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Program Supervisor VI (Historic Preservation Specialist/Preservation Services Team Lead), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Austin, TX)
Historic Preservation Blog from - job posting, Texas state parks, preservation specialist, Austin Texas
Contributed By: Michael Strutt

Primary Location : Texas-Austin
Work Locations :  TPWD Headquarters  4200 Smith School Road   Austin 78744
Schedule : Full-time Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00
Travel : Yes, possibly 25 % of the Time
Salary (Pay Basis) : 5,363.28 - 5,363.28 (Monthly)
Number of Openings : 1
Overtime Status : Exempt
Job Posting : Jan 10, 2020, 8:07:37 AM
Closing Date : Feb 7, 2020, 11:59:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete. Applications with “See attached" or "See resume" will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Omission of data can be the basis for disqualification; you may state ‘unknown’ for any incomplete fields. A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable).

APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH WORK IN TEXAS: Work In Texas (WIT) applicants must complete the supplemental questions to be considered for the posting. To complete the supplemental questions go to CAPPS Recruit to register or login. CAPPS Recruit,


VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: If selected for a position Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen OR applicants claiming Surviving Spouse or Orphan veterans' preference eligibility, you will need to provide supporting documentation on or before the first day of employment.

TO APPLY Application must be completed at:

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: TPWD Headquarters, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744

HIRING CONTACT: Michael Strutt, (512) 389-4736


Under the general direction of the Cultural Resources Program Director, this position is responsible for establishing team goals and objectives; develops team guidelines, procedures, and historic preservation policies; and coordinates and evaluates team activities. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of team staff. Responsible for the professional application of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties, and the Antiquities Code of Texas. Guides an array of research, policy, planning, and technical assessments of historic properties across the state parks system. This may include the preparation of historic structures research reports and the identification of appropriate treatment measures for historic structures. Ability to identify historic preservation issues and identify Areas of Potential Effect (APE). Physical field inspections of APEs will be required. Reviews plans and layouts of architectural and/or construction projects to ensure adherence to accepted preservation practices, applicable codes, and state and federal laws. Experience or knowledge of architectural conservation practices and procedures is a plus. Develops program reports, studies, and specialized projects. Reviews interpretive products as needed to ensure historical accuracy. Advocates for the importance of history and historical architecture within the division. Manages grants and consultant contracts. Assists other TPWD divisions as requested. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all State, Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, US History, Public History, American Studies or closely related field.


Five years of experience evaluating built resources for historical significance and architectural integrity;

Five years of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects including detailed investigations of historic structures, which may include preparation of historic structures research reports;

Five or more years of experience in the professional administration and management of projects related to history and historic architecture; 

Three years experience in supervision of staff or project teams;

Experience in effectively coordinating with multiple parties to make important decisions about project alternatives and the resolution of potential adverse effects to historic resources;

Experience planning and/or writing Conditions Assessment Reports;

Experience in preparation of plans and specifications for preservation projects;

Experience developing recommendations regarding historic preservation and antiquities laws compliance;

Experience conducting project reviews for potential impacts to cultural resources, including the use of ArcGIS, online resources, and library or archival research;

Experience coordinating with design professionals and large project teams to identify opportunities for avoiding and minimizing potential impacts to historic resources;
Experience reviewing projects assisted with Historic Preservation Fund money for potential adverse effects to the historic built environment and preparing correspondence to regulatory agencies;

Experience conducting historical research on buildings, structures, landscapes and objects;

Experience overseeing consultant projects, activities, and reports;

Experience writing reports adhering to standards for Antiquities Code of Texas permits a plus;

Experience reviewing interpretive materials such as booklets, signs.

NOTE: Experience may have occurred concurrently.


Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class "C" Texas driver's license.

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license.



Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s (SOI) standards for Architectural History, Historic Preservation Planner or Historic Architecture;

Four years supervisory experience;

Experience consulting with a State Historic Preservation Office;

Experience with web content.


Knowledge of American architectural history and historic preservation planning;

Knowledge of historic building maintenance, and repair;

Knowledge of architectural conservation practices;

Knowledge of laws relating to historic building rehabilitation, cultural landscape assessment standards, the Antiquities Code of Texas, and best professional practices;

Knowledge of National Historic Preservation Act compliance procedures for federally-funded or licensed projects;

Knowledge of the federal and state historical designations and standards regarding historically-designated properties; 

Knowledge of the principles and practices of historic preservation, including policy, planning, administration, and management;

Knowledge of American historiography and applied research techniques;

Knowledge of Texas history, Texas libraries/archives/museums a plus;

Knowledge of Texas architecture and architectural history a plus;

Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;

Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

Skill in effective interactions with staff at all levels of an organization and other state agencies and organizations;

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;

Skill in training others;

Skill in managing several projects simultaneously;

Skill in meeting deadlines;

Skill in problem solving;

Skill in developing goals and objectives;

Skill in planning, assigning, and or supervising the work of others;

Skill in applying preservation principles to assigned projects;

Skill in archival research and historic structures documentation;

Ability to complete complex and multi-faceted preservation projects;

Ability to review complex plans and specifications for potential impacts to historic resources;

Ability to prepare and oversee routine and specialized reports, plans, and studies;

Ability to provide guidance and devise solutions to administrative and management problems;

Ability to develop, evaluate and monitor policies and procedures;

Ability to develop, coordinate, and implement project goals and initiatives within identified timeframes;

Ability to work a member of a team;

Ability to represent State Parks with professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public in support of history and historic architecture;

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;

Ability to demonstrate initiative, independent thinking, problem-solving, and excellent fieldwork skills; 

Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.


Required to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday; 

Alternative work schedule may be available; 

Required to work overtime as necessary; 

Required to operate a State vehicle;

Required to travel 25%, with possible overnight stays; 

Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles. 


Keywords: job posting, Texas state parks, preservation specialist, Austin Texas

Posted: January 13, 2020
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