Historic Preservation Jobs & Internships
An ongoing study of professional career openings in historic preservation in the U.S. has been conducted by Professor 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 and consulting firms; 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., its process for gathering and posting job announcements may have varied through this period.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Council for Preservation Education offers historic preservation internships that involve cultural resource management activities and opportunities to work in the field of historic preservation.The information on these is available at the National Council for Preservation Education's PreserveNet website.
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.
June 5, 2017
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Vermont
National Historic Landmark
Position: Executive Director
August 19, 2016
New York City Landmarks Commission
Position: Adminstrative Landmarks Preservationist / Director of Research
Salary: $90,000 to $105,000 commensurate with experience
Title code No.: M10034
Job Vacancy Notice: 136-2017-254858
February 24, 2016
State of Nevada
Announces An Open Competitive Recruitment for:
HISTORIC PRESERVATION SPECIALIST II - Architectural Historian
APPROXIMATE ANNUAL SALARY - $46,019.52 to $68,361.12 PAY GRADE: 35
February 23, 2016
Preservation Planner positions - Aspen, Colorado
The City of Aspen is currently recruiting for a Planner / Senior Planner, with a preference for an individual with a Historic Preservation Degree and/or Historic Preservation experience. Applications are available online and are due on March 9th at 5pm MST. The posting is currently on the APA website with a link to the application: https://www.planning.org/jobs/search/listing/?AdID=66179.
November 23, 2015
HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND
Position: Community Preservation Manager, Western New England
Classification: Limited Term/Full-Time (Two years/40 hours/week)
Location: Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury, Vermont
Description: This position represents Historic New England in the western portion of New England, with focus on Vermont and Western Massachusetts. Works to share Historic New England vision, strategies, goals, accomplishments, and methods with partner organizations and current and potential donors and supporters. Serves as liaison to the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History under a formal alliance established for 9/2015-9/2017. Coordinates contacts between Henry Sheldon Museum staff and Historic New England teams to implement alliance programs. Cultivates prospects for the Historic New England easement program to fulfill annual goals. Monitors preservation needs and issues at Merwin House, a Historic New England property in Stockbridge, Mass. Identifies and implements approved community engagement partnership opportunities. Identifies potential donors, members, and funding sources and conveys information to development team.
Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, or Architectural History with at least seven (7) years of job-related experience. A Master’s degree in the listed fields is preferred. Requires fully competent computer skills including skilled use of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheet functions, and experience with digital photography equipment and methods. This employee must be able to operate effectively in a team environment, where communication within and among teams is essential to success, and where information and projects come from various directions and must be managed in accordance with established priorities and strategic objectives. Ability to interact and communicate with staff orally, by video-conferencing and other electronic means, and in writing is essential. Ability to maintain communication with supervisor and with many teams and colleagues over considerable distance is essential. Requires exceptional customer service skills, and experience working with a broad and diverse public to build and nurture community partnerships. Ability to serve as an institutional spokesperson.
Work Environment: This position will be based at the Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury, Vermont, and will spend time in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and at Merwin House. The position requires periodic travel to Historic New England facilities in Waltham, Boston, Milton, or Haverhill, Massachusetts, and regular travel to other locations throughout New England. A valid driver’s license, a personal automobile, and ability to drive are requirements of this position.
Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 11, 2015. Applications should include a cover letter and resume.
Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We serve the public through five interrelated program areas: Historic Properties, Preservation Services, Collections, Education, and Archives and Publications. For more information visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
November 12, 2015
The Cultural Resources Section at the Nevada Department of Transportation is looking for a
new Architectural Historian. Please look to this link for more details and how to apply.
October 30, 2015
Preservation Planner - Brookline, Massachusetts
The Town of Brookline is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Preservation Planner to perform complex administrative and professional work in administering the Town’s Local Historic District (LHD), Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) and Demolition Delay bylaws to identify, preserve, and protect the architectural and historical resources of the Town. Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Regulatory Planning, this position will process applications for review by the Preservation and NCD Commissions; review plans for all exterior renovations to buildings within LHDsand NCDs; prepare materials for public hearings; assist in the administration of the Demolition Delay By-law; and work with other Town departments, property owners and the general public on a wide variety of historic and preservation issues. Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in historic preservation or closely related field; Master’s degree highly desirable. Working knowledge of state and federal regulations pertaining to historic preservation; architectural history, and the cultural and landscape resources of historic preservation planning. Ability to read architectural plans and assess the significance of buildings and landscapes. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Superior organizational skills. Expertise in Microsoft Word and familiarity with graphics illustration programs such as power point and/or Adobe Create Suite products (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign). Starting salary $1,219/week plus generous benefits. Resume and cover letter by November 13, 2015 to:
Human Resources Office
333 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445