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🔗Local Government Preservation Specialist (Program Specialist III)

  • Full Time
  • 1304 Colorado, Austin, Texas 78701
  • $4,400.00-$4,815.00 USD / Month
  • Job Qualifications:

    QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):

    ·        Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Urban or Community Planning, or a closely related field;

    ·        Experience and detailed understanding applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties;

    ·        Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and

    ·        Required to travel up to 20% of the work period.


    ·        Master’s degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Urban or Community Planning, or a closely related field;

    ·        Minimum two years job-related experience working with local governments or historic preservation commissions;

    ·        Work experience as a local Historic Preservation Officer or previous experience directly related to the CLG program at the local or state level; and

    ·        Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s qualification requirements for History, Architectural History, Architecture, or Historic Architect.

    Must have or obtain a valid Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.

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  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: This position is housed in a historic building near the state capitol in Austin and may have exposure to dust and environmental allergens consistent with normal business activities and human contact. Mostly sedentary in nature but may involve walking; standing; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping, and bending; performing tasks requiring fine motor skills and coordination; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. Applicants must be willing to travel, and overnight travel is often required. This position attends and sometimes presents at conferences, meetings, and workshops, requiring evening and weekend work hours. Travel typically requires driving, although some air travel is also expected.
  • Contact Name: Joy Black
  • Application Email:
  • Application Phone #: (512) 936-0845

Website Texas Historical Commission

JOB OBJECTIVE: The Local Government Preservation Specialist is responsible for the review, administration, coordination, and implementation of the Certified Local Government (CLG) program by providing consultative and technical assistance, public education, and outreach to local governments and historic preservation commissions. Under the leadership of the CLG Coordinator, the Local Government Preservation Specialist is responsible for assisting with the administration of all program guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and the evaluation of program activities by the Texas Administrative Code and in compliance with the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual. The Specialist gives public presentations, lectures, and workshops and develops print and online educational materials. Work with general supervision and moderate latitude for initiative and independent judgment. Frequent travel required, averaging two nights per month with some ability to control the scheduling of required travel. Complies with all agency policies and procedures.


1. Confer with local government officials and designated CLG representatives on program-related matters, identify training needs, and formally evaluate the local government’s participation in the program for compliance with state and federal requirements.

2. Provide consultative and technical assistance on various topics relative to program areas, such as design guidelines, architectural surveys and inventories, National Register nominations, planning and zoning, and local ordinances.

3. Plan, develop and provide training to local governments and the public on how to plan, implement, and monitor effective preservation programs and services.

4. Work with community and professional groups to foster support for local preservation efforts.

5. Assist in administering the CLG Grant Program consistent with state and federal requirements that ensure effective and efficient use of grant funds.

6. Prepare program-related correspondence and oversee the maintenance and updating of the CLG Handbook, web-based educational materials, and application documents.

7. Pursue knowledge of preservation issues, techniques, and trends for their potential ramifications on CLG communities. Prepare and assist in preparing special studies and quarterly and annual reports, including reports on the effectiveness of program activities.

8. Serve as the agency’s representative by speaking publically and providing presentations to communities and at various conferences.

9. Adhere to an established work schedule with regular attendance.

10. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.


11. Perform other duties as assigned.


· Knowledge of the National Register Program, Secretary of Interior’s Standards, and other state and federal preservation laws, including the federal CLG program;

· Knowledge and understanding of legal, architectural, and urban planning language and concepts about the preservation of historic buildings and districts;

· Effective verbal and written communication, human relations, and organizational skills;

· Effective critical thinking skills;

· Skill in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers;

· Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database, and spreadsheet software;

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency personnel, officials of state and local government, and the public;

· Ability to perform research, plan and organize projects;

· Ability to analyze problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend effective solutions;

· Ability to process information logically and to assess validity;

· Ability to work in a setting requiring self-motivation/cooperative decision-making and to work effectively with diverse groups of people;

· Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail;

· Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;

· Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results on time;

· Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment;

· Ability to train others;

· Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and

· Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    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 $15.00 or $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. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages preferred. May be .doc, .docx or PDF. 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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