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🔗Historic Architectural Easement Monitor (Environmental Protection Specialist III/IV or Architect I/II)

  • Full Time
  • Austin, TX
  • $4,500.00-$7,000.00 USD / Month
  • Job Qualifications:

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

    • Master’s degree in historic preservation, architecture, architectural history, or a closely related field; or a professional architecture degree (Bachelor or Master of Architecture) from a National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited college or university (or a comparable internationally- accredited professional architecture degree) with coursework in historic preservation;
    • Minimum two years of full-time professional work experience on historic preservation projects in the private or public sector for a preservation non-profit organization or a university program;
    • Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
    • Ability to travel up to the required 30% of the work period.

    PREFER:

    • Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Professional Qualifications Standards in History, Architectural History, or Historic Architecture;
    • Experience with architectural procedures, including application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties;
    • Experience working directly with architects and/or property owners to develop treatment recommendations, monitor activities, and execute historic preservation projects;
    • Experience in regulatory review related to easement monitoring and management;
    • Experience conducting historic resource surveys;
    • Experience utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) and/or
    • Demonstrated public speaking and writing skills.
  • How to Apply:

    To apply for this position, and for more information, please visit CAPPS

  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: This position is housed in a state building near the state capitol in Austin and may have exposure to dust and environmental allergens consistent with normal business activities and human contact. In addition to office work, duties will include evaluating historic structures, which may involve entering attics, crawlspaces, and other dark, damp, or confined spaces, as well as climbing ladders, using boom lifts, and walking on roofs. Work may involve extended periods working outdoors in hot or cold conditions. Work includes visiting active construction sites where loud noises, dust, and uneven walking surfaces may be encountered. 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. Telework policy permits up to three days per week of remote work.
  • Contact Name: Joy Black
  • Application Email: joy.black@thc.texas.gov
  • Application URL: https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/808/jobdetail.ftl?job=00042183
  • Application Phone #: 512-936-0845

Website Texas Historical Commission

JOB OBJECTIVE: Perform complex historic architectural conditions assessments and provide technical assistance to preserve and protect Texas’ diverse architectural heritage.  As part of a three-member team for the Easement Program in the Division of Architecture (DOA), the Historic Architectural Easement Monitor will utilize their technical preservation expertise to assess existing conditions of historic County Courthouses, commercial buildings, and residential structures, review changes to easement-protected properties, and serve as the first line of communication on preservation practices to the general public, property owners, architects, consultants, contractors, and government agencies.  Work under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Perform annual monitoring activities at historic properties on which THC holds an easement or deed covenant to ensure property owner compliance and support the preservation of the historic and architectural character of properties in the program.
  2. Assess, inspect, and report on the conditions of historic properties, including modest vernacular structures and high-style County Courthouses, using written and photographic documentation methods, with an emphasis on evaluating character-defining features.
  3. Utilize property’s baseline data, including architectural drawings, photographs, and completion reports, to assess changes in a property’s condition and assist owners in maintaining their properties.
  4. Enter monitoring data into the Web-based Easement Database Application to create monitoring reports or update baseline conditions.
  5. Establish relationships with property owners and representatives by communicating regularly, both verbally and in written form, to notify them of upcoming annual monitoring activities and easement violations or to provide other feedback as necessary.
  6. Assist property owners with easement self-monitoring activities and associated documents.
  7. Provide written and verbal technical assistance on the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic properties in keeping with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the terms of their easement or covenant.
  8. Present results and data to an internal Easement Committee and collaborate to determine priorities for future easement monitoring.
  9. Work collaboratively within the Division of Architecture with the Courthouse Preservation, Federal and State Review, and Disaster Assistance teams regarding the implementation of the Easement Program and associated project reviews.
  10. Engage and consult on-site with the public, architectural consultants, and government officials regarding appropriate preservation techniques for historic structures.
  11. Participate in conferences and workshops and speak to communities and professional groups about the Texas Historical Commission’s programs to encourage participation.
  12. Serve as a liaison to other THC staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the general public to explain and provide technical assistance on program specifics and requirements.
  13. Assist in the collection, organization, analysis, and/or preparation of materials in response to requests for program and project-specific information and reports.
  14. Assist in developing and updating the agency website, submitting social media content, and writing agency or outside publications.
  15. Adhere to an established work schedule with regular attendance.
  16. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Perform other duties as assigned.

Benefits

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 manager@preservenet.org for more details.

Eligibility

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 manager@preservenet.org.

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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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 manager@preservenet.org 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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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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