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Posted: 03/15/2014

The City of Austin
PDRD / Urban Design

Senior Planner (Historic Preservation Planner)
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX
$22.49 – $29.24 per hour


Monday through Friday, 8:00 am 5:00 pm. Additional hours evenings and/or weekends may be required based on business needs

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or a planning related field, plus five (5) years of planning related work.

Twelve (12) semester hours of relevant graduate college course work may substitute for six (6) months of required experience with a maximum substitution of two (2) years.

Experience in planning, related work may substitute for one the education up to the maximum of four (4) years.
Licenses or Certifications:

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts in Historic Preservation

Meet the Secretary of Interiors Professional Qualifications for an Architectural Historian or Historian.

Seeking candidates with 2-5 years experience working in the field of urban historic preservation.

Ability to communicate information clearly and accurately both verbally and in writing to citizens, City staff, boards, commissions and City Council.

Knowledge of the principles of historic preservation.


Knowledge of federal and state laws relating to historic preservation.


Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Provide assistance in surveying neighborhoods for designation as historic districts.

2. Provide assistance in researching the history of neighborhoods and individual buildings in historic districts.

3. Provide assistance in drafting historic district nominations.

4. Evaluate historic district nominations for completeness, accuracy, assessments of integrity, and determinations of contributing and non-contributing structures.

5. Provide assistance to neighborhood groups in drafting historic district design standards.

6. Provide technical assistance to applicants for building permits in historic districts.

7. Evaluate applications for building permits within historic districts for conformance with district design standards.

8. Make presentations to neighborhood associations, the Historic Landmark Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council.


9. Develop paper and website documents regarding historic districts.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Knowledge of the principles of community and urban planning.
Knowledge of federal and state laws relating to planning and urban development.

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How to apply
A detailed, complete online City of Austin employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications, and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. A cover letter and resume must be submitted, but will not substitute for a complete online City of Austin employment application. Employment history dates must include month and year. Please verify that the employment history, dates, month, and year, on your resume exactly match the online employment application.

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