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HISTORICAL MAINTENANCE PERSON


Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

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

I. Trade/Craft Skills

A. Basic tool use and operation
B. Basic equipment operation
C. Basic construction techniques

II. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A. Awareness of preservation laws

III. Preservation Skills

A. Awareness of levels of treatment

IV. Health and Safety Awareness

A. Use of personal protective equipment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic ability to perform construction techniques

Ability to operate power tools and construction equipment such as compressors, cement/mortar mixers, generators, table saws, drill presses, etc

Ability to operate standard shop power tools such as bench saw, mechanical plane, jigsaw, etc

Ability to use various hand tools such as hammers, saws, wrenches, level, etc

Basic knowledge of the laws relating to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended

Ability to understand the levels of treatments that are consistent with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for

the Treatment of Historic Properties

Basic knowledge of the proper use of personal protective equipment

Ability to develop apprentice level craft skills one trade

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

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

All Competencies at the Entry Level plus:

I. Trade and Craft Skills

A. Advanced tool maintenance
B. Advanced equipment operation and maintenance
C. Apprentice level skill in construction techniques

II. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A. NPS-28
B. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

III. Preservation Skills

A. Working knowledge of the levels of treatment
B. Preventing further damage

IV. Health and Safety Awareness

A. Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to properly clean and maintain tools

Apprentice-level skill in at least one trade such as carpentry, masonry, or painting

Ability to properly clean various surfaces using the

appropriate cleaning materials

Skill in the operation and maintenance of construction equipment

Working knowledge of the levels of treatment

Knowledge of how to prevent damage or destruction of historic and/or archeological materials and artifacts during treatment

Knowledge of the guidelines relating to historic preservation in the National Park Service

Ability to recognize materials safety

Basic knowledge of how to remove historic elements without damage during work assignments

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the preservation maintenance, repair, and treatment of historic properties at the full performance level. Work is performed with little direct supervision and with oral and written instruction.

All Competencies at the Entry and Developmental Level plus:

I. Trade and Craft Skills

A. Interpret simple construction drawings or plans
B. Selection of proper tools and equipment
C. Semiskilled in construction techniques

II. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A. Understand preservation laws and guidelines

III. Preservation Skills

A. Identify, dismantle, and label historic building components
B. Execute appropriate preservation treatments

IV. Health and Safety Awareness

A. Environmental practices

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to understand the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and NPS-28, Cultural Resource Management Guidelines

Ability to address compliance with the law in preservation craft work

Knowledge of how to remove, identify, salvage, and store historic structure materials and artifacts during treatment/construction projects

Skill and ability to execute a range of appropriate preservation treatments; knowledge and ability to recognize treatments that offer potential for damage

Working knowledge of various types of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and protection systems, components, and hardware

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

Ability to layout work and select proper tools and materials

Ability to interpret simple construction drawings and plans into own work

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

Ability to perform preservation maintenance related to problems associated with vegetation overgrowth, biological

agents, pests, and water problems for various building materials and structures



National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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