Historic Preservation Jobs & Internships
An ongoing study of professional career openings in historic preservation in the U.S. has been conducted by Assoc. Prof. Thomas Visser, director of the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program. A special report on this study was published in Preservation Education Research journal. His findings also have been presented at preservation conferences in the United States and Canada.
The study has shown that professional historic preservation career opportunities in the commercial sector have included jobs with cultural resource management consultants, contracting and development companies, and architectural firms. In the government sector, positions at the federal level included those with the National Park Service and various federal agencies; at state levels with state historic preservation offices (SHPOs), state transportation departments and other state agencies; and at local levels with municipal planning departments and preservation commissions. Historic preservation positions with non-profit organizations included openings with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with statewide and local preservation advocacy organizations, with community development and main street organizations, and with historical societies and historic sites. In the education sector, a small number of preservation-related positions have been offered for faculty openings, for contract-based research, and for administration and planning jobs.
The following chart shows annual trends of preservation job openings posted on PreserveNet, tracked by economic sector (commercial businesses; governmental offices; non-profit organizations; and academic institutions). Although PreserveNet has been one of the most active historic preservation job listing services in the U.S., as a student-staffed service, its process for gathering and posting job announcements may have varied through this period.
SAMPLE JOB POSTINGS
Samples of historic preservation job postings are listed below to provide an overview of career opportunities and employer expectations in the historic preservation field. For more information on current listings, please contact the organizations or businesses listed in the announcements directly. Old postings are also provided here for general reference, even though these openings may have been filled.
May 30, 2015
Project Reviews Manager
State Historic Preservation Office
Ohio History Connection
Pay Grade 8 ($3630-$3813/month)
Nature of Work
Assess the effects of federally, state, and locally assisted projects to historic properties, pursuant to Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 149.53 of Ohio Revised Code; advise and educate agency staff and others about the Section 106 review process; and maintain computer and paper records.
Illustrative Examples of Work
Analyze project documentation to determine the eligibility of historic properties for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and to provide comments and recommendations for the purpose of surveying and identifying historic properties. Review surveys, data recovery plans, maps, drawings, photos, and other technical documentation in order to assess effects of projects to historic properties. Synthesize review results and clearly communicate the outcome in writing, meetings, and other communication media. Make site visits to evaluate effects of proposed projects on historic properties. Negotiate agreements to avoid or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties. Review and comment on federal and state regulations. Review state and local projects to assess impacts to historic properties. Create and provide education and assistance to federal, state, and local agencies, individuals, companies, and organizations, including workshops and conference sessions.
Essential Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of preservation constituents in both the public and private sectors. Basic mathematical skills with the ability to apply mathematical concepts to practical situations. Ability to use Microsoft Office software or the equivalent, including spreadsheet, database, and word processing applications. Ability to use Windows and Windows-based PCs and peripherals. Ability to implement, plan, and critically evaluate research. Ability to review, understand, and interpret a variety of technical data, such as engineering drawings and specifications, primary and secondary research sources, and maps. Ability to use Geographic Information System software.
Typical Physical Demands
Requires prolonged sitting, frequent standing, and bending, stooping, and occasional lifting up to 25 pounds. Requires normal range of eyesight, hearing, and manual dexterity sufficient to operate keyboard, telephone, photocopier and other office equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
Normal office environment. Occasional evening or weekend work. Work may be stressful at times. Requires ability to travel, sometimes with overnight stays. Work may involve attendance at public meetings and site visits, as well as occasional archaeological investigation and monitoring.
Meets professional qualification standards in 36 CFR 61, Appendix A, in history, architectural history, architecture, historic architecture, or its equivalent in education and experience. Four years of work experience in a professional capacity in the relevant discipline preferred. Familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, as well as other federal historic preservation laws, regulations, and guidelines.
How to Apply
To apply, visit http://www.ohiohistory.org/about-us/jobs for Ohio History Connection employment application. Submit application, cover letter, resume and three professional references with contact information to email@example.com or mail to:
Human Resources Department
Ohio History Connection
800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211-2474
The Ohio History Connection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are proud to be a drug-free workplace.