Pittock Mansion Seeks a Part Time Custodial Coordinator

January 29, 2016

Position type: Part Time
Schedule: 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. 4 days a week, including 1 weekend day
Compensation: $14-$16 per hour DOE
Benefits: Oregon Sick Leave, Employee Assistance Program, SIMPLE IRA

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@pittockmansion.org. No phone calls, please.

Position: Custodial Coordinator

The custodial staff at Pittock Mansion are part of a team, along with the Curator, who take a lead in caring for and preserving the historic home. The Custodial Coordinator coordinates the daily, interim and annual maintenance of the mansion and outbuildings. As part of the custodial team, the coordinator helps ensure the visual integrity, cleanliness and safety of all areas.

Reports to: Manager of Administration

Responsibilities include:

  • General coordination of the interior cleaning and maintenance of the mansion and outbuildings, working with Curator & Manager of Administration.
  • Department supply management, including tracking, maintenance and storage, and placing orders as needed, primarily through vendor websites.
  • Follow maintenance schedules and work with supervisor to update as needed.
  • Ensure all maintenance logs/records are kept.
  • Perform day-to-day cleaning in the Mansion, Store, Admissions Bay, Gate Lodge and public restrooms, including floor care, window care, vacuuming, dusting and emptying trash.
  • Ensure cleaning equipment is maintained and repaired as needed.
  • Inspect buildings for cleanliness, completed work and needed repairs.
  • Initiate work orders for repairs.
  • Assist with MSDS/PPE/HAZMAT programs, PPE and Safety Procedures & training, and maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (“MSDS”) & books.
  • Follow sound safety practices.
  • In coordination with supervisor, prepare for and perform annual maintenance during January, including floor finishes and general deep cleaning of all buildings.
  • Other duties as needed or assigned.

Skills required:

  • 3-5 years custodial experience, preferably in a historic building/setting.
  • Awareness of the need to maintain buildings in keeping with their historic integrity, while at the same time prolonging building longevity.
  • Advanced knowledge of cleaning techniques, procedures, materials and equipment, including maintaining hardwood, marble and marmoleum flooring.
  • Basic Computer skills.
  • Ability to perform duties in a safe manner.
  • Ability to operate & maintain all departmental equipment in a historic building environment, including buffer, power tools and hand tools.
  • Physical strength, stamina and coordination to perform job tasks.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs, climb stairs often, safely use ladders, and operate 1914 residential elevator.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and written, in a positive & courteous manner with public, Portland Parks employees, Pittock employees and volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Record of flexibility, professionalism, and dependability
  • Valid driver’s license and dependable transportation.
  • Qualified candidate must complete background check prior to offer of employment.

 

Pittock Mansion seeks a Part Time Custodian

January 29, 2016

Position type: Part Time
Schedule: 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 4 days a week, including 1 weekend day
Compensation: $13/hour
Benefits: Oregon Sick Leave, Employee Assistance Program, SIMPLE IRA

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@pittockmansion.org. No phone calls, please.

Position: Custodian

The custodial staff at Pittock Mansion are part of a team, along with the Curator, who take a lead in caring for and preserving the historic home. The Custodian performs the daily, interim and annual maintenance of the mansion and outbuildings.

Reports to: Manager of Administration

Responsibilities include:

  • Perform day-to-day cleaning in the Mansion, Museum Store, Ticketing Bay, Gate Lodge and public restrooms, including floor care, glass care, vacuuming, detailed cleaning, dusting and emptying trash. Detailed Cleaning includes, for example, ledges, moldings & wainscot, architectural detail, Fireplace Mantles, and some fixtures.
  • Maintaining cleanliness of outdoor terraces and drains.
  • Follow periodic maintenance schedule.
  • Replace light bulbs as needed.
  • Perform annual close period (currently January) maintenance and deep cleaning, including annual and periodic floor cleaning and maintenance.
  • Inspect buildings for cleanliness and needed repairs.
  • Maintain order and cleanliness of furnace rooms, supplies storage, tools and equipment.
  • Prepare for and assist with Holiday decoration as needed.
  • Follow sound safety practices.
  • Other duties as needed or assigned.

Skills required:

  • 1-2 years of custodial experience required, preferably in a historic building.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of general cleaning practices and equipment.
  • Awareness of the need to maintain 100-year old buildings in keeping with their historic integrity, while at the same time prolonging their longevity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cleaning techniques, materials and equipment, including maintaining wood, marble and marmoleum flooring.
  • Ability to operate a buffer, as well as other power and hand tools as needed.
  • Physical strength, stamina and coordination to perform job tasks.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs, climb stairs often and operate 1914 elevator.
  • Ability to perform duties in a safe manner and work effectively and courteously with staff, volunteers and public.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility, professionalism and a positive attitude.
  • Must pass background check.
  • Valid driver’s license and dependable transportation.

Using Technology to Embrace History

January 28, 2016

Pittock Mansion has secured $29,000 in grant funding for Pittock Connect, the next phase of our Visitor Experience Plan that will use technology to facilitate deeper exploration of Portland’s history. Pittock Connect will expand the educational value of the Pittock while maintaining the fun that makes Pittock Mansion Museum appealing to those who are unlikely to be reached by other cultural and educational institutions.

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Soon visitors will be able to access in-depth historical information via a new Pittock app.

