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🔗Historic Preservation Specialist/ Triage Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • 54,181 USD / Year
  • Department: PA SHPO
  • Job Summary: The PA SHPO Triage position serves as the first point of contact to assist customers with general program assistance, to provide non-information technology level customer service assistance with project submissions to PA-SHARE, and manage data.
  • Job Qualifications:


    Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

    Two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, American history, art history or course work in Pennsylvania history; or
    Any equivalent combination of experience and training.
    Additional Requirements:

    You must meet or exceed the minimum education and experience required to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards.
    You must possess experience working with a team of individuals and independently.
    You must be able to perform essential job functions.
    Preferred Qualifications (not required):

    Experience using technology and software applications to manage historic resource data, workflows, and workload, including Esri HUB and ArcGIS.
    Experience with geographic information systems (GIS)
    Experience in developing and implementing public outreach programs, conducting preservation education, and public speaking.
    Excellent computer and word processing skills using MS Office products and data management systems such as the SHPO’s PA-SHARE.
    Successful completion of coursework in Pennsylvania history.
    Experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration, or a preservation project or program
    Provide your highest level of education and degree field, especially: Architectural History
    American History
    A closely related field
    Experience and/or expertise in the following areas/abilitiesData management
    Records management
    Public communication
    Project planning or review
    Archaeological or historic resource recordation and/or evaluation
    Applying National Register criteria/determining the historical significance of properties
    Research, writing, teaching and/or interpretation related to historic preservation
    Public education and developing training programs
    Applying the Secretary of the Interior’s standards
    Technical proficiency in the following software programs:Word
    Experience in customer service, public outreach, and education.

  • How to Apply:

    How to Apply:

    Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
    If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
    Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
    Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

  • Application URL:

Website Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

The PA SHPO uses its resources to educate, encourage, and enable Pennsylvanians to value and preserve Pennsylvania’s history and culture. Our dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists work with Pennsylvania’s historic communities to achieve positive preservation outcomes. Our role is to identify, promote, and protect the architectural and archaeological resources of the Commonwealth.

Are you interested in joining a pro-active and dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists? In this Historic Preservation Specialist role, you will specialize in our online data management and cultural resources GIS tool, the Pennsylvania’s State Historic and Archaeological Resource Exchange (PA-SHARE). If you want to preserve our history with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), this is the job for you!




PA-SHARE Triage Specialist is a professional position with the PHMC’s State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO). The PA SHPO Triage position serves as the first point of contact to assist PA SHPO customers with general program assistance, to provide non-information technology (non-IT) level customer service assistance with project submissions to PA-SHARE, and to manage submissions for the initial review and verification of program and data accuracy in the PA-SHARE system. Use your specialized combination of education and experience to meet the criteria under the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standard in Archeology or Architectural History and assist with advancing PA SHPO priorities to bring real benefits to developers, consultants, agencies, municipalities, and individuals who value and protect Pennsylvania history.


Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.


Work Schedule and Additional Information:

Full-time employment
Work hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday, with 60-minute lunch.
Telework: You may have the opportunity to work from home (telework) part-time, up to 3 days a week. Specific days will be determined by bureau directors according to bureau needs. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection and work from an approved location inside Pennsylvania. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.
Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.


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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.

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