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🔗Architectural Reviewer- Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission

  • Full Time
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • 48,630.40 USD / Year
  • July 4, 2024
  • Job Qualifications:

    Master’s Degree (or equivalent 5-6 year Bachelor’s Degree) in Architecture; a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation; or similar degrees in a related field (Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Planning or Urban Design). A related Master’s Degree or an additional two (2) years directly related work experience is preferred. A valid Indiana driver’s license required. Ability to communicate effectively verbally, graphically and in writing. Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interiors Standards. Ability to read and interpret construction drawing and specifications. Understanding of construction materials, restoration techniques and historic architectural styles. Knowledge of zoning and land use laws. Ability to perform work assignments in a professional manner. Knowledge of the principles and practices of preservation. Ability to use a personal computer and become familiar with computer hardware/software.

  • How to Apply:

    Online at link


  • Job benefits: See full benefits on job link
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Office and field work. Employee will use personal vehicle.
  • Contact Name: Meg Busch
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Phone #: 317-327-4408
  • Application Address: 200 E Washington St Suite 1842 Indianapolis, IN 46204

Website Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission- City of Indianapolis

In 1967, the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) was established to preserve historically significant areas and structures for Marion County citizens. The IHPC is responsible for local designation and helping restore historic neighborhoods and buildings. The agency provides design and zoning review and approval for locally designated historic districts, conservation areas, and individually designated properties.⁠

Position Summary
Position is responsible for providing architectural assistance and technical advice to the Preservation Commission, the staff, the City and the public regarding the restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of historic and architecturally significant structures within Indianapolis and to administer the Certificate of Appropriateness process in locally designated historic areas. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. We value diversity in perspectives and experiences among colleagues and the residents of this city of whom we serve.

Position Responsibilities
Advises and assists the Commission, staff and other agencies on appropriate rehabilitation, sympathetic and adaptive re-use of historic and architecturally significant structures. Advises and assists property owners on appropriate rehabilitation or sympathetic new construction to maintain consistency with preservation philosophy, proper construction techniques and historic area plans. Assists with daily administration of the “Certificate of Appropriateness” process for all construction activities within historic areas, to include: processing and reviewing applications; advising and assisting applicants to make their plans consistent with design guidelines; providing written and oral recommendations to the commission and hearing officer; assisting to enforce compliance with approved certificates of appropriateness and with applicable codes, ordinances and statutes. Responsible for reviewing and managing certificate of appropriateness applications and zoning petitions for Preservation Commission hearings. Makes decisions on granting certificates of appropriateness for applications delegated to staff by the commission. Serves as Hearing Officer, as delegated by the commission, and conduct administrative public hearings. Assists in preparing historic preservation environmental reviews for HUD funded projects and activities. Provides technical and design assistance to persons involved in restoration and rehabilitation of historic resources throughout Marion County. Assists in the development of design guidelines. Makes occasional presentations to organizations regarding historic preservation generally and the IHPC specifically. Assists in the enforce of the commission’s authority as established by state statute. Attends neighborhood and other organization meetings as assigned. Interacts with staff of IHPC, DMD, and other City departments; state and federal agencies; applicants for certificates of appropriateness, variances and rezoning; neighborhood organizations; representatives property owners and residents; City-County councilors; general public. This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time


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.

Eligible NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. To be eligible to earn a PLC certificate, an intern must be 30 years old or younger (or 35 if a veteran). Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Successful completion of a NCPE internship does not guarantee Federal employment. Contact for more details.


To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program at the college level (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.

How to Apply

You may review NCPE's internship opportunities anytime without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.

Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your username or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. A PDF is preferred, labeled Your Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages are preferred. A PDF is preferred but jpg, png, doc, or docx file types are accepted. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during an application round; there is no limit at other times of the year. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

Logging in with a Registered User Account and completing the Universal Application is required to apply for NCPE Internships. Please visit the Universal Application page to register for an account and complete the form. After logging in and completing the form, refreshing this listing will display the Job Application to apply online.