Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Position Number:  00172470

Description Activated On:  2/27/2024 3:22:15 PM

Position Purpose:
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This professional position within the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO), a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and preservation of historic resources through a variety of federal and state programs. The position will assist with advancing PA SHPO priorities across program areas. In particular this position is responsible for the review of Determinations of Eligibility and National Register of Historic Places nominations.

Description of Duties:
Describe in detail the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Descriptions should include the major end result of the task. Example: Types correspondence, reports, and other various documents from handwritten drafts for review and signature of the supervisor.

Historic Property Evaluation and Records Management Responsibilities

Conduct research and field survey, as necessary, to provide information on historic resources.

Prepare historic context studies and guidance to assist with establishing standards for documenting and evaluating Pennsylvania’s historic resources.

Participate in evaluation teams to determine the National Register eligibility of historic resources.

Coordinate and conduct site visits as necessary.

Maintains, files, and logs records (both paper files and electronic databases) according to PA SHPO standards related to Determinations of Eligibility, National Register Nominations, site visits, and Environmental Reviews.

National Register of Historic Places Responsibilities

Review determination of eligibility projects; prepare eligibility evaluations.

Prepare Historic Resource Survey Forms and National Register Nominations as needed.

Review and edit National Register Nominations according to National Park Service and PA SHPO standards and prepare comments to the preparer(s).

Present National Register Nominations to the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board and prepare nominations for final submission to the National Park Service.

Serve as primary reviewer for proposed National Register historic districts.

Office-wide Responsibilities

Participate in Environmental Reviews as required.

Review, update, and maintain National Register and National Historic Landmark related data in PA-SHARE.

Assist with implementing the PA SHPO Education & Training Program Strategic Plan.

Prepare and deliver content for workshops, webinars, videos, publications, etc. as needed for all PA SHPO program areas to educate the public and the PA SHPO’s partners.

Responsible for knowing PHMC general safety rules and safety rules specific to this position; for working in a safe manner and following all PHMC safety rules; immediately report all workplace injuries or incidents to their supervisor; and to immediately correct any safety hazards in the work area or report same to supervisor.

Decision Making:
Describe the types of decisions made by the incumbent of this position and the types of decisions referred to others. Identify the problems or issues that can be resolved at the level of this position, versus those that must be referred to the supervisor. Example: In response to a customer inquiry, this work involves researching the status of an activity and preparing a formal response for the supervisor’s signature.

Organize, analyze, and synthesize data and information and prepare guidance related to historic resources for use by the public.

Evaluate the significance and integrity of historic resources and prepare comments for review by other PA SHPO team members and supervisors; incorporate recommended changes into correspondence for supervisor’s signature.

Reviews documentation related to Federal and State historic preservation programs to determine if adequate information has been submitted to the PA SHPO to proceed through relevant program area processes.

Provides verbal and written guidance and responses to PA SHPO partners related to Federal and State historic preservation programs.

Conducts site visits and participates in meetings as needed to advise and assist PA SHPO partners.

Researches public inquiries for information and prepares appropriate responses for supervisor’s signature.

Requirements Profile: Identify any specific experience or requirements, such as a licensure, registration, or certification, which may be necessary to perform the functions of the position. Position-specific requirements should be consistent with a Special Requirement or other criteria identified in the classification specification covering this position. Example: Experience using Java; Professional Engineer License


Must meet Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications, as per 36 CFR Part 61

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Essential Functions
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 1. Coordinate reviews for the National Register
 2. Manage projects effectively and meet deadlines
 3. Work across program areas
 4. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
 5. Compile and analyze complex information
 6. Work independently
 7. Develop and maintain effective relationships
 8. Use a personal computer and associated software
 9. Lift and move up to 15 pounds
 10. Travel as required