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🔗Contract Architectural Historian B

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Knoxville, TN, USA
  • September 9, 2022
  • Department: Cultural Compliance
  • Hourly Salary ($): $24 - $32/hour
  • Job Qualifications:

    Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in historic preservation, or related field. Post graduate studies in historic preservation, public history, archaeology, or a closely related field, and five years experience is preferred.

    Must have a state issued driver’s license.

    Key skills:
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Technical writing expertise
    • Experience with GIS (specifically ArcGIS Pro)
    • Attention to detail
    • Consistent
    • Accurate recording and reporting skills
    • Knowledge of architectural terminology for architectural descriptions
    • Ability to extract and analyze data
    • Ability to work independently and manage time
    • Flexibility
    • Self-motivated
    • Familiarity with the National Historic Preservation Act (specifically Sections 106 and 110) and its associated regulations

  • How to Apply:

    To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Hallie Hearnes at by August 5, 2022.

    *Due to COVID-19 safety precautions enacted by TVA, TVA staff and contractors are currently teleworking and exploring a hybrid work environment with limited access to the office. Precautions for safety have been made when working in the field and/or in the office.

  • Contact Name: Hallie Hearnes
  • Application Email:

Website Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

The Tennessee Valley Authority provides electricity for 153 local power companies serving 10 million people in Tennessee and parts of six surrounding states, as well as directly to 57 large industrial customers and federal installations. We don't get taxpayer funding; rather our revenues come from sales of electricity. TVA also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and regional governments with their economic development efforts. Our mission is just as relevant today as it was nearly nine decades ago when Congress created TVA: harness the potential of the rich resources in the Tennessee Valley region to make life better for the people who call it home. We are inspired daily to pursue new ideas and innovative solutions to improve our service to you. The employees of TVA form an experienced, talented team committed to improving the quality of life for the people of the Tennessee Valley.

TVA Cultural Compliance, in the Federally Mandated Environmental Compliance organization, is seeking experienced contract staff through Johnson Service Group for an Architectural Historian B position. This position would work alongside TVA’s Architectural Historian and other Cultural Compliance staff and contractors to support Section 106 and Section 110 reviews. Candidate would review proposed projects related to TVA historic architectural resources or other proposed actions to identify historic architectural resources potentially impacted by proposed TVA actions within the seven-state power service area (AL, GA, KY, MS, NC, TN, and VA). This position is for someone who has architectural field experience, a working knowledge of geographic information system mapping (GIS), an understanding of historic architectural terminology and assessment of properties for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and the ability to work 35-40 hours per week. The official workstation is in Knoxville, Tennessee. We are currently in a hybrid remote work environment; however, as fieldwork may be required, candidate must reside within TVA’s power service area. Occasional travel is required.

Responsibilities include:
• Completion of desktop level reviews, using internal TVA and state databases (archaeological/architectural), and online public resources for known historic resources and/or architectural survey information
• Conducting reconnaissance field reviews to determine if architectural resources are present within the project area
• Entering and manipulating data related to historic architectural resources and findings into TVA’s Cultural Resource Management System (CRMS), an internal GIS database
• Development of Section 106 and Section 110 consultation letters, letter reports, and internal TVA documentation
• Development of scopes-of-work and review and editing of external architectural survey reports
• Coordination of surveys, working with external contractors, to update existing NRHP documentation as a part of TVA’s Section 110 inventory project
• Occasional overnight travel and/or long workdays throughout TVA’s seven-state Power Service Area (Travel is usually confined to a one-night stay and on an infrequent basis.)

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