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Posted: 03/14/2017

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. provides professional cultural resource services for assistance with National Historic Preservation Act compliance, research, and historic preservation efforts. Located in Anamosa, Iowa, we offer the full range of services and professional assistance for all phases of archaeological and historical investigations, including reconaissance and intensive-level archaeological and architectural history surveys, National Register of Historic Places eligibility evaluations, National Register nominations, data recovery excavations, historic research and documentation, archaeological monitoring, historic booklet preparation and publication, and historic preservation management and planning. Wapsi Valley Archaeology was incorporated in 2002. Since our founding, we have completed over 900 historical and archaeological investigations across Iowa and adjacent Midwestern states. Our clients include state and federal agencies, counties, cities, engineering firms, public organizations, and private corporations. Our office is located in Anamosa's downtown historic district.

Architecural Historian/Historian - Principal Investigator
Professional Opportunity
Anamosa, IA

Wapsi Valley Archaeology of Anamosa, Iowa, has an opening for a Principal Investigator in Architectural History/History. 

The position is for a researcher for a wide variety of projects throughout Iowa and surrounding states, including projects that allow for in-depth historical examination.  Project types will include architectural history surveys, historic context research, determinations of National Register eligibility, National Register nominations, and historic mitigation projects.  You will author technical research reports, publications, and public outreach media such as general interest booklets and signage.  This position involves research of some complexity and offers opportunities for professional growth, diversification, and skill development.  Work will involve interaction with state and federal agencies.

We offer a dynamic collaborative environment with interaction among professionals in different disciplines.  You will work with and have the support of a graphic artist to produce maps and illustrations, a technical editor, and other staff members.  In addition, you will have access to current GPS technology and ArcGIS software.

The position is for a fulltime in-house professional in our Anamosa office, who will have full benefits including vacation time, sick time, and health/dental insurance.  Alternatively, we are willing to work more flexibly with an individual who lives in a different part of Iowa and prefers to work on a project-by-project basis from their own home. 

This position requires fulfillment of the Secretary of the Interiors professional qualifications standards.  A graduate degree in Architectural History, History, or a related field is required, as well as (1) two years of fulltime professional experience or equivalent specialized training in research, administration, or management in their field; (2) at least four months of supervised field and analytical experience in work in their field; and (3) a demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.  Professional knowledge of history or historic architecture of the upper Midwest, an understanding of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and strong writing skills are also required.  This position will involve travel in Iowa and possibly in surrounding states.

We are looking for someone with experience in historic/architectural studies including reconnaissance and intensive level survey and evaluation, development of historic contexts, and formal documentation of architectural properties.  Experience in preparing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places is a plus. 

Responsibilities will include:

   Research, fieldwork, and analysis of historic architecture for research projects, as well as preparation of technical reports, National Register nominations, and public outreach documents.

   Identifying, documenting, and evaluating historic properties for Section 106 and National Register nomination purposes based on field examination, architectural history knowledge, use of published sources, and background/archival research at the State Historic Preservation Office and libraries.

   Documenting buildings and structures according to professional standards, including photography and descriptions of architectural details, using professional terminology.

    Authoring technical reports that meet the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for Historic Preservation and the standards and requirements of state and federal agencies.

   Historic research on architectural and archaeological properties to assist with interpretations and historic context development.

   Strong computer skills, communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work cooperatively as part of a team.  

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, age, disability, color, sex, gender orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status in its employment practices, in the selection and retention of subconsultants, and in its procurement of materials and leases.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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How to apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to Nurit Finn, President, at ngfinn@wapsivalleyarch.com. Please see our website at www.wapsivalleyarch.com for more information about our firm.
Nurit Finn
Phone: (319) 462-4760
126 East Main Street
Anamosa, IA 52205

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