Senior Historic Preservation Planner

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SUMMARY: Under general direction, reviews and analyzes historic preservation requests. Prepares and presents recommendations to the Historic Preservation Board regarding historic preservation requests and assists the public and City personnel with issues related to Historic Preservation; may perform other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Prepares and presents recommendations to the Historic Preservation Board on requests to properties within a historic district or listed as an individual site in the West Palm Beach Register of Historic Places.
  • Provides technical expertise in historic preservation to the public and City personnel.
  • Reviews building permit applications for properties located within a historic district or listed as a historic site in the West Palm Beach Register of Historic Places for compliance with the Historic Preservation Ordinance.
  • Reviews all demolition permit applications and Section 106 requests.
  • Administers the Ad Valorem Tax Exemption program.
  • Administers the street signage program for historic districts.
  • Prepares nominations for a structure to be designated as a historic site.
  • Acquire grant funding to implement historic preservation programs.
  • Amend the Historic Preservation Ordinance when necessary.
  • Develops public education programs and programs to preserve the City’s historic resources.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of American and local history, architectural history, construction materials and techniques.
  • Skill in reading architectural drawings.
  • Skill in organizing and carry out systematic identification and documentation of historic sites.
  • Skill in visually identifying potentially historic sites.
  • Skill in determining the integrity and significance of sites.
  • Skill in judging the potential effect of any proposed undertaking on historic sites.
  • Skill in organizing multiple tasks interacts with the public, and meet deadlines.
  • Skill in photography, research and technical analysis of planning-related information.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer and maintain a computer database.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to make sound assessments and recommendations based on research.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves detailed concentration for long periods of time in a modified office environment and may involve outdoor work sites. There may be occasional need for light lifting. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing. This position may also require the use of City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, or a closely related field, and three (3) years of experience in a planning environment, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: PMSA
Last Revision date: October 2001
 
Overtime: No
 
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