Historic Preservation

Recruitment #2110-0498-002


The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.



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

Essential Functions


  • Research buildings to determine eligibility for historic designation, including building permit records, tax rolls, deeds, probate records, vital statistics, on-site examination of properties, published histories, city directories and oral interviews.
  • Produce written findings based on research conducted; prepare portions of study reports for historic designation process.
  • Assist in the preparation for meetings of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).
  • Assist in background work for planning reviews by performing site evaluations, checking permit records and other research sources.
  • Assist in the preparation of Power Point presentations both for the HPC and for general lectures.
  • Assist with processing Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) requests and decision letters; research dates of changes to buildings and evaluate incoming projects.
  • Assist in adding plans, elevations, and details to the Preservation Portfolio and in publishing the Portfolio online.

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

  • Individuals who complete an application for general City employment on or after September 1, 2021 and are subsequently appointed to a position must provide proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or have an approved religious or medical accommodation within ten business days of their employment start date.
  • Must be able to perform light physical work, exerting up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and lifting and moving objects weighing up to 20 lbs. frequently.
  • 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.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a properly insured vehicle during work hours OR the able to efficiently navigate public transportation in order to travel to work locations at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Minimum Requirements


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

IMPORTANT NOTE: To receive credit for college, transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. College transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Your transcript must be legible and include the following information: the university or college name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date the degree was completed. Student copies are acceptable.

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, and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite software (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Strong research, writing and presentation skills.


  • Written communication skills to create reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to professionally interact with internal and external customers.
  • 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 both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Honesty and integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality.  

Current Salary

The current starting hourly rate (Pay Range 9PN) is $15.00, and the resident incentive hourly rate for City of Milwaukee residents is $15.46.  

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests; or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.  

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after Friday, November 12, 2021, Thursday, November 18, 2021 EXTENDED TO: Friday, November 19, 2021. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information can be accessed by visiting
  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.