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Historian
The Presidio Trust is a Federal government corporation that manages and protects the Presidio of San Francisco.  The Trust is now accepting applications for the following Federal excepted-service position. 
 
Historian
Responsible for making significant contributions to the Heritage Program of the Presidio Trust; responsible for conducting historic research using archival and other sources, synthesizing  information, elucidating the salient events and patterns in the Presidio’s history, connecting those patterns to broader themes in the Spanish Empire, the US Army, and the American West, and communicating this to the public through various media in a distilled and compelling fashion; works with archaeologist, curator, educators, program producers to develop engaging exhibits and programs at the Officers’ Club and other heritage sites; provides expertise to others to guide successful projects and convey richness of the Presidio through marketing and outreach efforts; with the Director, Archaeologist, and Curator contributes to the design, implementation, and oversees elements of research and interpretation involving archival or collections based research; field investigations; laboratory analysis; exhibition; and professional report writing; participates in curatorial activities and serves on the museum collections committee; provides content and review for Trust Heritage Program exhibitions and publications; provides same for agency documents including management plans, cultural landscape assessments, design guidelines, environmental assessments and impact statements; serves as an advisor to Trust management and others on cultural resources and identifies, evaluates, and makes treatment recommendations regarding the avoidance or mitigation of adverse effects to maintain or enhance the integrity of the Presidio National Historic Landmark District [NHLD]; develops work plans and schedules, scopes of work, cost estimates, and proposals and/or grants to justify funding requests and accomplish goals; serves as team member to solicit and review research proposals, scopes of work, and task orders prepared for programs, planning, and other management purposes; may serve as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) for some projects; with Director may develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relationships with other agencies, academic institutions, non-profit groups, interested parties, descendant groups, and the public; attends and/or organizes professional conferences; consults with  professional historians on new developments, methods, theories, and research in California, Spanish Colonial, US Military History, and public history; provides peer review for Trust, National Park Service, and academic studies on the Presidio; with Director recommends media outlets to promote the Heritage Program of the Presidio Trust; creates and publishes material in pamphlets, brochures, web sites; makes presentations in parks, public gatherings, professional meetings, invited lectures to engage the public; summarizes and interprets highly technical materials for staff; produces and maintains a digital archive or database of pertinent references and source materials; indirectly supervises seasonal, temporary, volunteer or intern personnel.
 
Requires master’s degree from accredited university in history or associated disciplines with specialization in American History with expertise in one of the following:  history of California, San Francisco Bay Area, US Army, and/or Spanish Colonialism; requires five years of professional experience and professional knowledge of the principles, practices, and current theories of the discipline of public history; ability to apply that knowledge to perform scholarly research, advise resource managers, inform educational curriculum, and create interpretive materials and exhibitions; exceptional skill in oral and written communication to insure lectures, tours, exhibit text, and general publications are engaging, thorough, and easily understood, and research reports and scholarly articles are of high credibility; ability to collaborate with various descendant groups and members of the public who recognize a cultural affinity to the Presidio’s history; knowledge of and ability to employ various types of computer applications.
 
The Presidio Trust is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive benefits package.  To apply call (415) 561-5300 (Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm) to request an application package, OR download the application from our website, www.presidio.gov/jobs, and mail the application to Human Resources, Presidio Trust, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052.
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Presidio Trust Human Resources Department
The Presidio Trust
P.O. Box 29052
San Francisco, CA 94129

T: (415) 561-5405
F: (415) 561-5360
E: jobs@presidiotrust.gov

Employment Application

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You can download a PDF version of the Employment Application here. Acrobat Reader 7 or higher is required to access and fill out the application.