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Posted: 01/25/2013

Alaska Regional Office - National Park Service
Department of the Interior

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Architect (Historic)
Professional Opportunity
Anchorage, AK
$26.22 to $34.08 / Per Hour


You will provide professional historical architectural and historic preservation services using research, principles, theories, concepts, methods and techniques of preserving historic and prehistoric structures. 

Public interaction, inspection, condition assessment, and recommendations for preservation and technical assistance are the framework of the stewardship duties of the historical architect. 


Technical assistance and research defines the features, values and associations that make the structures historically significant; planning, identifies the issues and alternatives for long-term preservation; and stewardship involves activities such as conditions assessment and technical assistance.  You will provide technical assistance to private owners under the umbrella of the National Register of Historic Places and the National Historic Landmarks Program.  Provide expertise to owners and management in the stewardship of Alaskas historic architecture to include designed and vernacular structures. Shall conduct primary and secondary research and prepare reports, Historic Structure Reports, National Register Nominations and provide data input relating to NPS Cultural Resource Program.  Serve as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) for professional A&E contracts.  Performs condition assessments of historic structures.  Will provide professional technical assistance relative to the rehabilitation of those structures.  Improvements may include construction of restoration tasks, integration of necessary upgrades and integration of modern improvements in a manner that conforms to NPS policy, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Secretary of Interiors Standards.  You will provide input in the identification of deferred maintenance needs, code deficiencies and associated costs. 


This position will be located in the Cultural Resources Division of the Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage, Alaska and will serve external historic preservation partners in Alaska.  The position is supervised by the regional supervisory historical architect.  


This position describes an interim level in which the incumbent performs the full range of duties, but with closer supervision and direction than is representative of the GS-12 level.  Upon completion of the regulatory requirements and demonstrated ability to perform at the higher grade level, the incumbent may be promoted without further competition.  Promotion is not automatic or guaranteed.

To qualify, you must meet the basic education requirements for the occupational series as well as the additional requirements as listed below.  

Basic Education Requirements:   Basic education requirements can be met by either of the following:

Education:  A bachelors or higher degree from an accredited college or university in architecture or a related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines, of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems. OR;
Combination of education and experience: A combination of education and experience, college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction of improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least ONE of the following: 1) Related curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified above. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations; 2) Experience: an applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had 1 year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college course, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

Specialized Experience and/or Education: In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the advertised grade level(s) of this position.  This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through any of the following:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of a historical architect. Examples of special

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How to apply
For further informatoin and details as to how to apply, please use the following link to go to USAJOBS.gov for the job announcement. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/335901400
Jennifer Pederson Weinberger

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