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🔗Historic Preservation Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Waterford, New York
  • $60,000 and benefits package USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Survey and National Register Unit
  • Job Summary: The Historic Preservation Specialist implements the work of the Survey & National Register Unit within an assigned geographic territory.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Must meet the qualifications of either 1 or 2 below:

    1. a bachelor’s degree in art history, architectural history, historic preservation, historic preservation planning, and TWO years of experience in a technical or professional capacity working with historic preservation projects;

    Or 2. a master’s degree or higher in any of the above disciplines and ONE year of qualifying experience as noted above.


    Proven experience in researching historic buildings and preparing National Register nominations and historic resource survey reports is preferred.

  • How to Apply:

    Submit a cover letter, resume, and two relevant writing samples (such as a National Register nomination, survey report, or historic resource inventory form) via email:

    Deadline:  COB, May 31,2023

  • Job benefits: Includes leave benefits (14 paid holidays as well as vacation, sick, and personal leave); a comprehensive health insurance program including medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision plans.
  • Contact Name: Chelsea Towers, Survey and National Register Coordinator
  • Application Email:

Website Natural Heritage Trust (NHT), in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) is a New York State public benefit corporation. Established in 1968, the NHT's mission is to receive and administer grants, gifts and other funds to further public programs for parks. conservation, and historic preservation purposes of the State of New York. The NHT is governed by a four-member Board of Directors comprised of the Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Chair of the State Council of Parks, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Secretary of State. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is a state agency within the New York State Executive Branch that is responsible for the care and management of over 215 parks and historic sites. OPRHP’s Division for Historic Preservation (also known as the State Historic Preservation Office) helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize their historic & cultural resources.

Directs and monitors historic resources surveys; prepares evaluations of historic properties and historic districts; reviews and comments on state and federal undertakings; reviews Part 1 applications for State and Federal tax credit projects; and documents historic properties and districts for State and National Registers of Historic Places nominations.

CONSULTATION: Evaluate state and federal consultation submissions to determine if eligible historic properties are present and are likely to be impacted.  State and Federal compliance submissions are evaluated for accuracy and completeness.  NR eligibility findings are prepared in a concise format, citing the appropriate criteria.  Compliance reviews must be completed within the required time frames afforded under state and federal law while allowing sufficient time for all other internal reviewers.

·    STATE AND NATIONAL REGISTERS PROGRAM:  Prepare State and National Register of Historic Places nominations and guide property owners and consultants in the development of nominations.  Edit resulting drafts to ensure conformance with acceptable National Park Service standards.

·    PUBLIC MEETINGS: Participate in public informational meetings. Present nominations to the New York State Board for Historic Preservation.

·    SITE VISITS:  Make site visits and meet with project sponsors for both survey and National Register projects.

·    HISTORIC PRESERVATION CERTIFICATION APPLICATIONS PART 1 – EVALUATION OF SIGNIFICANCE (FEDERAL PROGRAM):  Review and process Part 1 applications as part of the Federal Investment Tax Credit Program for Income Producing Properties. This review includes preliminary determinations of eligibility for properties not yet listed on the National Register as well as review of properties already listed as part of a historic district.  Prepare required memos for the National Park Service.

·    HISTORIC HOMEOWNERSHIP REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT – PART 1 APPLICATIONS (STATE PROGRAM): Review and process Part 1 applications for previously listed properties.

·    SURVEYS: Assist local sponsors in designing historic resources surveys.  Periodic travel to assigned territory is required.  Evaluate completed surveys; update online inventory with new USN and/or revisions to existing ones.  Discussion of methodology and boundaries with consultants; reviewing and analyzing final reports; preparing determinations of NR eligibility; and issuing comment letters to sponsors.

·    CRIS INVENTORY/TREKKER MOBILE APP:  Review for content and quality control incoming data from our new Trekker Mobile App.  Enter building inventory information into CRIS to ensure the consistency and accuracy of all data.  Help maintain and update the database of historic properties in CRIS. Assist with the ongoing clean-up of existing USNs so that the data are correct. This labor-intensive and detail-oriented work includes reconciling legacy data as part of their review of Survey reports and project review submissions.