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Posted: 06/10/2011

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology
Department of Natural Resources

The DHPA is the SHPO for Indiana.

Architectural Field Surveyor
Professional Opportunity
Southwestern Indiana, IN

The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, the Indiana SHPO, is seeking at least 2 full-time contract architectural field surveyors.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with course work that would provide them with a solid knowledge of nineteenth and twentieth century American architecture. In addition, familiarity with vernacular building types and bridge truss types is important. Candidates should also have a working knowledge of digital photography and Microsoft Office applications. Travel is required so candidates must have a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to candidates enrolled in a graduate degree program in architectural history or historic preservation or who have coursework in documentation of historic properties, and registration of historic properties. Preference may be given to candidates with computer aided design (CAD) experience.


Surveyors will be paid at a rate of $11.50 per hour and will be reimbursed for mileage within the county they are surveying at the State Auditor’s mileage rate which currently is $0.44 per mile (this may drop back down to the previous $0.40 per mile if the cost of gas drops). Surveyors are responsible for their food and lodging.

Job Description

Surveyors will be expected to complete the following:

• conduct a literature search of existing survey documentation

• conduct research and interviews with local historians to gain understanding of the county’s development

• research early maps and historical accounts to yield dates of settlement and early industry and identify historic transportation routes and early town boundaries

• note building types and styles that may be especially prevalent in or unique to the county

• work with individuals and groups within the county to solicit additional historical information and guidance

• provide public notification about the survey activity in order to build awareness and support for the project

• drive every road in the county to identify potential historic resources, making an initial determination of potential eligibility for inclusion in the survey.

• complete site documentation for each identified property. This includes recording detailed information using an electronic field application, creating a site map, taking digital photographs, and obtaining at least one UTM coordinate for the property.

• Research and write short township, city/town, and historic district histories, as needed.


• submit work to the survey coordinator on a regular basis to insure that any problems with fieldwork or data can be identified and addressed early.

• maintain necessary mileage data for mileage reimbursements

• be available for public meetings related to the survey

• handle the equipment in a responsible manner

To apply, email a resume and references to awalker@dnr.IN.gov by June 24, 2011.

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How to apply
Send resume and references to Amy Walker at awalker@dnr.in.gov by June 24, 2011
Amy Walker
Phone: (317) 232-1647
402 W. Washington St., Rm W274
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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