Historic Preservation Officer

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By Butte-Silver Bow City-County
155 W. Granite St., Suite 209
Butte, Montana
Salary 25.96 - 28.42
Deadline 06/05/2015
For More
Name: Ron Stormer
Title: Human Resources Director
Phone: 406-497-6429
Fax: 406-497-6328


Coordinate programs to identify, evaluate, promote and protect historic resources within the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow and ensure compliance with local, state and federal historic preservation laws and ordinances. Manage and track changes of property within Butte-Silver Bow to enhance value and promote historic preservation.


  • This position is responsible for the complex administrative work involving the planning, organization and coordination of the operations of the Historic Preservation Office; including the ability to integrate historic preservation principles with other community goals, policies, and programs.
  • Advises the Urban Revitalization Agency, Community Development and Planning, Public Works and other departments on applicable/appropriate design activities, including the coordination of historic mine yard restoration projects, historic preservation design standards and the implementation of the Butte-Silver Bow County Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan and the Regional Historic Preservation Plan.
  • The work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Chief Executive, but nature of the work performed grants leeway to the position for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative; likewise, an employee in this class is required to establish and maintain close cooperative working relationships with other BSB department heads and public officials, compliance agencies, NGOs/citizen groups, other BSB employees and the general public.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of national, state, and local preservation laws and ordinances;
  • Ability to evaluate a property’s significance and eligibility for nomination to the Local Register and the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Ability to advise local officials, B-SB Departments and the general public on planning, design and preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties and compatible infill construction in the historic district;
  • Knowledge of available grants and funding to rehabilitate historic properties and the ability to obtain this funding;
  • Skill in interpersonal communications and working with members of the public, and making public presentations;
  • Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer using standard work processing, spreadsheet and database applications appropriate to duties;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of complex administrative, supervisory and public relations tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
  • Ability to recognize health concerns in dilapidated buildings (asbestos, lead, mold, rodents, pigeons, etc.)
  • General knowledge of building, fire, health, and zoning codes and regulations

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Planning, History or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated interest, competence and knowledge in historic preservation with professional expertise in history, planning, archaeology, architecture, architectural history, historic archaeology or a closely related field. Also, knowledge and competence in applicable local, state and federal historic preservation laws (including Section 106, NHPA 1966) building codes, health codes, and property appraisal;
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skill and abilities required in performing the work. Required Special Qualifications
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Montana
  • Must be a resident of Butte-Silver Bow during employment according to Butte-Silver Bow Ordinance. See below.

“2.08.010 Residence during employment. From and after October 1, 1979, all employees of the local government of Butte-Silver Bow shall be bona fide residents within the boundaries of Butte-Silver Bow during the period of their employment by the government of Butte-Silver Bow. (Ord. 85 § 1, 1979)” Training Assignment – Employees in training assignments may be paid below the entry level pay. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

How to Apply

Go to www.bsb.mt.gov to apply.