Historic Preservation Specialist III

Section 106 Coordinator

Recruitment #210219-U14C-01


Job location: SHPO Office, Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, OK

The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society (a State agency), is seeking candidates for a Historic Preservation Specialist position (must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards for Historic Archeologist).  This is a senior level position, and the person will work under the supervision of the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.  As further detailed in the recruitment notice below, the primary focus of the position's duties relate to the SHPO's review and compliance (Section 106) program, archeological survey program, public outreach, and technical assistance programs.

Key Duties:
• Coordinates the Review and Compliance Program and evaluates federal undertakings for impact on cultural resources in accordance with federal laws, regulations, and standards and established division procedures
• Develops scopes of work for archeological survey and archeological site National Register Nominations and reviews the results of such projects.
• Performs on-site monitoring of cultural resources for the Oklahoma Historical Society, other state agencies, federal agencies, and organizations as appropriate.
• Reviews technical reports, scopes of work, and other documents concerning cultural resources for the Society and other agencies.
• Performs field and archival research, develops historic contexts, and prepares and reviews National Register of Historic Places nominations and other documentation of cultural resources.
• Develops and presents workshops and other public education programs on federal laws, regulations, and standards concerning the treatment of cultural resources.
• Supervises special projects for the identification and study of significant cultural resources.

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Positions in this job family are responsible for identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, planning, education programs and other activities designed to protect Oklahoma’s significant archeological and historic properties.  The activities and programs are carried out in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the associated regulations, standards, and guidelines established by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

NOTE:  Under the National Historic Preservation Act, the Governor of each State designates the State Historic Preservation Officer to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the federal preservation programs for that State.  The SHPO employs professional staff, in accordance with federal standards, to perform the related duties.  In Oklahoma, the program is assigned to the Oklahoma Historical Society.  The agency receives an annual allocation from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund which partially covers the program costs (60%), and the State of Oklahoma is responsible for the balance of these costs (40%).


The Historic Preservation Specialist job family consists of three levels which are distinguished on the basis of the responsibility and complexity of work, experience required and the responsibility assigned for the development and coordination of assigned programs.

Level III:    
This position is responsible for the development and coordination of at least two major division programs and works with a high degree of independence.  Responsibilities may include supervision of other historic preservation specialists, as well as temporary employees.  The majority of the incumbent’s time is spent developing priorities for major division programs, developing scopes of work for professional services contracts and administration/monitoring of contract performance, reviewing highly complex and technical reports and other documents prepared by professional consultants and others related to a specific major division program, consulting with clients/customers on a wide range of historic preservation topics, and developing and presenting public education and technical assistance programs.


Level III:    
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in anthropology, archeology, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history or a closely related academic area AND three years of experience in historic preservation, restoration projects, or public administration; OR a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archeology, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history, architecture or a closely related academic area AND four years professional level experience in historic preservation, restoration projects, or public administration.


Positions in the Oklahoma Historical Society require specialized training and experience as specified by the U.S. Department of the Interior.


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No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores based on: 100% Qualification Review.

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.