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Posted: 01/05/2015

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. is a growing cultural resources services firm that serves Iowa and surrounding states. We offer a supportive, cooperative, and professional work environment that fosters sharing of ideas and collaborative research. Our benefit package includes a competitive salary, holidays, vacation time, and insurance, as well as opportunities for professional training, advancement, and growth. Salary will be based on demonstrated experience.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Anamosa, IA

This position involves project-based research including survey and analysis in architecture, historic preservation, and cultural resource management. Candidates must meet the Secretary of the Interiors professional qualifications standards for Architectural History. This position requires a Masters degree in architectural history, history, art history, historic preservation, or a closely related field. Other requirements include at least two years experience supervising and completing historic/architectural reconnaissance surveys, intensive surveys and determinations of eligibility, and successful nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preferably in the Midwest at the Principal Investigator level. Excellent writing skills are a must. Nuanced understanding of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is also required. Knowledge of HABS/HAER documentation, oral history interviews, GIS, and design of public outreach booklets and exhibits is desirable.

Responsibilities will include:

Research, fieldwork, analysis, and product preparation for specific research projects, including writing of technical reports, National Register nominations, and public outreach publications.

Identification, documentation, and evaluation of resources for Section 106 and National Register nomination purposes based on field examination, architectural history knowledge, use of published sources, background/archival research at the State Historic Preservation Office and libraries, and writing detailed descriptions of resources using professional terminology.

Documentation of buildings and structures according to professional standards, including photography and descriptions of architectural details.

Supervision of support staff in carrying out completion of projects.

Authoring technical reports that meet the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for Historic Preservation and the standards and requirements of state, federal, and county agencies and Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. management.

Historic research on architectural and archaeological properties to assist with interpretations and historic context development.

Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and complete work under tight, competing deadlines.

Strong computer skills, communication skills, organizational skills, and ability to work cooperatively as part of a collaborative team.

Travel as necessary for projects, mainly within the state of Iowa

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How to apply
Please email or send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample (sole authorship), and list of three references to: Nurit Finn President, Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. P.O. Box 244 Anamosa, IA 52205 Email: ngfinn@wapsivalleyarch.com Telephone: (319) 462-4760
Eleisha Barnett
Phone: 319-462-4760
Fax: 319-462-3954
126 E. Main Street
Anamosa, IA 52205

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