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Posted: 02/15/2013

State of Vermont
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

Vermont's State Historic Preservation Office

Historic Resources Specialist
Posting Number 31558
Professional Opportunity
Montpelier, VT
Open Until

General Job Description


Administrative and professional work for the Division for Historic Preservation, involving the historic preservation review of development projects requiring federal and state agency approval. Duties include review and evaluation of impacts to historic, architectural and archaeological resources. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Environmental Review Coordinator and Historic Preservation Director of Operations.




Reviews state and federal environmental review activities and writes timely Division response. Assesses impacts of development projects on historic, architectural, and archeological resources in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Vermont State Historic Preservation Act, Act 250, Public Service Board projects and other historic preservation and environmental legislation. Consults with Division staff, coordinates and prepares official Division response. Responds to correspondence, phone calls, and applications relating to review activities. Evaluates project documents, blueprints, specifications and reports. Performs historical background research. Meets with developers and local, state, and federal government representatives and coordinates and conducts necessary meetings. Prepares reports and recommendations on applications, environmental impact statements, surveys, studies and other documents, including project-specific stipulations. Testifies as expert witness before various boards and at quasi-judicial hearings. Maintains record keeping systems for project tracking and federal reporting. Provides technical assistance to consulting architectural historians and archeologists by reviewing and evaluating scopes of work, surveys, research, and reports to insure that historic preservation work in Vermont meets federal and state standards and guidelines. Provides considerable telephone, written and electronic communication with members of the public, developers and local, state, and federal government representatives. Prepares educational, technical and procedural materials and conducts training programs on the historic preservation review process and on relevant historic resources issues. Provides technical assistance to communities, public and private organizations, and the general public regarding identifying, evaluating, interpreting, and preserving the state's historic and archeological resources. Reviews federal and state laws and regulations relating to historic preservation review and advises staff of their impacts on policy and process. Assists with special projects. Assists in the development of guidelines, standards, and procedures for protecting and recovering historic and archeological resources. May represent the Division at conferences and meetings. Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications



Considerable knowledge of historic preservation principles and practices.
Ability to apply the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation.
Ability to assess State or National Register eligibility of a structure
or district.
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of archeological survey, excavation, analysis, interpretation, documentation, and report writing.
Knowledge of historic building construction.
Ability to develop, analyze, interpret, logically organize and maintain complex records, record keeping systems and databases.
Ability to utilize GIS application.
Ability to carry out historical and archeological research.
Ability to logically organize, coordinate and carry out complex project reviews.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to handle stress resulting from encounters with adversarial groups and conflicting opinions.
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
Ability to be versatile, diplomatic and flexible.


Education: Master's degree in historic preservation or archeology. Master's degree in closely related field such as history, architecture, anthropology, or architectural history may also be considered.

Experience: Two years of professional experience in historic preservation or related program administration and/or management.


How to apply
For a detailed description of the position and to apply online (you must apply online!) please visit the Vermont Department of Human Resources Website at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/career_center. The job posting number is 31558 and the Position Number is 670164. Please read the application directions completely.

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