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Posted: 10/15/2012

Applied EarthWorks, Inc.
Historic Preservation Program

Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (Æ) is a consulting firm specializing in cultural resources management (CRM), prehistoric and historical archaeology, and historic preservation. We at Æ recognize that our staff is our greatest asset and we are committed to providing a collegial, professional, and positive work environment. Our high staff retention rate demonstrates our commitment to a fair and equitable workplace where our employees can thrive. Æ prides itself on being a great place to work and we seek to find an Architectural Historian to join our team of stellar professionals. Æ is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Eligibility for benefits is earned with length of service, and includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, professional development time, 401(k), ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Central Coast, CA
Based on Experience

Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (∆) has an immediate opening for an Architectural Historian with project management experience to join our growing Historic Preservation Program. This is a regular, full-time position to primarily serve the California Central Coast region, but project assignments may involve travel to other areas. The successful candidate will be based in either our Lompoc or San Luis Obispo office. Starting wage depends on qualifications and experience.†

Job Description: The available position is for a mid-level professional architectural historian with project management responsibilities. The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Perform archival and historical research using primary and secondary documentary sources;
  • Perform oral history research;†
  • Develop historic contexts and write historic background overviews;†
  • Record and evaluate historical buildings, structures, and landscapes to current professional standards; †
  • Review design plans for consistency with Secretary of Interiors Standards and Guidelines;†
  • Prepare HABS/HAER/ HALS documentation (meeting national or state-level documentation requirements);†
  • Write professional technical reports of documentary and field research;
  • Assist the Program Manager with staff supervision and project management tasks;
  • Review and assess historic built environment reports for grammar, style, thoroughness, professionalism, and accuracy; and
  • Prepare proposals and budgets, assist with business development, and interface with clients, agencies, and the public on behalf of†∆.

Education/Experience: M.A. or Ph.D. degree in history, art history, architectural history, historic preservation, or closely related discipline required. The successful candidate must meet the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualification Standards for an Architectural Historian. This position requires a minimum of seven years of professional experience as an architectural historian, with demonstration of progressively increased responsibility in CRM, and at least two years of experience managing historic built environment projects and preparing proposals. California experience preferred.

Required Skills: The applicant must have experience conducting and directing architectural and historical structure surveys and recording and evaluating historic built environment resources according to NRHP criteria. The position requires prior supervisory experience and a strong working knowledge of regulatory compliance, familiarity with archival sources, and strong written and oral communication skills. †The successful candidate must demonstrate a positive work ethic, reliability, ability to manage multiple projects, and commitment to serving as an integral team leader and member.†

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How to apply
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and list of three references with contact information to Victoria Smith, Æ Historic Preservation Program Manager (vsmith@appliedearthworks.com). Please direct all inquiries regarding the position to Victoria via email. No phone calls please.
Victoria Smith

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