Are you a preservation professional who is skilled at collaboration, outreach, and technical assistance? Then we want to hear from you!

The Position

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a historic preservation specialist to work as the Central Pennsylvania Community Preservation Coordinator. Responsibilities include working with PA SHPO staff and partners to provide technical assistance with preservation programs across a defined region, assisting with preservation incentives programs, and managing work under the Certified Local Government program.

Description of Work

The Central PA Community Preservation Coordinator is responsible for a comprehensive range of technical assistance including delivery of the PA State Historic Preservation Office’s (PA SHPO) programs within a defined region.

The Central PA Community Preservation Coordinator has responsibilities to support the statewide Certified Local Government Program and is the lead for collaborating with state agencies and statewide nonprofit organizations as well as providing guidance and training to municipalities and local organizations. The position also has responsibilities that support the PA SHPO’s Preservation Incentives Division.

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

Required Experience, Training & Eligibility

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:

  • Meet or exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards, published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61.
  • Experience providing technical preservation or planning assistance to municipalities, non-profits, and/or individuals.
  • Demonstrable experience interpreting and applying National Park Service guidance and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Experience in outreach and public speaking, preparing and delivering public presentations.
  • Experience in writing and/or reviewing zoning, ordinances, or preservation plans.
  • Demonstrate excellent ability working with a team of individuals and independently.
  • Demonstrate experience in determining the eligibility of resources for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Preferred Qualifications (not required):

Excellent computer and word processing skills using MS Office products and data management systems such as PA-SHARE.

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.


Telework eligible (part-time): You will have the opportunity to work from home (telework) not to exceed 3 days a week. Specific days will be determined by bureau directors according to bureau needs. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.

APPLY BY 10/18/2021 11:59 PM Eastern.

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