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🔗Restoration Specialist aka Historic Preservation/Restoration Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Greenville, NC
  • $38,516.00 - $62,439 USD / Year
  • June 28, 2024
  • Department: NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Job Qualifications:

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
    To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.

    Qualified candidates must have or be able to:

    Demonstrated knowledge and experience with American architectural history.
    Demonstrated experience with building preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, construction technology, and construction histories.
    Demonstrated experience applying The Secretary’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
    Management Prefers:Demonstrated knowledge of the state and federal rehabilitation tax credit programs, knowledge of methods of stabilization, preservation, and restoration of historic building fabric.
    Demonstrated knowledge of architectural construction documents for the purpose of review and comment on drawings and specifications.
    Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
    Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.” If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See of for details.

    Master’s degree in historic preservation, planning, architecture history, or a closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of experience in historic preservation;


    Bachelor’s degree in history, planning, or architectural history, or a closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience in historic preservation; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • How to Apply:

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

The Eastern Office of Archives and History (known as the Humber House and located in Greenville, NC) represents the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office in 27 counties of Northeastern North Carolina and implements the section's programs in the region, including the inventory of historic properties, survey and planning grant supervision, the National Register of Historic Places, the rehabilitation tax credit program, environmental review, restoration technical assistance for federal and state grant restoration projects, local restoration technical services for governmental entities and privately-owned buildings, and public education.

Primary Purpose of the Position:

This position is in the Restoration Services Branch of the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO), which coordinates and provides technical restoration services to the public in four major program areas relating to the preservation and rehabilitation of historic structures in North Carolina. This position provides a full complement of historic preservation technical assistance to the public and governmental entities, including non-profit organizations, educational and religious institutions, for the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic structures for an assigned region of Eastern North Carolina. The position also reviews a wide range of historic preservation-related projects in the region.

As the eastern regional restoration specialist, the employee must be able to work independently in a large, diverse territory without direct or day-to-day supervision. The specialist must possess excellent judgment and be able to make recommendations involving preservation issues for a wide range of local, state, and federal governmental agencies, often in projects having high visibility with resulting public relations consequences. He/she also serves as the spokesperson for branch and section programs in the eastern region through public lectures, contact with the media, and regular interaction with other governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

The Eastern Office services a 27-county region from Onslow County north to the Virginia border.

Key Responsibilities:

Represent the Restoration Services Branch of the Historic Preservation Section in a regional service territory of approximately 18 counties.
Review of state and federal historic preservation tax credit projects including advocacy and outreach.
Provide historic preservation services to constituents in assigned counties.
Applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation to a wide range of historic structures and projects.
Technical restoration and preservation assistance or consultations for preservation and landmark commissions as well as private property owners, non-profit museums, and local governments.
Provide technical assistance to recipients of federal and state historic preservation related grants.
Conduct review of state and federally assisted development projects involving historic structures which require compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and GS 121-12(a) within the assigned region.
Preparing and giving presentations on a variety of historic preservation and restoration topics.
Promoting a strong historic preservation philosophy to all North Carolinians including constituents, developers, organizations, government officials, and colleagues.
Position/Physical Requirements:  A valid NC driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one) is required.
Must be willing to travel for day and occasional overnight trips.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to all professionals, contractors and mechanics involved in the preservation field and to communicate effectively with the general public.


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.

Eligible NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. To be eligible to earn a PLC certificate, an intern must be 30 years old or younger (or 35 if a veteran). Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Successful completion of a NCPE internship does not guarantee Federal employment. Contact for more details.


To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program at the college level (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.

How to Apply

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Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your username or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

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