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Historic Preservation Planner

Closes On: November 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST

Location: City Hall, Pensacola, FL 32502
Department: Planning Office
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Details: Salary Range: $40,456.00 - $82,742.40
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Job Description

This is a new position for the City of Pensacola, FL. The person in this position has the opportunity to build a new, forward-looking archaeological and historic preservation program for the City. Pensacola is the site of the 1559-61 Tristan de Luna settlement and has been continuously occupied since 1740. Pensacola is unusually rich in historical archaeological deposits, and the community takes pride in its long history. Since the 1980s, University of West Florida (UWF) archaeologists have assisted the City with compliance for an archaeological review policy (1985) for city owned property and rights of way. However, growth and development in Pensacola is at a record pace and there is an immediate need for a full-time experienced urban historical archeologist dedicated to managing the City’s significant and widespread archaeological resources. The Historic Preservation Planner will have the strong support of UWF archaeologists and students and the UWF Florida Public Archaeology Network professionals and volunteers in Pensacola. 

This is highly responsible managerial, administrative and professional work in the oversight of development activities within, and the preservation of, the City’s Historic Preservation Districts and resources.  An employee in this class functions as the City’s expert in historic preservation and archaeology and is responsible for administering and making independent decisions as they pertain to effects of the City’s historic and prehistoric archaeological sites by local government for preservation, as well as coordination of land use and development applications within the City’s Historic Preservation Districts.  This position ensures compliance with all federal, state and city historic preservation regulations and regulations on city-owned property and rights-of-way and also provides archaeological expertise and responds to inquiries from state agencies and the public regarding archaeological issues.  Works under the general supervision of the Planning Services Administrator and performance is assessed by the results obtained.

Job Responsibilities

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Plans and directs the development and administration of the City’s Historic Preservation Initiative, to ensure the City is in compliance with all state and federal historic preservation laws and policies, including all projects, programs, and activities.

Serves as principal staff to the City’s Architectural Review Board and the primary point of contact for applicants seeking development approval in the City’s Historic Preservation Districts. 

Development of an archaeological permit/approval process for proposed project on City property and rights of way.

Revision and update of the City Historical Resources Map.

Provides public education and outreach for local civic groups, historical, societies, schools and community organizations through public presentations.

Applies for state and federal grants for enhancement of historic preservation, development of cultural resource inventories and preservation of cultural heritage for the City.

Develops new or expands existing historic preservation neighborhood improvement models with the development of an updated geographical information system (GIS) database of the City to identify areas of high, medium and low potential for significant archaeological deposits.

Conducts archaeological monitoring of City projects and projects requiring a right of way permit from the City’s Engineering Division and prepares required archaeological reports to ensure compliance.   

Manages files, documents, databases and materials (etc.) produced as a result of projects on City-owned properties and in City right of way. 

Develops strong working relations with the Florida Public Archaeology Network, University of West Florida Division of Anthropology & Archaeology and the History Department, Pensacola Archaeology Society, and other stakeholders.

Acts as a liaison with Federal, State, local and other agencies that deal with cultural resources.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Preparation For Work

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in archaeology, anthropology or similar field;  and

Four (4) years of experience in historic preservation and planning (or related field).


Combination of education, training, and/or work experience equal to or higher than the requirements listed above as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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Knowledge of National Historic Preservation Act programs and related standards and guidelines for advanced experience in historic preservation and archaeology.

Knowledge of principles and practices of historic preservation and program planning, assistance programs and public outreach trends, methods and practices.

Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations related to archaeological properties and theories as it relates to historic preservation and historic artifact preservation and maintenance.

Knowledge of pertinent principles, practices, methods, materials, tools, and equipment applied in the specified field.

Knowledge of current literature, trends and developments in the fields of historic preservation and archaeology as it relates to city government.

Skilled in writing staff reports, papers, and other articles for inclusion on Board agendas and for publication as needed to date and interpret archaeological finds.

Skilled in assessing development applications for consideration by the Architectural Review Board and for City projects.

Ability to utilize geographical surveys and aerial photography to locate archaeological deposits.

Ability to examine, document and preserve artifacts as it relates to historic preservation.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, Board members, members of organizations related to historic preservation and archaeology, and the general public.

Ability to express oneself, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Physical Requirements

The mental and physical demands and the work environment characteristics described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to hold or feel, reach with hands and arms, walk, talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, climb, balance, stoop, and crouch.  Specific vision abilities include near distance, far distance, color, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

The employee regularly lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds and occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 45 pounds. 

Additional Information

All applicants will be initially evaluated based on the information included in the application only.  Therefore, it is important to complete your online application accurately and thoroughly as it relates to the position requirements.  Resumes, transcripts, certifications and other supporting documentation may be required for further consideration. Applicants considered best qualified will be asked to continue in the selection process.  

An online application is required.  To apply, submit: 1) online application at www.pensacolacityjobs.com; 2) proof of education (college transcript); and 3) DD Form 214 by the application deadline, if claiming veteran preference per Florida Statutes. These documents can be uploaded/attached to the electronic application or faxed to 850-595-1298. Applicants will receive notifications by email.
Note:  The application contains a required Supplemental Questionnaire.  Your responses to these questions will assist in screening applications to determine who continues in the selection process.  Responses should be informative and concise; not responding appropriately may eliminate you from consideration. Do not refer to a resume or other documentation.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Pensacola.