Website Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology
Indiana State Historic Preservation Office
The DHPA was the first SHPO in the country to complete a comprehensive architectural survey of the entire state and its above-ground cultural resources. This position is key to implementing the second phase of the survey. Field surveyors systematically drive every road in the respective county to record and evaluate buildings, bridges, and cemeteries at least 40 years old or older and meet other survey methodologies included in the DHPA Survey Manual. Work will mainly be conducted in the field in rural, suburban, or urban areas of Indiana with some opportunities for indoor work including research, writing, or editing.
A typical day
-When outside: Drive/walk an assigned survey area, apply survey methodology, and gather digital data (GPS reading, photos, site plan, and building materials/details) on tablets. It will include commercial and residential districts, individual buildings, cemeteries, farmsteads, bridges, and everything in-between;
-When inside: Conduct research and write histories for districts, cities, townships, and/or counties, edit and attach photos and site plans, and complete survey records for approval or edit records that have been reviewed and returned;
-See a broad variety of architecture from log cabins to modern ranches. Nerd out repeatedly over a beautiful window, cool brackets, or an MCM door. Share interesting photos for DHPA social media;
-Learn a lot about Indiana’s architecture, find cool historic places to eat, and become an expert in random Indiana trivia which can entertain family and friends on road trips.
Instructions, guidance, and additional communication will come from the survey coordinator. The field surveyor works within established division guidelines making judgments and decisions based upon policy, procedure, and subject knowledge relating to mission, goals, and objectives.
- Submit work to the survey coordinator multiple times per week to ensure that fieldwork meets program standards. There will be weekly/monthly expectations to meet/exceed after a probationary period;
- Maintain necessary data for mileage reimbursements and timesheets;
- Behave in a respectful, responsible, and professional manner as a representative of the State government. Use good judgment and maintain safety. Contact survey coordinator with problems;
- Handle the equipment in a responsible manner
Personal Work Relationships
The field surveyor mainly works independently, but multiple surveyors will be working in the respective county at the same time. Surveyor develops and maintains working relationships with fellow surveyors, supervisors, and other division staff to share expertise, ensure accuracy and timeliness of survey activities, and coordinate survey progress between the field and central office. They will be in contact with local entities including preservation organizations and libraries/historical societies as needed. The field surveyor will interact with the public during the survey process and will need to be able to explain what they are doing, why they are doing it, and how the information is used. The vast majority of interactions will be positive, however, in the event the citizen is unhappy, they should be directed to the survey coordinator.
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