Salary: $67,380.00 – $90,624.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 8/23/2023 11:55 PM Pacific

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse–and most beautiful—parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 124 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers and approximately 500 miles of long-distance recreation trails. And the agency is staffed with nearly 1000 employees (summers), who are some of the most passionate employees you’ll find anywhere We love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.

Under the direction of the agency Historic Preservation Officer, this position will implement the agency mission, goals, and policies for the management and protection of historic properties for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The work includes preparation of reports and evaluations regarding the agency’s historic resources, coordinating and managing projects, conducting training, and providing technical assistance to parks, regions, and the capital program.

This position is reports to Headquarters Office located in Tumwater, WA. The position is a combination of office and field work. Field work may include visiting building where access is difficult and trip or fall hazards may exist. Travel is required to job sites, with both day and overnight trips.

The ideal candidate has a passion for protecting our historical resources. They will be an excellent relationship builder and collaborator. They will have the ability to evaluate and document the significance of historic properties, general building knowledge with experience reviewing construction documents, including the ability to produce concise written recommendations for others.  They will be a curious, hard-working self-starter, who likes variety in their work and appreciates the significant historic properties that Washington State Park manages.


The Historic Preservation Specialist oversees the management and protection of historical properties of Washington State Parks and Recreation statewide. Tasks assigned typically require expert knowledge of Historical Preservation  guidelines and standards, agency policies, and environmental laws.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Documentation and evaluation of historic properties in the State Parks system according to NRHP guidelines and DAHP standards.
  • Inventory historic properties and enter them into DAHP’s WISAARD database. Prepare National Register of Historic Places nominations for agency owned historic properties.
  • Complete required regulatory compliance consultation under state regulation(s) and executive order(s), and assist lead federal agencies with regulatory compliance consultations as required for projects within State Parks.
  • Review, evaluate, and provide technical assistance on operational, capital, or maintenance projects
    that may affect historic resources.
  • Consult with internal stakeholders regarding the development of management plans, CAMP plans,
    or other park specific plans and provide technical assistance for Park Plans.
  • Prepare reports, correspondence, and other documents to support the historic preservation
    program goals and objectives.


  • Must meet the requirements set forth in 36 CFR, Part 61, Appendix A in Architectural History, History, or Historic Architecture.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, History, or closely related field,
    Two (2) years of full-time research, writing, teaching, interpretation or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution or substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.
     Graduate degree in Architectural History, Historic Preservation, History, or a closely related field with course work in American architectural history.
  • Must have a valid unrestricted (except for corrective lenses) drivers license AND two (2) years of driving experience

    Position Specific Required Competencies:
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including technical writing. 
    • Capable of working independently with a diverse multi-disciplinary team.


  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations and guidelines relating to historic properties. 
  • Knowledge of Washington State history and associated contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and document the significance of historic properties, general building knowledge with experience reviewing construction documents.


To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at  You must attach or embed in your application the following:

  • Letter of interest specifically addressing the duties, qualifications and experience as listed in this announcement.
  • Current resume.
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information.

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