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Historic Structures Reviewer

  • Full Time
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA)
  • Job Reference #: Requisition ID 180082
  • Salary ($): Traditionally starts at a base salary of $35,568
  • Job Summary: The Historic Structures Reviewer in the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) serves at an intermediate level, reviewing transportation and infrastructure projects and assisting government officials, staff members, and the public.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Preferred Experience:

    Knowledge and experience with regulatory compliance for transportation and infrastructure projects;


    Graduate degree in history, architectural history, historic preservation, or a closely related field, OR  through a bachelor’s degree in history, architectural history, historic preservation, or closely related field, plus two years of relevant work experience.

    Working knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations dealing with historic preservation, including Indiana Code 14-21-1, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. § 306108) and 36 C.F.R. Part 800;

    Working knowledge of and ability to apply environmental review procedures used by federal and state agencies, including the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (36 C.F.R. Part 68) and applicable guidelines;

    Ability to interpret technical drawings, construction plans, schematics, topographic maps, and floor plans

    Ability to solve problems and negotiate and resolve differences between individuals and groups

    Ability to respond to technical inquiries from staff, project applicants, other local state and federal agencies, consultants, and the general public

    Ability to use SHAARD database of information on historical, architectural, and archaeological resources in Indiana and familiarity using GIS systems

    Excellent oral and written communication skills.

    Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license.


    Critical Thinking:  Able to assess a problem or situation using effective logic. Uses important information to make logical assessments.

    Demonstrating Initiative:  Takes action on his/her own without being prompted; handles problems independently; able to resolve issues without relying on extensive help from others; does more than is expected or asked

    Technical Expertise: Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others

    Driving for Results:  Follows through on commitments; can be counted upon to successfully execute on goals.

    Supporting Organizational Goals:  Actively supports organizational goals and values; aligns actions around organizational goals; gives priority to organizational needs and concerns when making decisions.

  • How to Apply:

    How to Apply:

  • Job benefits: The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees. Visit the website for details.
  • Physical Demands: Physical Effort: This role requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle and drive short and long distances in all weather and light conditions.
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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.

Summary/Objective:  The Historic Structures Reviewer provides comments on mandatory regulatory reviews of state and federal undertakings under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and Sections 14, 16, and 18 of IC 14-21-1.  The purpose of these reviews is to take into consideration the effects of Federal or state actions on historic and cultural properties

Essential Job Responsibilities: The essential functions of this role are as follows:

Draft or assist in drafting memorandum of agreement documents to lessen or mitigate adverse effects on historic properties for federally funded and licensed projects.

Represent the division and the State Historic Preservation Officer at meetings and before the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board.

Respond to technical and procedural questions from government officials, staff members, and the public.

Analyzes historical or architectural significance of properties and the effect of federally/state funded or federally regulated projects.

Reviews environmental and permit application submissions as required by federal and state law for actions affecting historic properties.

Provides information on historic sites and structures within the state to federal, state and local governmental agencies, private individuals and organizations.

Enter data into the division’s historical, architectural, and archaeological database of historic resources in the state and retrieve data about such resources.

May be required to make public presentations regarding the programs administered by the division.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Difficulty of Work:  Work is broad in scope and of substantial intricacy involving many variables or considerations with interrelationships difficult to ascertain. Judgment is needed in selecting the most pertinent guidelines in interpreting precedents and in adopting standard formulas, methods or procedures to fit facts and conditions. Preservation Officer 2 must work cooperatively with other preservation officers in carrying out specific programs relating to historic preservation and archaeology. Such programs may include carrying out programs involving archaeological sites, environmental reviews of federal and state projects affecting historic sites and structures, surveying and registering historic sites and structures, administering financial incentives for preservation of historic sites and structures, and education of the public.

Responsibility:  Preservation Officer 2 in the DHPA is responsible for assisting other agencies and governmental entities in complying with federal and state laws and mandated duties of the State Historic Preservation Office and the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. These include the National Historic Preservation Act, Indiana Historic Preservation and Archaeology Act, and provisions of the Indiana Administrative Code that provide detailed guidance on carrying out IC 14-21-1.

Personal Work Relationships:  This individual will be expected to partner with agency personnel and related stakeholders working towards completion of assigned functions. Exceptional customer service is provided to agency partners and/or the general public.

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