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Posted: 9/7/16

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. The firm’s expertise ranges from environmental remediation and urban planning, to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. wsp-pb.com/usa

Architectural Historian (Planner I)
professional Opportunity

The Detroit office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has an immediate opening for a temporary, part-time Architectural Historian (Planner I) to support the preparation of technical documentation for cultural resources compliance, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for high-profile transportation projects. This position will require between 20 and 40 hours per week, and the applicant must be flexible and available to travel overnight, work standard business hours as needed, and occasional evening or weekend hours, if necessary to meet deadlines.

This is an excellent opportunity for a junior-level architectural historian to work with local and national experienced senior cultural resources staff, including architectural historians and archaeologists. Successful completion of the duties of this temporary position may result in a permanent, full-time position.

Job Duties:

• Conducting field surveys

• Completing historic research

• Writing architectural descriptions and historic contexts

• Evaluating National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility of candidate historic resources

• Preparing technical reports

Job Requirements

Education Required:

• Completed Masters degree in Historic Preservation or related field

Experience/Skills Required:

• Minimum of 2 years working as a full-time architectural historian

• An understanding of Midwestern building types, materials, and architectural trends

• Experience completing reconnaissance and intensive-level field surveys

• Experience writing architectural descriptions for various resource types

• Experience applying the NRHP criteria for significance evaluations

• Excellent, proven technical writing skills, implementing the Chicago Manual of Style tenets

• Demonstrated working knowledge of Section 106 of the NHPA

• Highly motivated to improve technical skills and communicate and collaborate with the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff team of architectural historians, archaeologists, planners, and other environmental staff

• Demonstrated high degree of initiative, a strong work ethic, and mature judgment

• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

• Ability to accept and implement feedback and revise deliverables according to comments provided by senior technical staff

The selected candidate must:

• Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in the field of architectural history

• Have experience writing architectural descriptions and significance assessments using professional terminology and best practices by applying information contained in the NPS Bulletin How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation

• Be able to write professionally accurate architectural descriptions and defensible determinations of eligibility that require little revision after technical review

• Have strong analytical, verbal, and written communication skills

• Have excellent research and organizational skills with an attention to detail

• Have computer skills (i.e. MS Office Suite) and digital photography skills

• Have three professional references that can attest to the candidate’s ability to write architectural descriptions, historic context statements, and determinations of eligibility

• Be committed to completing excellent work and meeting deadlines

The selected candidate must have the ability to work in the United States immediately.

EOE / Veteran/ Disability/ Gender (M-F)/Gender Identity/ Sexual Orientation

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How to apply
Apply through the following link: http://search0.smartsearchonline.com/pb/jobs/jobdetails.asp?job_number=31232 No calls please.

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