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RECRUITMENT NOTICE – Historic Preservation Specialist

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Position: Historic Preservation Specialist

Job ID: 8201

Open To: Public

Open Period: 08/15/2019 – 08/25/2019

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This position is shared between the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) of the Office of Planning. The position is based at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs but reports to the Historic Preservation Office. The Historic Preservation Office is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the DC Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 (DC Code 6-1101, et seq.). The Office also serves as the State Historic Preservation Office for the District of Columbia and implements historic preservation programs under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.


The incumbent will review building permit applications for alterations, additions and new construction in accordance with local and nationally accepted preservation standards and practices. Consults with applicants to encourage appropriate work in accordance with above standards. Responds to public inquiries on the preservation law review process and acceptable practices and prepares written reports and recommendations on projects to the DC Historic Preservation Review Board. Provides preservation-related training to DCRA permit reviewers and other personnel involved in review of projects in historic districts or affecting historic landmarks.

Serves as lead preservation review staff to DCRA Homeowner’s Assistance Center. Assists with the transmittal and referral of permit applications for review by the Historic Preservation Review Board and comparable agencies. Maintains HPO informational databases designed for tracking of project reviews, management of data relating to structures and sites listed on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, GIS, and other purposes.


A degree in history; or related filed that included at least 18 semester hours in history.


A combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in history, or a major in a related filed that included at least 18 semester hours in history.

At least three (3) years of relevant work experience (permit processing, building renovation or building contracting) with demonstrable knowledge of the subject area of the position and experience in reviewing permit applications, working with the public, applying Federal and State regulations to preservation projects, and demonstrated writing ability preferred.




The work is performed in an office setting and in the field.


Promotion Potential: None.

Pay Plan, Series and Grade: CS-0170-11

Duration of Appointment: Career Service – Regular

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is a union position covered under the collective bargaining unit AFGE Local 631.

The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

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