Job Listing

  • Full Time
  • Arlington, VA
  • $68,099.20 - $104,062.40 USD / Year
  • Department: HRD Compensation & Recruiting
  • Job Reference #: 1505-24G-PHD-BH
  • Job Summary: Arlington County’s Community Planning, Housing & Development (CPHD) department is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist for its Neighborhood Services Division (NSD) and the Historic Preservation Program (HPP).
  • Job Qualifications:


    • Bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation, Public History, Architecture, History, Urban Planning or field directly related to program area; and
    • Some professional experience in a preservation- or urban planning-focused organization.

    Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree or higher may be substituted for some of the experience requirement.

    Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master’s degree in a related field and in possession of one or more of the following:

    • Experience enforcing zoning ordinances, land use policies, and/or historic district design guidelines;
    • Experience with historic preservation zoning ordinances and collaborating with a public board and/or commission on historic preservation projects and/or policies;
    • Experience planning and executing a range of educational/outreach events with a focus on historic preservation, architecture, and/or cultural heritage;
    • Experience managing large-scale and long-term projects; and/or
    • Ability to communicate in Spanish (oral and/or writing skills).
  • How to Apply:

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  • Job benefits: Health, Dental, Vacation, Sick Leave, Commuting, Tuition, Retirement
  • Application URL:

Website Arlington County Government

Position Information
This is a re-announcement; those who have previously applied do not need to apply again.

Arlington County’s Community Planning, Housing & Development (CPHD) department is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist for its Neighborhood Services Division (NSD) and the Historic Preservation Program (HPP). The HPP helps identify, document, and preserve Arlington’s historic resources and cultural heritage. The team enforces the Historic Preservation Ordinance, including supporting the functions, committees, and activities of the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB), while promoting historic preservation through a variety of special projects such as reviewing and approving Certificates of Appropriateness (CoAs) in the County’s 42 local historic districts.

Specific duties include:

  • Conducting regular monitoring and CoA-related inspections in all the County’s 42 local historic districts;
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of the design guidelines applicable to protected historic properties;
  • Creating, recording, and maintaining field data, correspondence, and documentation for CoA applications in progress, building permits issued, and CoA-related inspections and/or compliance issues;
  • Receiving and processing CoA-related complaints and working with the Historic Preservation Planner to assist customers pursuing compliance;
  • Leading civic engagement efforts for major projects of the HPP, such as the ongoing outreach for the recently approved Historic and Cultural Resources Plan, revisions to local historic district design guidelines, and inter-departmental initiatives involving historic preservation, cultural heritage, and/or heritage tourism;
  • Planning, developing, and implementing historic preservation-related outreach and educational activities/programming to a broad and diverse range of the community, such as via special events, the HPP’s e-newsletter, County website, historic markers, and other informational media;
  • Providing technical preservation guidance to various community and internal constituents, including property owners, residents, management companies, architects, contractors, the public, the HALRB, and other County staff;
  • Evaluating and approving various types of trade and building permits for historic properties; and
  • Helping maintain the HPP’s records collection and making those records more accessible to the public.

The ideal candidate will have strong oral and written communication skills to effectively convey preservation or land use laws, policies, and procedures to the public as well as having the ability to read and interpret construction drawings and land use development maps and plans along with excellent organizational skills to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

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