Cultural Preservation Specialist

Architectural Historian

Recruitment #041516-MEAZ04-200600

Summary Statement

  This incumbent is responsible for reviewing and/or conducting historic architectural surveys; reviewing project plans for the rehabilitation or restoration of historic buildings and structures; and consulting with federal, state, and/or local agencies to review projects and advising the agencies and applicants about the projects’ effects on historic properties. Other duties include:  coordinating with local governments on historic preservation projects, advising constituents on federal and state preservation incentive programs, and monitoring preservation covenants and easements.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Review projects for and evaluate the eligibility of architectural, archaeological, and/or historical properties; review plans, proposals, reports, applications or property nominations; determine and recommend revisions, certification, approval, eligibility, alternatives to mitigate effects; write or review scope of work; provide technical and program direction and guidance.
  • Review and evaluate proposed work, work in progress, reports of completed projects, and previous project covenants and agreements to determine compliance.
  • Plan and conduct cultural resource/historic property surveys; identify and assess significance of historic, pre-historic resources; conduct research.
  • Plan and conduct archaeological excavations and analysis.
  • Interpret and explain state/federal historic preservation program laws, regulations, standards, and procedures, and technical aspects of historic preservation to property owners, federal/state/local agencies, contractors, consultants, and the public.
  • Write various activity, program, and research reports; prepare brochures, news articles,  or other public relations materials: and, present talks on preservation topics to the public  and other agency staff.
  • Review restoration and development plans for historic structures and make recommendations as to their compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Coordinate public participation processes for historic and cultural preservation priorities; research and write program plans; and track implementation of plan priorities.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Cultural Preservation Specialist - Architectural History
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas: 

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Architectural History or related field AND at least two years of work experience in historic preservation or restoration projects.


          Possession of a Masters degree or higher in Architectural History or related field.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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