Our Visitor Experience Plan, drafted in 2012 based on research and surveys, helps ensure we make decisions with visitors’ needs and wants in mind. With the help of $83,000 in grant support we have completed Visitor Experience Plan phases 1 and 2, which improved directional signage and added narrative and interactive enhancements to the permanent exhibit.

The third phase of the Visitor Experience Plan, the Pittock Connect project, will connect visitors to expanded information about Pittock Mansion and related Portland history through their information devices – smart phones, tablets, and more.

To launch Pittock Connect we will make our website more user-friendly by improving its design and creating platforms for users to interact with us. Next, we will connect visitors with dynamic content from Pittock Mansion Society’s extensive archives with an app. After being invited to access the app in the ticket area, surrounding park, or through online searches for Pittock Mansion, users will be able to dig deeper into topics that pique their interest as they learn about Pittock Mansion and Portland history through photographs, illustrations, quotes, biographical material, and more. The app will highlight multiple perspectives, including those of the women and minorities who played a large part in the daily life of early 20th century Portland.

The Pittock development team successfully secured funding support for Pittock Connect from The Jackson Foundation and an anonymous family foundation. These foundations provided sufficient funding to begin and we will continue to work to secure the remaining funds needed. We intend to have the updated website and Pittock app ready for the general public by the end of 2016.

We are excited to enrich the Pittock Mansion experience and create a valuable, modern resource for all who want to learn about regional history.

Remembering a Historic Storm

September 23, 2015

Damage at Pittock Mansion after the 1962 Columbus Day Storm.

 

Pittock Mansion may owe its existence today to a storm that nearly dealt it a fatal blow.

On October 12, 1962, hurricane-force winds from the now-infamous Columbus Day Storm tore through Oregon, Washington, and Northern California, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees, and sending debris flying.

Portland experienced wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour. Power went out across the city and telecommunications went silent. Across the Pacific Northwest, 46 lives were lost and billions of dollars of damage was done.

Pittock Mansion was just one of many buildings found ravaged after the wind stopped howling.

By the time the Columbus Day Storm hit Portland in 1962, Pittock Mansion had been vacant for several years. Peter Gantenbein, Henry and Georgiana’s grandson, was the only occupant of Pittock Mansion after over 40 years of housing a large, active family. Finding the grandiose home difficult to maintain, Peter moved out in 1958 and put Pittock Mansion on the market but was unable to find a buyer.

The unoccupied mansion suffered extensive damage during the storm. High winds blew off one-third of the ceramic roof tiles, shattered windows, and toppled giant Douglas Fir trees across the estate.

No repairs were made to Pittock Mansion after the storm, and the damaged, vacant house sat exposed to the elements for the next 18 months, resulting in water damage throughout the home.

On January 31, 1964, The Portland Reporter ran an article complete with full page photos to warn the public of developers’ plans to purchase and raze Pittock Mansion to replace it with a subdivision. Outraged, Portlanders launched a grassroots fundraising campaign to save Pittock Mansion. After months of activism and $67,500 in funds raised by citizens, the City of Portland purchased the estate for $225,000.

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Water damage on the 2nd floor landing.

Repairs and restoration to the wind- and water-damaged estate took 15 months. Workers fixed broken windows and replaced missing roof tiles. They replastered walls and ceilings and flattened warped wooden floors. Original craftsmen, such as light fixture designer Frederick Baker, returned to help.

On June 4, 1965, a restored Pittock Mansion opened to the public as a historic house museum.

Had the cruel Columbus Day Storm not threatened Pittock Mansion’s presence, the house may have sat vacant and forgotten for many more years. The carnage of the storm set off a chain reaction, threatening this piece of Portland history and then emboldening Portland’s citizens to stand together and preserve Pittock Mansion.

Architectural Analysis Leads to Unexpected Discovery

August 3, 2015

We just found out something new about 100-year-old Pittock Mansion!

Recently Pittock Mansion commissioned Architectural Resources Group, LLC (ARG) to conduct a detailed survey of the mansion’s current preservation needs and priorities. From tile roof to basement, ARG’s specialists gathered information on the current state of the structure. ARG explored the mansion’s many crawlspaces, utility rooms, and the expansive attic. Some investigations required controlled removal of sections of pipe or cuts into the walls to gather information.

kitchen hole web

A window into the unexpected discovery has been left in the Kitchen.

Historic documentation about the construction of Pittock Mansion is incomplete. Ambiguity in original building plans led us to believe that nearly 2-foot-thick concrete walls support the home’s sandstone veneer.

ARG’s probes discovered otherwise. The mansion’s basement level is indeed constructed of concrete, but the exterior walls of the top 3 levels are brick masonry – a secret the mansion has kept for a century!

This discovery affects the preservation recommendations ARG will make. ARG’s full report will be completed and presented to the Board in September.

As a window into this unexpected find, a test hole showing the brick and tile wall interior, has been left open in the Kitchen to educate visitors about the many surprises and challenges of historic preservation.

Hours

Feb. – June 11am – 4pm Daily
July – Sept. 5 10am – 5pm Daily
Sept. 6 – Jan. 1 11am – 4pm Daily
Nov. 18 – Nov. 20 CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED
Jan. 2 – Jan. 31
CLOSED

 

Admission

Members FREE
Adults $10.00
Seniors (65+) $9.00
Youth (ages 6–18) $7.00
Children under 6 FREE

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