Philadelphia Parks and Recreation seeks an architectural researcher for a temporary, ninemonth position. This job entails researching historic properties (buildings and parks), formerly managed by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, in order to create comprehensive files for management of the properties. Research focuses on early parks and recreation facilities, some of which date to the colonial period. The research entails primary and secondary research within city agencies (ie. Philadelphia Historical Commission, Department of Public Property, Philadelphia City Archives) and outside archival institutions (Free Library, HSP, Temple Urban Archives, etc), deed research, architectural drawings and architectural field surveys. Duties include: assisting full-time staff with organizing the collection, including history files, drawings, plans, photographs, and digital files; scanning archival photographs; properly rehousing items and assisting with special projects as needed.
Skills Required: Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Knowledge of proper handling procedures for sensitive archival materials. Some knowledge of architectural terminology or field survey experience. Prior deed research strongly recommended but not mandatory.