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Posted: 12/13/2018

Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Laramie, WY
Open Until
Until Filled


The position maintains, manages, oversees and supervises the use of the statewide inventory of historic resources and associated inventories per requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act.  The position is responsible for the billing of file search fees charged to private consultants. Prepares correspondence to address inquiries of clients/customers on a wide variety of complex historic preservation topics.  Maintains official administrative record, logs, files and other records related to cultural resources. Serves on regional and national committees in the development of standards, guidelines, and requirements related to cultural resources information.  Oversees the permanent archival collection of records housed at the University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology per state statute. Disseminates information about archaeological and historic sites from statewide databases to private consultants, federal agencies, researchers and students in the form of file searches and Geographic Information Systems technologies.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

  • Manage and supervise the Wyoming Cultural Records Office.  
  • Maintain, manage, and supervise the use of the statewide inventory of historic and archaeological resources per requirements of the NHPA (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.)
  • Manage Geographic Information System (GIS) development projects and database project planning, project schedules, and time monitoring. Oversees GIS projects and ensure data quality and accuracy in both the GIS and associated database tables.
  • Develop and implement Wyoming state standards for the treatment and documentation of archaeological and historic resources.
  • Communicate, manage, and train system users to access existing, and improve and develop new products.  Coordinate and consult on the implementation of new systems and works closely with GIS developer and programmer.  
  • Manage, review and collect consultant file search fee accounts on a monthly basis; prepare and review monthly invoices; prepare delinquent account letters; ensure deposits are made in a timely manner.
  • Manage, renew, and supervise AWEC and University of Wyoming Internships.
  • Develop and enforce documentation standards for cultural resource information in Wyoming.  Work closely with federal and state agencies to develop recording standards.




Masters degree or equivalent experience in Anthropology (with an emphasis in Archaeology), History, Architecture or Historic Preservation.


  • Skills in critical thinking, communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution.  
  • Ability to analyze and review complex documents with technical details.
  • Extensive understanding of the proper treatment of archaeological and historic sites and their placement in Wyoming prehistory and history.
  • Skills in the identification and evaluation of historic buildings, structures, objects, landscapes, and districts.  
  • Knowledge and skill in the application of the Secretary of Interior's standards for rehabilitation; identification of historic fabric, character-defining features, and historic integrity.  
  • Ability to justify and communicate proper treatment with property owners, developers, and agency property managers.
  • Skills in research, good organizational habits, time management.  
  • Expert understanding and knowledge of the 36CFR800 and 36CFR60 regulations, National Register bulletins and guidelines, and Secretary of Interior's standards.  
  • Thorough knowledge of Wyoming Prehistory and History.
  • Knowledge and skill in the use of computerized analytical tools, including but not limited to GIS, relational databases, remote sensing, and LiDar.  Use of MS Access databases, word process programs, and power point.

Bachelor's Degree (typically in Cultural Resources)


1-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist




Education & Experience Substitution:
4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist

How to apply
State Parks & Cultural Resources is currently seeking applications for a Historic Preservation Specialist. To view the official announcement and to apply online, please go to: CRCR10-09532-Historic Preservation Specialist-SHPO-Laramie
Mary Hopkins
Phone: 307-777-6311

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