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Posted: 10/11/2018

Maryland National Capital Parks & Planning Comssion
Montgomery County Planning Department

Historic Preservation Specialist (Grade 26, 14807)
Professional Opportunity
Silver Spring, MD
$60,326.00 - $103,429.00
Open Until


The Functional Planning and Policy Division of the Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist/Planner Coordinator with a strong background in the fields of Architectural History and Historic Preservation Planning to join one of the nation's premier planning agencies. This position will serve under the Supervisor for Historic Preservation and will be primarily responsible for evaluating properties for designation to the County's Master Plan for Historic Preservation, preparing Master Plan amendments, and reviewing development review applications and work permit applications for review by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). This position is in the Functional Planning and Policy Division which works to support Countywide growth management studies and policies as well as to support area master, sector, and functional plans.


Including but not limited to:
Planner Coordinator: 
  •  Research historic resources and prepare amendments to the Master Plan for Historic Preservation;
  • Research historic contexts and prepare historic preservation components for comprehensive master plan, sector plan, functional planning updates; and other Planning Department studies/initiatives as required;
  • Serve as lead historic preservation specialist for federal and state compliance reviews and consultation;
  • Review and prepare Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP) applications for the HPC;
  • Serve as technical historic preservation lead on development review and other land use applications;
  • Produce original historic research, and maintain and promote existing historic preservation research materials;
  • Maintain, curate, and archive the historic preservation library and research materials;
  • Maintain property files, database, and historic preservation GIS layers;
  • Present to the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board, County Council, and other public boards, commissions, and the public as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Master's degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, or equivalent disciplines related to job function and three years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience at the journey level; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The Montgomery County Planning Department is located in downtown Silver Spring. It is conveniently located near the Silver Spring subway (Metro) and train (MARC) stations. The Department is an element of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC), an award winning, bi-county organization, and offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries. Transit subsidies are available. Work is performed in a typical office environment.

See http://www.mncppc.org/commission_home.html
Physical Requirements:

As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job. Approximately 20% of the work will be outdoors.  Work involves site visits which could entail walking through cemetery, fields, active construction sites during all four seasons and all types of weather.  There could be considerable walking through uneven surfaces, standing, bending, crouching, and carrying of equipment and supplies while in the field. 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.A. in Architectural History, History, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, Architecture; or a closely related field.
  • Excellent research and writing skills are required.
  • Must have at least three years professional experience in field survey and National Register evaluation of architectural resources in a compliance context.
  • Experience in interpretation and evaluation of resources in an urban planning context desirable.
  • An understanding of building fabric and the ability to read historic structures is crucial to this position.
  • A preferred candidate will have working familiarity with Federal laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines governing cultural heritage.
  • Ability to communicate directly with clients in the public and private sector is a necessity as is the ability to work both on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated ability to meet budget and schedule requirements.
Preferred Skills: Microsoft Office Suite; ArcGIS; Sketch-Up; Adobe Suite.

How to apply
Kiwahna Reid
Phone: 3014954525
8787 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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