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🔗West Texas Program Officer

  • Full Time
  • El Paso, TX
  • 75,000 USD / Year
  • October 31, 2023
  • Job Summary: The West Texas Program Officer will coordinate and deliver Preservation Texas's historic preservation programs and initiatives within a 9-county region west of the Pecos River to bilingual audiences (English/Spanish).
  • 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 a virtual portfolio of relevant preservation projects with which you have been engaged before 5:00 pm on Friday, September 29, 2023 to the Executive Director, Evan Thompson, by e-mail at . No telephone inquiries.

  • Job benefits: Paid time off and health benefits per personnel policy.
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Must be able to oversee hands-on educational programs, visit endangered buildings, and travel extensively throughout the region as required.
  • Contact Name: Evan R. Thompson, Executive Director
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: E-mail only.

Website Preservation Texas

Preservation Texas is a statewide, non-profit historic preservation organization. Founded in 1985, we advocate for the historic resources of Texas.

The West Texas Program Officer (WTXPO) is a full-time, salaried employee based in El Paso, reporting directly to the Executive Director. The WTXPO will oversee all aspects of the West Texas Regional Office program and must be proficient in speaking and writing in both English and Spanish. The salary is $75,000/year. The successful applicant will begin to work in El Paso on January 2, 2024.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the first point of contact for historic preservation inquiries related to the West Texas region;
  • Managing volunteers, interns, and contracts with professionals to support the work of the West Texas office;
  • Organizing and delivering solo and collaborative preservation education workshops, tours, and speaking engagements in West Texas;
  • Developing the West Texas Heritage Center in El Paso with relevant programs and exhibits;
  • Supporting historic property owners with technical assistance;
  • Planning hands-on adobe preservation workshops;
  • Coordinating research toward the development of a Field Guide to Historic West Texas;
  • 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.
  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    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.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program 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 during the Summer and Winter application rounds 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 user name 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. PDF only, labeled Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages preferred. May be .doc, .docx or PDF. 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 this application round. 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.

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