Are you a highly skilled historic preservationist with National Register knowledge and experience? The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist to work as a National Register reviewer, focused on assisting the public with determinations of eligibility and National Register nominations.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! The deadline to apply has been extended to July 5, 2024. PA SHPO can now work from home except for days when you’ll be out visiting Pennsylvania’s historic places and one day a month in the office with your colleagues in Harrisburg.

Description of Work

The PA SHPO uses its resources to educate, encourage and enable Pennsylvanians to value and preserve Pennsylvania’s history and culture. Our dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists work with Pennsylvania’s historic communities to achieve positive preservation outcomes.  Our role is to identify, promote, and protect the architectural and archaeological resources of the commonwealth.

This Historic Preservation Specialist will be a reviewer responsible for National Register of Historic Places nomination reviews, determinations of eligibility for the Register, and updating data in the PA-SHARE system for eligible and listed properties.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the job posting and the position description.


Minimum Experience and Training Requirements
  • Two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, American history, art history or course work in Pennsylvania history; or
  •  Any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Additional Requirements
  • You must meet or exceed the minimum education and experience required to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards.
  • You must have at least two years of experience writing National Register of Historic Places nominations, and/or demonstrable experience with nomination development, nomination review and editing, and successful interactions with staff, boards, and federal agencies.
  • You must have at least two years of experience interpreting and applying National Park Service guidance and criteria for evaluating archaeological and/or above ground properties for National Register of Historic Places eligibility and listing.
  • You must have at least one year of experience in conducting surveys of historic resources.
  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.
Preferred Qualifications (not required)
  • Experience working with a team of individuals and independently.
  • Experience using technology and software applications to manage historic resource data, workflows, and workload.
  • Experience in developing and implementing public outreach programs, conducting preservation education, and public speaking.
  • Excellent computer and word processing skills using MS Office products and data management systems such as the SHPO’s PA-SHARE.
  • Provide your highest level of education and degree field, especially:
    • Architectural History
    • American History
    • Archaeology
    • A closely related field
  • Experience coordinating and conducting site visits and meetings to advise and assist partners.
  • Experience and/or expertise in the following areas/abilities:
    • Applying National Register criteria/determining significance and integrity of historic resources
    • Writing National Register nominations
    • Overseeing and/or Conducting Historic Resources Surveys
    • Historic Preservation Planning
    • Data Management
    • Report Writing
    • Public Education
    • Public Communication
  • Technical proficiency for the following personal computer applications:
    • Office 365
    • ArcGIS
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro

The commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Work Schedule and Additional Information

  • Full-time employment.
  • Work hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, with 60-minute lunch.
  • Telework: SHPO staff has the opportunity to work from home, with the exception of site visits/field work and one (1) day a month in the office in Harrisburg.  Specific days will be determined according to bureau needs.  In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection and work from an approved location inside Pennsylvania. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.
  • Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

How to Apply

  • Your application must include a resume for review by the hiring manager.  However, the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing dateLate applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
  • Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Apply by 7/5/2024 11:59 PM EST. All applications must be filed online at

For complete position description, salary, and benefits information, check the job posting.