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Posted: 01/02/2018

An Engineering Firm represented by Huntsville Executive Search

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
New Orleans, LA

Engineering firm has an immediate need for an experienced Historic Preservation Specialist to join our team. This position will be located in Houston, TX or New Orleans, LA. Possibility to work remotely.


Technical Assistance:

  • Participates as the architectural history member of a cultural resource team that provides technical guidance on company's projects
  • Participates in project scoping, providing an architectural history assessment, and, prepares scopes of work for architectural history studies
  • Reviews consultant technical and price proposals for the performance of architectural history investigations, and, develops and administers open end contracts for cultural resources studies
  • Makes findings under delegation programmatic agreements
  • Coordinates Section 106 process on the company's projects
  • Attends and monitors project-related community involvement activities, e.g., public meetings, plan displays and public hearings during the development of environmental clearance documents, and, provides CR input
  • Coordinates with other consulting parties and public groups to seek input into Section 106 process on company's projects
  • Monitors architectural history investigations conducted by consultants to review the site boundaries, significance, degree of impact and the appropriate degree of preservation. Makes recommendations on the appropriate boundaries and significance, the degree of impact, the need for further investigation, and the degree of preservation
  • Reviews environmental documents and their accompanying technical basis reports to ensure conformance with company policies and procedures as well as technical completeness and accuracy. Participates in review meetings and field views
  • Coordinates and directs meetings to identify and resolve problems related to architectural history investigations
  • Resolves CR issues on specific projects with consulting parties within existing company policy and practice; Elevates projects with unresolved CR issues with consulting parties
  • Prepares Memorandums of Agreement for projects
  • Conducts limited architectural history investigations for selected high priority projects

Workload and Program Management:

  • Track individual workload to identify potential workload conflicts, especially between the company's projects
  • Reports IT needs to Supervisor
  • Reports equipment and communication needs to Supervisor


  • Serves as a primary cultural resources contact within the company's projects
  • Participate in a regional and statewide communication network of cultural resources professionals; Participates in technical specialty meetings
  • Maintains familiarity with current environmental legislation, state and federal agency regulations, scientific publications, and other related publications. Distributes important informational materials to other company staff

Outreach and Education:

  • Maintains close communication with Historical and Museum Commission and individuals, organizations, and agencies involved in preservation of the built environment
  • Presents findings of project-related studies to public groups
  • Assisting in developing and implementing an ongoing program to disseminate architectural history information to the public and other agencies
  • Training Program:
  • Support the training of new employees through hands-on experience in field and office
  • Conduct company training for CR consultants and non-CR staff


  • Ability to articulate details in a manner understandable to variety of individuals in person and over the phone
  • Understanding of and ability to articulate design, permitting and other construction-related subjects
  • Ability to work successfully with socio-economic and ethnically diverse applicants
  • Skilled in multi-tasking, organizing and prioritizing work in a fast-paced environment
  • A flexible schedule that can accommodate some evening or weekend work as may be required
  • Graduate degree* in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history
  • 3- 5 years of experience working on an architectural survey, architectural restoration or preservation project or program

*In accordance with Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines, in lieu of a Graduate degree, candidates may provide a bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following: 1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or 2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.


  • Master's degree in architectural history, art history, or historic preservation
  • NEPA Historic Preservation experience with the FEMA Public Assistance Program, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and/or the HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, including identification of historic resources, evaluation of proposed alterations to historic resources, and development of project alternatives
  • Experience working within the procedures and documentation requirements for Section 106 review for both Federal and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
  • Intermediate or advanced Excel and database proficiency
  • Experience reviewing projects under a FEMA Programmatic Agreement
  • Drivers license and available transportation
  • Construction management and/or construction administration experience
  • Language Proficiency: Bilingual or multi-lingual preferred, Spanish and English
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How to apply
Send an email with your resume attached to Erin Saba at erin@huntsvillesearch.com
Erin Saba

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