Research Assistant | Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

To assist me in historic preservation-related activities, I will hire a research assistant to work on my behalf in the office of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia ( during the spring semester of  2018.  The research assistant will work with Amy Ricci on the Preservation Alliance's easement program.   


The Alliance holds approximately 240 easements on historic properties in Philadelphia and its suburbs as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland, and the assistant will help with all administrative aspects of monitoring these existing easements, including file management.  The RA will also help with the research and documentation associated with new easement requests.   


Applicants must be Penn undergraduate students in academic year 2017-18. A knowledge of architectural terminology and a working knowledge of GIS are preferred but not required. 


This is a part time position, on average 7 hours per week, for a maximum of 100 hours. The schedule is somewhat flexible.  The position will start as soon as possible and continue until the end of the spring term in 2018. The pay is $15 per hour. 


To apply: by Friday, December 15, please send a short letter that explains your interests and qualifications and your CV (with "Preservation RA" in the email subject line) to:


Professor David Brownlee, Department of the History of Art




What is a preservation easement? 

A voluntary legal agreement between the property owner and the Alliance, in which the property owner agrees not to modify his or her historically significant building without the expressed consent of the Alliance.  


What are the incentives for a preservation easement?

Both financial and altruistic benefits are derived from a preservation easement, and it is one of the strongest tools for protecting historic properties.


What is the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia?

It is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to actively promote the appreciation, protection and appropriate use and development of the region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes.   One of the ways the Alliance accomplishes that mission is through the acceptance of preservation easements on historic properties and sites.