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HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM

Historic Preservation Jobs & Internships

Links to Preservation Job Posting Sites

PreserveNet - employment and internship opportunities

NCSHPO Jobs in Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Career Center

USAJobs

Student Conservation Association

US/ICOMOS Internships

Organizations that wish to have professional preservation job opening announcements or internships posted and distributed to students and graduates of the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program are invited to send notices by e-mail to Historic.Preservation@uvm.edu

UVM HPP graduates who wish to receive such listings by e-mail are encouraged to forward a request with their current e-mail address to Historic.Preservation@uvm.edu

Additional web sites that offer preservation employment listings may be accessed by searching for Historic Preservation Jobs

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, 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., its methods for gathering job announcements may have varied through this period and some seasonal variations may reflect its operation as a student-staffed service.

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SAMPLE POSTINGS

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 postings are provided here for general reference, even though openings may be filled.


April 4, 2014

Technical Preservation Services Manager
Ohio Historic Preservation Office
Ohio Historical Society
Pay Grade 8: $3,630-$3,739/month

This position is responsible for a variety of duties, including reviewing federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit and Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit projects, providing technical preservation information, delivering lectures and other presentations on historic rehabilitation techniques, and managing special programs and projects as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
· Conducting professional, detailed reviews of rehabilitation projects for which federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credits and/or Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits are being sought.
· Exercises independent management and review responsibility.
· Providing technical preservation (building conservation) information, such as appropriate preservation techniques, product information, and reference materials to program applicants and the general public.
· Delivering "Building Doctor Program" technical lectures and other presentations. Traveling to historic buildings to advise owners and others on preservation matters as part of "Building Doctor Program" and on request.
· Manage special programs and projects as assigned.
· Assisting in development and implementation of technical preservation education and assistance. This can include written material, workshops, conferences, seminars, and training sessions.

Education and/or Experience: A graduate degree in history, architectural history, architecture, historical architecture, historic preservation or a closely-related preservation field, or its equivalent in education and experience, plus a minimum of four years of work experience in a professional capacity in the relevant discipline, or must meet the professional qualifications standards in 36 CFR 61, Appendix A. Familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and national historic preservation laws, regulations and guidelines. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May require the oversight and supervision of volunteers, interns, and temporary staff.

Certificates and/or Licensures: Requires a valid Ohio driver’s license.

Language Skills: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with a wide range of internal and external preservation constituents in both the public and private sectors.

Mathematical Skills: Basic mathematical skills with the ability to apply mathematical concepts to practical situations.

Technical Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office or equivalent business software such as spreadsheet, database, and word processing applications. Ability to use Windows and Windows-based PCs and peripherals.

Reasoning Ability: 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.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires prolonged sitting, frequent standing, and bending, stooping and occasional lifting up to 25pounds. Requires normal range of eyesight, hearing and manual dexterity sufficient to operate keyboard, telephone, photocopier and other office equipment.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 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.
How to Apply:
Visit http://www.ohiohistory.org/jobs/current-openings. Mail, email, fax or personally deliver your completed application, cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources Office
Ohio Historical Society
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

E-mail: applicant@ohiohistory.org
Fax: 614-297-2293

The Ohio Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


March 14, 2014

Greater Portland Landmarks Preservation Honor Awards Intern

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks a Preservation Honor Awards Intern to provide support for the Preservation Services Advisor and Education and Preservation Committee in managing Landmarks’ development and roll-out of an expanded honor awards program. The intern will attend Education and Preservation Committee and Awards Subcommittee meetings; record minutes; research award candidates; and produce written and photographic documentation, while assisting with all aspects of the Honor Awards Program selection process including development of press materials. In addition, the intern will work on other activities, such as the 50th Anniversary activities, inventory of the Historic Marker Program; Public Issues Committee meetings; documenting additional local landmarks; processing photos in preservation services files, and other duties as assigned.
Through this internship, the intern will be exposed to the many facets of a local historic preservation organization that focuses on advocacy and education.

Primary Duties
· Manage nominations process for 2014 Honor Awards Program
· Research projects, individuals and programs being considered for Preservation Honor Awards; maintain paper and electronic files; take media-quality photographs; and create short descriptive summaries for use in documenting and selecting Award recipients.
· Attend Committee meetings and take minutes.

Ancillary Duties
· Assist in the field review and inventory of Landmarks’ Historic Marker Program properties to determine condition of marker and marker property.
· Survey and research information on selected South Portland historic properties and potential districts. Prepare survey forms; and post selected information on Landmarks’ web site.
· Assist with Landmarks’ 50th Anniversary events as time permits, including research and support for the John Calvin Stevens Paintings Show in 2015
· Compile India Street Neighborhood Historic District Economic Data

Supervision
· Position reports to Preservation Services Advisor and Executive Director

Qualifications
· College seniors or above with very strong background and skills in historic preservation, planning, community development, American studies, or architectural/art 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, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook.
· Strong interpersonal communication, telephone, personal greeting and email skills.
· Strong writing, organization and presentation skills.
· Proficiency in operating digital camera and producing high-quality images.
· Ability to maintain confidentiality.
· Valid automobile driver’s license

Honorarium: $2,000 for 10 weeks (at 30 hours per week)
Dates: 10 weeks ranging between mid-June – mid-late August, 2014 (TBD with intern’s schedule)
Interested candidates please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position, a resume, writing sample, and three references by April 11, 2014 to: Hilary D. Bassett, Executive Director, Greater Portland Landmarks, hbassett@portlandlandmarks.org, Preservation Honor Awards Intern in subject line. Electronic applications are preferred.


