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🔗Preservation Planner

  • Full Time
  • Boston, MA
  • $68,564.34 - 100,370.14 USD / Year
  • Department: MA Dep't of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Cultural Resources
  • Job Summary: The primary responsibility is to carry out assigned duties and responsibilities relative to DCR’s historic preservation and cultural resource management activities, with a focus on review and compliance as well as project management.
  • Job Qualifications:

    See official job posting.

  • How to Apply:

    See official job posting for online job application procedure.

    Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 20, 2023.

  • Job benefits: See official job posting.
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: See official job posting.
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Website Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails, golf courses and parkways.

In close coordination with the Preservation Planning & Review Program Manager, plan and implement cultural resource management practices, procedures, and initiatives, including:
–Coordinate review and compliance obligations with the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) for projects on DCR property, including evaluating impacts of proposed activities on the cultural resources under DCR ownership, preparing Project Notification Forms, and developing and implementing measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate the adverse effects of such projects.
–Implement requirements of a Programmatic Memorandum of Agreement with the Massachusetts Historical Commission through project review, tracking and reporting.
–Support inventory and data collection, including the DCR Cultural Resource Inventory and CAMIS databases, as well as preparation of MHC inventory forms and National Register nominations.
–Coordinate review of DCR projects with local historic district commissions in compliance with local historic preservation regulations.
–Develop technical preservation standards for cultural resource management within DCR facilities.
–Procure and manage technical preservation consultants.
–Provide project management services for design and construction projects impacting cultural resources and ensure adherence to historic preservation standards, practices, and compliance with state and Federal review laws. Working closely with other Office of Cultural resource staff, plan and implement a cultural resource management training program.
–Participate in the development of strategic planning, annual spending, and work plans for the Office of Cultural Resources.
–Lead and participate in planning teams and committees to ensure the highest level of protection for cultural resources under DCR control is met.
–Analyze information and make recommendations on land acquisition, resource management planning, and project planning and development to insure the highest level of protection of DCR’s cultural resources.
–Implement procedures to ensure smooth coordination within the Divisions of DCR, outside agencies and local governments on projects involving historic resource components.
–Develop and promote public information on historic preservation issues and projects involving DCR including:
–Preparation of briefing packets, press releases, status reports, technical bulletins, newsletters, and social media postings.
–Promotion of public participation through the organization of meetings to engage members of Department staff, special interest groups, and the general public in decision-making processes relative to cultural resource management.
–Maintenance of a technical resource library on historic resource management and preservation practices
–Develop, implement, and promote materials and programs to interpret DCR’s cultural resources.
–Performs other duties as requested.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

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    Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. PDF only, labeled Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages preferred. May be .doc, .docx or PDF. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

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