The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist to serve as a Review Archaeologist to work between disciplines and advance SHPO priorities. This position is ideal for a detail oriented and flexible preservation professional with a knowledge of state historic preservation programs.

Please note: While the required experience section of this job announcement references architectural/historical survey, PA SHPO is looking for an archaeologist to fill this position.

This is a quirk in the classification series that relates to outdated minimum education and training requirements (METs) and is the case for most of the archaeology positions with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PA SHPO will work to correct these inaccurate METs for future job openings.


General responsibilities of this position relate to the protection of historic and prehistoric archaeological resources in the development of state and federal projects (PA SHPO’s Environmental Review).

Archaeological research experience, including but not limited to compliance related field work and artifact analysis in the Eastern Unties States is essential. Knowledge of state and federal preservation programs, regulations and legislation, including The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation is required.

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


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.


Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards, published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61.

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.

APPLY BY May 18, 2021. All applications must be filed online at

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