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Posted: 11/27/2009

Wisconsin Historical Society

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Madison, WI

Job Duties: This position reviews project submittals under Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and Wis. Stats. 44.40. The position is responsible for providing comments on the effects of federal and state funded, licensed, and permitted activities on historic properties, and assuring adherence to all federal and state legal and technical requirements for the historic preservation program. Duties include review of state and federal project submittals, tracking reviews, meeting with state and federal officials, talking with affected property owners, developers, and citizens; and coordination with other division staff. The position is also responsible for tracking and reporting on division budget and working with digital images. Occasional travel to locations throughout the state of Wisconsin for daytime and evening meetings is required.

Special Notes:

* Verification of any academic degrees will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

* A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

* The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. An individual will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability.

* Applicant must meet the professional qualifications for archeology, history or architecture which are described in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61 (36 CFR 61), Appendix A, for state historic preservation offices. For additional information, please see: http://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/arch_stnds_9.htm

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Familiarity and expertise with personal computer applications including word processing, email, spreadsheets, and other applications, including conversions, and formatting.

* Basic understanding of computer technology including power point, digital imagery, and database management.

* Ability to enter and manage information in historic preservation/cultural resources databases.

* Skill and fluency in written English.

* Ability to track, coordinate and manage multiple projects.

* Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with a team.

* Basic understanding of Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 including its rules, regulations, processes, and procedures.

* Basic knowledge of historic preservation principles and practices.

* Familiarity and basic knowledge of field survey methods for archeological or historic cultural resource surveys.

* Demonstrated experience authoring or reviewing archeological and/or historic survey reports or investigation reports prepared as documentation for Section 106 project submittals.

* Familiarity and basic experience with archival research on historic properties or archeological sites including deed and tax records, manuscripts and written records, biographic and genealogical information sources, and newspapers.

* Basic knowledge of fiscal record keeping processes and procedures.

* Ability to lift and move records or files weighing up to 50 pounds; average weight is 20 pounds.

* Ability to hold a Wisconsin drivers license.

* Ability to travel independently around the state.

OPen until
none given

How to apply
Please submit an Application for State Employment form (OSER-DMRS-38), available on the internet at: http://oser.state.wi.us/application.asp (please note that Madison, WI is located in Dane county  county code 13); a current resume (attach a complete list of reports you authored or co-authored prepared as documentation for Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Wis. stats. 44.40, or Wisc. Stats. 157.70.); and a paper (not to exceed four pages total) that describes your experience in the following areas 1-5 below. Please label each response 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. Write clearly and concisely and use examples to support your statements when necessary. If you omit information requested on this announcement, your application may be rated ineligible. Since the answers to each question will be scored separately, be sure to provide a separate and complete answer for each question. Do not reference your response to one question as the answer for part of any other questions - each answer should stand alone. Your responses are considered to be an Examination for this position and will be used to determine your eligibility for this vacancy. Answer all questions below: 1. Do you have a Masters degree or higher in history or a closely related field (historic preservation; public history; architectural history; history, archeology, anthropology, or preservation architecture) or a Bachelors degree in the above fields and at least two-years full time experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other demonstrable professional activities with an academic institution, historic organization or a federal or state agency, museum, or other professional institution. If you answer NO, stop here, do not proceed to the other questions. You are automatically ineligible for this position based upon the professional qualifications described in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61, Appendix A. The web link is: http://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/arch_stnds_9.htm 2. Describe your professional experience reviewing project submittals under Section 106 of the Federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966; Wis. Stats. 44.40 or other similar environmental review laws. 3. Describe your experience (professional job, volunteer, part-time job, or student activity) creating, uploading and maintaining digital images and related files. Describe the setting in which this occurred and your level of responsibility and accountability. 4. Describe your professional experience producing budget documents including reports, spreadsheets, requisitions, payroll reports, invoices, travel vouchers, and any other related documents demonstrating financial proficiency. Also include a description of the types of analysis/reports produced from these source documents. 5. Describe your experience as author, co-author or researcher for archeological reports, historic survey reports, or investigative reports prepared as documentation for Section 106; Wis. stats. 44.40 or Wisc. Stats. 157.70. Please attach a complete list of reports you authored or co-authored to your resume. Send completed application materials (via mail or Fax) to Brian Schroeder, HR Specialist, Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St., Madison WI 53706-1482; Phone 608/264-6409; E-mail at BrianL.Schroeder@wisconsinhistory.org or Fax 608/264-6415. Do not send materials as zip files. Completed applications materials must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2009. Materials will be evaluated and the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Based upon the Examination results, you may be asked to interview for this position. Questions may be directed to Brian Schroeder by phone at 608/264-6409 or by E-mail at BrianL.Schroeder@wisconsinhistory.org

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