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Posted: 02/15/2017

JRP Historical Consulting, LLC

Founded in 1981, JRP has nearly four decades of experience conducting historic research investigations throughout California and in nine other western states, making the firm one of the most experienced public history consulting firms in the nation. An award-winning company, JRP specializes in a variety of historical research services including: historic building and structure survey and evaluation for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and California Register of Historical Resources (CRHR), compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as land and water use histories and research in support of the identification and evaluation of historic archaeological sites. JRP produces the full range of Section 106 and CEQA compliance documents including National Register and California Register nominations, Findings of Effect / CEQA impacts analysis, Memoranda of Agreement (MOA), Programmatic Agreements (PA), cultural resource management and treatment plans, and National Historic Landmark and Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documentation. The firm also develops creative mitigation strategies (textual, photographic, and video) and public outreach programs as part of MOA and treatment plan execution.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Fresno, CA

JRP Historical Consulting, LLC (JRP) is seeking to hire an architectural historian to work in Fresno, California. This assignment is a full-time position for approximately nine to twelve months.

Qualifications for the position include a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, history, public history, historic preservation, or a closely related field, with a concentration in American architecture, plus one year of related professional experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other related professional activity.

Duties and tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • review and/or preparation of technical analysis and reports regarding historic-period built environment resources that may be impacted by transportation projects;
  • perform and evaluate databases and literature searches for determining potential impacts to built environment resources;
  • plan, organize, and carry out field surveys to identify built environment resources within project study areas;
  • inventory and evaluate built environment resources on Department Parks and Recreation (DPR) 523 forms;
  • assess project impacts to built environment historic properties / historical resources in accordance with relevant cultural resource / environmental laws and regulations;
  • provide guidance on development of measures to minimize impact of transportation projects on historic resources.

Tasks may also include construction monitoring and input/maintenance of relevant data into cultural resources databases.

Strong candidates for this position will have knowledge and/or familiarity with principles and concepts of architectural history, California and federal laws/regulations relating to historic resources including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the California Environmental Quality Act, and GIS / GPS technologies and software. Experience preparing cultural resources documentation to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) environmental standards is a plus.

Candidates should demonstrate abilities to apply the practices of architectural history in the identification, evaluation, and documentation of historic properties in California or the United States, show familiarity with U.S. history, documentary research, and oral history techniques, and illustrate the ability to prepare written reports that meet professional standards.

Candidates should work effectively with others as an interdisciplinary team member and be able to assist with Section 106 / CEQA compliance and regulatory approval.

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include state holidays, vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.

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How to apply
If you are interested in this position, please provide a letter of interest and resume. Submit these materials via email.
Chris McMorris

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