Help maintain Townsend’s History

TOWNSEND — The Townsend Historical Society is looking for one good person to help grow the nonprofit.

They need someone who can keep the doors open for visitors and raise funds.

“We decided it was important to have someone there on site,” said Ryan Hayward, a board member chairing the personnel committee.

The society took stock after Jeannie Bartovics, the previous site administrator, retired in July. She was in the position over 20 years.

The committee is looking for someone who is highly motivated to take on the small day-to-day operations, Hayward said.

Initially, the job will be 12 hours a week, three days with four hours each. Additional hours for special events may be approved.

“Hopefully, we’ll add hours as things improve,” he said.

Reaching out to the general public and continuing to grow popular events like the annual Arts and Crafts Fair, will be a big part of the job.

The society wants to involve new people while keeping existing members happy, he said.

The previous site administrator worked more hours than the advertised position. Volunteers will help make up some of the difference, Hayward said.

The buildings are open, but calling ahead to be sure of the hours is recommended.

The society owns five buildings in Townsend Harbor along the Squannacook River. Keeping on top of maintaining these structures is part of the job.

The society received a grant from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation to restore a cooper shed, Hayward said. The work might be done by the North Bennet Street School. The highly-regarded school in Boston specializes in teaching fine craftsmanship.

The foundation gave the society a grant in the past which was used for the grist mill, he said.

Applications for the 12-hour per week job, paying between $15 and $18 per hour, will be accepted through the end of November.

The job description is available from the society. The phone number is 978-597-2106.

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