Job Listing: Sign Artisan & Historic Finish Preservationist

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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - Williamsburg, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Sign Artisan & Historic Finish Preservationist

Salary - Based on experience.

Job Type - Full-Time

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The Sign Artisan & Historic Finish Preservationist is responsible for executing visual graphic projects for signage and other requests from idea conception to completion; design and render necessary graphic and art projects and complete them in a manner which compliments overall Colonial Williamsburg style.


Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for graphic design and application for signage in the Historic Area. Paint and letter all new brushed signage being processed through the Paint Shop.
  • Upon request of signage, stand-alone graphics, or other projects which may include carriage and wagon decoration or maintaining graphics on the vehicle fleet:
    • Meet with clients to discuss scope of work and suggest solutions that are deemed the most appropriate, direct, cost effective, and timely.
    • Design and create mockups, as necessary, for client approval.
    • Provide an estimated time of completion for client.
    • Estimate cost of project, including labor and materials, to the Planning Department to initiate work order(s).
    • Order all appropriate materials needed for completion of project.
    • Execute project while maintaining contact with clients to notify of progress or changes in scheduling.
    • Coordinate with other departments, such as paint, millwork, carpentry, & blacksmith as needed for completion of job.
    • Charge time and materials to the project work order through work order system, and complete work order process.
  • Responsible for gold and aluminum gilded finishes throughout the Foundation.
  • Provide Faux (marbelizing, graining, etc.) finishing as necessary – to include new application as well as preservation of existing faux finishes
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Required and Preferred Education and Experience:


Required: Competencies usually acquired through a degree from commercial art or preservation art school and 5 years related experience or high school diploma/GED and 10 years of experience in related field.




  • Prior experience with vinyl cutting and application.
  • Prior experience with digital printing, including large format, and graphic application.
  • Completion of apprenticeship program in sign making.
  • Moderate proficiency in use of Adobe Photoshop.



Final candidates are to present in person to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Employment Office a valid driver’s license and an original Motor Vehicle Record transcript (MVR). The MRV is to be no older than 30 days, issued by the same state as the driver’s license, and must cover the past seven years. Within sixty days new residents must obtain a Virginia driver’s license.


Final candidates must satisfactorily complete Respirator Fit and Pulmonary Function Testing.


  • Must be detailed orientated, be able to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Must work well in a team environment and be able to interact with employees, customers, and guests.
  • Must possess excellent communication, organizational, creativity, and problem solving skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of all facets of the sign painting trade.
  • Proven ability to paint sign posts and panels with various types of paint, producing a high-quality finish.
  • Proven ability to hand letter with paint and brush apply gold and aluminum leaf.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing,
  • Knowledge of block, roman, and script fonts.
  • Proven ability to create layout patterns in a manner that compliments overall Colonial Williamsburg style.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System.
  • Moderate proficiency in use of Adobe Illustrator & ability to become proficient with Gerber Omega sign making software.



  • Beautiful historic setting
  • Competitive benefits for eligible employees include:
  • health insurance
  • pension plan
  • vision plan
  • medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Sick, vacation, and holiday pay
  • 401(k) plan with a portion of contributions matched
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability
  • accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • group travel accident insurance


About Colonial Williamsburg:

From our Historic Area to Hotels, Colonial Williamsburg’s mission “that the future may learn from the past” is part of everything we do. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit educational institution welcoming guests to the world’s largest living history museum which brings the past to life through museum theater, 18th-century trades, historic sites, and more. The Foundation also includes two world-class art museums, featuring the nation’s premier folk art collection, plus the best in British and American fine and decorative arts from 1670–1840. The Colonial Williamsburg Company boasts a rich history as well, having hosted and entertained guests from around the world with an impressive collection of amenities including our hotels, guest homes, food and beverage outlets, championship golf courses, and spa & fitness center.

Our Team:

Universal acceptance for everyone, everywhere is at the heart of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. We promote diversity & inclusion of thought, culture, and background, which connects our entire team. As such, Colonial Williamsburg is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.