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Posted: 01/06/2017

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc.
Natural and Cultural Resources

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson is a dynamic, 100% employee-owned consulting firm of more than 1,400 professionals that provides a full range of multi-disciplined engineering, architecture, information technology, and related services to public agencies and private clients throughout the United States. JMT, currently ranked #67 on Engineering News-Records list of the Top 500 Design Firms.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Philadelphia, PA
Open Until
Until Filled

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) is seeking a full-time mid-level Architectural Historian with 3-7 years of experience for either our Trenton, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; or York (Harrisburg), PA offices to assist in our growing Cultural Resource practice (other JMT office locations will also be considered). The position will entail technical work focusing on historic structures documentation and evaluation as well as project management.


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
  • Section 106 effect evaluations
  • Local preservation work (Architectural Review Boards, CLGs, Design Guidelines, Preservation Plans, etc.)
  • Project Management and Client Management


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:

  • Must meet the Secretary of the Interiors Qualification Standards 36 CRF 61 as an Architectural Historian or Historian
  • Experience conducting background research, and writing reports.
  • Experience organizing and completing field work
  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and Section 106 regulations is required. Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is preferred.
  • Experience working with local governments and locally sponsored projects.
  • The preferred candidate should enjoy working in the outdoors as required to complete job tasks
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the U.S. for brief (e.g., 1 or 2 week) work efforts, must be able to rent a car.

 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
  • Experience with GIS and Adobe Acrobat Professional preferred
  • Experience with digital photography (including SLR cameras) preferred
  • FHWA or ACHP Certified Section 106 Course preferred
  • Development of Design Guidelines preferred
  • Development of Historic Preservation Plans preferred
  • Project management experience and/or training preferred


Working Conditions


  • Work is performed in the field 50% of the time and requires the ability to extensively perform bending, kneeling, standing, shoveling, and lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 25 lbs as needed. Field work will require walking and carrying field equipment over typical outdoor terrain. Work may be conducted outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.
  • 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.
  • Office work is performed within a general office environment 50% of the time. Office work is generally sedentary in nature but may require occasional standing and walking. Office work is performed with adequate lighting and temperature, with no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc.


Job Competencies


  • Attention-to-detailAnalytical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Dependability
  • Job Proficiency
  • Job-Focused Learning
  • Planning and Organizing/Time Management


Organizational Competencies


  • Building Relationships & Teamwork
  • Integrity & Ethics
  • Quality Service
  • Safety


 EOE: M/F/Vet/Disability


How to apply
Please submit a writing sample with your resume. https://johnsonmirmiranthompson-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=2187&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=992541&company_id=16357&version=1&byBusinessUnit=NULL&bycountry=0&bystate=0&byRegion=&bylocation=&keywords=&byCat=36365&proximityCountry=&postalCode=&radiusDistance=&isKilometers=&tosearch=yes&city=
Jennifer Barbosa

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