The Massachusetts Historical Commission, office of the State Historic Preservation Officer, is seeking a Preservation Planner/National Register Assistant to work within its Preservation Planning Division. Job responsibilities include: participating in the evaluation of properties for their eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; processing National Register nominations at all stages of the nomination process, including owner notification, editing, proofreading, mapping, and technical review, under the direction of the National Register Director; working with the public on all aspects of the National Register program, including presentations at public information meetings and workshops; as needed, assisting on other preservation planning programs, including review and processing of inventory forms, writing National Register nominations, and administering Survey & Planning Grant projects; and undertaking other projects or duties as directed.
Candidates should have a M.A. in Historic Preservation, Art History, Architectural History, History, or a related field, or a B.A. in the above fields plus 2 years working experience in historic preservation planning or a closely related field. Familiarity with current documentation and listing standards for the National Register of Historic Places program and knowledge of Massachusetts history and architecture strongly preferred. Candidates should be well organized, possess excellent writing skills, and be able to communicate effectively with the public.