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Posted: 09/20/2011

Minnesota Historical Society

National Register Historian
Professional Opportunity
St. Paul, MN
$3,860 monthly minimum
Open Until

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.


- 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


How to apply
CONTACT: Britta Bloomberg, britta.bloomberg@mnhs.org, Head of Historic Preservation, Historic Preservation, MHS History Center, 651-259-3466. To apply, send an MHS application, cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (i.e. a National Register nomination, historic property evaluation, etal) to: Minnesota Historical Society, Human Resources Department, #889 National Register Historian position, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul MN 55102. To be considered an applicant, you must submit all requested materials. If you fail to do this, your application materials will not be accepted and your materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, provide an MHS application, cover letter and resume for each position. Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment. Applications received or post-marked by September 29, 2011 will be considered first, position open until filled.



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