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🔗Planner: Historic Preservation

  • Full Time
  • Albany, NY
  • $57,200- $85,800 USD / Year
  • April 1, 2024
  • Department: Department of Planning & Development
  • Job Summary: This is a specialized entry-level position with primary work assignments focused on the area of historic preservation.
  • Job Qualifications:


    • Ability to read and understand architectural plans, perspective renderings, elevations, building sections, site plans, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, surveys, and construction plans;
    • Working knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology, and practices employed in historic preservation, municipal and community planning, and practices of architectural design, including the ability to differentiate architectural styles;
    • Ability to research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions;
    • Working knowledge of local land use controls and zoning administration;
    • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of drafting, mapping and graphic visual methods as applied to community planning and development review;
    • Good knowledge of research methods and techniques;
    • Ability to understand complex oral and written directions;
    • Ability to get along well with others;
    • Ability to communicate and deal effectively with others;
    • Initiative and resourcefulness;
    • Good judgment;
    • Good knowledge of personal computers and office equipment;
    • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



    A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university or one accredited by the NYS Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree in historic preservation, planning, architecture, architectural history, urban geography, urban studies, environmental science or public administration;


    B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university or one accredited by the NYS Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree and one (1) year paid full-time experience in historic preservation, municipal, community, or regional planning, or related work.

  • How to Apply:

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  • Application Phone #: (518) 434-5049
  • Application Address: 24 Eagle Street, Room 301, Albany, NY 12207

Website City of Albany

The City of Albany, located on the banks of the Hudson River in the heart of the Capital District, is proud to be New York State's Capital City. Albany is a beautiful destination, offering valuable resources for higher education and sustainable living, vibrant and active urban centers, and desirable neighborhoods. The City's deep-rooted history and heritage have shaped the City's urban footprint, complimenting its natural setting along the waterfront and its reflection of historic architecture, major institutions, mixed neighborhoods, and diversity of residents.


This is an entry-level position for college graduates who have specialized in historic preservation, planning, architecture, architectural history, urban geography, urban studies, environmental science, or public administration. In addition, appointments to this title may be made for trainees who have completed a one-year training period. The work consists of basic professional assignments in keeping with the job level as well as the limited experience required of incumbents. In addition, the incumbent performs general professional preservation planning duties in the office and in the field. Within the job concept, however, assignments may increase in complexity and responsibility as employees increase in professional competence. Work is performed independently with other planners both as support and lead staff. Occasional supervision may be exercised over consultants, interns, and student assistants.


  • Participates in the administration of zoning and other local land use controls;
  • Assist in the administration of the work plan for the city’s historic preservation program, including regulatory, planning, educational and training functions;
  • Provides technical assistance and administrative support to the Historic Resource
    Commission (HRC) including designation and staff review as set forth in Section 375-206(1): Historic Resources-Overlay of the City of Albany’s Unified Sustainable
    Development Ordinance as well as other applicable sections of local, state and federal standards;
  • Prepares written opinions and decisions;
  • Reviews and evaluates plans, projects, and building permits requiring a Certificate of
    Appropriateness for compliance using the local historic preservation review standards;
  • Provides advice and technical assistance to owners of historic and architecturally significant properties and their representatives including architects, engineers, contractors, and attorneys about appropriate historic restoration and renovation techniques and methods;
  • Provides technical assistance to the Department of Planning and Development, Albany Community Development Agency, Capitalize Albany, and other City departments with required state and federal project reviews, state and local environmental reviews, and the treatment of historic and architecturally significant City facilities;
  • Reviews architectural project drawings and building permits and recommends improvements that align with section 375-206(1): Historic Resources-Overlay of the Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance;
  • Participates in the staff review of physical development proposals, adequacy of their design, potential neighborhood and environmental impacts, and consistency with local land use controls;
  • Assists in the collection, tabulation, and analysis of data regarding development activity, land use, and other urban issues;
  • Assists in studies relating to parking, traffic, housing, land use control and other urban issues;
  • Meets with community and neighborhood groups to discuss development and land use issues and to inform citizens of pending development and historic preservation proposals;
  • Meets with county, regional, and state officials to coordinate development activity, planning issues, and public improvements;
  • Performs miscellaneous office work and maintains records of planning department activities;
  • Enters and retrieves information in an automated information system;
  • Performs related work as required.
  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

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