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Historic Compliance Coordinator

The Presidio Trust is seeking a Historic Compliance Coordinator. The Trust is one of a kind: a stand-alone federal agency, with a board of directors reporting directly to the President of the United States. We have the unique mission of operating a financially self-sustaining national park in one of the most spectacular locations in America. Starting as a military base under Spanish jurisdiction in the 1700s, and now operating as a National Historic Landmark District, the Presidio has been transformed into a national park with majestic views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. We earn all of our own revenue by leasing homes to families and offices to organizations; and operating a hotel, golf course and restaurants. We use that income to renovate, maintain and operate a park with a historic forest, a wide range of native plants and animals, the only campground in San Francisco, archeological excavations, and hundreds of historic buildings.

Our ideal candidate has strong organization, problem-solving, verbal communication and writing skills, and is passionate about restoring, repairing, and maintaining historic structures in the Presidio. You are an ambitious self-starter who strives for results and performs well under pressure, and you are skilled in research and analytical thinking.  The ability to respectfully and effectively collaborate with a range of people with varying backgrounds in design, the trades, real estate and tenants is essential. This position is best suited to a recent graduate of a master's program in historic preservation, ideally with prior experience in a related field such as architecture, materials conservation, planning or other building-related professions.

This is a full-time role with benefits.  Applications received by May 6, 2022, will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold the first round of interviews beginning in late May. Our target start timing is mid-to-late of June 2022. 


  • Administer Trust's Section 106 Review program under the Presidio Trust's Programmatic Agreement(s) for all projects in Area B of the Presidio of San Francisco (on behalf of the Federal Preservation Officer-FPO).
  • Represent the Trust's integrated NHPA and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) program, known as "N2", on the Planning Review team, which coordinates all Trust and tenant project reviews with the agency's Design Review Committee and Permitting function.
  • Evaluate proposed projects and provide recommendations to the FPO and NEPA Compliance Manager on the level of compliance required.  Ensure that all possible adverse impacts to the resources are identified, addressed and that alternatives are developed to ensure protection of park resources.
  • Research history and evaluate the integrity of the historic resources involved in proposed actions and make recommendations as to the significance of the resources and the type of treatment (e.g. preservation, rehabilitation, restoration) that should be followed.
  • Support the NEPA Compliance Manager in the administration of Presidio Trust's N2 Review Committee; coordinate committee agenda, schedule; coordinate with committee members to schedule agenda items; write committee minutes and monitor progress of all projects and conditions of approval.
  • Prepare the Annual Report of activities reviewed through the Programmatic Agreement(s) for the California State Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and other consulting parties.
  • Review the Presidio Trust Building and Dig Permits, cyclic maintenance schedules, building turns, preservation maintenance proposals, and conservation projects for potential NHPA Compliance requirements.  
  • Assist with communications between the California State Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, other consulting parties and the public to determine the effect of proposed actions on historic properties and to negotiate avoidance, minimization, or mitigations for those impacts.
  • Assist in writing Memorandums of Agreement, Memorandums of Understanding, and Programmatic Agreements, considering potential impacts of proposed actions on historic resources.
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to Trust staff in the development and execution of projects that will impact historic resources.  Assist staff in writing/compiling administrative records that support Presidio Trust N2 Project Screening Forms.
  • Monitor actions through design, construction, and/or implementation to ensure adherence to stipulations placed on the project during review. Review drawings, specifications, shop drawings, design-build specifications, and other materials as well as provide inspection during the construction phase of the project.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in any discipline of Historic Preservation, Architecture, Historic Architecture, Architectural History, or Conservation, AND
  • One (1) year experience in historic preservation and/or historic compliance work, or graduate-level internship in historic preservation, AND
  • Broad knowledge of American history, architectural history, or landscape history.
  • Working knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of the historic preservation practice.
  • Ability to identify and maintain professional contacts with colleagues within the historic preservation professions.

About Presidio Trust Historic Preservation

The Presidio of San Francisco is a 1,491 acre National Historic Landmark District comprised of over 700 contributing buildings, landscapes, archaeological sites and features.  Historic preservation at the Presidio Trust is carried out by an interdisciplinary team of real estate development, architects, archaeologists, landscape architects, building tradespeople and compliance professionals working together to adaptively reuse the former Spanish, Mexican and American military base, founded in 1776.  Each year the historic compliance team reviews dozens of projects ranging from extensive building and landscape rehabilitations to minor tenant improvements and maintenance programs.  As a National Park site and one of the Bay Area's most treasured places, the Presidio offers an extremely dynamic, active environment for historic preservation practice. 

Background & Driver's License Investigation and Review

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes, driver's license. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an employment background investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the background investigation.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All Presidio Trust employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption. Employment is contingent upon submitting a COVID-19 Certification of Vaccination or qualifying for an exemption when hired.