I dont post here often - but I read lots of entries. I tried to find some specific answers already and I am looking for some confirmation of what I did find...
BS - Historic Preservation Planning
MA - History/Historic Preservation
4 yrs - Assistant Admin for local HDC
3 yrs - Exec Director for local housing non-profit
Several years on local planning boards
I want to jump into planning in a more meaningful way and I am looking for ways to do it. Of course, that is compounded by a need to stay in the New England Region - and preferably within Vermont or Western Mass. I know - its not looking good...but bear with me.
Currently, I am working on getting my LEED-Homes certification and will plan on taking the LEED-ND certification. I have a real interest in trying to tie my historic preservation planning, my housing planning, my green building/communities into a planning career. But I am at a loss at how to present myself to a planning agency correctly...
I looked at AICP - probably dont have enough direct experience to qualify.
I looked at CNU-A - costs way too much (especially in light of LEED costs that I will have to bear)
Looked at online certificates in planning...would that do it?
I just need a touch of advice on if I have a hope in hades to get a planning job. I'm willing to wait for the right moment in New England; but if I will never get a planning agency job, then I will shift gears into a more preservation or development focused type of job search.
Thanks folks - I do appreciate your opinions on 1) anything that would help me look better for the job search, 2) whether my job search would bear fruit, and 3) if I'm loony as a jaybird and should stick to straight up HP.