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Adventures in Preservation
Adventures in Preservation is a non-profit organization offering hands-on building conservation workshops and volunteer vacations at historic sites around the world.
American Academy in Rome
The American Academy in Rome oversees centers for independent study and advanced research in arts and humanities. The American Academy offers annual fellowships to study in Rome for the following subjects: architecture, historic preservation, conservation, design, urban planning, landscape architecture, archaeology, art, music, and classical history.
American Association of Museums
Publishes job openings in its monthly bulletin, AVISO, and offers scholarships to attend the AAM annual conference. AAM's Museum Directory might also be consulted for organizations and agencies that hold or administer collections of interest to preservationists.
The American Association for State and Local History
The American Association for State and Local History offers career packets including information on student scholarships, grants, and career information as well as placement assistance to its members and lists job openings in the monthly newsletter Dispatch. Organizations listed in the AASLH's Directory of Historical Societies and Agencies in the United States should also be contacted.
American College of the Building Arts
The college is modeled on a European guild system, and offers students intensive training in the lucrative fields of building arts. In addition to job skills, students will acquire a liberal arts background in 2- and 4-year degrees. Students also gain paid apprenticeships during the summer to help build skills and provide skilled - and highly needed - artisans to work nationwide with builders, architects and preservationists.
American Friends of the Attingham Summer School, Inc.
The American Friends of the Attingham Summer School offers a three-week summer program in England.
The American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architects offers scholarships and grants; lists jobs of interest to preservationists through classified advertisements in design journals.
The American Planning Association
The American Planning Association lists "Jobs in Planning" in its monthly magazine, Planning. Some of the positions relate to environmental land use and preservation work. The APA's Chicago office offers internship and volunteer opportunities and their Washington office awards fellowships and scholarships to graduate students of planning or closely related fields.
American Society of Landscape Architects
The American Society of Landscape Architects offers scholarships and grants.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Decorative Restoration Program
The Decorative Techniques and Restoration program at this Asheville, NC school helps students to appreciate historic buildings and the tradition of their decoration and construction and teaches them the preservation trade skills needed to restore these buildings to their former glory. Some of the crafts taught include how to refinish woodwork and furniture, repair a plaster molding, stencil a frieze, gild a coffered ceiling, marbleize a column, wood grain a door, make green paints, and glaze a wall.
Belmont Technical College
Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville, Ohio, provides hands-on training in a variety of traditional crafts.
Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation in Mount Carroll, Illinois, offers courses in architectural preservation, collections care, and historic preservation. Provides scholarships for courses and for an annual Midwestern Museum Conference.
Day Studio Workshop, Inc.
Day Studio Workshop in San Francisco, California, provides training in finishing and in the decorative arts.
Fox Maple School of Traditional Building
Fox Maple School of Traditional Building in Maine offers timber frame workshops.
Historic Windsor, Inc.
Historic Windsor, Inc. in Vermont offers workshops in preservation, certification in preservation skills and technology, and scholarships.
International Council on Monuments and Sites (U.S./ICOMOS)
The International Council on Monuments and Sites offers scholarships, international internships, and volunteer opportunities.
J. Paul Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, offers museum internships in administration, collections, information planning, conservation, education, exhibition design, exhibitions, information systems, publications, registrar, and visitor services.
Jefferson's Poplar Forest Restoration Field School
The Poplar Forest Restoration Field School is an intensive two week education session that teaches students the techniques and theories of architectural restoration. The Field School takes place in the beginning of June and the deadline for applications is the first week in May.
The Mechanics' Institute
The Mechanics' Institute offers a tuition-free, two-year program in historic preservation open to persons currently working in preservation or a related field. Instruction focuses on architectural history, preservation history and policy, methods and techniques of preservation and case studies of New York City buildings and landmarks.
National Council for Preservation Education
The National Council for Preservation Education's website lists schools which offer degree programs in historic preservation and allied fields. NCPE also helps place preservation students with internship opportunities.
