STATUS: Full-time, regular position located at the History Center in St Paul, MN.
HOURS: 2,088 annual hours
DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) seeks applicants for a National Register Historian
to provide expertise, direction, coordination and review for all aspects of the program of the State Historic
Preservation Office (SHPO) which relate to history including survey, the evaluation of historic properties and
their nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, comprehensive planning, review of federal and
other undertakings which may affect properties listed on or eligible to be listed on the National Register,
review of properties eligible for federal tax credits, and public education. This position staffs the historian
position of the State Historic Preservation Officeís responsibilities with the federal historic preservation
program. Responsibilities include: 1) initiates and directs the process of nominating properties to and
removing properties from the National Register of Historic Places; 2) provides expertise and advises the SHPO
Government Programs and Compliance officer in the review of projects which may affect properties eligible
for or listed on the National Register; 3) participates with the survey program to identify and evaluate
properties of historical and architectural significance; 4) oversees and coordinates Part I Tax Certification
applications; 5) participates in the development and implementation of the statewide comprehensive
preservation planning process; and 6) participates in public education.
- Must meet the Secretary of the Interiorís Professional Qualifications Standards for Historian:
A graduate degree in History or closely related field; or a bachelorís degree in history or closely related
field plus one of the following:
- At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other
demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, history organization or agency,
museum, or other professional institution.
- Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the
field of history.
- Basic knowledge of Minnesota history and basic knowledge of American architectural styles.
- Familiarity and preferably, experience with cultural resource survey work, the Secretary of the Interiorís
Standards, the National Register Program, the applicable Code of Federal Regulations, and applicable
Minnesota Statutes and state enabling legislation.
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
- Demonstrated ability to effectively represent an agency program and to maintain positive, strong longterm
working relationships with a wide variety of clientele.
- Working knowledge of photography (digital and 35mm) and its use in recording buildings and structures.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to speak effectively to small
and large groups.
- Demonstrated ability to be attentive to detail and follow exacting program procedures.
- Valid Driverís License and a willingness to travel and work on evenings and occasionally on weekends.
- Five to seven years recent experience in working with federal Historic Preservation Fund programs,
particularly the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards, the National Register Program, and the applicable
Code of Federal Regulations.
- An advanced degree in history.
- Highly developed interpersonal skills to negotiate, mediate and collaborate with a wide variety of people
with a diverse range of knowledge and skills and diverse backgrounds, education and interests.
- Extensive knowledge of the state and federal laws and regulations relating to historic preservation and the
larger environmental review process within which these laws function.
- Experience in completing a nomination successfully listed in the National Register within the past three