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Posted: 06/07/2016

City of Fort Worth, Texas
Planning and Development Department

The City of Fort Worth currently stands as the 16th largest city in the U.S. and the fastest growing among large cities. Fort Worth has received multiple accolades, including number one Downtown (Livability), top five commercial real estate markets (Urban Land Institute), and the second-best City in the nation for Job Seekers (Forbes). Our employees serve the needs of over 800,000 City residents. We are seeking individuals that reflect our values of exceptional customer service, mutual respect, embracing the diversity of our communities, continuous improvement, ethical behavior, and accountability.

Historic Preservation Officer
Professional Opportunity
Fort Worth, TX
$58,278.00 to $75,761.00

Job Description


The City is a leader in historic preservation and urban design in the State of Texas.  With 15 historic districts and over 7,000 designated properties, Fort Worth has the largest collection of historically designated properties in the State of Texas.  A staff of eight (8) administers a variety of historic preservation and design districts which have been recognized at the regional and national level.  The preservation program has 3.5 staff (Historic Preservation Officer, Senior Preservation Planner/ Urban Design Combination position, Preservation Code Officer, and a Planning Assistant).  Other design staff is trained to assist as necessary. 

The Department is seeking a Historic Preservation Officer, and the PRIMARY purpose of this position is to administer the Historic Preservation Program for the City of Fort Worth, Texas.  This consists of outreach and education, evaluating applications for alterations and new construction, updating of historic district standards and guidelines, Section 106 reviews, reviewing plans and facilitating development in historic districts.

 Core Responsibilities

  • Implement the historic preservation ordinance including: review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA), conduct research and write reports, manage and provide staff support to the Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission, and make recommendations and/or decisions as needed;
  •  Maintain and coordinate historic preservation programs including the historic preservation plan, historic site tax exemption, special projects such as production of preservation-related educational brochures and documents, data analysis, preservation related presentations, tours and document historic resources; and,
  •  Work closely with city staff, appropriate state and federal agencies, and community groups in planning activities by providing information and technical assistance regarding historic preservation, historic tax credits, National Register, federal regulations and Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation; complete status and financial reports for the SHPO and maintain the City of Fort Worth program status as a Certified Local Government (CLG) including completion and review of local historical/architectural surveys and completion and review of National Register evaluations and nominations.


Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Architecture/Architectural History, Planning, Urban Planning or Design, Public Administration, Urban Geography, or a related field AND five years experience in planning with an emphasis on historic preservation.  Preference may be given to candidates with a Masters Degree.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in leading historic preservation efforts for a State, City, and/or not for profit, and experience supervising staff; and experience in architectural and/or design review board.



Job Preferences


Bilingual English/Spanish skills are highly desirable and preferred.  Microsoft Office skills are required at a minimum.



Conditions of Employment


Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A drivers license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

You will be paid by direct deposit only.

The City of Fort Worth affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. This policy is practiced in all personnel actions and conditions of employment, including but not limited to: recruitment, employment, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, termination, layoff, discipline, compensation, and benefits.

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