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Job Opportunity - Deadline Extended! Preservation Design Reviewer / Architectural Historian, WA SHPO (Olympia, WA)
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Contributed By: Nicholas Vann
Website: http://www.dahp.wa.gov

Job Opportunity - Deadline Extended! Preservation Design Reviewer / Architectural Historian, WA SHPO (Olympia, WA)
The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) believes that if we do not preserve the diminishing presence of our historic places, we could undermine the stability and strength of future communities.  Preserving our cultural resources not only reminds us of our past, but is also recognized as a tool for economic development.  Preservation is a forward-looking, community revitalization strategy that also instills civic pride and community spirit.

DAHP is currently hiring for a Preservation Design Reviewer.  An independent position charged with the responsibility to conduct project reviews as mandated under the National Historic Preservation Act and to implement regulations.  A significant focus will be to make determinations for National Register eligibility and effect on behalf of the Built Environment Unit in collaboration with Archaeology unit staff.  In addition, this position will be the lead in coordinating and implementing the agency's education and outreach effort including training.

We are seeking a passionate individual who meets the qualifications of the Historic Preservation Professionals as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR Part 61).  A person who is knowledgeable on federal and state laws and regulations as it pertains to historic and archaeological properties but enjoys training and sharing expertise in the field too. A northwest native who know the area's rich cultural history is a huge plus!

If this description speaks to you and piques your imagination, please inquire, explore the possibilities, and apply!  This may be the perfect opportunity you have been looking for!

Duties: The Preservation Design Reviewer is an independent position to conduct project reviews as mandated under the National Historic Preservation Act. 

Some of what you will enjoy doing include: Review and make independent judgments on built environment Section 106 determinations of eligibility and effect; Consult with federal agencies to identify and implement mitigation measures for inclusion in agreement documents; Review and comment upon Areas of Potential Effect in consultation with the Archaeological unit; Respond accordingly to federal agencies within the 30-day timeframe; Attend Section 106 meetings as necessary to resolve outstanding issues;Meets with tribes, Certified Local Government (CLG) staff, and other members of the public as appropriate, to understand their concerns; works to mediate those concerns with public agencies;Coordinate with all staff in the Archaeology and Built Environment Units; Represent the Director and the Department at inter-agency meetings; Review projects for effects to the built environment under SEPA and Executive Order 0505 and provides comments on project impacts on historic elements of the state's built environment;Design, coordinates, and provides training sessions, presentations, or workshops to stakeholders on topics of Section 106, SEPA, Executive Order 0505, architectural history, the built environment of Washington state, the work of the SHPO, and historic preservation in general; Provide historic preservation and Section 106 expertise and counsel to the SHPO, DAHP staff, public agencies, and other members of the public.

Qualifications Required:

Masters Degree in Historic Preservation or closely related field such as architectural history AND Must meet minimum professional qualifications for Historic Preservation Professionals as defined in 36CFR Part 61.Advanced knowledge of Section 106, RCW 27.34, RCW 27.53, RCW 27.44, SEPA, and all federal and state laws and regulations as they apply to historic and archaeological properties. Advanced training and experience in working with and implementing the Section 106 consultation process of the National Historic Preservation Act.Demonstrated experience and understanding of other environmental regulatory and planning review processes and procedures. Advanced training and experience applying criteria for listing properties in the National Register of Historic Places, exceptions to the National Register, and considering integrity issues when applying the National Register criteria.General knowledge of Washington state history. Basic understanding of traditional cultural places.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: Clear and concise writing skills;
Strong ability to work collaboratively, cordially, and professionally with DAHP staff, constituents, stakeholders, and represent the agency in a positive, professional manner; Public presentation abilities; Strong organizational and time management skills; Ability and willingness to do extensive traveling including time for night meetings and overnight stays; Advanced training and knowledge of architectural styles and relationship to historical trends; Specific expertise in northwest United States architectural history is desirable; Strong knowledge of building systems, materials, crafts, and techniques; Expertise with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and implementing regulations 36CFR800; Knowledge of and familiarity with National Historic Preservation Act programs and related standards and guidelines with advanced experience and understanding of guidelines and procedures for nominating and listing properties in the National Register of Historic Places; Familiarity with the SEPA process and Executive Order 0505 and local planning processes. General ability using applicable computer programs as well as photographic equipment and graphic techniques.


Keywords: preservation, preservationist, built environment, architectural historian, shpo, state historic preservation office

Posted: May 30, 2018
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