Texas Historical Commission

Position Title:  Historic Architectural Easement Monitor

Classification Title:  Environmental Protection Specialist III/IV or Architect I

Salary:

$4,500.00-$5,500.00, Environmental Protection Specialist III/IV or

$5,000.00-$7,000.00, Architect I/II

(Commensurate with experience, skills, and licensure)

JOB OBJECTIVE: Perform complex historic architectural conditions assessments and provide technical assistance to preserve and protect Texas’ diverse architectural heritage.  As part of a three-member team for the Easement Program in the Division of Architecture (DOA), the Historic Architectural Easement Monitor will utilize their technical preservation expertise to assess existing conditions of historic County Courthouses, commercial buildings, and residential structures, review changes to easement-protected properties, and serve as the first line of communication on preservation practices to the general public, property owners, architects, consultants, contractors, and government agencies.  Work under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Perform annual monitoring activities at historic properties on which THC holds an easement or deed covenant to ensure property owner compliance and support the preservation of the historic and architectural character of properties in the program.
  2. Assess, inspect, and report on the conditions of historic properties, including modest vernacular structures and high-style County Courthouses, using written and photographic documentation methods, with an emphasis on evaluating character-defining features.
  3. Utilize property’s baseline data, including architectural drawings, photographs, and completion reports, to assess changes in a property’s condition and assist owners in maintaining their properties.
  4. Enter monitoring data into the Web-based Easement Database Application to create monitoring reports or update baseline conditions.
  5. Establish relationships with property owners and representatives by communicating regularly, both verbally and in written form, to notify them of upcoming annual monitoring activities and easement violations or to provide other feedback as necessary.
  6. Assist property owners with easement self-monitoring activities and associated documents.
  7. Provide written and verbal technical assistance on the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic properties in keeping with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the terms of their easement or covenant.
  8. Present results and data to an internal Easement Committee and collaborate to determine priorities for future easement monitoring.
  9. Work collaboratively within the Division of Architecture with the Courthouse Preservation, Federal and State Review, and Disaster Assistance teams regarding the implementation of the Easement Program and associated project reviews.
  10. Engage and consult on-site with the public, architectural consultants, and government officials regarding appropriate preservation techniques for historic structures.
  11. Participate in conferences and workshops and speak to communities and professional groups about the Texas Historical Commission’s programs to encourage participation.
  12. Serve as a liaison to other THC staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the general public to explain and provide technical assistance on program specifics and requirements.
  13. Assist in the collection, organization, analysis, and/or preparation of materials in response to requests for program and project-specific information and reports.
  14. Assist in developing and updating the agency website, submitting social media content, and writing agency or outside publications.
  15. Adhere to an established work schedule with regular attendance.
  16. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):  

  • Master’s degree in historic preservation, architecture, architectural history, or a closely related field; or a professional architecture degree (Bachelor or Master of Architecture) from a National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited college or university (or a comparable internationally- accredited professional architecture degree) with coursework in historic preservation;
  • Minimum two years of full-time professional work experience on historic preservation projects in the private or public sector for a preservation non-profit organization or a university program;
  • Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
  • Ability to travel up to the required 30% of the work period.

PREFER:

  • Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Professional Qualifications Standards in History, Architectural History, or Historic Architecture;
  • Experience with architectural procedures, including application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties;
  • Experience working directly with architects and/or property owners to develop treatment recommendations, monitor activities, and execute historic preservation projects;
  • Experience in regulatory review related to easement monitoring and management;
  • Experience conducting historic resource surveys;
  • Experience utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) and/or
  • Demonstrated public speaking and writing skills.

For more information, and to apply for this job, please visit https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/808/jobdetail.ftl?job=00042183 .