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Posted: 03/02/2016

Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Cheyenne, WY
$4,506.00 - $5,632.00 Monthly


The Historic Preservation Specialist works with property owners, government agencies, and interested parties to manage, supervise, and administer the standards and requirements of the Federal Investment Tax Credit program per 36CFR67, the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470), and the National Park Service (NPS), and provides architectural technical assistance to government and private property owners statewide.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.


  • Administer the Federal Investment Tax Credit program per 36CFR67 requirements in the State of Wyoming: supervise and manage all submitted tax credit applications; provide training, support, mentoring, guidance and assistance in the development of the materials in the expected NPS format; maintain communication with the NPS reviewer on any issues, or updates; stay abreast of new standards, requirements, and expectations of the NPS in completing tax credit applications.
  • Review and comment on the proposed treatment of historic properties proposed by federal and state agencies and private property owners: use professional training and experience to review proposed treatment of historic building, structures, and other cultural properties; ensure treatment is appropriate for the resource type; recommend additional treatments if necessary, and advise agencies and owners on proper materials and methods to preserve historic properties.
  • Review, analyze, and comment on federal agency's determinations of eligibility of cultural resources to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); review project reports and ensure they meet professional standards (National Park Service and Wyoming SHPO standards).
  • Negotiate Programmatic and Memorandum of Agreements per 36CFR800 to mitigate adverse effects to historic properties between federal and state agencies, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and interested parties.
  • Develop and implement Wyoming state standards for the treatment and documentation of historic properties.
  • Participate in on-site inspections and review of undertakings at the request of federal agencies and project proponents.
  • Research and document properties eligible for listing in the NRHP.  Write and prepare formal nominations to be submitted to the Keeper of the NRHP.
  • Develop, promote, and conduct public education and outreach efforts throughout Wyoming to reach agency officials, legislators, project proponents, industry officials, and the general public on the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act and the proper treatment and preservation of historic resources.





Preference may be given to those with a Master's degree or equivalent experience in Architecture, Historic Preservation, Historic Architecture, or Historic Preservation. 



  • Skills in critical thinking, communication, negotiation and conflict resolution.  Ability to analyze and review complex documents with technical details. Extensive understanding of proper treatment of historic sites and their placement in Wyoming history.
  • Understanding and knowledge of Wyoming history; proper identification, classification, and review of historic resource in the appropriate historic context.
  • Skills in the identification and evaluation of historic buildings, structures, objects, landscapes and districts. Knowledge and skill in the application of the Secretary of Interior's standards for rehabilitation; identification of historic fabric, character defining features, and historic integrity. Ability to justify and communicate proper treatment with property owners, developers, and agency property managers.
  • Skills in research, good organizational habits, and time management. Expert understanding and knowledge of the 36CFR800 and 36CFR67 regulations, tax credit guidelines, and Secretary of Interior's standards.
  • Knowledge and skill in the use of computerized analytical tools, including but not limited to GIS, MS Access databases, word process programs, and power point.


  • Education:
    Bachelor's Degree (typically in Cultural Resources)
    1-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist
    Education & Experience Substitution:
    4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist
    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


    Necessary Special Requirements


    • Travel to communities outside of Cheyenne required
    • Work is performed in headquarters office environment and in agency and community offices.
    • Must be comfortable with meeting and speaking with the general public, and community and government leaders.
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How to apply
To apply refer to the job application found on the State of Wyoming Jobs web page. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming
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