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Paid Carpentry Internship – Summer 2022

Newport Restoration Foundation is looking for a carpentry intern for the summer of 2022 to work at the organization’s mill. The mill’s primary role is to repair or recreate interior and exterior property features such as windows, doors, trim, clapboard, and staircases for installation at NRF properties.

Classification: Internship (full-time, up to 12 weeks)

Reports To: Mill Supervisor

Specific Responsibilities (Under Supervision):

  • Perform the duties of a carpenter, including the repair or, if necessary, reproduction of window frames, sash, doors, ridge boards, moldings, water tables, corner boards, frieze boards, soffit, and any other elements of exterior and/or interior trim; cut, set, sanding, and glaze glass.
  • Assess the existing conditions of historic material and assist in helping NRF make sound decisions regarding preserving, repairing, restoring, or replacing historic materials or features.
  • Operate, safely and expertly, the following equipment: table saw, band saw, 6” auto-feed molding machine, shaper, 12” disc sander, drill press, bench grinders, mortising machine, and all types of hand tools.
  • Maintain existing equipment and machinery to ensure safe operation.
  • Provide painting, varnishing, and staining for woodwork.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic operation of stationary machinery- thickness plainer, miter box, radial arm saw, and table saw
  • 1 year of base carpentry training from an approved carpentry program
  • Knowledge of machinery safety protocol
  • Intern must have reliable transportation to mill

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Detail Oriented: To meet specifications of project at hand and to keep themselves safe.
  • Dexterity: Must be able make precise cuts with a variety of hand tools and power tools. Strong hand-eye coordination.
  • Math Skills: Knowledge of basic math and computer skills are important. Understand basic geometry to visualize how the wood pieces will fit together to fabricate a three-dimensional object.
  • Mechanical Skills: Working knowledge of large machinery such as a planer, drill press, and table saw.
  • Physical Stamina: Ability to endure long periods of standing and repetitious movements.
  • Physical Strength: Woodworkers must be strong enough to lift bulky and heavy pieces of wood, such as plywood.
  • Technical Skills: Woodworkers must be able to understand and interpret design drawings and technical manuals for a range of products and machines.
  • Desire to learn and natural curiosity.

Interns will be required to comply with NRF safety policies, including COVID-19 protocols.

For inquiries, please reach out to NRF’s Trades Initiative Manager, Kris Turgeon, at kris@newportrestoration.org.

NRF provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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