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🔗Cultural Landscape Specialist – Term Position

  • Full Time
  • Washington DC Metro Area
  • $55,000 - $60,000 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Job Summary: A term-limited position to assist the National Park Service’s Park Cultural Landscapes Program (PCLP) as a Cultural Landscape Specialist.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Knowledge, skills, and experience required include:

    ·         Knowledge of the principals of cultural landscape preservation.

    ·         Experience with technological methods of data collection and managing geospatial data.

    ·         Experience conducting on site investigations to document historic properties.

    ·         Experience analyzing and evaluating the integrity of cultural landscapes.

    ·         Knowledge of historic research methods as applied to cultural landscapes.

    ·         Experience preparing illustrated, narrative reports.

    ·         Experience preparing scaled drawings or plans documenting historic properties.

    ·         Strong oral and written communication using both plain language and technical terminology, correct grammar, and conveying easily understandable messages.

    ·         Professional knowledge demonstrated by a successful completion of a course of study in an accredited college or university leading to bachelor’s or higher degree in a major field of study (including landscape architecture, historic preservation, history, or a related field).

    Knowledge, skills and experience desired (but not required) include:

    ·         Plant identification skills for native and introduced vegetation within the southeast United States

    ·         Experience using the Cultural Resources Inventory System database.

  • How to Apply:

    Please send a resume and cover letter by October 31, 2023 to Sharon Smith, NCSHPO Business Manager, at

  • Job benefits: Full Benefits
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Although a NCSHPO employee, the Cultural Landscape Specialist reports to the NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program Manager. Work is conducted at a remote duty-station and in the field. Site visits to Southeast Region parks are anticipated. Assignments often involve contacts with historic preservation organizations and interest groups, as well as with NPS staff. Work is conducted during core business hours. At this time, applicants must be residents of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware or the District of Columbia (the Washington, DC Metro-Area). The position’s term begins January 2024 and is currently guaranteed for one year.
  • Contact Name: Sharon Smith
  • Application Email:
  • Application Phone #: 202-624-5465
  • Application Address: 444 N. Capitol Street NW Suite 342 Washington, DC 20001

Website National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO)

The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is a nonprofit organization whose members are the State government officials (State Historic Preservation Officers, or SHPOs) and their staff who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA). NCSHPO serves as a communications vehicle between SHPOs, federal agencies and other organizations. It also educates the public and elected officials about the national historic preservation program, legislation, policies and regulations.

The employee will capture Cultural Landscapes Inventory data for National Cemeteries and other cultural landscapes in the Southeast Region to improve Section 110 baseline documentation.  They will also provide field and GIS support for the Southeast Region Cultural Landscape Inventory program.  The employee will complete the following tasks within a one-year time frame.

a) Prepare Cultural Landscape Inventory records for NPS National Cemeteries and other cultural landscapes in the Southeast Region, including historical research, analysis and evaluation of significance and integrity, condition assessments and documentation.

b) Perform data collection in the field using Android tablets with the ArcGIS Online (AGOL) Field Maps application.

c) Prepare cultural landscape articles and posts for the PCLP Public Face Working Group.

d) Enter Cultural Landscape Inventory data into the Cultural Resources Inventory System (CRIS) database to create complete resource records.


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