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Posting Begin Date: 2024/07/15
Posting End Date: 2024/08/04
Category: Historic Preservation
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 28.36
Maximum Salary: 0.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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The State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Idaho State Historical Society, has an opening for a full time Historic Preservation Planner. 

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 


Be part of an organization that makes History every day! Join a highly motivated team in a fast-paced environment dedicated to inspiring, enriching and engaging all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and influence the future. 

The Historic Preservation Planner will assist Certified Local Governments (CLGs) and local historic preservation efforts through training, outreach, technical assistance, and grant administration; perform related work.


Certified Local Government Program responsibilities: Provides technical assistance on fiscal and program management, interpretation of program guidelines and regulations, and changes in federal and state policies, laws and regulations; responds to inquiries regarding grant or contract availability, requirements and guidelines; writes and revises grant or contract manual and forms; conducts and/or arranges training for potential and current subgrantees or contractors.

Grant Administration Subgrantee evaluation/grantee/contractor compliance. responsibilities: reviews, evaluates and approves subgrantees' or contractors’ applications, reports and agreements for accuracy and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations; monitors and measures subgrantees' or contractors’ progress towards goals and timetables; analyzes financial reports to determine if expenditures are in compliance with grant or contract guidelines; reviews payment requests or expenditures and recommends approval/denial; conducts interviews with subgrantees or contractors to determine compliance and identify problems; determines program deficiencies and recommends and negotiates corrective action; recommends termination, suspension or repayment of funds; gathers and compiles information for grantees’ or contractors’ state plans, applications and reports; ensures that grantees' or contractors’ program recommendations and reports are accessible, accurate and complete; develops written and statistical reports; may conduct on-site visits to determine compliance of service delivery. Works with ISHS fiscal staff administer the annual HPF grant, compiles information and statistics for year-end report and annual application.

Technical assistance responsibilities: assists federal, state, and local governments in developing historic preservation planning process; prepares and reviews planning reports and documents; develops and conducts training sessions for local historic preservation commissioners; develops evaluation factors and criteria to evaluate participants' planning performance; conducts lectures and workshops for government officials and the public; works with Main Street Program coordinators to address historic preservation aspects of program.

Preservation planning responsibilities assists local governments and historic preservation commissions to identify and analyze cultural resource data for planning and setting priorities; identifies generalized low and high-risk areas to help develop statewide preservation priorities; works with local governments and historic preservation commissions to pursue historic preservation projects and programs.

State Historic Preservation Plan responsibilities: Gathers information, conducts outreach, and meets with partners and interested parties in anticipation of preparing statewide preservation plan. Writes and updates plan as required by NPS.

Other Responsibilities

  • Provide support to agency public programs and outreach efforts as assigned.
  • Some weekend and/or evening hours will be scheduled.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

To satisfy federal funding requirements, applicants must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36CFR61, Appendix A) for one of the following: Historic Preservation Planner, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, or History-Typically gained through a graduate degree from an accredited historic preservation program; OR, an undergraduate degree in one of the fields listed above, PLUS, a minimum of two years full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of those fields.

Knowledge of historic preservation planning and practices, and related federal regulations-Typically gained through completion of federally sanctioned training in federal laws, regulations, and policies; OR experience interpreting and applying local, state or federal laws, regulations and professional standards regarding cultural resources.

Some knowledge of American architectural history, Idaho and/or western United States History-Typically gained by college-level coursework in American architectural history, Idaho history, or Western U.S. history, OR one or more years professional experience researching and writing on themes related to the subjects.

Demonstrated ability to: make oral presentations before groups; communicate effectively orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences-Typically gained by at least one year of experience in a position that included making oral presentations before groups (academic, professional, and general audiences) and communicating effectively orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences or through multiple presentations at conferences or similar settings.

Experience interpreting, applying and explaining laws and regulations-Typically gained through at least 1 year of work experience with responsibility for reviewing documents or actions for compliance with laws, regulations, and/or policies OR through explaining to others how laws, regulations or policies apply to specific situations.

Interpreting narrative or demographic or statistical reports to ensure compliance with laws, regulations or requirements, collecting, organizing and evaluating data and writing narrative reports of findings-Typically gained through college level coursework requiring research and analysis, OR work experience in a position that requires the collecting, organizing and evaluating of data and compiling of data and information resulting information into a narrative report.


The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.