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Posted: 12/01/2014

Natural Heritage Trust
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP)

The Natural Heritage Trust is a New York State public benefit corporation. Established in 1968, the NHT’s mission is to receive and administer gifts, grants and other funds to further public programs for parks, conservation, and historic preservation purposes of the State of New York. The NHT is governed by a four-member Board of Directors comprised of the Commissioner of OPRHP, the Chair of the State Council of Parks, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Secretary of State. The NHT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Serving as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the NYS OPRHP's Division for Historic Preservation helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize historic and cultural resources.

Survey Specialist/Project Manager
Professional Opportunity
Waterford, NY
$48,000 - $52,000. Full benefits packag

The Survey Specialist/Project Manager will manage and monitor the work of outside historic preservation consultants who will be preparing the Historic Resources Survey of Selected Waterfront Communities on Long Island and New York City.  Support received through the National Park Service for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief will be used to fund this large-scale survey project of selected coastal communities on the north and south shores of Long Island and in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. The goal of this survey project is to update and expand the SHPOs historic resources inventory in these vulnerable areas so that we are better prepared for future weather and climate-change related events. The focus of the survey is on above-ground historic resources including buildings, historic districts, landscape features, structures, and objects.  Underground and maritime archaeological sites are not included in this study.  

The successful candidate for this position will oversee all components of this special project including offering guidance to the outside HP consultants; making site visits to confirm findings; assessing and commenting on all digital reconnaissance and intensive survey submissions; entering extensive inventory data into the Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS); preparing evaluations of National Register eligibility; and tracking schedule, deliverables, and project budget. 


  • Preparatory work in advance of the survey project including selection of the pilot community and organization of existing data
  • Organize project initiation meeting and other meetings with the HP consultant, as needed
  • Assess the methodology employed for the preliminary pilot reconnaissance survey of one community and provide guidance on any adjustments that will need to be made to the field survey, data collection technology, and historic resource evaluations before broadening the work to the larger geographic study area
  • Offer guidance on the data required for the reconnaissance-level survey and the subsequent intensive-level phase including the digital inventory forms and GIS data
  • Make periodic site visits to meet with the HP consultants to offer guidance on integrity issues, historic district boundaries, and NR eligibilities
  • Data entry in CRIS; maintain the digital data
  • Review and process inventory and geospatial data submitted in CRIS by the HP consultant
  • Review and comment on the survey methodology; historic context statements and associated property types; standards used to guide the evaluation of significance; building and historic district descriptions; statements of significance; and draft determinations of National Register eligibility 
  • Oversee project budget, deadlines, outcomes, and deliverables 
  • Review monthly progress reports noting the tasks undertaken and the approximate percent of their completion; also take action if any adjustments must be made that would impact the schedule 
  • Provide specific historic preservation information to the public regarding the survey 
QMinimum Qualifications

Bachelors degree or higher in History, Art History, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning and one year of professional experience in historic preservation with emphasis in historic resources surveys, documentation, determinations of National Register eligibility, and/or writing National Register nominations.  A masters degree or 30 graduate credit hours toward a masters degree in one of these fields may be substituted for the one year experience requirement.  

Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of state and federal historic preservation programs, data entry ability and strong written and verbal communications skills.  Project management experience and knowledge of the historic resources of New York City and/or Long Island are highly desirable. A valid drivers license is required. Frequent travel to Long Island and NYC is also required.













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How to apply
To be considered for this position, please email or mail a cover letter and resume by December 22, 2014 to: Kathy Howe Survey and Evaluation Coordinator NYS OPRHP Division for Historic Preservation P.O. Box 189 Peebles Island Waterford, NY 12188-0189 kathy.howe@parks.ny.gov It is anticipated that this position will begin in February 2015.
Kathy Howe

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