The Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) seeks a detail-oriented and collegial person to work as a Review and Compliance Officer. If you have the passion to preserve our historical heritage and wish to be part of a supportive team, this position might be for you.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Protection of cultural resources per the National Historic Preservation Act and Montana State Antiquities Act. Common resources include historic mining and industrial properties, rural properties, community historic districts, railroads, irrigation features, bridges, roads, and
  • Review and comment on adequacy of a consulting party’s identification and recordation of cultural resources.
  • Use of National Register eligibility criteria to determine a cultural resource’s National Register
  • Issuing determinations of an undertaking’s effect to historic
  • Working with others to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to cultural
  • Working with others in the office who review undertakings, nominate properties to the National Register, plan outreach events, and maintain a database of cultural sites in

The successful candidate would have:

  • Knowledge of the Section 106 process, and preservation principles and
  • An understanding of Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain history and knowledge of research, survey and inventory methods, as gained through formal education, and/or work
  • Experience in applied or public history, or cultural resources
  • Experience conducting historical research, and appropriate review of another’s
  • Knowledge of National Register eligibility
  • Master of Arts or Science in History, Historical Preservation, Anthropology and/or Archaeology).

Salary & Benefits: $ 26.40 Hourly; Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan
Travel: 5 % of the Time. A statewide statutory raise, beginning July 1, 2024, will raise the hourly rate to $27.90.
Primary Location: Helena; not telework eligible
Agency: Montana Historical Society Union: Montana Federation of Public Employees
Required Application Materials: cover letter, resume
Contact Name: Pete Brown, State Historic Preservation Officer; 406-444-7718

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