Topic ID #38639 - posted 8/24/2017 6:32 AM

Historian Position - Jacksonville, FL

Environmental Services Inc

Environmental Services Inc. (ESI) is seeking a full-time entry-level Historian for our Jacksonville, FL office to assist our growing Cultural Resource Team. Part-time and Full-Time applicants will be considered. The position will entail technical work focusing on historic structures documentation and evaluation, with an emphasis on Section 106 review, cultural resource assessments and architectural surveys. 

The Historian will assist the Historic Resource Specialist: conducting and assisting with historic preservation and other cultural resources fieldwork, research, and assisting with report and other document production, such as preparation of Site File Forms for various SHPOs. Performs archival research, building and cultural landscape inventories (CLIs), and reporting. Assists with preparing National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations, conducting Historic American Building Survey and Section 106 review among other duties. This position requires the individual to work well in a team-oriented setting, and have the ability to travel for fieldwork on a regular basis.

 Essential Job Duties

The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team including archaeologists, foresters, geologist, historians, historic preservationist, environmental scientists, and sustainability specialists.  The qualified candidate must be able to write at a professional level and present ideas in a well-thought out and comprehensive manner. The preferred candidate will enjoy a variety of working conditions ranging from field efforts to office analysis. 

Essential job duties will include:

  • Fieldwork to survey a variety of structure types
  • Documenting and evaluating historic structures
  • Writing property descriptions, historical narratives, significance statements, and National Register justifications
  • Section 106 effect evaluations
  • Prepare and analyze technical reports
  • Gather historical data from various sources, including archives, books, and artifacts
  • Analyze and interpret historical information to determine its authenticity and significance
  • Trace historical developments in a particular field
  • Engage with the public through educational programs and presentations
  • Archive or preserve materials and artifacts in museums, visitor centers, and historic sites
  • Provide advice or guidance on historical topics and preservation issues
  • Conducting or assist with background research and writing reports.
  • Organizing and completing field work.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) is required. Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 regulations is preferred.
  • Experience working with local, state, and federal governments and government sponsored projects
  • The preferred candidate should enjoy working in the outdoors as required to complete job tasks
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the U.S. for brief (e.g., 1 or 2 week) work efforts
  • Archival and Museum Collections experience a plus but not required
  • Strong analytical, communication, problem-solving, research and writing skills a must

Education, Experience, Certifications, Registrations or Licensure

  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree from an accredited school in Historic Preservation (or similar field)
  • Meets, or exceeds, the requirements for an Architectural Historian and/or Historian under the Secretary of the Interiors Standards
  • Two to five years of experience conducting architectural survey and documentation
  • Must possess a valid driver license
  • Experience with digital photography (including SLR cameras) preferred
  • FHWA or ACHP Certified Section 106 Course preferred but not required

Physical and Other Requirements

  • Must be willing to work in outdoor setting and (on occasion) in extreme environments (e.g. heat, cold, etc.)
  • Must be willing to work in hazardous conditions and execute appropriate safety protocols (e.g. insects, poisonous plants, rough terrain, etc.)
  • Must be able to lift, carry, or otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Work will require occasional weekend and/or evening work
  • Must be able to travel as needed, including out-of-town stays

 Candidate must pass a background check and a drug test.  If you meet the qualifications, please send resume to

ESI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.


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