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EXHIBITS SPECIALIST (RESTORATION)

PRESERVATION SPECIALIST


Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform basic preservation maintenance, repair, and treatment of historic structures. Work is performed under close supervision with emphasis on safety and developing knowledge of historic preservation.

I. Trade/Craft skills

A. Tool maintenance, use, and operation
B. Identify period vs. contemporary work
C. Use of period tools, materials, and methods

II. Project Planning/Supervision

A. Following construction documents and instructions
B. Documenting project work
C. Assist in day-to-day direction of project work
D. Safety considerations
E. Conduct inventory and condition assessments of historic structures

III. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A. Follow NPS-28 and Secretary of Interiors Standards
B. Differentiate levels of preservation treatment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Journey level skill in two contemporary building trades (e.g., carpentry, masonry, painting, etc.)

Ability to maintain hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary power tools in safe operating condition

Ability to differentiate contemporary and period fabrication/construction, and take appropriate steps to protect period work

Skill in assisting higher graded employees in repair or replacement of period elements

Ability to work accurately from blueprints, sketches, shop lists, and written and oral instructions to procure equipment and materials for project work

Ability to accurately and completely document project work through photography, as-built drawings, and written narratives

Skill in assisting project supervisors in day-to-direction of day labor crews

Knowledge of the levels of preservation treatment as specified in the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties, and NPS-28, Cultural Resources Management Guidelines

Ability to properly use and maintain personal protective equipment

Ability to recognize materials safety, environmental, or other workplace hazards and respond appropriately

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform advanced level preservation maintenance, repair, and treatment of historic structures. Work is performed under normal supervision with continued emphasis on safety and historic preservation treatment techniques.

All Competencies at the Entry Level plus:

I. Trade/Craft Skills

A. Diagnosis of deterioration/defects
B. Recommend treatments
C. Repair/replacement of period elements

II. Project Planning/Supervision

A. Prepare scopes of work (SOW) and cost estimates
B. Perform condition assessments
C. Direct project work

II. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A.Interpret and apply NPS-28 and Secretary of Interiors Standards
B. Apply requirements for Section 106 compliance

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

All Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities at the Entry Level plus:

Journey level skill in at least one contemporary building trade and the ability to demonstrate basic skills in at least one other trade applicable to repair of historic building fabric

Skill in developing and using tools, devices, or procedures required for fabrication or repair of historic architectural fabric

Ability to detect deterioration or defects in period work and to diagnose probable causes and recommend treatments

Demonstrate knowledge of period construction tools, materials, and methods in determining evolution of historic fabric

Ability to use period tools, methods, and materials

Skill in preparing written scopes of work (SOW), cost estimates, procuring equipment and materials, and completing post-construction documentation

Ability to assist in performing condition assessments on historic structures

Ability to provide day-to-day supervision and technical direction of day labor crews

Ability to serve as a construction inspector on preservation construction projects

Demonstrate the ability to interpret preservation policies, standards, and guidelines, and apply them to the definition and execution of preservation projects

Skill in completing Section 106 documentation for preservation projects

Ability to assess material, environmental, and other workplace hazards, and develop safety programs

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the preservation maintenance, repair, and treatment of historic structures at the full performance level. Work is performed with little direct supervision and with oral and written instruction. Individual will be able to schedule work, lead crews to perform tasks, and determine types and amounts of material.

All competencies at the Entry and Developmental Levels plus:

I. Trade/Craft Skills

A. Develop and offer preservation training
B. Evaluate/apply state-of-the-art techniques

II. Project Planning/Supervision

A. Develop treatment guidelines
B. Supervise preservation programs

III. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A. Instruct others in interpretation/application

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

All Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities at the Entry and Developmental Levels plus:

Demonstrate journey level skills in at least one contemporary building trade and the ability to apply preservation skills in a broad range of crafts related to the practice of historic preservation

Ability to assess, evaluate, and direct the work of journey level workers in the range of trades applied to historic preservation

Ability to develop comprehensive training in a range of preservation related trades

Ability to evaluate and apply state-of-the-art materials and technologies to the conservation and repair of period architectural fabric

Ability to function as part of a team of preservation professionals to assess complex structural and architectural fabric conditions and recommend comprehensive treatment programs

Ability to develop guidelines for treatment of historic structures

Ability to manage a preservation program

Ability to manage a preservation project within its financial limits

Ability to serve as a Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) on complex preservation projects

Ability to instruct others in the interpretation and application of preservation policies, standards, and guidelines

Ability to develop and administer a workplace safety program

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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