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Posted: 04/15/2015

Natural Heritage Trust
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation-Division for

The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) is a New York State public benefit corporation. Established in 1968, the NHTís 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. Serving as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the NYS OPRHP's Division for Historic Preservation (Division) helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize historic and cultural resources. The selected candidate for this position will be an employee of the NHT with work conducted under the supervision of OPRHP.

Historic Preservation Specialist/Digital Information
Professional Opportunity
Waterford, NY
$40,000 Full-time position & full benefi


3 years of funding anticipated; may be longer or shorter duration based on project needs and availability of funds.†


The Historic Preservation Specialist/Digital Information will work with the data associated with 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 and geospatial data in these vulnerable areas to better assist state and federal disaster response agencies in the fulfillment of their responsibilities under state and federal historic preservation statutes. The successful candidate for this position will oversee integration of the resource specific information and spatial data provided through these survey efforts into the Divisions existing Cultural Resources Information System program.

The Historic Preservation Specialist/Digital Information will augment the Divisions existing Survey Program by working with Division staff to fulfill digital information management needs for projects involving historic and cultural resources. The Specialist ensures the quality and utility of the Programs electronic survey data, digital legacy information and implementation of new mobile survey technology.The candidate will also serve as a technical advisor and liaison to project consultants and assist in the fulfillment of the Divisions larger survey data mission as required.

This position will require strong time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple competing demands. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquires, prepares, and maintains digital data from a variety of sources
  • Works with NYS ITS and Division staff to develop and implement new mobile survey technology
  • Works with Division staff to develop appropriate QA and QC techniques and programs to validate quality of digital data imported using mobile survey technology
  • Develops and delivers training to staff individually and in groups on new digital and mobile programs
  • Develops and maintains metadata for datasets, and documentation of data management and methods
  • Assists the programs Information Resources Coordinator in maintaining the long term digital information vision and strategy for the program.


  • Masters Degree in Library and Information Science
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience working with digital conversion of legacy data, digital archiving or closely related programs
  • Knowledge of current trends, tools, and protocols in digital archiving and preservation
  • Understanding of principles and techniques for archiving of web sites, email, social media, and other online primary sources
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in using common software applications (e.g.; Word, Access, Excel, Web browsers)† † †


  • Experience with State and Federal Historic Preservation Laws and programs
  • Experience working with Cultural Resource data sets.

The NHT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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How to apply
Send cover letter and current C.V. (pdf) via email to Kathy Howe, Survey Coordinator at: kathy.howe@parks.ny.gov No phone calls, please.
Kathleen Howe
NYSOPRHP, Division for Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 189
Waterford, NY 12188-0189

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