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Resume of Gary Barker

540-817-4296
336 Nature Camp Trail
Vesuvius, VA 24483
gary.barker25@gmail.com
Work Experience:
Oct. 2013-Present:
Nature Camp, Inc.-Caretaker: Maintain and secure property in Vesuvius, Virginia.
May 2012-Sept.2013:
Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation:
Interpret the Lewis and Clark expedition and their time spent in North Dakota. Put together
and present programs. I also did renovations to the fort in the form of structural repairs, roofs
and rebuilt chimneys.
Oct. 1, 2010-Sept. 2013
Business owner/Manager: Carpenter/Building Preservationist specializing in restoring old
buildings built of log, timber and stone. I also do a variety of other work such as plaster
restoration. Fifty percent of my work is pioneer buildings for historical societies. I also do
building jacking. I've created some interior designs of my own. The other part of what I do is
modern renovations such as installing doors, windows and remodeling of all types. I do framing,
finish carpentry and bathrooms. Estimating and bidding. My projects are often challenging. I
always try to build in accordance of the International Residential Code. I can also read
blueprints. Preparation, preservation and painting of historical surfaces. Early American and
Nordic Interior Design.
Project management, Legal issues and computer applications in business.
May 2000-Sept2010:
YMCA of Minneapolis-Site Manager/Caretaker: Manage a large facility with 34 structures.
Some of which were built of logs during the 30s; others were stick framed and timber framed. I
maintained those buildings and did some restoration work on them. I troubleshooted problems
such as water, heat, electrical, mechanical systems and sewer. I maintained and monitored waste
water treatment, collection systems and water treatment, water distribution systems. I also did
all phases of carpentry and worked with contractors that performed all phases of construction.
Fireplace and chimney repair. I repaired, designed and built furniture. Installed ceramic tile. I
maintained equipment such as vehicles, tractors and boats. All these task I performed under
minimum or no supervision. I hired and supervised a small number of employees. Taught my
own discovery program for the kids. Hosted groups and did housekeeping/food prep. I handled
emergencies at all hours of the day. Taught stone masonry and traditional woodworking. All
operations accomplished under a budget. Cook and other dining hall duties.
May 1995-May 2000 summer:
Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources/Wildland Firefighter: Respond to and suppress fires.
Forestry work.

Diplomas:
High School Diploma
Forestry and Wildlife Conservation
Attended Mesabi Community College, Virginia, MN and studied Journalism and Art
Certificates:
Pool Operator
Entrepreneur from UMD Center for Economic Development
Stone Masonry from The Great Lakes School of Log Building
Lead Safety and Energy Conservation of structures
Certified Interpretive Guide
Licenses:
Building Contractor's License, Class D #40060
Special Skills:
Historical log building restoration: Trained by the Minnesota Historical Society
Historical Stone Masonry and slab-stone earthen restoration: Trained by Crocker Limited,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Volunteer Work:
Habitat for Humanity: Help with house construction