The Wisconsin Historical Society, considered one of the nation’s finest historical institutions, is a State of Wisconsin government agency as well as a mission-driven entrepreneurial organization. The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. At its core, the Society believes that increasing the public’s knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit. The Society’s values are to Embrace a Spirit of Service, Engage our Expertise, Spark Enthusiasm, Cultivate Inclusion, Exceed Expectations, and Think Big and Grow with Purpose. Its collections, historic sites and museums, historic preservation office and extensive educational programs are focused on enriching and transforming lives through unparalleled access to history.
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In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, we offer a competitive benefits package featuring:
- Substantial leave time including at least 3.5 weeks of vacation to start, 9 paid holidays, and ample accrued sick time that rolls over each year.
- Excellent and affordable health, vision, and dental benefits
- An exceptional pension plan with employer match and lifetime retirement payment, plus an optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan
- Well Wisconsin Wellness Program
- A free and confidential employee assistance program that offers employees and their immediate family dependents a variety of tools, resources, and professional consultation services to support their health, goals, and overall well-being
Under the general supervision of the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, this position performs administrative and professional work with the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive and Wisconsin state tax credit programs and provides review and comments on projects affecting historic buildings and structures subject to state or federal reviews. The applicant must meet the professional qualifications for architectural history, historic architecture, or architecture which are described in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61 (36 CFR 61), Appendix A.
The position independently reviews projects for conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and advises applicants in meeting those guidelines. This position is responsible for all aspects of the State Historic Preservation Office’s Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive and Wisconsin State Tax Credit programs including assuring adherence to all federal and state legal requirements for the programs. The position advises professional consultants, state and federal officials, and the general public on the preservation of historic buildings and structures. This position provides expertise in historic architecture for other aspects of the State Historic Preservation Office as needed including review of projects submitted under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Wisconsin Statutes 44.40 and 66.1111. This program provides technical and educational assistance to architects, property owners, public officials, and the general public about tax credits, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and other historic preservation related topics.
The salary will be between $25.00 – $32.08 per hour ($52,000 – $66,726 annually) in accordance with the provisions of the current Compensation Plan. This position is in pay schedule 13, range 04. The civil service classification is Historic Preservation Specialist. A 12-month probationary period will be required.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.
Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) should complete the application process to apply.
WHS does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.
Certain positions within WHS may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process.
All state employees must report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not and provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. The State of Wisconsin continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols for COVID. Please visit Division of Personnel Management Coronavirus – COVID-19 (wi.gov) for the most up-to-date information. Guidance may be subject to change.
Minimally qualified candidate will have the following educational experience:
Meet the professional qualifications for architectural history, historic architecture, or architecture which are described in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61 (36 CFR 61), Appendix A. Applicants earning their degree in Spring of 2023 are encouraged to apply.
The minimum professional qualifications in Architectural History are a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field with coursework in American architectural history or a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:
1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.
The minimum professional qualifications in architecture are a professional degree in architecture plus at least two years of full-time experience in architecture; or a State license to practice architecture.
The minimum professional qualifications in historic architecture area professional degree in architecture or a State license to practice architecture, plus one of the following:
1. At least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or
2. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.
In addition to minimum qualifications, a well-qualified candidate will additionally have experience in one of the following areas:
- Professional experience with applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties
- Professional experience applying the knowledge of architectural treatments for historic buildings and basic historic preservation principles and techniques
- Demonstrated professional proficiency in reviewing architectural drawings, plans and specifications, scopes of work, and other technical architectural documents.
- Knowledge of professional architectural design, construction, and practices.
- Professional experience in reviewing or planning state or federal historic preservation tax credit projects
How To Apply
Apply online via WiscJobs HERE. To apply, click “Apply for Job” to start the application process. Then, you will access your existing account or to create a new account if you don’t have an account. Once you are logged in, click “Apply for Job.” Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application.
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Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process.
We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce.
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Deadline to Apply
Applications are due at 11:59PM on July 5, 2023.