Are you interested in joining a pro-active and dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists? In this Historic Preservation Specialist role, you will specialize in our online data management and cultural resources GIS tool, the Pennsylvania’s State Historic and Archaeological Resource Exchange (PA-SHARE). If you want to preserve our history with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), this is the job for you!

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

PA-SHARE Triage Specialist is a professional position with the PHMC’s State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO). The PA SHPO Triage position serves as the first point of contact to assist PA SHPO customers with general program assistance, to provide non-information technology (non-IT) level customer service assistance with project submissions to PA-SHARE, and to manage submissions for the initial review and verification of program and data accuracy in the PA-SHARE system. Use your specialized combination of education and experience to meet the criteria under the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standard in Archeology or Architectural History and assist with advancing PA SHPO priorities to bring real benefits to developers, consultants, agencies, municipalities, and individuals who value and protect Pennsylvania history.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in 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 possess experience working with a team of individuals and independently.
  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.

Preferred Qualifications (not required):

  • Experience using technology and software applications to manage historic resource data, workflows, and workload, including Esri HUB and ArcGIS.
  • Experience with geographic information systems (GIS)
  • 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.
  • Successful completion of coursework in Pennsylvania history.
  • Experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration, or a preservation project or program
  • Provide your highest level of education and degree field, especially:
    • Architectural History
    • American History
    • Archaeology
    • A closely related field
  • Experience and/or expertise in the following areas/abilities
    • Data management
    • Records management
    • Public communication
    • Project planning or review
    • Archaeological or historic resource recordation and/or evaluation
    • Applying National Register criteria/determining the historical significance of properties
    • Research, writing, teaching and/or interpretation related to historic preservation
    • Public education and developing training programs
    • Applying the Secretary of the Interior’s standards
  • Technical proficiency in the following software programs:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Access
    • ArcGIS
  • Experience in customer service, public outreach, and education.

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 8:00 AM to 4:30 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

  • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and 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.