Additional Preservation Job Resources

We've compiled a comprehensive list of resources from allied fields -- from additional job sites to state organizations to related subject areas -- to help you advance your preservation career through training, networking, and educational opportunities.

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Additional Job Sites

The followingorganizations and sites post additional preservation job listings:

Resources in Your State

Statewide Preservation Organizations that are members of the National Trust Partners Network

State Historic Preservation Offices

Tribal Historic Preservation Offices

Resources by Subject Area

Architecture
Cultural Landscapes
Heritage Education
Heritage Tourism
Historic Preservation
History
Planning and Community Development
Sprawl and Smart Growth

Archaeology

  • Archaeological Institute of America: Promotes a vivid and informed public interest in the cultures and civilizations of the past, supports archaeological research, fosters the sound professional practice of archaeology, advocates the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage, and represents the discipline in the wider world.
  • Society for American Archeology: International organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas.
  • Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS): International association for those interested in advancing our knowledge of the past through a wide range of techniques deriving from the fields of physics, chemistry, and the natural sciences.
  • Society for Commercial Archaeology: The oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape.
  • Society for Historical Archeology: Historical Archaeology is the study of the material remains of past societies that also left behind some other form of historical evidence. The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present). SHA promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology.
  • Society for Industrial Archaeology: The mission of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, housed at Michigan Technological University, is to encourage the study, interpretation, and preservation of historically significant industrial sites, structures, artifacts, and technology.
  • Southeast Archeological Center:Part of the National Park Service, the Southeast Archeological Center has worked for forty years to facilitate long-term protection, use, and appreciation of archeological and cultural resources in the southeastern United States and beyond.
  • World Archaeological Congress: A non-governmental non-profit working world-wide to promote interest in the past in all country based on the need to recognize the historical and social roles as well as the political context of archaeology, and the need to make archaeological studies relevant to the wider community.

Architecture

  • American Institute of Architects: Since 1857 AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners.
  • International Code Council: A membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention. ICC develops the codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.
  • Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS): The nation's first federal preservation program, begun in 1933 to document America's architectural heritage. The perceived need to mitigate the negative effects upon our history and culture of rapidly vanishing architectural resources led to the program’s creation. You can view the HABS materials through the American Memory collection at the Library of Congress.
  • Historic American Engineering Record (HAER): Established in 1969 by the National Park Service, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Library of Congress, HAER documents historic sites and structures related to engineering and industry. You can view the HAER materials through the American Memory collection at the Library of Congress.
  • Society of Architectural Historians: SAH advances knowledge and understanding of the history of architecture, design, landscape, and urbanism worldwide. The Society serves scholars, professionals in allied fields (including architecture, historic preservation and planning), and the interested general public.
  • Traditional Building: A website devoted to a series of magazines billed as the professional’s resource to public architecture, Traditional Building also hosts its own conference, has a trade product catalog, and produces a robust blog series.
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum: VAF encourages the study and preservation of the architecture of ordinary life. This includes but is not limited to traditional domestic and agricultural buildings, industrial and commercial structures, 20th-century suburban houses, settlement patterns, and cultural landscapes.

Cultural Landscapes

  • Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation: An inter-disciplinary professional organization which provides a forum for communication and exchange of information among its members, the Alliance is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of historic landscapes including but not limited to formal gardens, public parks, and rural expanses.
  • American Society of Landscape Architects: A national professional association for landscape architects, the Society's mission is to lead, educate, and participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of cultural and natural environments.
  • Cultural Landscapes (NPS): This program is a servicewide effort of people in parks, regional /support offices, centers and the Washington office dedicated to a mission of protection and preservation of prehistoric and historic structures and cultural landscapes in the parks of the National Park System.
  • Cultural Landscapes Foundation: A not-for-profit (501c3) foundation, the Cultural Landscapes Foundation (CLF) is dedicated to increasing the public's awareness and understanding of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of its cultural landscapes. Through education, technical assistance, and outreach, CLF broaden awareness of and support for historic landscapes nationwide in hopes of saving this diverse and priceless heritage for future generations.
  • Historic Landscape Initiative (NPS): Part of the National Park Service, this initiative is dedicated to promoting responsible preservation practices that protect our nation's irreplaceable legacy of cultural landscapes.
  • Historic American Landscape Survey: Records historic landscapes in the United States and its territories through measured drawings and interpretive drawings, written histories, and large-format black-and-white photographs and color photographs. You can view the HALS materials through the American Memory collection at the Library of Congress.

