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🔗Preservation Director

  • Full Time
  • Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • 55,000 - 60,000 USD / Year
  • March 31, 2023
  • Job Qualifications:


    This position requires a self-motivated person with excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to speak in public, and a facility with new media engagement. The candidate must have a strong knowledge of historic preservation, planning, and/or social or architectural history. Strong research skills and an advanced degree in historic preservation or related field is required. Strong computer skills are also required with proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite (or similar) graphic design programs. Experience with NYS CRIS, GIS and/or other location-based database systems is also required. Knowledge of AutoCAD and HTML coding is a plus.

    Preservation Long Island is an equal opportunity employer that considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

  • How to Apply:

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and two work samples to:

    Preservation Director Search,

  • Job benefits: Full-time employee benefits include medical insurance, retirement account, paid sick leave, and generous paid holidays and vacation time. Hybrid in-person/remote scheduling is available.
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Website Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island (PLI) advances the importance of historic preservation in the region through advocacy, education, and stewardship. Working to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the protection of a shared past, our program areas include interpreting three historic sites; collecting art and material culture pertaining to Long Island history; creating publications, exhibits and public events (both in-person and virtual); and providing direct support and technical assistance to individuals and groups engaged in local preservation efforts. Our mission is to celebrate and preserve Long Island’s diverse cultural and architectural heritage through advocacy, education, and stewardship of historic sites and collections.

Preservation Long Island (PLI) seeks an experienced preservation professional with strong written and verbal communication skills to develop and implement all programs related to historic preservation advocacy for Long Island’s diverse cultural heritage. The Preservation Director serves as PLI’s outreach representative to local preservation groups and program-interested individuals, communities, and media contacts. They join a core staff of eight and works collaboratively with the Curator and Education Director to implement integrated, dynamic, and impactful preservation advocacy initiatives to advance PLI’s mission.


·       Develop preservation partnerships throughout the region by providing advisory, support, and educational services to community groups, organizations, elected officials, and individuals involved in preservation advocacy initiatives (one to one and groups).

·       Manage PLI’s Endangered Historic Places (EHP) and Awards Programs (alternating years): enlist and coordinate applications for review (EHP); produce and keep up-to-date all related website content. Plan and implement related announcement events.

·       Create content for preservation-oriented educational outreach that inspires best practices and highlights regional issues. Work with education staff to translate advisory services, endangered places, and awards subject-matter into public programs.

·       Serve as Preservation Notes (newsletter) content creator and editor; contribute to PLI’s blog and other media (e.g. social, e-news, newspaper editorials, etc.)

·       Be well-versed in municipal codes and preservation policies (state and local) to guide preservation partners. Keep abreast of regional news and be able to recognize when/how historic preservation priorities intersect with pressing contemporary issues.

·       With guidance from the Executive Director, plan and manage facilities improvement initiatives to better preserve and use PLI’s historic houses.

·       Maintain PLI’s restrictive covenants program: schedule and conduct visits for compliance assessment; produce status reports; and provide restoration/maintenance advise as needed.

·       Appearances at public meetings and hearings in support of local advocates: as a speaker on preservation related topics and as a participant in conferences to promote the Society’s expertise.

  • 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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