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Posted: 12/17/2009

PA Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau for Historic Preservation

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission The PHMC is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Bureau of Management Services. The PHMC was created by Act No. 446, approved June 6, 1945, amending the Administrative Code. The legislation that describes the powers and duties of the Commission is Title 37, Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (PDF, 104 KB) commonly referred to as the "Pennsylvania History Code". Our Mission The PHMC preserves the Commonwealth's memory as a teacher and champion of its heritage for citizens of Pennsylvania and the nation. Our Vision The PHMC enriches people's lives by helping them to understand Pennsylvania's past, to appreciate the present, and to embrace the future.

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Pittsburgh, PA
$42,250 annually


PA Historical and Museum Commission

Bureau for Historic Preservation

Fort Pitt Museum

101 Commonwealth Place

Pittsburg, PA 15222

WORK HOURS: 8:00 a.m.  4:30 p.m., Monday  Friday (75 hours biweekly)

TYPE EMPLOYMENT: This vacancy is a non-civil service position. It will be filled as a limited term with benefits appointment. Position is for one year with the possibility of an extension. Selection will be made by promotion (non-seniority), transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, voluntary demotion, or Bureau of State Employment lists. Employees affected by furlough may have preference for the position.

ELIGIBILITY: To be considered, candidates must meet the minimum experience and training requirements: Two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a Bachelor's degree in Architectural history, American history, Art history or course work in Pennsylvania history; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Position Purpose:

General responsibilities of this position relate to the protection of historic and archaeological resources in the development of state and federal projects. Knowledge of state and federal historic preservation programs, regulations and legislation, including the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Provides direct consulting support on projects to PennDOT to expedite project delivery. Duties involve commenting on applicable PennDOT projects within a 21-day time frame; attending scoping field views and other field meetings upon request; participating in a monitoring program for projects in which PHMC has agreed to relinquish its opportunity to comment through programmatic agreements; and priority review (for reviews in less than 21 days).

Provides support to PennDOT and district sponsors for Transportation Enhancement projects. Duties may involve the development of a "what to do for Section 106 Compliance" checklist to be used for Transportation Enhancement applicants; participation in pre-application meetings for Transportation Enhancement projects when requested by PennDOT; assisting sponsors with application development and submission; assisting sponsors and PennDOT in minimizing effects with the goal of a "no adverse effect" finding due to sympathetic design; and assisting sponsors and PennDOT with developing mitigation commitments.

Reviews federally and state funded, licensed and assisted undertakings that may affect historic resources in Pennsylvania, pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the Pennsylvania History Code of 1988.

Evaluates decisions made by federal and state agencies in the review of their undertakings in accordance with the National Register criteria, the Criteria of Effect and other appropriate federal and state regulations.

Participates in planning activities at the federal, state and local levels to insure adequate consideration of historic resources as required by state and federal historic preservation laws.

Provides advice and technical assistance on historic structures survey techniques.

Prioritizes the recordation and preservation of historic resources on a statewide basis as established by National Register eligibility and significance.

Conducts research that will contribute to solutions to significant regional historic problems and contexts.

Participates in the National Register Review Committee to evaluate historic resources using the National Register Criteria.

Requirements include Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Archaeological and Historic Professionals; National Register Survey; and Section 106.

Incumbent is responsible to be familiar with PHMC general safety rules and safety rules specific to this position; for working in a safe manner and following all PHMC safety rules; immediately correct any safety hazards in the work area; and report same to supervisor.

Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Decision Making:

Review state and federal program requests and evaluates their effects on historic resources as required under state and federal legislation and prepares recommendations and responses for supervisor's signature.

Evaluate and recommend action concerning National Register eligibility for staff committee decision and signature of the State Historic Preservation Officer.

Research public inquiries for information and prepare responses for supervisor's signature.

Essential Functions:

1. Considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations

2. Evaluate significance of archaeological and historic resources

3. Review projects for their potential to affect archaeological or historic resources

4. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

5. Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite, email, and do research on the internet

6. Use survey map files and CRGIS

7. Exhibit diplomacy and tact when consulting with developers, project managers, officials and the

general public

8. Travel to project sites

9. Participate in team efforts and in the development and implementation of training programs

10. Contribute to development of the Bureau for Historic Preservation

OPen until
none given

How to apply
HOW TO APPLY: Position is open to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a non-civil service employment application to the contact person no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date of this announcement. The non-civil service employment application and information can be found at www.hrm.state.pa.us/pds. Internet access is also provided by most public libraries and PA CareerLink sites. Applicants can call 1.866.858.2753 to locate the nearest PA CareerLink. Direct inquiries about application procedures, and send application materials to: PA Historical and Museum Commission, State Museum Building, 300 North Street, Room 513 - Margaret Collins, Human Resource Analyst, Harrisburg, PA 17120; Phone# (717) 346-0329; mcollins@state.pa.us; Fax# (717) 783-2839. Faxed and emailed documents are acceptable. IF YOU ARE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW AND NEED AN ACCOMMODATION FOR THE INTERVIEW DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE THE INTERVIEWER OF THE ACCOMMODATION NEEDED.
Margaret Collins
Phone: (717) 346-0329
Fax: (717) 783-2839
A Historical and Museum Commission
300 North Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17120

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