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Posted: 07/21/2015

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic
Technical Preservation Services Bureau

ew 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. Project Funding and Duration: 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. *The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) is a New York State public benefit corporation. Established in 1968, the Trustís mission is to receive and administer gifts, grants, and contributions to further public programs for parks, recreation, conservation, waterfront

Historic Preservation Technical Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Waterford, NY

The Divisions Technical Services Unit is responsible for providing technical services for the restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of privately and publicly owned historic properties, including buildings, structures, landscapes and objects. Incumbent provides comments on the effects of federal or state undertakings on the historic built environment in accordance with federal and New York state regulations.

Applicant must have a thorough understanding of the application of the National Register of Historic Places criteria for evaluation and the application and interpretation of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. In addition, the candidate should be versed in Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program.


  • 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 building codes, and other requirements.
  • Develop treatment recommendations, monitor restoration, repair and maintenance activates for compliance with preservation guidelines and principles.
  • Document work performed and consults with design professionals, project sponsors and others to resolve problems.
  • Conduct and review research and prepare reports of findings to support projects, including analyzing the historic fabric and treatment methods and techniques and testing the compatibility of treatments.
  • Conduct site inspections to determine and monitor the condition of historic properties and preservation and construction projects and prepare reports of findings and documentation.
  • Assist other staff in planning and designing projects.
  • Provide information to staff and the public about technical programs and standards by developing and conducting training programs.
  • Provide technical information and prepare reports, brochures, press releases, and technical materials as required.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Historic Preservation/Restoration, Preservation Planning, Structural Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, AND two years of experience in a technical or professional capacity working with historic preservation projects.

Substitution: Thirty (30) graduate level semester hours in Architecture/Architectural Preservation, Historic Preservation/Restoration, Preservation Planning, or Landscape-Architecture/Landscape Preservation, may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

All candidates should possess:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with technology (experience with programs such as AutoCAD, GIS or related programs a plus).
  • Understanding of state and federal preservation laws and familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
  • Strong understanding of American architectural history.
  • Valid drivers license.

Additional Qualifications

  • Professional License in Architecture, Engineering or Landscape Architecture.
  • Previous experience in the assessment of effects associated with the application of state and/or federal historic preservation regulations.
  • Hands on historic building restoration/rehabilitation experience.†

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How to apply
Submit Cover letter and Resume to: Beth Cumming, Coordinator, Technical Services Unit beth.cumming@parks.ny.gov
Beth Cumming

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