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
The U.S. Department of the Interior employs many preservationists through the National Park Service. Contact the National Park Service for a list of federal representatives and agency liaisons.
- National Register of Historic Places
Interagency Resources Division
The National Register is the nation's official list of historic sites. Executive Order 11593 directed federal agencies to establish procedures to ensure the protection of historical resources on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Each agency has a designee, with a staff person responsible for the implementation of this executive order.
- Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/ Historic American Landscapes Survey (HABS/HAER)
HABS/HAER contains documentation on historic buildings and bridges throughout the United States. Annual summer employment opportunities are available to help with on-site documentation, measured drawings, and historical reports. Projects last 12 weeks beginning in May/June.
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, LA, works with organizations and institutions to advance preservation technology and conservation. NCPTT provides research, training, and education for preservation professionals.
National Preservation Institute
The National Preservation Institute is a nonprofit organization providing training in essential job performance skills for professionals in historic preservation and cultural resource management. It offers seminars for cultural resource managers. Classes include Cultural Resources and NEPA, 20th-Century Architectural Styles, and Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation.
The North Bennet Street School
The North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts, has a two-year Preservation Carpentry program.
Penland School of Crafts
Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina is a national center for craft education offereing classes in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood.
Preservation Action offers internship programs throughout the year.
Preservation Institute: Nantucket
The Preservation Institute: Nantucket is a cooperative effort between the University of Florida School of Architecture and the community of Nantucket, MA, to provide students with an opportunity to receive a unique educational experience in a broad range of historic preservation issues. The Preservation Institute offers classes, workshops, seminars, public programs, and an eight week summer education program.
The Preservation Trades Network holds an annual International Preservation Trades Workshop for professionals working in the preservation fields. The focus of these workshops is on the technical, hands-on aspects of preservation.
PreserveNet at Cornell University
PreserveNet is an information website for preservation students and professionals. The website is maintained by Cornell University and has information on preservation conferences, special events, internships, job vacancies, education programs, organizations, scholarships, preservation products and services, and links to other related websites.
The Questers is an international, non-profit membership organization for persons interested in history, antiques, and collectibles. The Questers support preservation and restoration projects in the United States and Canada. They also award two annual scholarships to graduate students in Historic Preservation and an annual graduate fellowship in Art Conservation.
Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference
The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference includes information on preservation technology, landscape architecture, and careers in the preservation field. The magazine Traditional Building, a preservation directory, is published in conjunction with the conference.
Society of Architectural Historians
The Society of Architectural Historians offers fellowships, scholarships, and grants to graduate students of architectural history, maritime history, and historic preservation. It also offers scholarships for graduate students to attend the Society's Annual Meeting and its Study Tours.
Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library focuses on the study of American artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history. Residential research fellowships are open to professors, museum and public history professionals, doctoral students, and independent scholars; awards are offered in the areas of American art, material culture and design, and American history.
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)
Wider Opportunities for Women is a non-profit group that works to help place women in non-traditional jobs, (jobs in which women represent 25% or less of the workforce). WOW offers training for employees and employers, maintains online resources for women working in non-traditional jobs, and keeps a database of qualified women workers for employers who are looking to fill construction positions. The senior instructor in WOW's Constructing Avenues Program specializes in historic restoration.
Local Preservation Contacts
Historic District and Landmarks Commissions, Planning, Housing, Community Development, and Economic Development Agencies encompass regional, state, or local jurisdictions. Local parks and recreation departments may also administer historic properties and engage in preservation-related education efforts. Local preservation organizations, Main Street projects, state historic preservation offices, and college-level preservation programs can provide invaluable advice about historic preservation careers.
Private Sector, Real Estate Companies, Architectural and Planning Firms
Private firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, whose primary mission is not preservation, often hire people with preservation skills. For example, an architectural firm may have a position for someone who understands the National Register. Nonprofit housing organizations also may hire preservationists. Additional job announcements can be found in publications such as Center City Report or Economic Developments published by International Economic Development Council; and Job Mart published by the American Planning Association.