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Posted: 01/16/2019

Skelly & Loy, Inc.
Cultural Resources

Established in 1969, Skelly and Loy is a privately owned, mid-sized corporation with 6 Mid-Atlantic offices. The firm provides a myriad of professional engineering and environmental services to various public and private sector clients throughout the United States and abroad. As trends change and markets emerge, Skelly and Loy continues to build on its strong foundation and enhances its offering of professional services of mining, civil, and environmental engineering; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance studies (EISs, EAs, CEEs, etc.); natural resource management including wetlands, aquatic studies, and wildlife management; environmental, mining, and wastewater permitting; noise and air quality investigations; hazardous waste management investigations and remedial design; industrial hygiene studies; archaeological, cultural, and historical studies and documentation; digital information technology; and equipment sales, installation, operation, and maintenance of municipal, industrial, commercial, and private water, wastewater, and remediation treatment systems. Experts with broadly based experience and sound technical skills work closely together to produce the superior work for which the firm is well known. Clients' requirements and desires are always kept foremost by working closely with them to develop the project. The cooperation between Skelly and Loy professionals and clients allows cross-pollination of ideas from many fields of expertise, as well as from the client's own particular insight and experience. In each task undertaken, project personnel are carefully chosen to encompass the full range of disciplines required to completely analyze a problem and provide the best practical solution. At Skelly and Loy, you will find extraordinary people, and you can expect extraordinary results.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Pittsburgh, PA
Open Until
Until Filled


Skelly and Loy, Inc. is looking for a mid-level Architectural Historian to work in either our Pittsburgh or Harrisburg, PA office under the direction of the Vice President for Cultural Resources on projects located in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including but not limited to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Candidates must meet the Secretary of Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards for Architectural History or History. Qualified candidates will have an undergraduate or graduate degree in Architectural History, History, Historic Preservation or a closely related field, plus a minimum of three years of experience completing historic resource surveys, determinations of eligibility and effect, minimization and mitigation measures, and other projects under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.   Candidates will also have working knowledge of American architectural styles and excellent research and writing abilities. In addition to these required qualifications, exceptional candidates will have demonstrated experience preparing successful National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations and Part 1, 2, and 3 documentation under the Federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit or an equivalent state program; and managing database information using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Access.

Essential Responsibilities:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Design, conduct, and report on all phases and types of architectural history investigations under Section 106 of the NHPA, including but not limited to historic/architectural resource surveys, determinations of NRHP eligibility, effect evaluations, minimization and mitigation measures, and NRHP nominations.
  • Coordinate field methodologies and logistics for historic/architectural resource surveys.
  • Conduct background research and synthesize the research, methodologies, results, and other pertinent information into written reports and deliverables in accepted formats and to regulatory agency standards using Microsoft Office software.
  • Respond to be review comments on reports and deliverables by clients and regulatory agencies.
  • Keep detailed notes, records, and files.
  • Coordinate and assist internal and external clients with cultural resources regulatory compliance under Section 106 of the NHPA.
  • Promote Skelly and Loy's Cultural Resources services to existing and new clients.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely using written and verbal skills.
  • Present architectural history and/or Section 106 information to the general public as part of project needs.
  • Provide basic project management skills including but not limited to budget and schedule tracking.
  • Multi-task within flexible/fluid schedules and project needs.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • This position supervises project specific field crews and subconsultants as necessary.

Work Environment:

  • Office.
  • Field (i.e., outdoors with exposure to weather conditions).


  • Regular use of standard architectural field equipment, such as digital 35mm cameras and tablet computers.
  • Regular use of computers in a PC environment.
  • Regular use of Microsoft Office Suite software.
  • Regular use of general office equipment such as phones, copiers, printers, scanners, and fax machines.
  • Regular use of company vehicles, including large four-wheel drive vehicles.

Physical Demands:

  • This is a largely sedentary role, but will require completion of intermittent physically demanding activities such as but not limited to : standing; lifting; walking/hiking in urban, suburban, and rural environments; carrying equipment; and exposure to weather conditions.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

  • This is a full-time, regular exempt (40 hours/week) position.
  • Office work will comprise most tasks for this position; however, travel for fieldwork, research, meetings, or other events will be required.

Other Duties:

  • Please note that this description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.

Additional Applicant Responsibilities:

  • Please attach a complete resume through this website when applying for this position.  Failure to provide a resume will result in the applicant's disqualification.
  • Please provide three (3) professional references using the Reference Section when applying for this position.  Failure to provide references will result in the applicant's disqualification.
  • Please attach a brief writing sample through this website when applying for this position.  The writing sample must demonstrate sole or lead authorship by the applicant, and be relevant to architectural history or historical research under Section 106 of the NHPA.  The writing sample may be a determination of eligibility form, a report or part of a report, mitigation measure, journal article, or other equivalent document, but not a graduate thesis or dissertation.


Travel Required

YesYes. Occasional travel with overnight stays are required.



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449 Eisenhower Boulevard
Suite 300
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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