeks a creative and compelling Communications Associate to build awareness of the Trust and its mission within targeted audiences, generating brand recognition and introducing potential funders to our work. Your work will help more Americans appreciate the ongoing resonance of key moments in our nation’s history.  

Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Director of Communications 
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conceptualize and create compelling content -- including articles, press releases, talking points, emails, collateral materials, advertising and other visual media -- designed to showcase the dynamism of American history and introduce new audiences to the Trust’s mission.

  • Advance messaging that defines the Trust brand and builds relationships with partner organizations to help us expand reach and impact
  • Seek out opportunities to engage Trust experts with new entities and audiences – conferences, alliances, networks, speaking opportunities, podcasts, etc.
  • Research and evaluate brand-building opportunities, sponsorships and content marketing
  • Craft outreach to share Trust initiatives with influencers, media and other force multipliers
  • Educate parks and tourism entities about Trust resources available for integration at their sites
  • Collaborate with internal teams to shape and populate marketing and fundraising campaigns  
  • Evaluate efficacy of outreach efforts and refine techniques to maximize impact

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Keen interest in American history and a flair for good storytelling
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Unwavering attention to detail paired with creativity and an eye for good design
  • Excellent organizational skills and a mindset geared toward problem-solving
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to thrive in both independent and collaborative settings
  • Knowledge and application of evolving trends in brand strategy and storytelling
  • Understanding of nonprofit marketing principles for lead generation, engagement, retention and conversion
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple priorities and meet firm deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required; experience with Drupal CMS, graphic design and visual storytelling platforms and software highly valued
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of hands-on communications and/or marketing experience, with preference for nonprofits or other causes

To apply for the position, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to policyresumes@battlefields.org, referencing Communications in your subject line. 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 53,000 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.  

 

State and Local Relations Vacancy

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.

Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Director of Government Relations
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

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.

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 53,000 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.  

 

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:

  • Communications Internship
  • History & Education Internship
  • Land Preservation Internship
  • Video Production Internship

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, 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.

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.