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🔗Historic Preservation Specialist – American Battlefield Protection Program (NPS)

  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Hourly USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Hourly Salary ($): $29.00 - $36.00, DOE
  • Job Qualifications:

    Knowledge, skills, and experience required include:

    • Knowledge of the professional field of historic preservation, its current theories, and practices.
    • Experience in application of preservation law and practices to Federal, state, tribal and local planning activities, with particular emphasis on section 106 compliance and the preservation of historic battlefields and/or cultural landscapes.
    • Knowledge of landscape preservation planning methods and legal instruments, including conservation and preservation easements to ensure protection of cultural resources.
    • Ability to speak and write with clarity and tact; make formal presentations and communicate information related to a wide range of historic preservation policy and program issues to diverse professional and general audiences; develop professional publications, communicate proposals.
    • Ability to plan projects, synthesize information, and draw logical interpretive conclusions for use in professional reports, policy analyses, and management recommendations.
    • 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 history, archeology, landscape architecture, historic preservation) related to program goals of battlefield protection and the preservation of cultural landscapes.

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

    • Knowledge of ArcGIS and spatial data.
    • Knowledge of U.S. history, especially of American military history, the history of colonial wars and armed conflicts on US soil.
    • Knowledge of land use planning, regulations, and laws as they apply to open space land management and community development.
  • How to Apply:

    Applications will be accepted between now and Friday, February 4th 2022. Qualified candidates will be interviewed in the second half of February for a perspective start date in March. The position’s length of term is currently guaranteed through September 2022, with a high likelihood to extend for another six months in the new Federal fiscal year.

  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Although a NCSHPO employee, the Historic Preservation Specialist will report to the NPS ABPP Program Manager and Preservation Planner. Work is normally sedentary and will be either conducted remotely or at the NPS Main Interior Building in collaboration with program staff, pandemic dependent. Assignments often involve contacts with historic preservation organizations and interest groups, as well as with NPS staff and officials. Work is conducted during core business hours, and part-time work may be approved, if appropriate.
  • Contact Name: Sharon Smith
  • Application Email: smith@ncshpo.org
  • Application Address: 444 N. Capitol Street NW, Suite 342, Washington, DC 20001

Website National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

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 National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist for a term-limited position to assist the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (NPS ABPP) by serving as a liaison to partners applying for and successfully completing grant applications for battlefield preservation and land acquisition projects.

The NPS ABPP promotes the preservation of historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil through technical and financial assistance to federal, state, tribal, and local governments, as well as academic and nonprofit partners. The Historic Preservation Specialist will work to assist applicants and recipients of grants awarded through Land and Water Conservation Funds for land acquisition, interpretation, and restoration of American sites of armed conflict beyond the borders of federally protected land. Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants (BLAG) will be a focus of this position. BLAGs provide state and local communities the ability to acquire and permanently protect threatened battlefield land through the acquisition of fee-simple or less-than-fee (preservation easement) interests in eligible Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War sites.

The Historic Preservation Specialist will assist with the development of tools and aids for applicants and potential applicants, many of whom are not preservation professionals, to complete successful grant applications and to develop sustainable preservation strategies for the acquired properties. The liaison will also assist applicants and program staff in developing easement templates and fulfilling NPS’s Section 106 compliance requirements, as outlined in the NPS ABPP’s Programmatic Agreement.

Specific tasks include:

  • Continue coordinated outreach to NCSHPO members (state historic preservation offices) regarding BLAG easements; organize and analyze partner feedback on a suite of draft easement documents; consult NPS specialists to provide clarification and possible solutions; provide a summary of reports and/or presentations.
  • Assist program staff in advising grant recipients and easement holders regarding the preparation, execution, and monitoring of easements.
  • Assist NPS ABPP in making information regarding new and existing grant programs more accessible to preservation partners and potential applicants, including organizing and executing the collection of spatial data to support the Program’s GIS geo-database, facilitating outreach through virtual webinars, responding to inquiries and requests for clarification/assistance in the application process, and developing content for the NPS ABPP website and social media.
  • Draft tools for program staff to clarify roles, responsibilities, and timelines outlined in the NPS ABPP Programmatic Agreement.
  • Support program staff in drafting amendments and incorporating new grant programs into the NPS ABPP Programmatic Agreement based on Annual Meeting notes and consultations with signatories of the Programmatic Agreement.


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