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Posted: 05/07/2010

Historical Research Associates, Inc.

Since 1974, HRA (Historical Research Associates) has provided consulting services for public and private clients in cultural resource management, litigation support and historical research. Our Cultural Resource Management expertise enables clients to comply with Section 106 and Section 110 requirements for cultural resource surveys and mitigation, and to meet regulations for historic preservation reports, including National Register nominations. Our History Division provides expert witness and research services for an array of litigation-related needs, particularly in tribal and treaty rights, water rights, Potentially Responsible Party and other hazardous-waste research, as well as book-length corporate and administrative histories. Our partner companies extend our cultural resource management reach from coast to coast and provide extensive document-collection and data-management services.

Research Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Seattle, WA

Position Announcement: Research Architectural Historian (Seattle)

May 5, 2010

Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA), a company of historical, cultural, and environmental resource consultants, seeks a full-time, permanent architectural historian for its Seattle office. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, health and disability insurance, and 401K plan. Salary depends upon experience, but the anticipated annual salary range is between $36,500Ė39,500. HRA is an EEO employer.

The HRA Architectural/Research Historian performs a wide range of project-based research tasks in architecture, historic preservation, and cultural resources management. The nature of the work involves but is not limited to Section 106, 36 CFR Part 800 Ė Protection of Historic Properties, Cultural Resource Management principles, and practices. The position requires that the staff is knowledgeable in conducting both reconnaissance- and intensive-level inventories, evaluating structures or buildings, determining their level of integrity and, if appropriate, making eligibility recommendations. The staff member will complete documentation of research findings and preliminary determinations appropriate to the individual project. The position may require out-of-area travel and fieldwork for one or more days, principally in the Pacific Northwest. While the position will be based in Seattle, additional tasks may be assigned through consultation with other HRA Associates and Project Managers in Spokane; Portland, Oregon; and Missoula, Montana.


1. Conduct background research, online and in available research libraries, collections, and facilities and document results within professional standards for references and bibliographies.

2. Conduct appropriate fieldwork, including photographing building or structure and noting architectural details and other appropriate characteristics and document results within professional standards. Knowledge and experience in working with Washington and Oregonís SHPO electronic survey and inventory forms.

3. Evaluate the integrity of historic buildings and structures based on National Register of Historic Places criteria, knowledge of architectural history, published materials, and archival materials and writing detailed architectural or engineering descriptions using appropriate terminology.

4. Perform duties on multiple simultaneous projects, sometimes with conflicting deadlines.

5. Perform all project tasks within scope, budgetary and schedule constraints and according to professional and HRAís standards.

6. Travel as needed to perform project and/or company related tasks as deemed necessary.

7. Prepare, enter, and use research data in computerized databases.

8. Perform other project-related tasks as requested by management and/or project team members.


1. Education and experience: Masterís Degree in architectural history, historic preservation, or a closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history (a bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, and historic preservation or in closely related field and including coursework in American architectural history, and five years of full-time experience in research and writing concentrating on historic preservation and/or architectural history is also acceptable). Familiarity with National Register of Historic Places criteria and working knowledge of the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for Historic Preservation projects is required. Knowledge of Section 106 and state and local register criteria and statutes is desirable but not required.

2. Abilities: Ability to effectively utilize research facilities and internet based research databases and collections, conduct research activities, and conduct fieldwork using appropriate field techniques; ability to document findings in a professional manner and format; and creative problem-solving abilities.

3. Skills: Interpersonal skills needed to function within a project team and to work closely with a team supervisor and/or a project manager, and to interact with HRA clients and staff of research facilities and public historic preservation offices and societies. Communication skills needed to prepare and organize information to be included in research reports and to explain conclusions to clients and/or SHPO. The successful applicant must be proficient in the use of computer word processor and database systems for the entry of written reports and research data. Familiarity with the operation and use of photographic cameras is critical. A valid driverís license and ability to operate passenger car and light truck.

4. Physical Requirements: Ability to perform physical requirements of fieldwork including lifting boxes of up to 50 pounds, and visually observe historic characteristics.

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How to apply
Send résumé, short writing sample (specific to architectural history), and contact information for three references to: Heather Lee Miller, PhD Historical Research Associates, Inc. 1904 3rd Avenue, Suite 240 Seattle, WA 98101 hmiller@hrasssoc.com DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS May 14, 2010 HRA is a corporation based in Montana with offices in Missoula, Seattle, Portland, Spokane, and Washington, D.C. Since 1974, HRA has undertaken projects for public and private clients throughout the United States. No phone calls please.
Heather Miller
Phone: (206) 343-0226
1904 3rd Avenue
Suite 240
Seattle, WA 98101

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