Preservation Planning and Design - Project Associate

Full Time
Any MIG Location

We are seeking an experienced entry-to-mid-level Project Associate to join our Cultural Places planning and design team of professionals. MIG’s offices are currently working in a hybrid format. However, the person in this position must be located near one of our established offices for in-person meetings and team collaboration, though a schedule may be complemented by hybrid remote work if desired. 


Collaborative Teammate: You will work as part of a cross-office, cross-discipline team that completes research, fieldwork, and analysis, and helps develop preservation focused recommendations for historic and cultural resources.

Project Types: Typical projects you’ll work on include cultural landscape inventories, cultural landscape reports, cultural and historic resource assessments, and projects that involve a CEQA or NEPA Section 106 nexus. You will likely also assist with tribal consultations, general plans, master plans, management plans, environmental designs, and similar types of planning and design projects that involve cultural and historic resources. 

Project Work: You will work with and support a team of cultural resources preservation planners, designers, and landscape architects/designers on projects in the public and private sectors. Your responsibilities will vary by project but will typically include:

  • A core element of all our projects is interacting with diverse members of communities during the life of the project. 
  • Primary responsibilities include research, communicating information and ideas effectively using written, graphic, and verbal methods, problem solving, attending team and client meetings, and working with a variety of digital tools to advance the site documentation and project development process. 
  • You will support our cultural places planning and design team, working with directors or project managers with tasks such as research, site documentation, analysis, stakeholder engagement, problem solving, and developing recommendations. 
  • This work will result in the production of written reports, memos, diagrams, and graphics that communicate critical aspects of the resource’s past, present, and future. 
  • Other responsibilities may include preparing presentations, developing stakeholder engagement materials, and providing support for team and client coordination.

MIG works on projects nationwide; some travel, evening, and weekend work will be required for fieldwork and site evaluations, stakeholder engagement activities, or to meet deadlines. This position requires overnight travel for project fieldwork for up to a week at a time at different times during the year. MIG encourages and supports a work-life harmony and excess hours can be offset within a reasonable timeframe.



To accomplish the responsibilities, our ideal candidate will be able to manage competing priorities, think critically and creatively, work as part of a collaborative team, and maintain a sense of humor and camaraderie. In addition, we expect candidates to have some combination of the following qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in historic preservation, archeology, history, architectural history, landscape architecture or a closely related field. A Masters degree in a related field is a plus.
  • You can produce high-quality work products, including but not limited to chronologies and site histories, historic contexts, historic and cultural resource analysis and evaluations, preservation focused recommendations for historic and cultural resources that follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Ability to participate collaboratively in small and large group discussions.
  • Ability to complete fieldwork in outdoor settings.
  • Ability to conduct archival research at a variety of in-person and online repositories.
  • Excellent skills in research, documentation, presentation, and written and verbal communication. 
  • Ability to discern and navigate through multiple project deadlines and priorities at one time.
  • You are an adaptable teammate who is willing to pitch in and help others. 
  • Software proficiency in Word, Excel, and Adobe InDesign. Experience in ArcGIS, Google Earth, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge is highly desired. 
  • Desire and willingness to learn how to use other software programs and equipment pertinent to our projects.

If you have any of the following qualifications or experience, please note it: 

  • Relevant consulting experience in cultural resources, historic preservation, or a closely related field. 
  • Demonstrated experience working on public and private-sector historic preservation or cultural resource projects.
  • You have the desire, capacity, and ability to develop collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships with community members, organizations, and partners.