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Posted: 09/24/2015

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (IN-SHPO)
Department of Natural Resources

The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) serves as the State Historic Preservation Office for Indiana and is a part of the Department of Natural Resources.

Architectural Field Surveyor
Professional Opportunity
Indianapolis, IN
$11.50/hr+mileage reimbursement


Architectural Field Surveyor Position

The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, the Indiana SHPO, is seeking a full-time contract architectural field surveyor for work in central Indiana. Work will begin in November 2015.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a bachelors degree from an accredited four-year college or university with course work that would provide them with a solid knowledge of nineteenth and twentieth century American architecture.  In addition, familiarity with vernacular building types and bridge truss types is important.  Candidates should also have a working knowledge of digital photography and Microsoft Office applications.  Travel is required so candidates must have a reliable vehicle and valid drivers license.  Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate degree in architectural history or historic preservation or who have coursework in documentation of historic properties, and registration of historic properties. Preference may be given to candidates with computer aided design (CAD) experience.



Surveyors will be paid at a rate of $11.50 per hour and will be reimbursed for mileage within the county they are surveying at the State Auditors mileage rate which currently is $0.40 per mile.  Surveyors are responsible for their own food and lodging.


Job Description

Surveyors will be expected to complete the following:


  • conduct a literature search of existing survey documentation
  • conduct research to gain understanding of the countys development
  • research early maps and historical accounts to yield dates of settlement and early industry and identify historic transportation routes and early town boundaries
  • note building types and styles that may be especially prevalent in or unique to the county
  • work with individuals and groups within the county to solicit additional historical information and guidance
  • drive every road in the county to identify potential historic resources, making an initial determination of potential eligibility for inclusion in the survey
  • complete site documentation for each identified property.  This includes recording detailed information using an electronic field application, creating a site map, taking digital photographs, and obtaining at least one UTM coordinate for the property
  • Research and write short township, city/town, and historic district histories, as needed



  • submit work to the survey coordinator on a regular basis to insure that fieldwork meets program standards
  • maintain necessary mileage data for mileage reimbursements
  • handle the equipment in a responsible manner


To apply, email a resume and references to aborland@dnr.IN.gov by October 5, 2015.


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How to apply
To apply, email a resume and references to aborland@dnr.IN.gov by October 5, 2015.
Amy Borland
Phone: 317/ 232-1647
Fax: 317/ 232-0693
402 W. Washington St., Rm. W274
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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