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Posted: 12/29/2015

Johnson, Mirmiran + Thompson
DC Natural + Cultural Resources

Founded in 1971, JMT is a 100% employee-owned firm that provides a full range of multi-disciplined engineering, architectural, and related services to public agencies and private clients throughout the United States. Our staff of more than 1,300 professionals -- engineers, architects, landscape architects, planners, environmental scientists, surveyors, construction and program managers, inspectors, designers, CADD technicians, and GIS and information technology specialists -- is dedicated to the highest-quality project performance. JMT has grown considerably during the past four decades. The company was founded primarily to perform engineering services in support of land development projects. In 1979, JMT entered the public works market by focusing on transportation engineering for Federal, state and local public agencies. Over time, JMT extensively diversified both our service offerings and our client base. Today, JMT provides consulting services to a wide variety of public and private entities. This diversification of markets and services has resulted in considerable geographic expansion from our original office in Silver Spring, Maryland, to strategically located offices across the United States.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) is seeking a full-time Architectural Historian with 1 to 3 years of experience for either our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC or Raleigh, NC office to assist in our growing Cultural Resource practice. The position will entail technical work focusing on historic structures documentation and evaluation.


The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team including archaeologists, architectural historians, historians, environmental scientists, engineers and planners. The qualified candidate must be able to write at a professional level and present ideas in a well-thought out and comprehensive manner. The preferred candidate will enjoy a variety of working conditions ranging from field efforts to office analysis. Responsibilities will include:


  • Fieldwork to survey a variety of structure types;
  • Documenting and evaluating historic structures;
  • Writing property descriptions, historical narratives, significance statements, and National Register justifications


This is an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated individual with superior communication and hands-on skills to excel in a team environment.

Required Skills:    


  • The qualified applicant must meet the Secretary of the Interiors Qualification Standards 36 CRF 61 as an Architectural Historian or Historian. Qualified applicants must have experience conducting background research, organizing and completing field work and writing reports. Knowledge and understanding of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 regulations is required.


  • The preferred candidate should enjoy working in the outdoors as required to complete job tasks. The job will require but may not be limited to certain physical demands while performing duties in the field. These physical requirements will include the ability to walk, stand, kneel, or bend for extended periods of time and be able to carry field equipment and supplies long distances. Field work may be conducted during any time of the year and may occur in a variety of weather and climate conditions, as needed. The candidate is not required to perform field work in hazardous weather conditions.


  • Must be willing to travel throughout the U.S. for brief (e.g., 1 or 2 week) work efforts.

Required Experience:    


  • A Masters Degree from an accredited school in Historic Preservation (or similar field).


  • Meets, or exceeds, the requirements for an Architectural Historian and/or Historian under the Secretary of the Interiors Standards.


  • Must possess a valid drivers license.


Preferred Experience:


  • Experience working with federal agencies including the National Park Service


  • Experience with GIS and Adobe Acrobat Professional


  • Experience with digital photography (including SLR cameras)


  • FHWA Certified Section 106 Course


  • Experience with FCC 620/621 forms


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How to apply
Avery Main
Phone: 443-662-4356
Fax: 410-472-0732
72 Loveton Circle
Sparks, MD 21152

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