Occ. Code 3841400











New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


Positions in this title series apply professional experience and training to perform a wide variety of historic preservation program services for private citizens and local and State agencies, as required by federal and State statutes. Incumbents research and assess historic documentation; evaluate the historical significance of buildings, landscapes, objects, and artifacts; act as consultants on projects; write and edit technical and scholarly reports and other materials; evaluate the historical content of planned exhibits and site furnishing plans; assess the eligibility of sites for State and federal tax credits and eligibility for grants; and assist others in preparing requests for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

These positions are only classified at the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).


HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM ANALYST: performance level; appointees must meet federal certification requirements in History or Architectural History; work is performed with considerable independence; positions are assigned to the Peeble's Island Complex, Division for Historic Preservation Services.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR:  assigned to the Division for Historic Preservation Services; incumbents supervise Historic Preservation Program Analysts and other technical and support staff; and oversee all activities related to the National Register and Statewide Historic Survey.

CHIEF HISTORIC PRESERVATION SERVICES:  two-position class; manager; bureau chief; assist the Director Historic Preservation Services in directing all activities for the Division for Historic Preservation Services; oversee either the Bureau of Technical Preservation Services or the Bureau of Community Preservation Services.

DIRECTOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION SERVICES: one-position class; manager; directs all activities for the Division for Historic Preservation Services which consists of the Bureaus of Technical Preservation Services, Community Preservation Services, and Historic Site and Park Services.


Historic Site Restoration Coordinators provide technical services for the restoration, preservation, and interpretation of privately and publicly owned historic properties, including buildings, structures, landscapes, archaeological resources, and objects. Positions prepare structural analysis and prescribe restoration and preservation methods, evaluate sites and make recommendations for development and preservation, participate in preservation projects, and advise public and private groups and officials.

Interpretive Program Assistants develop and administer comprehensive educational and historic interpretation programs at assigned historic sites. These activities include determining the themes to be interpreted at a site, identifying potential audiences and determining the interpretive methods that will be most effective for them, and developing and implementing exhibits, special events, educational programs, and other activities to fulfill the interpretation.

Historic Site Managers manage, supervise, and maintain State historic sites, including buildings, grounds, and collections, and supervise all staff, programs, and activities at those sites.


HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM ANALYST: incumbents represent the agency and the State Historic Preservation Officer with the public and with other government agencies by providing information and historic preservation advice and consultations; assist and monitor local sponsors and consultants in preparing surveys and inventories of historic resources; advise parties about preparing nominations for the National and State Registers of Historic Places, evaluate documentation, and prepare and evaluate nominations; disseminate information about historic preservation implications of tax legislation and evaluate requests for tax certification; evaluate historic preservation issues; develop and edit articles and other materials for publication; and supervise trainees and other staff. In the Bureau of Historic Site and Park Services, incumbents also conduct research and make recommendations about potential acquisitions, review and edit site master plans, coordinate development of scripts and graphics for exhibits, and coordinate and perform research projects.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR: supervise Historic Preservation Program Analysts and other technical and administrative support staff; develop agenda and supervise technical workshops sponsored by the division; direct and coordinate the preparation of historic preservation brochures, articles, and other materials for public distribution; evaluate and recommend grants for local communities; develop, maintain, and supervise the Statewide historic preservation planning process by assisting in developing ordinances and programs, monitoring and reporting on programs, and certifying local governments for participation; prepare technical and administrative reports for the State and Federal Governments; plan and manage historic survey activities; direct the maintenance of the State Register of Historic Places, including reviewing and recommending applications for inclusion; prepare technical manuals, standards, and research requirements about historic certification, taxes, grant programs, and other programs; maintain records and process of listing on the National Register of Historic Places; coordinate and supervise surveys and consultant work; and coordinate staff research.

CHIEF HISTORIC PRESERVATION SERVICES:  assist the Director with developing and implementing preservation policies and standards; utilize available resources and partner with other State agencies to ensure that preservation regulations and procedures are adhered to and goals are met; represent the agency on committees and work groups dealing with historic preservation issues; oversee the work of the units within the Bureaus of Technical Preservation Services or Community Preservation Services to ensure that established standards are met and that work is in compliance with all applicable regulations and policies;  communicate and interact with local governments, special interest groups, OPRHP staff and members of the public concerned with historic preservation issues, keeping these stakeholders informed of regulations, policies and developments that would impact on their organizations;  and communicate frequently with OPRHP regional directors to keep them informed of the Bureaus programs and activities.  

DIRECTOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION SERVICES: manage and direct the three bureaus of the Division for Historic Preservation Services which are responsible for major program areas involved in the identification and preservation of private and public historic structures in New York State as well as the operation of the State historic sites; develop and implement Statewide preservation policies and standards; establish standards and procedures that incorporate goals; meet with local governments and organizations to encourage incorporation of preservation policies in master planning processes; establish and maintain policies and programs to assure that programs are in compliance with federal and State regulations and eligible for funding; promote the participation of other State agencies in historic preservation programs and coordinate State efforts in these programs; represent the program nationally; establish performance standards for the bureaus within the division and assure that work is in compliance with State and federal regulations; prepare and submit requests for State and federal funding; meet with and speak to State and local agencies and organizations about historic preservation; and coordinate program activities within the division and with other OPRHP programs.



Open Competitive: a bachelor's degree or higher in History, Art History, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Cultural Anthropology, Archeology, Folklore or Historic Preservation Planning and two years of experience in a technical or professional capacity working with historic preservation projects.

Substitution: thirty graduate-level semester credit hours in history, art history, architectural history, historic preservation, cultural anthropology, archaeology, folklore, or historic preservation planning may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Promotion: one year of permanent service as a Historic Preservation Program Analyst.


Promotion: two years of permanent service as a Historic Site Regional Supervisor, a Historic Preservation Program Coordinator or a Senior Historic Site Restoration Coordinator.


Open Competitive: masters degree in History, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, American Studies, Architecture, Archaeology, Anthropology or a degree relating directly to these areas, AND seven years of professional experience in historic preservation dealing with the preservation, acquisition and rehabilitation of historic structures or neighborhoods pursuant to federal regulations. Five of those years must have been at a management or administrative level responsible for an entire program or a major component of a program.





Promotion: one year of service as a Chief Historic Preservation Services, or Chief Historic Site and Park Services; or two years of service as Historic Site Regional Supervisor.


Open Competitive: masters degree in History, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, American Studies, Architecture, Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies or a degree relating directly to these areas, and eight years of professional experience in historic preservation dealing with the preservation, acquisition and rehabilitation of historic structures or neighborhoods pursuant to federal regulations.  Five of those years must have been at a management or administrative level responsible for an entire program or a major component of a program. A Professional Architects license with current registration can be substituted for the educational requirements above.


Revised:  8/17


NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.