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🔗Architectural Historian

  • Full Time
  • Cranbury, NJ
  • 45,000-50,000 USD / Year
  • March 25, 2023
  • Department: Architectural History
  • Job Qualifications:

    Qualifications & Abilities:

    • Master’s Degree in History, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, or closely related field OR meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Architectural History/History.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Generate and contribute resourceful and effective problem-solving strategies as a member of an interdisciplinary team
    • Conduct intensive archival research (i.e., using deeds, census records, etc.) and to write clear, cogent, and thorough historic contexts.
    • Familiarity with the regional history and the cultural and built environment of the Mid-Atlantic.
    • Strong self-starter attitude with a keen attention to detail.
    • Effective multi-tasking abilities while managing priorities and meeting project deadlines and budgets.
    • Valid driver’s license.
    • Ability to traverse up to five miles per day for fieldwork.
  • How to Apply:

    To be considered for this opportunity, please email a cover letter, resume or CV detailing education and work, and relevant writing sample (3-5 pages) experience to:

    Lynn Alpert and Allee Davis, Co-Directors of Historic Architectural Services

  • Job benefits: Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; group medical, dental, and vision insurance; and a 401k plan with matching.

Website Richard Grubb and Associates, Inc.

Richard Grubb & Associates, Inc. (RGA) is seeking a creative and motivated Architectural Historian to join our dynamic, growing team. This position can be based out of our Cranbury, New Jersey, or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. RGA staff primarily work remotely, though applicants must be within commuting distance to project sites in the NJ/PA area for site visits, research, and fieldwork duties. The successful candidate should have at least 1 year’s relevant experience (at a cultural resources management firm, SHPO, state/federal regulatory agencies, or similar), meet the qualifications outlined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Architectural Historians/Historians (36CFR61), and ideally have a Master’s Degree in History, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, or closely related field. Experience with federal and state cultural resource management regulations, including a good working knowledge of NEPA and Section 106, is preferred.

This position offers the candidate the opportunity to excel in and contribute to a collaborative team environment. RGA utilizes various digital tools to promote collaboration and foster a social, friendly atmosphere, whether you are working in person or remotely. Constructive ideas and input are encouraged and welcomed to improve day-to-day operations and workflow. The selected candidate will enjoy a wide variety of project types, such as historic architectural surveys, comprehensive documentation, interpretive and curatorial programming, and preservation planning while expanding their knowledge and understanding of many different architectural resources. Project-related tasks often include liaising with different agencies and stakeholders to meet project goals and secure regulatory approvals. This may include engaging with federal and state agencies, state historic preservation offices, local governments, community organizations, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders. RGA is committed to supporting professional development through training, professional memberships, conference attendance, and continuing education.


  • Conduct primary and secondary source historical research and synthesize research into architecturally relevant background histories; analyze research results and contextualize historic resources within their relevant historical themes, geographical areas, and chronological periods.
  • Technical report writing
  • Conduct National Register eligibility evaluations, including context development
  • Prepare survey forms and reports.
  • Develop detailed physical descriptions for various historic resources, including buildings, structures, objects, landscapes, etc.
  • Complete HABS/HAER/HALS documentation
  • Develop and draft interpretive materials (i.e., signs/displays, historic context studies, pamphlets, etc.)
  • Conduct site visits to survey historic resources through field notes and digital photography

To be considered for this opportunity, please email a cover letter, resume, or CV detailing your education and work, and relevant writing sample (3-5 pages) experience to:

Lynn Alpert and Allee Davis, Co-Directors of Historic Architectural Services

This full-time position includes a competitive pay and benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The average salary range for this position is $45,000 – $50,000 and depends on experience and qualifications. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; group medical, dental, and vision insurance; and a 401k plan with matching.

RGA is one of the largest cultural resource consulting firms in the Mid-Atlantic, with a staff of Historians, Architectural Historians, and Archaeologists. RGA is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where various backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish. RGA is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. RGA is a Drug-Free Workplace. RGA participates in E-Verify.

RGA is a certified WBE/DBE/SBE. Learn more about RGA at

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