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Posted: 01/30/2013

City of Missoula, Montana
Development Services

Implement the historic preservation ordinance including: review applications for Historic Preservation Permits (HPP), conduct research and write reports; and make recommendations and/or decisions as needed; review and comment on actions that impact historic resources; assist the public with questions regarding the process and applications for HPP and alternative compliance; advise and guide, as requested by property owners, regarding restoration, alteration, decoration, landscaping or maintenance of any historic resources. Provide staff support for the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission; develop, recommend, implement, and evaluate City policy related to historic preservation; provide policy guidance to staff, government officials, other city departments, boards and commissions, and regional, state and national organizations; maintain and coordinate historic preservation programs including the historic preservation plan, special projects such as production of preservation-related educational brochures and documents, annual preservation awards, preservation related presentations, tours and document historic resources. Maintain Missoula’s program status as a “Certified Local Government” (CLG) outlined in “The Certified Local Government Program in Montana,” including completion and review of local historical/architectural surveys and completion and review of National Register evaluations and nominations; work closely with city staff, appropriate state and federal agencies, and community groups in planning activities by providing information and technical assistance regarding historic preservation, historical tax credits, National Register, federal regulations and Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation; complete status and financial reports for the SHPO; research grant opportunities, prepare and submit grant applications on behalf of the City and administer grants received by the City and ensure compliance with all applicable rules and regulations and monitoring project/program progress Maintain and keep records relating to nominations, designations, historic preservation permits, and Historic Preservation Commission actions; identify, research, and document historic resources; provide education to the public regarding processes related to historic preservation and preservation best practices; ensure that duties and responsibilities delegated to the CLG by the SHPO are satisfactorily carried out; perform other duties as assigned. Knowledge, Skills, and Other Characteristics: Knowledge of complex principles and modern practices of historical preservation program development and regulatory review of development projects; Knowledge of National Register of Historic Places standards for historic and architectural surveys and nominations, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, historic architectural styles, federal historic compliance standards, design guidelines for historic districts, grant writing, and public education methods; Knowledge of research methods and techniques used in historic preservation and development; Knowledge of current trends and issues related to historic preservation; Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations; Knowledge of local, State and National preservation support services Knowledge of the history of Missoula; Knowledge of project management techniques and methods; Skill in making professional presentations on complex planning designs and city operations; Skill in managing community planning and historic preservation projects; Skill in coordinating multiple projects; Skill in understanding, interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines; Skill in using personal computers, word processing, database and scanning software; Skill in photography and using photo-imaging software including Adobe Photoshop Elements; Skill in conducting research and writing technical reports; Skill in communicating clearly and concisely, orally, in writing and in graphic work; Skill in resolving conflicts and facilitating outcomes; Skill in providing customer service including the ability to maintain calm when dealing with the public; Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with consultants, City and other government agencies and the public.

Historic Preservation Officer
Professional Opportunity
Missoula, MT
$40,000 to $45,000/yr

Masters degree in history, archaeology, historic preservation, architectural history, architecture, or closely related field; or a bachelors degree in one of the above areas and at least two years experience in professional research, writing, field work, or work on historic preservation projects. 

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How to apply
Can apply on line through City of Missoula website ci.missoula.mt.us. Can apply by downloading application from the City website or call (406)552-6130 for an application and materials.
Gail Verlanic
Phone: 406-552-6130
Fax: 406-327-2159
435 Ryman Street
Missoula, MT 59802

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