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Posted: 12/27/2016

Fairfax County Park Authority
Resource Management Division

Fairfax County Park Authority Mission: To set aside public spaces for and assist citizens in the protection and enhancement of environmental values, diversity of natural habitats and cultural heritage to guarantee that these resources will be available to both present and future generations. To create and sustain quality facilities and services which offer citizens opportunities for recreation, improvement of their physical and mental well being, and enhancement of their quality of life. Resource Management Division Mission: The Resource Management Division (RMD) of the Fairfax County Park Authority protects, preserves and interprets Fairfax County's natural resources and cultural heritage.

Historic Preservation Project Technician
Professional Opportunity
Fairfax, VA


Historic Preservation Project Technician



Under direct supervision, performs entry level technical and developmental tasks in support of historic preservation work such as historical background research, architectural history, historic preservation, or curatorial activities for sites countywide; performs related work as required.




Under the direct supervision of the Resident Curator Project Manager and the Historic Preservation Branch Manager, assists in the management of the agencys countywide historic preservation program for all historic buildings, structures, objects and cultural landscapes (historic resources) located on parkland. The incumbent complies with current professional cultural resource management standards; with relevant FCPA Park Policies and Plans; with the Secretary of Interiors Standards regarding historic resources; and Virginia Department of Historic Resources regulations and guidelines.


Historic Building Assessments and Interpretation                                                                             


  • Assists the Historic Preservation Branch Manager in conducting annual historic resource repair and restorative maintenance assessments to identify current and potential maintenance and repair problems and makes treatment recommendations;
  • Assists branch, division and staff in the review, research, planning, designing, writing, editing and production of interpretive and educational materials and signage;
  • Drafts, completes and maintains historic survey documentation for historic buildings, structures, objects and cultural landscapes on parkland.
  • Assists with architectural materials analysis for agency historic preservation projects;
  • Assists senior staff with monitoring work performed by contractors;
  • Assists with the compilation of information to be supplied to boards and commissions on historic preservation;
  • Works with other agency staff on team projects.


 National Register Evaluation and County Inventory of Historic Sites Nominations


  • Assists in conducting detailed and complex historical research for oral and written historic and preservation management reports. Assists in developing historic context statements, and writing local Inventory of Historic Sites and National Register of Historic Places nominations and assists with public-sponsored nominations.


 Other duties as assigned.


 Minimum Experience:


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to: Enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university working toward a bachelor's degree in historic preservation, architectural history, history, architecture, museum studies, archeology, or other field closely related to the area of specialization.


 Preferred Experience:


A rising Junior or Senior or graduate student in an accredited four-year college or university in historic preservation, architecture, architectural history, or other field closely related to the area of specialization. PLUS - Strong abilities in written and oral presentations; ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines; experience in Microsoft word processing, spreadsheets, database software.


Necessary Special Requirements:


Criminal Background Check Required

Driving Record Check Required

Salary Range: $14.50-$19.97


Schedule: This is position is a Fairfax County Status E, Limited Term Employees (LTE).  The status limits employees to 1,560 work hours per year. Accordingly, the employee will work a shortened schedule to provide for year-round employment. A maximum of 72 hours will be worked across two-week pay periods. The employee will make specific scheduling arrangements with supervisors and management to ensure that the 1,560 hour/year limit is not exceeded.


Physical Requirements:


Requires on-site inspection of historic structures from roof to basement. Access to some areas may require the use of ladders, scaffolds, etc. Some buildings may be in poor condition. Requires walking over possible rough terrain. Moderate highway driving. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

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How to apply
Send cover letter and resume to: David.Buchta@fairfaxcounty.gov
David Buchta
FCPA, Resource Management Division
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

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