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Posted: 12/13/2018

Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office

Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Professional Opportunity
Cheyenne, WY
Open Until
Until Filled


This position serves as Deputy to the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). The SHPO program duties are specified in the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and in W.S. 36-4-106(d).  The position supervises historic preservation and archaeological experts, consultants, and administrative personnel in meeting and accomplishing preservation goals statewide. The Deputy SHPO negotiates agreements per the 36CFR800 regulations and prepares them for Attorney General review and the SHPO's signature.  The position is responsible for the SHPO budget, performance reviews, and is responsible for personnel issues. The position is responsible for the implementation of the statewide Historic Preservation Plan and develops strategies for the preservation and management of archeological and historic period properties.  The position is responsible for the required programs in the NHPA including the administration of Certified Local Governments and federal pass-through grants, the Historic Preservation Tax Credits, the listing of properties to the National Register of Historic Places, the writing of the State Historic Preservation Plan, the maintenance of the statewide inventory of historic properties, and S106 consultation responsibilities.  The Deputy SHPO serves to fulfill the duties of the SHPO when unavailable. The Deputy assigns work duties and sets priorities for the Senior Cultural Resources Specialists under their direct supervision. The Deputy assists the SHPO in ensuring goals are being met under the State Historic Preservation Plan and the department's strategic plan.

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

  • Serve as Deputy to the SHPO in the development and implementation of the statewide historic preservation plan found at:  (http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/CSHPP/Index.aspx).
  • Advise, consult and assist federal agencies, historic preservation boards, local governments, and other stakeholders; develop goals, strategies, and actions needed to meet goals.  
  • Supervise and oversee the nominations of properties on the National Register of Historic Places; advise the SHPO on the formal submissions to the Keeper of the National Register.
  • Oversee and administer grants to local governments; ensure grants meet NPS standards.  Supervise and participate in consultations under Section 106 of the NHPA.
  • Oversee and manage the Historic Preservation Tax Credits, the Certified Local Government Program, any planning effort, and the statewide inventory of historic properties.
  • Serve as program support assistant to the SHPO.
  • Discuss, consult, and devise appropriate measures to mitigate effects to historic properties.
  • Write, develop, and prepare complex agreements for review by the Wyoming Attorney General.
  • Review subsequent materials and information provided to ensure the mitigation is completed within the set forth time frames.  Formally notify any of the signatories with problems, issues, concerns, and default if appropriate.
  • Participate in consultations between agencies, Native American Tribes, interested parties, companies, and present information as needed to ensure the agency, proponent, and interested parties are well informed and educated on the S106 process and the logic and reasons for the negotiated treatment.
  • Present information to the Governor, government officials, legislators, and high-level company executives in regards to the outcome of the negotiation and the S106 process.
  • Assist the SHPO in the supervision of professional archaeologists, historians, gis specialists, contractors, students, and AWEC employees.  
  • Provide guidance, instruction, and direction in accomplishing program goals and objectives.
  • Assist the SHPO in the development and management of program budgets.
  • Complete performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, mentor, and train new staff.
  • Conduct recruitment of new staff members.
  • Manage AWECs, student interns, and technical services contracts. In the SHPOs absence, conduct regular staff meetings for SHPO and participate in division and agency discussions on work-related issues.
  • Supervise and oversee SHPO staff comment on the proposed treatment of historic resources.  
  • Review staff recommendations to ensure they meet professional standards. Counsel staff as appropriate.
  • Review, evaluate, and assess documentation prepared by professional cultural resource managers (contractors and agency personnel) for accuracy, completeness, and quality.  
  • Review and comment on determinations of eligibility and effect per 36CFR800 regulations and NPS bulletins.
  • Prepare correspondence to federal and state agencies, and project proponents reflecting the official opinion of the state.  
  • Resolve issues and conflicts between the submissions if possible.
  • Communicate problems, deficiencies, issues, concerns, and solutions to agencies and project proponents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Represent the State of Wyoming in on-site inspections of renovation and rehabilitation projects involving historic buildings, structures, objects, and archaeological resources.  
  • Make recommendations based upon the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation; discuss, suggest, and specify options for treatment and help guide agencies/proponents to the appropriate preservation decision.  
  • Advise on the short and long-term effects of treatment choices so proponents and property owners can make informed decisions.
  • Work closely with architects, engineers, and contractors so they can be well educated on the appropriate treatment and understand the principals being applied.
  • Manage AWECs, student interns, and technical services contracts.  
  • Assist the SHPO in organizing public meetings, conferences, and training; this position is responsible for the development and coordination of public meetings and works with a high degree of independence.   




A masters degree or equivalent experience in Anthropology or Historic Preservation (with an emphasis in Archaeology, History, Architecture or Historic Preservation.)  Six to eight years of experience plus academic qualifications are preferred.


  • 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, sites, and districts including historic landscapes.
  • 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, and time management ability.  
  • Expert understanding and knowledge of the 36CFR800 and 36CFR61 regulations, NPS 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 Micro Soft databases, word process programs, and power point.
  • Project management and grant writing skills.
  • Ability to manage a group of professionals; set project goals.



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 Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. To view the official announcement and to apply online, please go to: CRCR10-09533-Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer-Cheyenne
Mary Hopkins
Phone: 307-777-6311

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