Local, State, and Federal Agencies
Careers at the local level include positions in city and county preservation, planning, tourism, natural resources, and economic development offices. At the state level, jobs include those within the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Maryland Historical Trust, and agencies like the highway or transportation, economic development, tourism, natural resources, and planning. Many of these positions are focused on preservation planning and the management of cultural resource projects under both state and Federal laws (such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act). As all Federal agencies are required to have a preservation officers, jobs within the Federal government range from the National Park Service to agencies that manage large tracts of land and resources, such as the Department of Defense (military bases), Bureau of Land Management, and the General Services Administration (Federal office buildings), to the many smaller Federal agencies. These jobs demand familiarity with federal, state, and local laws and guidelines related to preservation of cultural resources as well as a wide and flexible range of skills across the discipline. Preservation offices tend to be small, requiring the staff to be flexible and prepared to wear many hats.