Historic Preservation Program
Historic Preservation Jobs & Internships
An ongoing study of professional career openings in historic preservation in the U.S. has been conducted by 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 quarterly trends of preservation job openings posted on PreserveNet since 2003, tracked by economic sector (commercial businesses; governmental offices; non-profit organizations; and academic institutions). It should be recognized that although PreserveNet has been one of the most active historic preservation job listing services in the U.S., its methods for gathering job announcements have varied through this period. Some seasonal variations may also reflect its operation as a student-staffed service.
A sample of recent historic preservation job and internship postings are listed below. For more information, please contact the organizations or businesses listed in the announcements directly. Old posting are provided here for general reference, even though openings may be filled.
March 15, 2013
Greater Portland Landmarks
93 High Street, Portland, ME 04101 www.portlandlandmarks.org
Endangered Properties Preservation Intern
Greater Portland Landmarks seeks an Endangered Properties Preservation Intern to provide support for our Preservation Services Advisor and Public Issues committee in managing Landmarks’ endangered properties program. The intern will attend endangered properties and public issues committee meetings, take notes, research properties and produce written documentation, and provide assistance with all aspects of the endangered properties selection process and public issues discussions. In addition, the intern will work on other activities, including 50th Anniversary planning, the inventory of historic markers, archiving photos in preservation services files, and other duties as assigned.
Through this internship, the intern will be exposed to the many facets of historic preservation advocacy and building evaluation.
Manage nominations process for 2013 endangered properties list.
Research properties being considered for endangered property status, maintain paper and electronic files, take photographs, and create a short building summary for use in documenting and selecting the endangered properties.
Prepare pre-meeting information packets and materials for selection process.
Attend meetings of the public issues and endangered properties selection committees and draft minutes and meeting notes.
Research information on historic properties in greater Portland. Prepare materials for the web site.
As time permits, conduct inspection of easement properties with the Preservation Services Advisor and document condition of properties.
Assist in the promotion and implementation of the 50th Anniversary activities.
Assist in the inventory of historic marker properties to determine condition of marker/marker property.
Position reports to Preservation Services Advisor and Executive Director
College seniors or above with very strong background and skills in historic preservation, planning, community development, American studies, or architectural history. Recent graduate or graduate student in areas above preferred.
Ability to participate successfully as member of team-based environment.
Solid office skills and use of Microsoft products: Office, Excel, Outlook.
Strong interpersonal communication skills.
Strong writing and organization skills.
Ability to operate a digital camera.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Honorarium: $2,000 for 10 weeks (at 30 hours per week)
Dates: June 3– August 9, 2013
Interested students please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the project, a resume, writing sample, and three references by April 10, 2013 to: Sharon Colgan, Greater Portland Landmarks, email@example.com, endangered properties preservation intern in subject line. Electronic applications are preferred.
Greater Portland Landmarks Mission
To preserve and revitalize the architectural fabric, history and character of Greater Portland – renewing our neighborhoods, spurring economic development and keeping Portland one of the most livable cities in America.
Greater Portland’s long history and remarkable legacy of architecture, neighborhoods, parks and landscapes will continue to be a vital part of the area’s wonderful quality of life and vibrant economy. Portland residents and visitors will be drawn to, appreciate, protect and support the historic fabric of the community, enriching their lives and those of generations to come.
“How will we know it’s us without our past?” Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath
An understanding of and connection with our history through architecture and landscapes enriches our lives.
The design, quality and condition of the built environment affect our sense of well-being and the economic viability of the community.
Historic structures can be adapted to fit modern uses, contribute to sustainability, and still maintain the integrity and character of the original structure.
The maintenance and enhancement of our historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods supports the livability, economic health and overall value of Greater Portland.
February 19, 2013
Walter Sedovic Architects. Internationally renowned, award-winning firm dedicated to
sustainable preservation, environment & community. WSA is seeking a graduate with
extraordinary communication skills, both verbal & graphic to fill a position in marketing,
developing & management. This is a unique opportunity to apply your preservation
skills to a wide variety of inter-related activities, including business development &
growth, marketing campaigns, public & client relations, media & presentations, research
and day-to-day office management. Salary and hours are negotiable. This position is
in our Irvington, NY offices.
Send resume, letter of interest and references via email to:
Jill H Gotthelf AIA FAPT, Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls, please.
February 13, 2013
Historic Resources Specialist
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
Commerce & Community Development, Montpelier, Vermont
Posting: 31558 02/08/2013
Administrative and professional work for the Division for Historic Preservation, involving the historic preservation review of development projects requiring federal and state agency approval. Duties include review and evaluation of impacts to historic, architectural and archaeological resources. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Environmental Review Coordinator and Historic Preservation Director of Operations.
February 11, 2013
Employer: Alliance for Historic Wyoming
Job Type: Part Time
Location: Anywhere in Wyoming
Job Description: POSITION PROFILE: The Executive Director supports the mission of the Alliance for Historic Wyoming (AHW) by directing advocacy efforts for Wyoming’s historical and cultural resources and empowering citizens to protect them. This position will average approximately 20 hours per week. The work will consist of leading the organization’s governance, fundraising, and outreach efforts.
• Oversee all operations, and organize and attend Board meetings.
• Work with committee leaders on AHW initiatives.
• Conduct administrative duties while complying with state and federal laws.
• Lead fundraising activities and manage grants.
• Travel the state to represent the organization.
• Leadership skills and the ability to implement creative ideas for the AHW’s mission and goals.
• Knowledge of historic resources and state and federal programs and policies.
• Experience with grassroots activism.
• Quality writing and research skills.
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, brief writing sample, resume, and three professional references to Katherine Wonson, c/o Alliance for Historic Wyoming, P.O. Box 51201, Casper, WY 82605; email submissions preferred: email@example.com (please include “Executive Director Job Application” in the subject line).
Click here for a link to the full job description
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013