Topic ID #42334 - posted 4/14/2020 9:28 AM

Historic Landscape Architect - Death Valley National Park



Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one (1) Historic Landscape Architect (HLA). The HLA will work closely with the park’s Cultural Resource Manager and serve on the park’s cultural resource team to assist in Section 106 compliance requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act. The associate will conduct on-site investigations of project sites to determine the feasibility of proposed projects, including the development of design alternatives and subsequent analysis to ensure the project is consistent with NPS policies, guidelines, and standards and compliance laws and regulations. The primary landscape architectural duties include review, design, research, planning, treatment, preservation, monitoring, and maintenance of cultural landscapes.

The HLA will also be responsible for:

  • Creating written reports, graphic illustrations, and plans associated with managing cultural landscapes;
  • Preparing and/or contributing to memorandums of agreement (MOAs) and participating agreements (PAs);
  • Reviewing contractor or A/E designs, drawings, samples, and material certification for contract and performance compliance;
  • Maintaining cultural landscape inventories and preparing reports on existing conditions, defining treatment actions, and documentary research;
  • Reviewing professional assessment plans, comprehensive designs, preliminary designs, special studies, and layouts prepared by other entities for accuracy, adequacy, and compliance with historic preservation policies, guidelines, laws, and regulations as they related to cultural landscapes.;
  • Contributing to historic preservation documentation and background materials for clearances, permits, licenses, etc., as required by Section 106 and Section 110 of the NHPA, NAGPRA, ARPA, NPS Management policies, and cultural resources management guidelines;
  • Coordinating with project managers, field crews, and SOI qualified cultural resource specialists, and;
Working as part of an interdisciplinary team of qualified cultural resource professionals to prioritize workload and track the status of task completion.

*Please note: This position is primarily office based and requires long periods of standing or sitting at a computer. *


o 22-week appointment beginning May or June, 2020 (or upon on availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation). 

o Full time, 40 hours/week (some weekend work may be required); potential for extension pending funding and favorable performance review. 

o There may be delays to start date or working conditions due to COVID-19 pandemic.  Details will be worked through with selected candidate upon job offer.  


o Rate of Pay: $ 25-35/hour DOE.

o Full health, vision, and dental insurance coverage.

o Paid holidays in accordance with the federal schedule. 

o Park housing may be available. 


Death Valley National Park is located in Nevada and California and boasts some of the hottest and driest climates, and lowest elevation in North America. The park includes a superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of wilderness. Death Valley is home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert environment. The closest cities are Pahrump and Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away).

Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun, as well as cold, winter weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree preferred (Bachelor’s degree minimum) in landscape architecture, landscape design, or closely related field; applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply;
  • Knowledge of 36 CFR Part 800;
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, laws, practices, and techniques of landscape architecture;
  • Ability to identify, research, plan, treat, preserve, and maintain cultural landscapes;
  • Ability and skills to incorporate appropriate GIS technology into project work;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Good organization and file management skills;
  • Assures that areas of overlapping responsibilities between technical disciplines receive proper design consideration and that total project objectives and schedules are met;
  • Ability to assess the natural and cultural resources particular to the project location while conducting landscape and site analysis;
  • Conduct research involving historical documents, photographs, maps and drawings, and related items to develop knowledge of and data about specific cultural landscapes, such as period design concepts, land use patterns, cultural traditions, and historic plant materials;
  • Prepare and maintain cultural landscape inventories documenting the location, historical development, condition, and management of cultural landscapes;
  • Ability to prepare and review contractual scopes of work for technical construction and architect/engineer projects;
  • Write and review contract specifications for construction and architect/engineer projects;
  • Prepare and provide written briefings, progress reports, completion reports, to include study/project status, findings, and recommendations to higher level management;
  • Ability to utilize ArcGIS and/or AutoCAD software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals and communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and
  • Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.


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