14 January 2010

Summer Jobs with HABS/HAER/HALS

While I'll post nearly any good job opportunity for LA/LI/EP/EG students, I am a particularly big fan of the HABS program. When I worked for John Scruggs (a Harvard GSD classmate of Kiley, Eckbo, and Rose) he talked about his summer job he got measuring an old house in Virgina. Even at 80, his drawings were always beautiful, so I can only imagine how great his drawings of Mt Vernon must have looked. But instead of talking about the drawings, he impressed upon me how much he learned from the experience. I don't know for sure that it was HABS, but it sure sounds like it was and I would encourage our more gifted drawers and drafters to pursue these experiences ASAP:




The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record / Historic American Landscapes Survey), a division of the National Park Service, seeks applications from qualified individuals for summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Projects last twelve weeks, beginning in late May or early June.

Salaries range from approximately $6,000 to approximately $11,000 for the summer, depending on job responsibility, locality of the project, and level of experience. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Applications must be postmarked by February 8, 2010.

Detailed application information is available our web site: http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/jobs/summer.htm

View examples of HDP documentation at the Library of Congress: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/hhhtml/hhhome.html


The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), permits an architectural historian to conduct research on a 12-week HABS project during the summer of 2010. The award consists of a $10,000 stipend. Applicants should be pursuing graduate studies in architectural history or other related fields. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2010.

For detailed information, visit: http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/jobs/tompkins.htm or contact James A. Jacobs at or (202) 354-2184.


The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) announce the Maritime Documentation Internship 2010. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of architecture or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work on a HAER maritime documentation project. The applicant must be a U.S. Citizen. The selected recipient will receive a stipend of approximately $7,000 and will work with a HAER team for 12 weeks during the summer. The Internship will require research and writing or measuring and drafting of historic maritime resources. Applications must be postmarked by February 8, 2010.

For detailed information, visit: http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/jobs/maritime.htm or contact Todd Croteau at

or (202) 354-2167.

NOTE: Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship and Maritime Documentation Internship applicants who want to be

considered for summer positions with HABS/HAER/HALS will need to submit a separate application. For instructions, visit: http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/jobs/summer.htm

For additional information regarding any of the Heritage Documentation Programs Summer 2010

Employment Opportunities, please contact:

Summer Program Administrator

Heritage Documentation Programs Division, NPS

1201 Eye Street, NW, 7th Floor (2270)

Washington, DC 20005

Tel: (202) 354-2135

Email: HDP_Summer_Program_Admin@nps.gov

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