Topic ID #35402 - posted 3/24/2015 1:40 AM

Sr. Historian-Architectural Historian - Austin, TX

Jennifer Palmer

Sr. Historian-Architectural Historian
Job Description

Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years. Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and one of the world's largest design firm with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.
At Atkins, we offer our employees more than just a job; we offer an opportunity to shape the world for generations to come through innovative and sound design. As the official engineer of the 2012 London Olympics, few companies can rival the size and diversity of our projects. Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modeling of a flood defense system or the improvement of a management process, we plan, design and enable solutions.
Atkins seeks an energetic, highly motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter to join our Austin, TX staff as a Sr. Historian/Architectural Historian. Under the direction of the Cultural Resources Manager, you will have the opportunity to lead and conduct all types of historical research including but but not limited to archival, deed and abstract research. You will also lead and conduct non-archeological historic resources surveys for a wide range of projects related to energy, transportation and development for clients in both the private and public sectors. Provides leadership, direction and technical guidance to staff to ensure that quality technical services are provided to clients and that the technical work meets applicable standards. Manages technical projects, client relations, and financial management of projects to ensure quality, client satisfaction, and project profitability.
Typical duties and responsibilities of this position are:
• Conducting all types of historical research and conducting non-archaeological historic resource surveys.
• Following all quality control guidelines established by Atkins.
• Maintaining fieldwork documentation and reporting according to Atkins standards.
• Tracking and maintaining progress for assigned tasks, independently resolve issues, show initiative, and work to creatively increase efficiency in assigned tasks.
• Coordinating and communicating with staff and management in a coherent and expeditious manner.
• See projects through all phases from initiation to completion including leading field investigations, report writing and concurrence.
• You must be willing and prepared to spend time in the field and traveling to project sites. Assignments may be out of town and you are expected to travel to where the work is as necessary.

The appropriately qualified candidate will have the following core competencies and required experience:
At minimum, must meet the Secretarly of the Interior Standards for History or Architectural History including a graduate degree in History or Architectural History or a closely related field with at least five years of full-time professional CRM experience leading and conducting historical research and non-archeological historic resource surveys plus demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
•Candidates must have knowledge or experience with a sufficient subset or combination of the following activities: historical research, non-archeological historic resource surveys and cultural resource management services.
•Candidates must meet the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualification standards and must qualify as a Historian or Architectural Historian on federal, state, and local cultural resource permits.
•Candidates must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with National Historic Preservation Act regulations (including Section 106) and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements pertinent to cultural resources.
•Candidates must have experience coordinating with SHPOs, THPOs, federal and state agency representatives, and land owners/managers regarding cultural resources.
•Excellent technical and interpersonal skills required.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
•It is highly desirable that candidates have experience working with THC and have or are able to obtain TxDOT precertifications relevant to cultural resources investigations and management.
•Experience with HABS/HAER/HALS
•Experience nominating resources for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places
•Training or experience with project management or task management (of cultural resource tasks on larger interdisciplinary projects) is desirable.
•It is desirable that candidates have experience with NEPA studies including cultural resource components of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments (EIS/EAs).
•Experience assisting with cultural resource business development and client relations is desirable.
•Experience with projects in sectors that align well to multiple Atkins' business units and service lines is preferable.
Relevant sectors include but are not limited to transportation; energy; water resources; ports; coastal restoration; local, state, and federal government; commercial and industrial development; etc. Good analytical skills and attention to detail, technical writing, computer and communication skills.
May be eligible for project management training.
Professional certification/registration may be required.
TxDOT pre-certifications in areas pertinent to cultural resources are desirable.
Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Atkins is a drug free workplace.

Additional Information:
Travel Percentage: 25%

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