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Posted: 06/22/2015

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Division for Historic Preservation/NYSHPO

New York's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize their historic, archeological, and cultural resources. The SHPO administers programs authorized by both the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980. These programs, including the Statewide Historic Resources Survey, the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit, the Certified Local Government program, the state historic preservation grants program, state and federal environmental review, and a wide range of technical assistance, are provided through a network of teams assigned to territories across the state. The SHPO works with governments, the public, and educational and not-for-profit organizations to raise historic preservation awareness, to instill in New Yorkers a sense of pride in the state's unique history and to encourage heritage tourism and community revitalization.

Historic Preservation Specialist (Archaeology)
Professional Opportunity
Waterford, NY

Job Description

This staff member reviews and provides comments on the effects of federal or state undertakings on archaeological resources in accordance with federal and New York state regulations. These duties can include the review and management of all phases of archaeological research reports, research methodology, avoidance methods, data recovery plans, sensitivity assessment and site information management.  Applicant must have a thorough understanding of the application of the National Register of Historic Places criteria for evaluation. 


  • Evaluate the effect of State and Federal projects on archaeological sites and other historic properties  and assist in developing avoidance or data recovery plans;
  • Represent the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation and the New York State Historic Preservation Officer to the public  and other government agencies by providing information, technical advice and consultation;
  • Assist local sponsors and consultants in preparing reconnaissance surveys and inventories of historic/cultural resources;
  • Advise parties about preparing nominations for the National and State Registers of Historic Places, evaluate documentation, and prepare and evaluate nomination documents;
  • Evaluate historic preservation issues; develop and edit articles and other materials for publication;
  • Perform technical review of projects, including determining the existing condition, reviewing plans and construction proposals for compliance with historic preservation standards and programs, evaluating the impact of projects on archaeological sites, developing treatment recommendations and consulting with design professionals, cultural resources specialists, consultants, projects sponsors and local/regional governmental officials to resolve problems;
  • Manage electronic data;
  • Assist other staff in planning projects;
  • Provide information to staff and the public about technical programs and standards by developing and conducting training programs, providing technical information, and preparing reports, brochures, and technical material;


  • Minimum of a Master's degree in Archaeology or Anthropology and must meet professional standards, guidelines as qualified professional archaeologist under 36CFR61
  • Minimum of three years working with Section 106 NHPA and/or Section 14.09 NYSPRHPL
  • Minimum of three years writing or reviewing CRM reports
  • Familiarity with New York State prehistory and history encouraged 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential 
  • Familiarity with a GIS based mapping program encouraged
NOTE: This position is funded through the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT)* and the selected candidate will be an employee of the NHT with work conducted under the supervision of OPRHP. Continuance of this position is based upon program needs and availability of funds.  Presently the positon has no term on its funding.


*The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) is a New York State public benefit corporation. Established in 1968, the Trusts mission is to receive and administer gifts, grants, and contributions to further public programs for parks, recreation, conservation, waterfront revitalization, and historic preservation purposes 

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How to apply
Submit cover letter and resume electronically to: Dr. Nancy L. Herter nancy.herter@parks.ny.gov Historic Preservation Program Coordinator
Nancy L. Herter
Phone: 518-268-2166
PO Box 189
Waterford, NY 12188-0189

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