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Graduate Intern in Historic Preservation


Under the direction of the Senior Planner, the Graduate Intern conducts special projects, research, and analysis regarding historic preservation issues.

 Graduate Interns work approximately 19 hours per week and cannot exceed 1,019 hours per year.

Essential Functions


· Research building permit records, tax rolls, deeds, probate records, vital statistics, published histories, and City directories to determine eligibility for historic designation. Conduct related on-site examination of properties and verbal interviews.

· Assist in the preparation for meetings of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), including scanning and preparing presentation materials, maps, and images.

· Assist in conducting background work for planning reviews by performing site evaluations, checking permit records, and delving into other research sources.

· Assist with processing Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) requests and decision letters; take photos, research dates of changes to buildings, and evaluate incoming projects.

· Assist with adding to the Preservation Portfolio, including plans, elevations, and details; assist with publishing the portfolio online.

· Photograph historic sites, document endangered properties, and prepare inventory forms on buildings photographed; prepare materials for online publication.

· Work on special projects such as award ceremonies, in-depth studies of endangered properties, surveys, and documentation.



· Produce written findings based on research conducted; prepare portions of study reports for the historic designation process.

· Assist in the preparation of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, both for the HPC and for general lectures.


We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

· The Graduate Intern-Historic Preservation must be able to perform physical activities that require walking, climbing stairs or ladders, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time in both indoor and outdoor environments.


Minimum Requirements

1.    Current enrollment in or written acceptance of admission to a graduate–level program at an accredited college or university with a major in architecture, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history, or a related field.

2.    Valid driver’s license and access to a properly insured vehicle during work hours OR the ability to efficiently navigate public transportation in order to travel to work locations at time of appointment and throughout employment.


NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

· Familiarity with architectural history, historic styles, and the periods during which they were popular.

· Completion of at least one course in 19th or 20th century U.S. architectural history.

· Familiarity with architectural design in order to assist staff and property owners with repairs and construction of such features as porches, accessory buildings, additions, and landscaping.

· Basic photography skills.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Ability to review, analyze, and understand work-related materials to gather information and compile reports.
  • Ability to read and understand work-related documents such as reports, publications, architectural drawings, and maps.
  • Knowledge of office systems and procedures.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite software (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Strong research skills.



  • Written communication skills to be able to create well-crafted reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to professionally interact with and effectively serve customers both internally and externally.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.



  • Ability to be thorough in the completion of assigned projects.
  • Ability to think critically to find solutions to problems.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.