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Posted: 11/28/2016

City of Saint Paul
Planning and Economic Development

Historic Preservation Professional
Professional Opportunity
Saint Paul, MN
Open Until
Until Filled

About this position:


The City of Saint Pauls Planning and Economic Development Department (PED) is looking to hire Historic Preservation staff in their planning division. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a skilled team, strive for professional growth and serve the community. We are looking to fill our Historic Preservation Team Lead role, and may have openings for mid-level and entry-level openings as well. Anyone with background in Historic Preservation is encouraged to apply!  


We are seeking a creative problem solver and change agent to preserve and promote the overall historic character of Saint Paul. This position will be responsible for performing work in planning and preserving the historic and cultural resources throughout Saint Paul. The successful candidate will possess a strong background in historic preservation, as well as teamwork and leadership skills.


This position will work with a variety of stakeholders throughout the City including management, elected officials, residential property owners, developers, local businesses and other government agencies to provide guidance and administer regulations related to the historic resources of Saint Paul. The Historic Preservation Specialist also acts as staff to the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC), which serves as an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council on municipal preservation issues.


Job Duties:


  • Working with customers such as property owners, architects, developers, business owners, contractors and other City departments to review proposed work on historic structures and sites  and to ensure projects conform to preservation design and technical guidelines

  • Conducting historic site surveys and research for historic context development

  • Maintaining a database for tracking project reviews and data relating to structures and sites

  • Participating in development of historic preservation policy recommendations for consideration of management, the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) and elected policy makers

  • Writing staff reports and making presentations on historic preservation to the HPC

  • Making presentations and recommendations to professional organizations, other government agencies and the general public on a variety of topics related to the preservation of historic resources




  • Bachelors Degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Architecture, Urban Planning or a closely-related field

  • Masters Degree in Historic Preservation or closely related field preferred

  • Between 2-6 years of experience working on historic preservation issues in an urban environment and preservation issues with residential/commercial structures

  • Team Leadership experience preferred (for the Team Lead Position)




About Us:


Saint Paul, the most livable city in America, and the capital of Minnesota, is the second most populous city in Minnesota, with a population of 300,000 people. Saint Paul is noted for its strong and stable neighborhoods, each with its own texture of historic interest, cultural landmarks, ethnic heritage and time-honored traditions. More than 80 languages are spoken in the homes of Saint Paul school students. The City has a thriving commercial center and is home to Fortune 500 company headquarters, large regional enterprises, and countless small business and professional firms. Saint Paul has a strong mayor form of government.


The Department of Planning and Economic Development strives to actively create opportunities and encourage investment for the benefit of Saint Paul residents and businesses, which preserve, sustain and grow the citys diverse neighborhoods.


The City of Saint Paul offers a competitive benefits package which may include:


Paid/Partial Paid Benefits:


  • Competitive salary

  • Health insurance with basic dental coverage

How to apply
Send a Resume and Cover Letter to Kate Moran at kate.moran@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Kate Moran
Phone: 6512666693
25 West Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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