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Posted: 03/18/2011

City of Aspen
Community Development Department

Aspen, Colorado is a small mountain town with a population of about 6,000 residents and two historic districts and almost 300 individual landmarks that represent two periods of significance: 19th century mining era and post-World War II modern architecture. Since the mid 1970s, Aspen citizens have recognized, supported and struggled with the challenges of preservation in an area with significant development pressure and property values. Last summer the National Trust for Historic Preservation held a two day modernism and the recent past seminar in Aspen to discuss the town's post-war era properties and methods for preservation. At the end of 2010, City Council adopted new regulations referred to as Aspen Modern that created a voluntary landmark designation process for post-war era buildings. A large component of the new Aspen Modern program is centered on education and outreach to property owners and citizens about the importance of Aspen's buildings from this era.

Summer Internship
Internship Opportunity
Aspen, CO

Objective: The Aspen Community Development Department seeks a self motivated individual preferably seeking a master's degree in planning or historic preservation for a 10 week paid summer internship. The internship will largely focus on education and outreach projects related to historic preservation.

Work Program:

Update website for historic preservation program that includes creating an interactive map for all landmark properties that links to historic data and inventory forms. This requires scanning information, research at the Aspen Historical Society, outreach about the website upon completion, a presentation of the website to City Council.

Propose and implement creative ways to convey Aspen's history and landmarks through a mix of media (i.e. walking tours, short videos, iPhone application)

Create a handout for historic property owners that explain regulations, available benefits and energy efficiency options.

Work with Staff to update historic preservation contractor license manual and license exam. Includes outreach to the construction community and public hearings.

Work with Staff to implement portions of the Aspen Area Community Plan including work on the citywide SketchUp model.

Work on minor land use projects.

Proficiencies: The applicant needs to have a working knowledge of the following systems at a minimum: Adobe CS2/CS3 (including Photoshop, Indesign, Contribute etc.); ArcView; Google Earth; SketchUp.

Timing/pay: Start June 13th. 35 hours a week for 10 weeks. $18/hour. Affordable housing options may be available.

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How to apply
Please submit a resume and 2 references to Sara Adams: sara.adams@ci.aspen.co.us by April 15, 2011.

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