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Historic Preservation Specialist

U14

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are responsible for identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, planning, education programs and other activities designed to protect Oklahoma’s significant archeological and historic properties.  The activities and programs are carried out in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the associated regulations, standards, and guidelines established by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Note:  Under the National Historic Preservation Act, the Governor of each State designates the State Historic Preservation Officer to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the federal preservation programs for that State.  The SHPO employs professional staff, in accordance with federal standards, to perform the related duties.  In Oklahoma, the program is assigned to the Oklahoma Historical Society.  The agency receives an annual allocation from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund which partially covers the program costs (60%), and the State of Oklahoma is responsible for the balance of these costs (40%).

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Coordinates a major division program (National Register of Historic Places, Archeological Survey and Inventory, Architectural/Historic Survey and Inventory, Review and Compliance [review of proposed federally aided construction activities], preservation tax incentives program, preservation planning, acquisition/development program, Certified Local Governments Program or technical assistance and public outreach program).
  • Reviews complex reports, project plans and applications and other materials prepared by professional consultants and others for one of the major division programs.
  • Prepares complex reports, project plans, applications and other materials for one of the major division programs.
  • Develops strategies for the preservation and management of archeological and historic properties.
  • Develops scopes of work for the procurement of professional services and monitors contract performance for a major division program.
  • Develops and delivers presentations to professional organizations, other government agencies, and the general public on major division programs and a variety of topics related to the preservation of archeological and historic resources.
  • Conducts archival and field research.
  • Consults with clients/customers on major division programs and a variety of technical historic preservation topics.
  • Prepares correspondence to address inquiries of clients/customers on a wide variety of complex historic preservation topics.
  • Maintains logs, files and other records related to a major division program.

Level Descriptors

The Historic Preservation Specialist job family consists of three levels which are distinguished on the basis of the responsibility and complexity of work, experience required and the responsibility assigned for the development and coordination of assigned programs.

Level I Code: U14A Salary Band: I

This is the basic entry level position in which incumbents develop skills in the identification, evaluation, and documentation of archeological and historic properties and learn the basic principles of cultural resource management.  Incumbents work under general supervision.  The majority of the responsibilities assigned involve conducting archival and field research, evaluating archeological and historic properties documented by others, and assisting in the maintenance of cultural resources survey and inventory data.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of standard historical research methods.  Ability is required to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and to organize and analyze sets of complex data.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in archeology, anthropology, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history, architecture or closely related fields which includes nine semester hours in American history and one year of experience in research and professional writing in a related field associated with one of the degree areas; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of qualifying experience for each year of the required education.

Level II Code: U14B Salary Band: K

This is a mid-level position in which incumbents are responsible for the development and coordination of at least one major division program and may supervise other permanent or temporary employees.  The majority of the incumbent’s time is spent in reviewing complex reports, project plans and other documents prepared by professional consultants under contract to the Oklahoma Historical Society or submitted by other agencies or individuals as may be required by federal regulations, standards and guidelines; consulting with the division’s clients/customers; conducting archival and field research; and preparing detailed, complex reports and other documents related to the specific, major division program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation; of Oklahoma’s prehistory, history, architectural history; of standard historical research methods; and of the principles of cultural resource management; and of the National Historic Preservation Act and its related programs.  Ability is required to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to train and supervise others; to organize and analyze sets of complex data; and to manage several projects/activities and meeting mandated deadlines.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in anthropology, archeology, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history or a closely related academic area and one year of experience in historic preservation, restoration projects, or public administration; or a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archeology, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history, architecture or a closely related academic area and two years professional level experience in historic preservation, restoration projects, or public administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of qualifying experience for each year of the required education.

Level III Code: U14C Salary Band: L

This position is responsible for the development and coordination of at least two major division programs and works with a high degree of independence.  Responsibilities may include supervision of other historic preservation specialists, as well as temporary employees.  The majority of the incumbent’s time is spent developing priorities for major division programs, developing scopes of work for professional services contracts and administration/monitoring of contract performance, reviewing highly complex and technical reports and other documents prepared by professional consultants and others related to a specific major division program, consulting with clients/customers on a wide range of historic preservation topics, and developing and presenting public education and technical assistance programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in anthropology, archeology, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history or a closely related academic area and three years of experience in historic preservation, restoration projects, or public administration; or a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archeology, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, history, architecture or a closely related academic area and four years of professional experience in historic preservation, restoration projects or public administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of qualifying experience for each year of the required education.

Selective Qualifications

At least one professionally qualified incumbent in each of the disciplines of archeology, architectural history, architecture, and history must be included on the State Historical Preservation Office staff to maintain program certification.  The Oklahoma Historical Society will specify the discipline in which candidates for employment must be qualified.

Special Requirements

Positions in the Oklahoma Historical Society require specialized training and experience as specified by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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