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🔗West Texas Program Officer

  • Full Time
  • El Paso, TX
  • 65,000 USD / Year
  • July 12, 2024
  • Job Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will have a sound understanding of historic building practices, the ability to provide specialized technical assistance to property owners, strong research skills, and the experience to oversee hands-on historic preservation projects.

    Applicants should have strong leadership and communication skills, the ability to manage multiple projects, and the ability to work independently.

    The candidate must be proficient in speaking and writing in both English and Spanish.

    Travel will be required and the applicant will need to be able to make site visits to unrestored historic places and construction sites. A travel allowance will be provided.

  • How to Apply:

    Please send a short cover letter in both English and Spanish, a resume, and at least two professional references addressed to the Executive Director, Evan Thompson, by e-mail at by end of day, Friday, July 12, 2024.

  • Job benefits: Health benefits and paid time off per Preservation Texas's personnel policy.
  • Contact Name: Evan Thompson
  • Application Email:

Website Preservation Texas

Preservation Texas empowers Texans to preserve their cultural heritage, and stewards significant buildings, collections, and cultural landscapes to ensure their permanent protection.

The West Texas Program Officer (WTXPO) is a full-time, salaried employee based in El Paso. The employee will report directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the West Texas Regional Office program as described below. The WTXPO must be proficient in speaking and writing in both English and Spanish.

General Duties:

  • Develop and implement Preservation Texas programs throughout the West Texas region.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers and interns and contract for professional services as needed to accomplish the organization’s West Texas objectives.
  • Assist other Preservation Texas staff members in the development and execution of the organization’s general programs and initiatives as needed.
  • Undertake all other duties as assigned.

West Texas Regional Duties:

The WTXPO will coordinate and deliver Preservation Texas’s historic preservation programs and initiatives within a 9-county region west of the Pecos River: Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves and Terrell counties. Located within this region are Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, as well as numerous state parks and cultural landscapes that include historic resources. These responsibilities throughout West Texas will include:

  • Serving as the first point of contact for historic preservation inquiries related to the West Texas region;
  • Organizing and delivering solo and collaborative preservation education workshops, tours, and speaking engagements in West Texas;
  • Coordinating research for a Field Guide to Historic West Texas;
  • Responding to West Texas Section 106 consultation requests;
  • Keeping informed about regional historic preservation trends, challenges, and opportunities;
  • Contributing images, ideas, and stories from West Texas for Preservation Texas’s statewide social media and publications;
  • Encouraging support for Preservation Texas by identifying potential individual, corporate, and foundation contributors in West Texas; and
  • Recruiting new membership support in the West Texas region.

Specific responsibilities in El Paso County will include:

  • Developing the West Texas Heritage Center in El Paso, with relevant programs and exhibits;
  • Supporting property owners in the county’s historic districts with technical assistance;
  • Encouraging El Paso County and cities within the county to participate in the Certified Local Government program;
  • Assisting with the planning and delivery of hands-on adobe preservation workshops;
  • Assisting with research for a Field Guide to Historic El Paso County.
  • Encouraging the implementation of the county historic preservation plan and plans for the development of the Mission Trail.


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

You may review NCPE's internship opportunities anytime without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.

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.

Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. A PDF is preferred, labeled Your Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages are preferred. A PDF is preferred but jpg, png, doc, or docx file types are accepted. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during an application round; there is no limit at other times of the year. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

Logging in with a Registered User Account and completing the Universal Application is required to apply for NCPE Internships. Please visit the Universal Application page to register for an account and complete the form. After logging in and completing the form, refreshing this listing will display the Job Application to apply online.