The primary function of the Historian or Architectural Historian position is to perform surveys, research, and documentation efforts carried out in accordance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation in compliance with Section 106, and other state and federal historic preservation related laws and regulations. Associated activities include: delineation of the area of potential effects for projects with the potential to affect historic properties; field surveys and photographic and written documentation on historic properties located within a project's area of potential effects; development of historic contexts that provide an organizational and thematic format for evaluating historic properties; determination of National Register eligibility for identified historic properties; evaluation of the effect of projects on significant properties; and the development of management and preservation plans for historic properties. The position will support the Historic Structures Program under the direction of the Program Manager. Interactions with clients, and resource agencies consisting of meeting attendance, correspondance, and inter-agency correspondence will be required. The majority of the Section 106 consultation, Section 4(f) analyses, and technical reports for client and regulatory review will be for projects within Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
The successful appicant will have, at a minimum, a Master's Degree in History, Architectural History, or Historic Preservation, with course work in American architectural history. Applicant MUST meet the Secretary of the Interior's Qualifications Standards for history or architectural history, and currently have Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) pre-certifications for 2.7.1, 2.8.1, and 2.11.1. A minimum of 5 years of direct experience performing sureys, research, and documentation of historic buildings, structures, and objects, and a minimum of 2 years of direct experience in performing TxDOT projects.
Strong writing skills, survey experience, strong research skills, a strong work ethic, a demonstrated ability to work independently, and within a team structure, the ability to work in difficult weather conditions, ability to be in the field for extended periods of time (one week minimum), and a valid driver's license.
Knowledge of TxDOT's Standard Operating Procedures standards and practices for conducting historic resources reviews, Texas history and architecture, knowledge of preservation laws and processes; familiarity with NHPA/NEPA compliance; and report documentation; previous consulting experience; and experience with large survey projects (200+ resources). Candidates already based in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, or Oklahoma are also preferred.