November 5, 2013

CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN – IMMEDIATE JOB OPPORTUNITY
EverGreene Architectural Arts, an award winning conservation, restoration, decoration, and specialty construction firm is seeking project-based conservation technicians especially in the New York metropolitan area.
The ideal candidate must have a background in the conservation of decorative finishes, especially paint and at least two years of hands-on conservation experience with good technical skills. A background in fine arts is preferred; the ability to perform as a team player is essential.
The ideal candidate will:
• Be comfortable working on a construction site
• Be willing to travel
• Perform historic painted finishes cleaning using aqueous and dry methods
• Perform interior masonry cleaning using mild detergents, water, pressure sprayers, and cleanup
• Perform inpainting
• 4-hour scaffold and 10-hour OSHA certifications, preferred
Please email a resume and salary history to Avigail Charnov at acharnov@evergreene.com. Please indicate “Conservation Technician” in the email subject line. No phone calls, please.
EverGreene is one of the largest architectural arts and specialty construction companies in the United States. Based in New York, the firm works on high-profile and complex projects. Past work includes the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Park Avenue Armory and Grace Church (Brooklyn).
EverGreene is an equal opportunity employer.


November 5, 2013

ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATOR – IMMEDIATE JOB OPPORTUNITY
EverGreene Architectural Arts, an award winning conservation, restoration, decoration, and specialty construction firm is seeking a project-based architectural conservator to join our conservation studio.
The ideal candidate must have a background in the conservation of decorative finishes, especially paint, and at least two years of hands-on conservation experience with excellent technical skills. A Master of Science degree is required for the position.
Additionally, the ideal candidate will:
• Be comfortable working on a construction site
• Be able to maintain detailed treatment records and write reports
• Conduct condition analysis, paint analysis and studies
• Be willing to travel
• Be able to work independently as well as part of a conservation crew
• Be a Professional Associate of AIC, preferred.
Please email a resume and salary history to Avigail Charnov at acharnov@evergreene.com. Please indicate “Architectural Conservator” in the email subject line. No phone calls, please.
EverGreene is one of the largest architectural arts and specialty construction companies in the United States. Based in New York, the firm works on high-profile and complex projects. Past work includes the Empire State Building, Illinois State Capitol, King Street Station (Seattle) and Mission Concepcion (San Antonio).
EverGreene is an equal opportunity employer.


Sept 23, 2013

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN/PRESERVATION PLANNER

Massachusetts Historical Commission
Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Historical Commission, office of the State Historic Preservation Officer, is seeking an Architectural Historian/ Preservation Planner to work within its Technical Services Division. Job responsibilities include review of state and federal projects for effects on historic resources in compliance with state and federal legislation; review project applications for federal Investment Tax Credits and state historic rehabilitation tax credits; and the development and administration of programmatic historic building rehabilitation programs with local communities in compliance with federal historic preservation law.

Candidates should have a M.A. in Architectural History, Historic Architecture, Historic Preservation Studies, or a related field. Prior experience reviewing technical aspects of architectural plans and drawings is preferred. Some knowledge of Massachusetts history and architecture and familiarity with federal and state historic preservation law and regulations, the Secretary of Interior’s Standards, and the National Register of Historic Places are preferred. Candidates should be well-organized, possess writing skills, and be able to communicate effectively with the public. Negotiation skills desirable.

Resumes should be submitted to:

Massachusetts Historical Commission
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Tel. (617) 727-8470
Fax: (617) 727-5128

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Sept 18, 2013

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Grants Division Coordinator/ Project Manager

Massachusetts Historical Commission
Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Historical Commission is seeking a qualified individual to work within the Grants Division at the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The position requires a graduate degree in historic preservation or architectural design. All potential candidates should have a working knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and should have good organizational skills. Candidates preferably will also have project management experience as well as experience reviewing architectural plans and specifications. Candidates will be expected to be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. A valid Driver’s License will also be required. This will be a contract position.

Scope of Services

The contractor will work within the grants division of the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC). The contractor shall perform tasks in a team environment and have daily responsibilities relating to grants and coordination between MHC staff, grantees, and other project proponents. Duties will focus on the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund.

Grants Management
1. Initiate and prepare contract documents and administer and coordinate projects.
2. Maintain and monitor grant contracts and related files.
3. Monitor projects’ compliance in terms of bidding procedure and procurement.
4. Review and process financial documentation.
5. Review completion report material submitted and maintain completion report library file and computer logs.
6. Close out grant projects and related tasks.
7. Produce interim reports as needed.
8. Act as liaison between other technical staff and grantees.
9. Review eligibility of work as described in grant applications.
10. Review grant applications and make recommendations for selection of grant projects.

Additional Services
1. Respond to requests from local historical commissions and the public.
2. Develop and write program materials and reports, as appropriate.
3. Maintain, upgrade, and help improve MHC’s project database.
4. Assist in tracking and monitoring Preservation Restrictions held by and/or reviewed by MHC.
5. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Contractor is an independent contractor and not an employee of the department. Department shall not be obligated under any contract, subcontract or other commitment made by Contractor.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Massachusetts Historical Commission
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 0212

 


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