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Education Intern

Since its founding in 1978, the Los Angeles Conservancy has been committed to educating the public about Los Angeles County’s history, architecture, and preservation efforts. Education programs teach students and adults to see beyond the traditional concept of “landmarks” in order to understand neighborhoods and buildings in a context that emphasizes the role of history, culture, and community. The Education Intern will primarily work on the Conservancy’s Youth Initiative programs, as well as upcoming efforts related to 1970s architecture. Interns with a strong interest in teaching, education and community engagement are encouraged to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • With staff, research and organize a walking tour highlighting historically significant buildings from the 1970s suitable for 3- to 12-grade students groups and/or college students. Adapt materials and lesson plans that accompany the tour for pre- and post-tour learning.
  • Assist with the planning and teaching of Adventures in Architecture, a summer youth program co-presented with Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), as well as additional outreach youth programs.
  • Assist in the research, writing, and creation of materials and visual aids to accompany new and existing programs as part of the Youth Initiative.
  • Lead or team-teach student walking tours and/or workshops for students, if appropriate.
  • Conduct preliminary research, resource gathering, and community networking on behalf of a special fall event in Culver City. Research may focus on neighborhoods and communities, historic buildings and sites, architects, and architectural styles. Research should utilize primary and secondary resources.
  • Assist in the staffing of Last Remaining Seats, a three-week series of classic films in historic theaters, by working at several of the seven film screenings held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings in June.
  • Assist with the staffing of walking tours or other education programs.
  • Miscellaneous research, office, assessment and organizational work as needed.

Supervision, Nature of Training, & Workspace

The Education Specialist and Program Coordinator provide direct supervision of the intern’s work. The intern, as with all members of the education department, answers to the Director of Education.

The intern will work a Monday through Friday work week, with some weekends and after-hour work required, particularly in June. Flexible hours are a must.

The intern will gain experience researching, creating and teaching educational programs for students and adults, staffing educational events that reach audiences through various learning styles, and assessing the effectiveness of programs. In addition to these projects, the Education Intern will participate in many aspects of the Conservancy’s daily operations, including staff, board, and department meetings and planning sessions. The intern will gain experience working with volunteers, will be immersed in a collaborative team environment, and will gain an understanding of how the departments in a nonprofit organization work together to carry out a mission.

A designated desk, work area, computer, and telephone will be reserved for the Education Intern’s use for ten weeks between June and August 2019. The intern will receive a $5,700 stipend.


Students must:

  • Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;
  • Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester or two quarters of college by June 2019. Students graduating in May or June 2019 are also eligible. Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program at not eligible.
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and 
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident

To apply

Email the below items to:

Sana Ahmed, Education Specialist at sahmed@laconservancy.org

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in teaching and education, and/or historic preservation, architecture and public programming.  Include a description of how you meet the requirements for the position (found at www.getty.edu/foundation/funding/leaders/current/mui_students.html)
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample (no more than two pages)
  • Contact information for two references (teacher, professor, former employer, etc.)

The application deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019.

Preservation Coordinator

The Los Angeles Conservancy is looking for an individual with preservation experience and that comes prepared to collaborate as a team member, as part of the organization’s advocacy work to preserve and revitalize the built heritage of Los Angeles County. Creative and innovative thinkers that are able to get things done are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1978, the Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize historic places throughout Los Angeles County. With approximately 6,000 member households, the Conservancy has the largest membership of any local historic preservation organization in the U.S. We have a staff of eighteen and a budget of almost $2.8 million.

Our work is grounded in the belief that historic preservation empowers and nourishes communities by creating meaningful connections between people. We strive to preserve places that matter to all Angelenos.

We are looking for someone who, in addition to having the skills below, loves historic places and values their role in contributing to our communities.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Prepare responses to Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and other documents on preservation issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Monitor and track relevant public hearings and schedules for Conservancy issues.
  • Oversee the Conservancy’s preservation easement program, including the management and monitoring of properties.
  • Write and regularly contribute for newsletter and other outlets.
  • Represent the Conservancy at public hearings and meetings on preservation issues.
  • Help implement the Conservancy’s legislative initiatives on historic preservation policy in the City of Los Angeles and around Los Angeles County.
  • Coordinate various workshops and additional training for Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) boards, Realtors, etc. 
  • Provide assistance to neighborhoods seeking designation as historic districts, or City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), and to existing HPOZs.
  • Give presentations to community organizations on historic preservation and the work of the Conservancy.
  • Provide technical assistance and responses to email, telephone and online inquiries on preservation issues.
  • Provide support for the Conservancy’s Advocacy Committee and its all-volunteer Modern Committee (ModCom), focused on the preservation of Modern architectural resources.
  • Manage advocacy interns and Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Summer interns and oversee projects.
  • Occasionally, research and prepare nominations for City, State and National designations of historic properties.
  • Develop and prepares content for Conservancy’s website on advocacy issues and priorities.
  • Use Salesforce to track advocacy issues and as project management tool.
  • Provide support, when needed, on general office administration and with special Conservancy events throughout the year.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Good working knowledge of historic preservation, urban planning, public policy, and architectural history.
  • Familiarity with and full understanding of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Politically savvy and familiarity with government decision-making on historic preservation and planning issues in the City of Los Angeles, other local governments, and state and national levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter with good teamwork and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills; bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus
  • Exceptional project management skills, and ability to manage numerous projects and multi-task
  • Creative and analytical thinking; exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communications skills, and comfort with public speaking  
  • Ability to prioritize and re-prioritize quickly and constantly
  • Ability to lead through collaboration
  • Positive attitude; ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in heritage conservation, urban planning and development, and at least three years of relevant professional experience, or a Master’s degree in historic preservation or a related field.
  • Track record of successfully driving projects to completion
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Excellent benefits including health, dental, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with 5% match (after one year of continuous employment); paid holidays and vacation.

Position: Exempt

To Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, and writing samples to Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy (afine@laconservancy.org), with “Preservation Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.