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Posted: 03/11/2011

Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Historic Preservation (MS SHPO)

The Department of Archives and History is committed to the preservation of the state's cultural resources. The Historic Preservation Division works closely with individuals, local governments, and federal agencies to protect Mississippi's historic structures, archaeological sites, and other places associated with important movements, events, and people. The Historic Preservation Division provides expert technical assistance and grants for preservation projects, maintains extensive lists of the state's archaeological sites and historic places, and oversees the State Historical Marker, Mississippi Landmark, and National Register of Historic Places programs. The division serves as the State Historic Preservation Office, managing Mississippi's participation in the national historic preservation program. Mississippi's historic preservation program is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior matched with state funds.

Historian III
Professional Opportunity
Jackson, MS

This is highly professional work that involves thorough research and independent decision making. This position is responsible for the office administration and coordination of the Mississippi Landmark program with the MDAH staff and state and local governmental entities. The incumbent will be responsible for managing all documentation and meetings associated with permit applications submitted by public entities to modify or make changes to public property. Experience in preservation law and theory is preferred.

The Mississippi Landmark designation is the highest form of recognition bestowed on properties by the state of Mississippi and offers the fullest protection against changes that might alter a property’s historic character. Publicly owned properties that are determined to be historically or architecturally significant may be considered for designation.

After a property is deemed eligible for consideration, the owner of the property is notified and given the opportunity to respond. A public notice is also published in the local newspaper to solicit comments from the public for a thirty-day period. After that period has elapsed, the comments are considered at the next meeting of the Permit Committee of the MDAH Board of Trustees, and, if there is no opposition, formal action is then taken to designate the property as a Mississippi Landmark. The property is then recorded in the deed records of the appropriate county by the Chancery Clerk as a Mississippi Landmark.

MDAH maintains an ongoing survey of likely Mississippi Landmark properties, but also welcomes nominations by communities or private citizens. Although the program was designed for public properties, private citizens who are committed to the long-term preservation of their own historically significant properties may nominate those as well.

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How to apply
To apply for this position, please go to the State Personnel Board website at www.spb.state.ms.us, and submit an e-application, or call 601/576-6865 to request an application.
Diane Mattox
Phone: (601) 576-6866
Fax: (601) 576-6975
PO Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205

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