Historic Properties Specialist Training

Event Start Date: 3/26/2024 8:00 AM

Event End Date: 3/28/2024 5:00 PM

Historic Properties Specialist Training offered by the Department of the Interior in the Minneapolis/St Paul area


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course trains cultural resource professionals to fill the role of a Historic Properties Specialist (HPS) to advise spill responders on how to avoid or mitigate potential impacts to cultural resources such as historic structures, archaeological sites, traditional cultural places and cultural landscapes, and to ensure legally sufficient consultation with stakeholders, including tribes. Emphasizes cooperation with Incident Command staff and other spill responders, effective communication of cultural resource concepts and needs, and response techniques. A workshop format is used to encourage dialog and discussion among participants. 


TO REGISTER: Register using this form by February 15: Oil Spill Response for Cultural Resource Professionals (


DATES: March 26-28, 2024


LOCATION: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, Minnesota


PREREQUISITES: Incident Command System (ICS) Training 100 and 200 level courses, available free online at: 

1. Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100 - FEMA - Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Course | IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

2. Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 - FEMA - Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Course | IS-200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200

Individuals deployed to the field during a spill incident will also need additional training consisting of 24-hour or 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training. Agencies may also have additional training requirements for spill response personnel.



Meredith Hardy, Deputy Manager, NPS

Jen Wellock, Environmental Response and Recovery, DOI

Dan Odess, National Park Service (retired)

John Nelson, Regional Environmental Officer, DOI


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Training is open to any involved in spill response and have an interest in how cultural resources are considered during a spill.


TUITION: No tuition cost. Travel costs must be paid by attendee's home park, program, or office. A limited number of scholarships/invitational travel may be available to help with travel costs.


COURSE COORDINATOR: John Nelson, Regional Environmental Officer,, 215-266-5155