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Posted: 02/16/2017

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands

POSITION: A Seasonal Architectural Historian (Temporary Hourly) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) and will be located at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. ORGANIZATION CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions to sustain our resources for future generations. To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management and our mission, vision, and values, please visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/. LOCATION Fort Wainwright is located near Fairbanks, Alaska, and encompasses over 1.3 million acres of military training lands, including a main post area of 13,000 acres. Approximately 15,000 people live and work at Fort Wainwright. Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska by population. Fairbanks provides city life, as well as access to fishing, hunting, native crafts, dog mushing, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and views of the Alaskan Northern lights. http://www.fairbankschamber.org/.

Seasonal Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Fairbanks, AK
Open Until


Under the direction of Installation Architectural Historians, perform fieldwork and research necessary for the identification, documentation (photographic and written), evaluation, and reporting of historic resources, especially historic buildings. This will include archival research, recording data on Microsoft Office programs, and completion of appropriate forms and reporting. Daily travel may be required to historic resources located on Fort Wainwright and associated training lands, some of which are remote. Candidate must be able to traverse varied terrain, lift moderate weight, and travel by small plane or helicopter, if needed.


A BA/BS in history, architectural history, historic preservation, or closely related degree program. The successful candidate must be extremely flexible in their schedule, able to work well with others, and demonstrate excellent organizational, written, and verbal communications skills. Proficiency in Microsoft software, experience in using digital cameras, and ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently is required.


Graduate work in architectural history or historic preservation is a plus. Experience in conducting building surveys and historical and archival research is preferred. Additional desired qualifications include previous experience with military and/or World War II/Cold War era architecture; experience utilizing maps and GPS coordinates for locating historic structures; digital single-lens reflex photography; researching and writing historic contexts; and familiarity with remote rural working conditions.


This position is temporary and will last approximately 3-5 months, beginning in June 2016. Hours will be eight hours a day, five days a week. If necessary, time after September may be scheduled based on availability of funds. Travel expenses to Alaska will not be paid. No housing or per diem will be provided. The successful candidate is responsible for securing housing and arriving daily at the installation.


Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


Pay rate is commensurate with experience and qualifications with a range of $20-25/hour. Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for project architectural historian seasonal crew efforts at Fort Wainwright.

How to apply
APPLICATION: Please read all instructions. To apply for this position, submit the following items in your application package: 1) Cover letter indicating preferred work location 2) Résumé 3) Copy of college transcripts (transcripts do not need to be official, sealed, or sent from college) 4) 5-10 page writing sample (may include previous building inventories conducted) 5) Name and daytime phone number for three references, including one current or former supervisor All application materials must be received by March 31, 2017. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Qualified applicants may be contacted after the closing date to schedule an interview. Submit all application materials to the following address (please do not send any materials to CSU): casey.woster@colostate.edu For more information, contact Casey Woster at (907) 361-9685 or email casey.woster@colostate.edu. Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the department's commitment to diversity and inclusion. See a complete listing of open CEMML positions at http://www.cemml.colostate.edu.
Casey Woster
Phone: 907-361-9685

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