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Posted: 01/22/2014


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Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Galveston, TX

Bachelors degree in architectural history, historic preservation or related discipline with architectural history or historic preservation concentration or equivalent demonstrated abilities and / or experience
Minimum two years of field and/or office work experience that includes survey, research, and writing. Masters degree or work performed in graduate school may satisfy this requirement
Knowledge of recording and discussing common east and south Texas house styles from the late 19th century to late 20th century
Familiarity with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requirements and implementing 
Qualified applicants who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment substance abuse test


The position will involve the successful candidate working full time at the URS field office in Galveston, Texas in support of large-scale hurricane disaster recovery housing programs. It will primarily be an office position, assessing the National Register of Historic Places-eligibility (using the recognized criteria of evaluation) of single family residences and rental properties that were damaged in southeast Texas, the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the city of Galveston. These evaluations will be made using standardized forms that were developed in consultation with the Texas Historical Commission. The methods used will include interpreting photographs, maps and GIS data collected by other URS employees; the position will generally not include field survey except occasionally within the City of Galveston itself. 

If found to be NRHP-eligible or within a NRHP-eligible or listed district, the person also will determine the effect of the planned work on the building and within the Area of Potential Effects. After completing these tasks, the person will create a technical report for submission to the State Historic Preservation Office and presentation to the local Landmark Commission. The person also may routinely meet with Texas residents, building contractors, SHPO and City historic preservation staff in the course of their duties. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience in classifying and recording Gulf Coast residential buildings and to those with a demonstrated knowledge of Galveston, the Lower Rio Grande Valley counties of Willacy, Hidalgo and Cameron and in the Southeast Texas counties of Jefferson, Orange and Hardin. 

The person will work under the direct supervision of a Senior Historic Preservation Specialist based in the same office. The duration of the position will be six months to a year, with the potential for extension if the project itself is extended or if additional projects occur in the area. There is no per diem associated with the position. The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to those listed above.


EOE M/F/Disability/Veteran

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How to apply
Please submit your resume online at www.urs.jobs referencing job number IE87026.

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