Topic ID #42899 - posted 12/10/2020 6:35 AM

Architectural Historian



Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for a dynamic individual who is following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work in one of our Central Texas offices, in either Arlington, Austin, or San Antonio, TX!

This is a regular, full-time, salaried position that will report to the respected office Team Lead.
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Responsible for all aspects of project execution, including conducting historic resources surveys and archival research, historic building assessments, architectural view-shed studies, preparing historic context statements, evaluating resources under National Register of Historic Places significance criteria, and preparation of historic resources technical reports, and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, State Antiquities Landmarks, and Texas Historical Markers as defined by the Antiquities Code of Texas.

The role will be to provide assistance for projects ranging from technical studies in support of various historic resource evaluations and nominations, Secretary of the Interior's Standards project review, and a number of other projects related to preservation planning and policy.

  • Conduct field surveys and perform archival and digital historic research.
  • Prepare relevant federal and state agency historic documentation.
  • Assist in the preparation of technical reports and historic evaluations.
  • Conduct archival, informant, and background research.
  • Ensure that appropriate preliminary research is conducted and organized prior to fieldwork, and that necessary equipment, staff, and other resources are ready for fieldwork.
  • Communicate regularly with the Project Manager to ensure that a project's budgetary and timetable needs are met.
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • In coordination with the project manager, organize the report writing and production effort and draft report sections.
  • Maintain SWCA's high standard of technical ethics and quality assurance and is motivated to identify and resolve problems in creative ways.
  • Work closely with the Cultural Resource Team Lead(s) as well as project managers, directors, and principal investigators throughout the company to promote SWCA's business interests in adherences to its mission, vision, and values.
  • Collaborate with SWCA's Gulf Coast architectural historian and the company's historic preservation working group.
  • Willingness to learn, have fun, and grow into increased management responsibilities


  • Individual must meet Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards (36 Code of Federal Regulations, CFR Part 61).
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in cultural resources management or 2 years and a related Master's Degree.
  • A working knowledge of federal and state cultural resources and historic preservation laws and practices, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas.
  • Previous field experience recording, evaluating, and reporting on architectural resources in Texas and surrounding regions.
  • Experience recording architectural resources on state-specific architectural inventory forms.
  • Familiarity with architectural styles and architectural writing.


  • Master's Degree in architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field
  • Familiarity with nineteenth and twentieth century commercial and residential architecture in Texas and surrounding regions.
  • Knowledge of the history and architectural history of Texas.
  • Experience working on National Register, State Antiquities Landmarks, and/or Texas Historical Marker Nominations.
  • Experience with application of The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation (36 CFR Part 67) and Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documentation and procedures.
  • Familiarity with compliance related to programmatic agreements.
  • Experience reviewing and responding to RFPs, RFQs, and other solicitations.

Additional Information:

  • Travel may be required up to 15% of the time.
  • Successful applicant must have a valid driver's license and be able to drive on behalf of SWCA.
  • Please provide a cover letter along with your application for consideration.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms.

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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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