Historic Preservation Specialist

Historic Preservation Specialist
Organization Denver Mountain Parks
Location Denver, Colorado
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Feb 5, 2022

Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking a capable and experienced Historic Preservation Specialist to perform historic preservation work on Denver Mountain Park facilities. Established over a century ago in 1912, the Denver Mountain Parks consists of 14,000 acres of parks and open space across four counties outside of Denver’s municipal boundary. The Mountain Parks system boasts a wide array of parks, bison herds, the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, water resources, wildlife habitat, trails, and a variety of recreational activities ranging from the alpine environment of Mount Evans to the plains ecosystem of Daniel’s Park. The Denver Mountain Parks system is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and features over 300 historic properties, including the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater National Historic Landmark, and significant historic structures designed by noted Denver architect J.J. Benedict. This position will also be responsible for the preservation maintenance of the historic Red Rocks CCC camp in Morrison, one of the last two remaining intact camps in the nation.

DPR recognizes the importance of diversity in the representation of our organization to best serve our customers and community. To that end, DPR is committed to:

  • Examining department policies and processes that value diverse perspectives and eliminate barriers to inclusion
  • Identifying where inequities exist and implementing strategies to ensure equitable outcomes
  • Strengthening diversity in Parks and Recreation services by transforming policies to institutionalize equity
  • Reinvesting in resources aimed at ensuring DPR is an equitable and just organization

This position will report to the Denver Mountain Parks headquarters in Morrison, Colorado. This position will typically work Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. with occasional evenings, weekends, and or/holidays for special events, snow removal, or emergencies.

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Historic Preservation (75%)

  • Perform semi-skilled historic preservation work on buildings and facilities, including (but not limited to) log crown repair, wood window repair, and masonry repointing, using a range of hand and power tools
  • Provide condition assessments, preservation plans, and treatment recommendations for historic buildings throughout the Denver Mountain Parks system
  • Serve as work lead on historic preservation projects and perform training and mentoring in historic preservation skills for Denver Mountain Parks staff
  • Serve as occasional volunteer project manager and train, supervise, and monitor volunteers
  • Conduct occasional historical and archival research related to Denver Mountain Parks

General Maintenance (25%)

  • Perform semi-skilled, unlicensed trades work in multiple trades areas for both historic and non-historic buildings, including carpentry, roofing repair, glazing, tool machinery, masonry, mechanical maintenance, minor electrical, minor plumbing, minor heating and ventilating, minor refrigeration and air conditioning, and painting, etc.
  • Perform occasional light maintenance and landscaping work including sweeping, trash removal, gate maintenance, and condition monitoring
  • Assist with annual bison handling
  • Support snow removal operations in the winter

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong foundation in traditional skills and the use of hand and power tools
  • Experience working on historic properties
  • Project management skills
  • Familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
  • A love for parks and history

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET, or TASC Certificate
  • Experience: Three (3) years of experience performing a variety of duties in construction, mechanical, or facility maintenance
  • Licensures/Certification(s): This job requires driving. Requires a valid Driver’s License at the time of application. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Equivalency: A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements
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