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🔗Historic Preservation Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Waterford, NY
  • $65,000 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Division for Historic Preservation - Survey & National Register Unit
  • Job Summary: The Historic Preservation Specialist implements the work of the Survey and 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


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

  • How to Apply:

    Applicants must 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, June 14, 2024


    Chelsea Towers, Survey and National Register Coordinator NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

  • Job benefits: Health care, Dental, Paid Leave, Retirement
  • Contact Name: Chelsea Towers
  • Application Email:

Website New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Specialist implements the work of the Survey and National Register Unit within an assigned geographic territory along with a focus on the review and evaluation of properties related to housing projects funded by the Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC), the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA), and the Homeless Housing & Assistance Program (HHAP). The timely review and analysis of historic properties being submitted to our office for housing projects will help ensure that the broad range of housing needs throughout the state are addressed in a timely fashion from the revitalization and preservation of low income housing, development of affordable multifamily rental housing, and rehabilitation of housing for the elderly and those with special needs. This person directs and monitors historic resources surveys; prepares evaluations of historic properties and historic districts including those related to housing projects; reviews and comments on state and federal undertakings; reviews Part 1 applications for state homeowner tax credit projects; and documents historic properties and districts for State and National Registers of Historic Places nominations.

Specific Duties:

• CONSULTATION: Evaluate state and federal consultation submissions to determine if eligible historic properties are present and are likely to be impacted. This person provides a special level of review to expediting historic resource evaluations of state-funded housing projects through the HTFC, HFA, and HHAP programs. State and Federal compliance submissions are evaluated for accuracy and completeness. NR eligibility findings are prepared in a concise format, citing the appropriate criteria. Consultation 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.

• SURVEYS: Will provide guidance to housing agencies on how to submit data on historic resources to our agency for review. 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 and TREKKER MOBILE APP: Review for content and quality control of all incoming data including housing projects into CRIS and via theTrekker 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 her review of Survey reports and project review submissions.