Historic Preservation

Recruitment #2206-0498-002


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big-city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities and great restaurants.    

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 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 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), including scanning and preparing presentation materials, maps and images.
  • Assist in background work for planning reviews that involve 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; take photos, research dates of changes to buildings and evaluate incoming projects.

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

  • Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.
  • 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 ability 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 at an accredited college or university with a major in architecture, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history, or a related field.


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, 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 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 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 (PG 9PN) is $15.30 and the resident incentive starting hourly rate for City of Milwaukee residents is $15.76.  

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 reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises.


INITIAL FILING DATE – The examination will be held as soon as practical after Friday, June 22, 2022. 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 may be accessed by visiting,
  • 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.