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Job Postings


September, 2023

New Opening for Montana SHPO Compliance Officer

Montana State Historic Preservation Office
225 N. Roberts Ave.
P.O. Box 201201
Helena, MT 59620-1201


The Montana Historical Society seeks a detail-oriented and collegial person to work as a Review and Compliance Officer with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). If you have the passion to preserve our historical heritage and have strong skills in communication and organization, this position might be for you. At the Montana Historical Society, we strive for a supportive environment that fosters a work/life balance.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Protection of cultural resources per the National Historic Preservation Act and Montana State Antiquities Act. Common resources include historic mining and industrial properties, rural properties, community historic districts, railroads, irrigation features, bridges, roads, and trails.
  • Review and comment on adequacy of a consulting party’s identification and recordation of cultural resources.
  • Use of National Register eligibility criteria to determine a cultural resource’s eligibility.
  • Issuing determinations of an undertaking’s effect to historic properties.
  • Working with others to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to cultural resources.
  • Working with others in the office who review undertakings, nominate properties to the National Register, plan outreach events, and maintain a database of known cultural sites in Montana.

The successful candidate would have:

  • Knowledge of the Section 106 process, and preservation principles and philosophies.
  • An understanding of Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain history and knowledge of research, survey and inventory methods, as gained through formal education, and/or work experience.
  • Experience in applied or public history, or cultural resources management. 
  • Experience conducting historical research, and appropriate review of another’s work.
  • Knowledge of National Register eligibility criteria.
  • Master of Arts or Science in History, Historical Preservation, Anthropology and/or Archaeology) plus two (2) or more years work experience (may include intern/practicum).

Salary & Benefits: $ 26.40-$26.40 Hourly; Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan
Travel:  Yes, 5 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Helena; not telework eligible
Agency:  Montana Historical Society Union:  Montana Federation of Public Employees  

Required Application Materials:  cover letter, resume, answers to supplemental questions  

Contact Name:  Pete Brown, State Historic Preservation Officer; 406-444-7718

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency’s HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application. State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.


MAS Address

Montana Archaeological Society
PO Box 4522
Missoula, MT 59806-4522