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Survey and Inventory Coordinator - State Historic Preservation Office

09 Jun 2024 1:38 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Application Deadline: June 30
Program Analyst 2 - Survey and Inventory Coordinator
Agency: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department - State Historic Preservation Office
Location: Salem
Salary Range: $5,345 - $8,177

Job Description
Do you have experience identifying, evaluating, and documenting properties for listing in the federal National Register of Historic Places? Are you interested in assisting individuals, non-profits, and tribal, federal, and local government agencies doing this work and creating and maintaining statewide information management systems for collecting this information and sharing it with the public and our many partners? If this sounds like you, join our team as a Survey and Inventory Program Coordinator and help preserve the state's important historic places!

This position falls under the classification Program Analyst 2.

Our Mission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD's) mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic, and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

Our Operating Principles
OPRD believes Operating Principles are core values that, if mutually accepted and supported by all employees, will create a connected, respectful, and trusting work environment. Our Operating Principles are Accountability, Commitment, Empathy, Empowerment, Fun, Integrity, Respect, & Well-being. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is part of the Heritage Division of OPRD. SHPO believes that Oregon's unique places connect Oregonians to the past by creating physical continuity over generations and space for public conversations about the community's values and identity. The ongoing process of recognizing and interpreting these places must be local and driven by inclusive public participation. See the Oregon 2018 - 2023 Oregon SHPO Preservation Plan and 2020 - 2025 Heritage Plan for more information on the Heritage Division's philosophy, approach, and goals.

What you will do
Join our team as the Survey and Inventory Program Coordinator, where you will use your expertise to document Oregon's diverse history embodied in our special places, objects, and sites associated with our state's significant, shared past. Identifying historic properties is the first step in preservation planning, disaster preparedness, and listing a property in the National Register of Historic Places. Responsibilities include working with the public, elected and appointed officials, and various organizations to design studies to identify and document historic properties using Oregon's Reconnaissance and Intensive Level survey processes; collecting information provided by the public, government agencies, and Oregon State Historic Preservation Office programs for inclusion in the statewide database; establishing statewide standards for identifying historic properties; conducting field surveys and historic property research as time and resources allow; and maintaining and developing information management systems and processes. This position will be important in creating the Oregon SHPO's planned web-based GIS information management system. As time and resources allow, this position prepares National Register of Historic Places 10-900 forms for submission to the National Park Service for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and advises the many federal and state programs within the Heritage Division regarding the eligibility of historic properties for listing in the National Register. 

This position is "hybrid," allowing for work-from-home opportunities, but does require regularly scheduled in-office work at the agency's Salem, OR office to complete statutory mailings and other in-office work and day and overnight travel to off-site locations across the state at least once a month, and often more frequently. Travel expenses are reimbursed. 

Please click HERE for a complete list of duties and working conditions for this position. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in History, Historic Preservation, Architectural History or a closely related field that demonstrates the capacity for the knowledge and skills; AND two years experience coordinating or administering a program.


  • Any combination of experience or education equivalent to five years of pertinent experience related to this position.


A Master's degree in History, Historic Preservation, Architectural History or a closely related field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in History, Historic Preservation, Architectural History or a closely related field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

Special Requirements

  • To be hired, you must have a criminal records and driving records check that meets OPRD Criteria at the time of hire, and throughout employment.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license at the time of hire and throughout employment
  • Meet the minimum Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications in history or architectural history including: A graduate degree in architectural history, history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field; OR A bachelor's degree in architectural history, history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field AND one of the following: At least two years of full-time professional experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history, history, or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; OR Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American history or architectural history.

What we are looking for (Desired Attributes)
The following are skills that we have identified as key to success in this role at OPRD. These are the attributes we are looking for in our top candidate. If you have these skills, please let us know in your application.

  • Academic and field experience documenting the history of the historic built environment in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Skill in planning and completing reconnaissance and intensive level historic property surveys.
  • Demonstrated academic and practical knowledge of historic architecture and building materials and technologies.
  • Skill in creating, managing, and maintaining GIS-based information systems.
  • Skill in developing educational and outreach materials and utilizing various communication platforms and methods to convey the meaning and application of complex federal and state laws and cultural resource management principles and ideas to diverse audiences.
  • Skill in applying the National Register of Historic Places criteria to evaluate historic properties.
  • Skill in completing successful nominations to the federal National Register of Historic Places using the federal form 10-900 using applicable federal laws, rules, and guidance documents to complete the form and nomination process.

What's in it for you
This is a fantastic opportunity to support millions of visitors connecting with the best state park system in America. You will work with a team of supportive, talented and highly motivated professionals. And, you’ll receive a generous benefits package including:

  • Excellent medical, vision, and dental benefits package for the employee and qualified family members with a very low monthly out-of-pocket cost;
  • Optional life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and child care expenses;
  • 11 paid holidays per year;
  • 3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" per year that you may use at any time;
  • 8 hours of sick leave accumulated every month;
  • Progressive vacation leave accrual, starting at 8 hours per month;
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP);
  • Opportunities for career growth and development.

How to Apply
Your candidate profile, including work experience is the perfect place to display your interest in the position and highlight the skills and experience you will bring, making you the best candidate for the position. Submissions are screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.).

  • External Applicants: Click on the “Apply” link and submit your application. View this video for help.
  • Internal Applicants (Current State of Oregon employees): Apply via your employee Workday account. View this knowledge article for help.

After You Apply

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  • Eligible veterans will be given veterans' preference. If claiming veterans’ preference, please be sure to check your Workday account for pending tasks or actions under your “My Applications” section – this is where you will be asked to upload your qualifying preference documentation after you apply.

Additional Information

  • This position is full-time, permanent, and is located in Salem Oregon
  • If you have specific questions about this position, please feel free to contact the hiring supervisor, Ian P. Johnson and (971) 718-1137
  • This position is represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
  • This announcement may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
  • The salary listed is at the non-PERS rate. Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) eligible employees will have their base salary increased by 6.95% and pay the 6% employee contribution to PERS. If you are not yet PERS eligible, the 6.95% pay increase and employee contribution will be effective upon PERS eligibility.
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  • Please review thClassification and Compensation page for more details on the classification, or you may visit our website for information on the job offer process following pay equity 
  • Oregon Parks & Recreation Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Justice Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to diversity and pay equity.

Mailing Address: PO Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
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