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AmeriCorps Service – Craik-Patton House

  • Charleston, WV
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Website Craik-Patton House

About the Organization

Constructed in 1834 by James Craik, the Craik-Patton House invites guests to visit Kanawha County’s premier house museum. For a small donation, visitors can tour the house and grounds and hear the compelling stories of the house’s early inhabitants. These include the builder of the house, James Craik, whose family’s strong connection to George Washington is discussed; as well as Col. George Smith Patton, founder of the Kanawha riflemen and grandfather of the famed World War two general.

Craik-Patton Inc. will continue to fulfill its mission of preserving the Craik-Patton House, its collection of early American decorative arts and furnishings, and on its grounds, “The Elms” Well House and Ruffner Log Cabin, for the benefit of those interested in Kanawha Valley and West Virginia history. The house is an architectural gem that exhibits fine examples of early American furniture made in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Virginia (and what became West Virginia) and New England, as well as decorative arts ranging from fine crystal and china to early samplers and oil paintings.

What You’ll Do

The member will serve approximately 20 hours per week at the museum and during museum operating hours. The member will be expected to do the following tasks:

  • Helping to maintain the House’s collection database on Past Perfect, 
  • Working with and helping lead the Craik-Patton House’s Collections Committee, 
  • Updating all collection files and maintaining the accuracy of objects in the Museum,
  • Providing tours to the general public as well as providing tours and support during Craik-Patton special events, 
  • Maintaining a volunteer base, 
  • Assisting the Executive Director plan, execute, and coordinate monthly events or exhibits, and 
  • Monitoring and posting on the Craik-Patton social media accounts. 


This is a half-time position. Half-time members (900 hours, approximately 20 hours a week) will receive a $10,000 annual stipend, paid in 23 equal installments on the 15th and 30th of each month.  Workers compensation insurance will be provided.

AmeriCorps members will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon the successful completion of their term of service.  The educational award for full-time members is equivalent to the federal Pell Grant amount for that year. The award amounts are subject to change annually. In the 2022-2023 program year, the award is $3,447.50 for half-time members.  Members with uncompleted service terms or uncompleted hours, or who have not submitted all required program materials, will not receive an educational award. The educational award can be used for tuition at most colleges, technical, and vocational schools, or for the repayment of qualified, federal student loans. Members 55 or older may choose to transfer their award to a child, stepchild, or grandchild. AmeriCorps members are only allowed to receive educational awards for the equivalent of 2 full-time service terms (or 4 half-time terms).

Members’ qualified student loans can be deferred during AmeriCorps service, with the accumulated loan interest paid by AmeriCorps at the end of the deferred period.

How to Apply

Step 1: Submit an application on My AmeriCorps – Create a profile on the official My AmeriCorps website:

​Once a profile is completed, view Preserve WV’s program listing, by simply searching “Preserve WV” in the Program Name Field of the Quick Search Box found on the AmeriCorps Search page:
Apply using the “Apply Now!” button found on the Preserve WV program listing.

Step 2: Send in a Cover Letter – Submit a written cover letter to Danielle Parker, executive director at [email protected].  The letter should directly reference the description of the position the applicant is applying to and speak to how the applicant’s interests, experience, and career goals are a good match for that particular service opportunity. Position descriptions for all available service opportunities can be found below. If interested, applicants may use the cover letter to apply for more than one position. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to send a formal CV or resume to accompany their cover letter.