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Posted: 04/09/2015

City of Milwaukee
City Clerk - Historic Preservation Commission

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee's historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings.

Senior Planner
Professional Opportunity
Milwaukee, WI


PURPOSE: The Senior Planner works under the supervision of the City Clerk and conducts planning studies, research, and environmental reviews and produces reports on topics related to historic preservation.  The Senior Planner works as staff to the Historic Preservation Commission and issues Certificates of Appropriateness for exterior changes to locally-designated buildings.  The Senior Planner works with the public and developers/contractors to apply and interpret historic preservation guidelines and provides drawings and sketches when necessary to communicate preservation guidelines.  The Senior Planner determines appropriate materials and techniques to be used in the preservation of historic buildings. 






·   Reviews requests for Certificates of Appropriateness.  Works with applicants to ensure proposed plans use historically appropriate design, methods and materials. 


·   Issues Certificates of Appropriateness


·   Provides information and assistance to owners of history property, e.g. detailed drawings and sketches, advice regarding design and materials.


·   Troubleshoots difficult preservation projects with other City departments, building owners, contractors and others involved in the project implementation.


·   Serve as staff to the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission.  Prepare monthly meeting presentations, research and write monthly staff reports, and staff subcommittees as necessary.


·   Draft brochures and booklets on various topics for distribution to the public.


·   Make public presentations on topics related to historic preservation.


Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.





1.   Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning or other closely related field.


      2.  Three years of experience in a municipal setting developing and implementing policies, procedures and design guidelines related to the field of preservation, restoration, or conservation of historic structures.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.


        3.   Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment.






  • Masters Degree in Architecture, Historic Preservation or Architectural History.






Must be able to travel to meetings at various locations throughout the city.


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How to apply
APPLICATION PROCEDURE •Applications and further information can be accessed by visiting www.jobaps.com/MIL. •Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above. •If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov. •The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Lindsey O'Connor
Phone: 414-286-3380
200 E Wells Street Room 706
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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