Architectural Historian

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Position Summary

AINW has an immediate opening for a full time Architectural Historian. The incumbent will conduct historic resource surveys, evaluate resources for significance using the National Register criteria, evaluate resources for potential project impacts, and complete documentation for this work through compliance reports, resource database forms, and other necessary compliance documentation.

Essential Responsibilities

The Architectural Historian will work as part of a project team and will be responsible for the following.

  • Conduct field surveys and fill out related survey forms.
  • Evaluate historic resources for potential project impacts.
  • Prepare HPI forms for the Washington DAHP and Determinations of Eligibility (DOEs) and Findings of Effect (FOEs) for the Oregon SHPO.
  • Evaluate historic resources for significance using the National Register criteria.
  • Complete historic resource documentation through database forms, compliance reports, and other necessary compliance documentation.
  • Work closely with clients and project team members to ensure project objectives are met.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Will operate Company vehicles to perform Company approved tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills Required

Well-qualified candidates will meet the following requirements.

  • Advanced degree in architectural history, historic preservation, or architecture combined with five to ten years related experience focused on Oregon and Washington.
  • Experience with the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) criteria and aspects of integrity and applying those criteria to historic resources.
  • Experience with Section 106 of the NHPA, NEPA (EIS and EA), Section 4(f) of the DOT Act, ORS358.653 in Oregon, and SEPA in Washington.
  • Strong experience conducting historic resource surveys and photographing resources.
  • Experience completing historic resource forms specific to Washington and Oregon.
  • Demonstrated competency in classifying buildings by age and style, integrity, and significance and writing physical descriptions of buildings and structures.
  • Archival research and writing historic context statements; experience with U.S. and Pacific Northwest historical themes and events.
  • Advanced writing skills appropriate for completing and editing final technical reports and compliance documents.
  • Ability to collaborate with and coordinate efforts of other highly qualified professionals contributing to a single report.
  • Current driver license and a clean driving record.

Must be Secretary of the Interior qualified in Architectural History and ODOT-qualified as a cultural resource consultant in architectural history.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: Or you may mail your application materials to:

Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc.
3510 N.E. 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97230
Attn: Human Resources

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