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Posted: 03/04/2016

Idaho State Historical Society
State Historic Preservation Office

The Idaho State Historical Society is an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Historical Museum, State Archives, State Historic Preservation Office, and Historic Sites Program. We seek to inspire, enrich and engage all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing, and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and influence the future.

Historic Preservation Review Officer
Professional Opportunity
Boise, ID
$18.24 an hour
Open Until

Typical Responsibilities:

Compliance Review 

  • Reviews proposed project documents, including environmental impact statements and environmental assessments, which have been submitted by federal agencies or their agents 
  • Identifies federal compliance responsibilities from information provided by federal agencies on proposed projects 
  • Determines effects that may occur to archaeological and historic properties as a result of project implementation 
  • Uses historic property inventories, property location maps, and a broad knowledge of Idaho architecture and history to determine need to conduct archaeological, architectural, or historic surveys and to evaluate historic properties for significance 
  • Formulates and provides recommendations to agencies and developers establishing the State Historical Preservation Office's (SHPO) opinion of project effect and how to avoid affecting historic properties 
  • Advises agencies on legal responsibilities under Federal and State preservation laws 
  • Responds to inquiries and provides guidance, clarification and recommendations concerning historic preservation compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 
  • Maintains compliance review files and computer databases 
  • Provides training to agencies on Federal and State preservation laws 

Compliance Coordination 

  • Advises State Archaeologist and coordinates Section 106 review activities of SHPO staff 
  • Monitors Historic Preservation program 
  • Sets priorities, formulates policies, and projects financial requirements in consultation with the State Archaeologist, monitors program for accuracy and conformance with department and national standards 
  • Reviews and comments on national preservation initiatives 
  • Authorizes approval of SHPO comments to agencies, and regular expenditures 
  • Prepares lectures and reports on Idahos cultural and historic heritage  
  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • To qualify for this position you must meet 36 CFR Part 61 Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural History as defined in Appendix A:

    A Graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history;

    OR a Bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field PLUS one of the following:

    (1) At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution;


    (2) Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

    • Good knowledge of federal historic preservation laws, regulations, and policies 
    • Experience in conducting architectural historic and historic site survey and evaluating significance and eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places
    • Experience writing and interpreting technical documents 

    The following are not required, but may increase your score on the examination: 

    • Good knowledge of architectural history, historic preservation, and history of the Western United States
    • Good knowledge of the archaeology of the Western United States

How to apply
Annette Polidori
Phone: 208-514-2305
2205 Old Penitentiary Rd
Boise, ID 83712

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