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Posted: 03/21/2019

Thunderbird Archeology, a division of Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Gainesville, VA
Open Until
Until Filled

Thunderbird Archeology, a division of Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc., is currently accepting applications for a full-time Architectural Historian to join our interdisciplinary team including archaeologists, historians, environmental scientists, and engineers among other professionals. The successful candidate will work in the field and the office and must demonstrate reliability, attention to detail, and the ability to complete tasked assignments to directed specifications, and must also be interested in conducting in-depth research and able to write at a professional level and present ideas in a well-thought out and comprehensive manner.


  • Participating in reconnaissance and intensive architectural surveys, following guidelines set forth by relevant agencies;

  • Performing archival and historical research, including chain of titles, using primary and secondary documentary sources;

  • Writing property descriptions and property histories;

  • Preparing site plans, floor plans, and other measured drawings;

  • Assisting in preparation of historic contexts, historical narratives, significance statements, and National Register justifications;

  • Assisting in preparation of Section 106 effect evaluations; and

  • Contributing to preservation planning projects.


  • A Master's degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, History, or a closely related field or two-to-four years of experience;

  • Willingness to travel (per diem and lodging will be provided on projects more than approximately 90 miles from the office);

  • Physical ability to conduct architectural surveys in a variety of settings from urban to rural areas;

  • Experience with architectural photography;

  • Possession of a valid drivers license; and

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Proficiency in AutoCAD

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite

We offer exciting projects in a dynamic work environment, and we strive to provide all of our employees with room for skill improvement and knowledge development in a caring and casual atmosphere (our LEED Gold-certified building includes an employee gym and dog kennel).  We also offer a 401(k) program as well as full medical, life, and disability insurance. 

How to apply
Please submit a cover letter with availability, curriculum vitae/resume, writing sample, AutoCAD or Adobe Creative Suite work sample in PDF format if available, salary requirements, transcripts (with degree conferred) and a minimum of three professional and/or academic references who can speak to your capabilities and experience to Catherine Torres.
Catherine Torres

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