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Essential Competencies

I. Professional Discipline

Basic knowledge of the role, function, and management principles which guide the management of the five types of park cultural resources (archeological resources, structures, cultural landscapes, museum objects, and ethnographical resources).

Ability to recognize the interrelationship of management with all cultural resource disciplines and work within this framework towards the joint accomplishment of cultural resource projects and goals.

Knowledge of natural resource issues and concerns as they affect and interface with cultural resource management.

Ability to develop and maintain partnerships for the accomplishment of cultural resource programs.

II. Preservation, Law, Philosophy, and Practice

Familiarity with NPS Cultural Resources Management Guidelines, the National Historic Preservation Act (Sections 106 and 110), the National Environmental Policy Act (Section 4f) as they apply to the management of park cultural resources.

Ability to apply and integrate principles of Section 106 and 110 into the planning process and to apply this knowledge to the management of park resources.

Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and NPS cultural resource management policies and guidelines and the ability to apply this knowledge to guide work on historic structures and landscapes.

Ability to apply and oversee the application of criteria, standards, and guidelines for the identification, evaluation, and documentation of cultural resources.

Knowledge of federal legislation and laws affecting historic properties (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act, life safety, fire, and health codes) and the ability to apply this knowledge to the management and preservation of historic properties.

III. Research and Inventory

Basic working knowledge of cutlural resource inventories and knowledge of thier role in research, project design, planning, and treatment recommendations.

IV. Preservation, Treatment, and Maintenance

Ability to work and supervise others in the preservation, treatment, and maintenance of cultural resources.

V. Program and Project Management

Ability to develop/assist in the development of the cultural resource component of the park's Resources Management Plan.

Basic knowledge and understanding of related resource management disciplines to the degree that ensures their proper consideration in park management and planning.

Ability to review professional reports and proposals and to respond in a constructive and relevant manner, sensitive to resource needs.

Ability to participate in interdisciplinary activities on preservation planning and treatment projects.

Ability to work effectively as a team member with other professionals and managers on preservation planning and treatment projects involving or affecting cultural resource and the ability to serve as a team leader on such projects.

VI. Writing and Communication

Ability to maintain close contact and coordination with park, cluster, and regional cultural resource specialists.

VII. Training

Ability to identify and prescribe training for park personnel dealing with cultural resource management and preservation.

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies

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