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Posted: 06/03/2015

SWCA Environmental Consultants

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Pasadena, CA

Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work.


Our Pasadena office is seeking a Senior Architectural Historian to support our California offices. A Senior Architectural Historian is a core member of the statewide Cultural Resources program and will collaborate with SWCAs managers, directors, and principal investigators on technical and business development efforts throughout California. This is a full-time, salaried position.

What you will accomplish:

Responsible for all aspects of project execution, including the following: Independently conducting historic resource assessments/evaluations according to local, state, and federal criteria of significance.  Archival research, focusing on primary and secondary sources and utilizing online and local resources. Researching and writing historic context statements, which identify significant context, themes, and property types.  Preparation of defensible compliance documentation in support of CEQA/NHPA/Section 106 review. Planning and carrying out historic resource surveys of a variety of residential, commercial, and institutional properties using Arc-GIS-enabled tablet computers and other cutting-edge survey methodology.  Documenting survey results in reports and recording historic resources on DPR forms.  Registration of historic properties and districts to local, state, and federal registers.  Carrying out project-level review for compliance with SOIS. Assisting local governments with creating and revising planning regulations, including historic preservation ordinances. Developing and managing project budgets, and contributing to proposal and marketing efforts.

Experience and qualifications for success:
  • A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field required; Masters degree strongly preferred.
  • Meets Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History (36 CFR Part 61)
  • A working knowledge of federal and state cultural resource and historic preservation laws and practices, including NEPA, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and CEQA
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience conducting research, writing, and consulting in American architectural history with a consulting firm, agency, or other professional organization
  • Experience recording architectural resources on California DPR 523 forms
  • Knowledge of the history and architectural history of California is required
  • Experience with application of The Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation (36 CFR Part 67) and Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record documentation and procedures are preferred
  • Experience working on National Register Nominations preferred

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Records Top 200 Environmental Firms.


EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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