Heritage Education

  • National Council for Preservation Education: The National Council for Preservation Education has over fifty member institutions located across the United States. These academic programs in historic preservation and allied fields have educated thousands of students, many of whom have developed professional careers as professional historic preservation leaders working for local, state, federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and in the private sector in the US and elsewhere in the world.
  • Teaching with Historic Places: Uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom.

Heritage Tourism

  • Cultural Heritage Tourism: This site has been developed as a resource for organizations and individuals who are developing, marketing, or managing cultural heritage tourism attractions or programs. These cultural heritage tourism “practitioners” can come from a variety of fields—tourism, historic preservation, the arts, humanities, museums, economic development, main streets, heritage areas, and more.

Historic Preservation

  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation:An independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.
  • Association for Gravestone Studies:Furthers the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles. Through its publications, conferences, workshops, and exhibits, AGS promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones.
  • Association for Preservation Technology:A cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings.
  • Electronic Rehab (NPS):An electronic web class on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites:Works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is the only global non-government organization of this kind, which is dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage. Its work is based on the principles enshrined in the 1964 International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (the Venice Charter).
  • National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NPS): This research division of the National Park Service uses technology to serve the future of America's heritage through applied research and professional training.
  • National Parks Conservation Association:The mission of the NPCA is to protect and enhance America's National Parks for present and future generations.
  • National Register of Historic Places (NPS): The official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, it’s part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation: private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to protect the irreplaceable places that tell America's story.
  • Partners for Sacred Places:The only national, non-sectarian, non-profit organization devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older and historic sacred places.
  • Preservation Books (National Trust for Historic Preservation):Titles offer step-by-step strategies to deal with a variety of preservation issues from the economics of historic preservation to fundraising for preservation, with new titles added frequently.
  • Preservation Directory: The online resource for historic preservation, building restoration, and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada. Our goal is to foster the preservation of historic buildings, historic downtowns and neighborhoods, and cultural resources; and to promote heritage tourism by facilitating communication among historic preservation professionals and the general public.
  • PreserveNet: Designed to provide preservationists with a comprehensive database of regularly updated internet resources and current professional opportunities. PreserveNet maintains a current listing of professional and educational opportunities.
  • Recent Past Preservation Network:Promotes preservation education, assistance, and activism through the medium of new technologies, to encourage a contextual understanding of our modern built environment.
  • Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (NPS): This online guide is a must-read for all preservationists. "The Standards are neither technical nor prescriptive, but are intended to promote responsible preservation practices that help protect our Nation's irreplaceable cultural resources. For example, they cannot, in and of themselves, be used to make essential decisions about which features of the historic building should be saved and which can be changed. But once a treatment is selected, the Standards provide philosophical consistency to the work."
  • Technical Preservation Services (NPS): The nation's leading provider of information and guidance on the care of historic buildings. Technical Preservation Services provides the tools and information necessary to take effective measures to protect and preserve historic buildings, ranging from historic masonry and window repairs to lead paint abatement to accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • Trust for Public Land: National, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre:Home to the World Heritage List. Follows the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage stating that protection of the World Heritage is the duty of the international community as a whole.
  • World Monuments Fund: Leading independent organization dedicated to saving the world’s most treasured places.

History

  • American Association for State & Local History: Provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.
  • American Historical Association: Nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and the dissemination of historical research.
  • Organization of American Historians: Largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. The mission of the organization is to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and to encourage wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of all practitioners of history.
  • National Council on History Education: Builds bridges between K-12 teachers, college and university faculty and museums/libraries/historical societies who all share a common passion for teaching history.
  • National Council on Public History: Membership association dedicated to making the past useful in the present and to encouraging collaboration between historians and their public. The work of the organization begins in the belief that historical understanding is of essential value in society.
  • H-NET: International interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Our edited lists and web sites publish peer-reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public.

Planning and Community Development

  • American Planning Association: The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.
  • National Housing and Rehabilitation Association: Professional association of individuals who are involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation, and New Markets Tax Credit development.

Sprawl and Smart Growth

  • American Farmland Trust: Committed to protecting the nation's farm and ranch land, keeping it healthy and improving the economic viability of agriculture. The American Farmland Trust’s staff of farmers, policy experts, researchers and scientists knows the issues from the ground up — how communities can be strengthened by protecting farmland and supporting local farmers, and how farmers and ranchers can best be engaged to conserve the land and protect natural resources.
  • Smart Growth Network: In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN). The Network was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality.
  • Urban Land Institute: The Urban Land Institute is a multidisciplinary real estate forum that facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.