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Posted: 09/05/2017

The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL)
Historic Preservation Team

PAL, New England’s leading cultural resource management (CRM) firm, is seeking an experienced Industrial Historian to join our team of CRM professionals. PAL offers a wide variety of services, including all phases of archaeological and historic architectural survey, Section 106 consultation, National Register nominations, HABS/HAER and state level documentation, historic preservation tax credit certifications, historic preservation planning, and interpretive materials. Our office is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, “The Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution,” in the heart of a service area that extends throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions. As a consequence, a large percentage of our projects require the talents of qualified Industrial Historians and Industrial Archaeologists with experience in identifying, recording, and evaluating the various types of historic industrial resources we often encounter. Typical resource types include historic mill and factory complexes, railroads, highway bridges, dams, and electrical generating plants. Due to PAL’s reputation in our region, the Industrial Historian will work on challenging, high-profile projects that offer unique opportunities for career fulfillment.

Industrial Historian
Professional Opportunity
Pawtucket, RI
TBD Commensurate with experience

The Industrial Historian coordinates the technical and logistical aspects of research, fieldwork, data collection and analysis, and synthesis of data within project specific research designs and frameworks.  Project responsibilities range from conducting archival research, photo-documentation, and survey mapping/recordation to the development and execution of site and building evaluations. The Industrial Historian conducts industrial structure, landscape, and artifact analyses, writes technical reports, and coordinates report preparation, delivering a variety of finished, professional work products with appropriate content and technical detail on time and within budget. Assigned projects primarily consist of locations with documented industrial resources (standing structures, archaeological sites, ruins, and landscapes) in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings.


  • A graduate degree in history, architectural history, industrial history, or public history and at least four years of professional work experience that demonstrates a strong background in historic industrial resources.
  •  Knowledge and understanding of the laws and regulations relating to cultural resource management (CRM).
  • Excellent organization, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in the evaluation of industrial resources in accordance with National Register of Historic Places criteria, the completion of state inventory forms (historic buildings, structures, objects, sites), National Register nominations, HABS/HAER and state-level documentation, and the preparation of cultural resource management reports.
  • Availability to travel for day and overnight trips, and occasional longer trips throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.





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How to apply
Qualified applicants should send a resume, references, and a writing sample to Donna Callahan, Human Resources Director at dcallahan@palinc.com
Donna Callahan
Phone: 4017288780
Fax: 4017288780
26 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860

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