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🔗Architectural Historian (AH)

  • Full Time
  • Pawtucket, RI
  • $58,000 - $65,000 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Historic Preservation Team
  • Job Summary: The Architectural Historian (AH) conducts and manages the technical and logistical aspects of historical research, field survey, and analysis to identify and evaluate historic architectural properties, including buildings, landscapes, other...
  • Job Qualifications:

    Education Requirement and Prior Work Experience
    ·         Master’s degree in architectural history, art history, American history, public history, historic preservation, or closely related field

    ·         Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR 61)

    ·         Minimum of three years of experience in conducting historic architectural property identification surveys and evaluating historic architectural properties, including buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts, in accordance with National Register Criteria for Evaluation

    ·         Experience managing projects and applying Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and other laws and regulations relating to CRM and historic preservation planning

    Core Competencies and Qualifications
    ·         Outstanding historic architectural property identification and recordation skills

    ·         Ability to coordinate and conduct thorough and targeted historical research at local, state, and national repositories and online sources

    ·         Demonstrated experience in evaluating historic properties through the application of the National Register of Historic Places Criteria for Evaluation and aspects of integrity

    ·         Strong technical writing skills and the ability to clearly convey the findings of investigations in concise written narratives that reflect a high level of scholarship and a thorough understanding of project-specific objectives/goals

    ·         Ability to lead projects, supervise staff, effectively communicate, and contribute as a team member

    ·         Strong knowledge of American history from the Colonial period through the present

    ·         Ability to coordinate fieldwork and research efforts, allocate time effectively, and handle multiple concurrent tasks and assignments to meet project deadlines

    ·         Proficiencies in digital photography, MS Office applications, ERP systems

    ·         Possesses a valid driver’s license

  • How to Apply:


    Qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:

    1. – via email

    2.        Must include ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN in the email’s subject line.

    3.       This position will remain open until filled. This job posting is also available on PAL’s website:

  • Job benefits: Health, PTO, Educational Reimbursement, Etc...
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Physical Demands and the Work Environment The physical demands and work environment(s) described below represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions: • Office work is performed in a semi-private work area within the PAL office and is subject to usual and typical office conditions • Fieldwork may require hiking over rugged terrain or work in urban settings, carrying light equipment (up to twenty pounds) in a variety of weather conditions • Movement typically involves walking, standing, and bending on a regular basis • Certain projects may require personal protection equipment, including leather work boots, safety vests, safety glasses, hard hats and/or ear protection • Specialized training (e.g., OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER, 29 CFR 1910.120) may be required for an employee to work at certain types of job sites • Specific physical fitness and medical examinations may be required for an employee to work at certain types of job sites • First aid and adult CPR certification training is provided by PAL on a biannual basis; attendance in this training is mandatory when offered
  • Contact Name: Gary Convertino
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  • Application Address: 26 Main St, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Website The Public Archaeology Laboratory

What We Do: Established in 1982, PAL has completed thousands of projects in the Northeast and throughout the United States and the Caribbean Islands. We have a proven record of providing innovative management strategies and quality services that withstand rigorous technical reviews. Our reputation is built upon facilitating projects efficiently and effectively, while maintaining the highest caliber of standards. Who We Are: PAL’s success as one of the leading providers of cultural resource management services is in large part due to our talented team. Our multidisciplinary approach integrates the skills of our historic, pre-contact, and industrial archaeologists, architectural and industrial historians, historians, preservation planners, conservators, and technical specialists. Together, we are dedicated to providing clients with responsive service, expert advice, and high-quality products.

Job Profile

The Architectural Historian (AH) conducts and manages the technical and logistical aspects of historical research, field survey, and analysis to identify and evaluate historical architectural properties, including buildings, structures, objects, landscapes, and districts. The AH synthesizes and presents its investigations’ results in report formats tailored to achieve specific project goals and meet applicable Federal and State standards and guidelines for content, accuracy, and scholarship.

Essential Functions


·         Identifies and records historical architectural properties within defined project areas

·         Manages the technical and logistical aspects of preparing for and conducting fieldwork by PAL standards and procedures

·         Prepares clear and accurate notes, sketch maps, and high-quality photographs to document field investigations and provide the basis for historic property evaluations and project effects assessments

·         Supervises and mentors associate architectural historians through effective communication and promoting a cooperative atmosphere

·         Applies sound judgment and problem-solving to resolve unanticipated circumstances that may arise during fieldwork

·         Conducts fieldwork in compliance with PAL’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Protection Plan and demonstrates awareness of physical conditions that may pose hazards to one’s safety and the safety of other team members


·         Applies appropriate research techniques to thoroughly document the history of properties and the context in which they were developed

·         Understands the level of research required for a specific project and matches the effort to meet those standards

·         Organizes and conducts research in local, state, and federal archives and other types of repositories and makes optimal use of online information

·         Takes detailed and accurate research notes that document sources and repositories consulted

·         Prepares citations and bibliographical references by the style formats PAL uses in its products

Analysis and Reporting

·         Analyzes information collected during fieldwork and research and applies the National Register Criteria for Evaluation to properties identified.

·         Assesses project effects on historic properties

·         Prepares thorough and concise survey reports, inventory forms, National Register nominations, and historical documentation that convey the results of investigations and conform to state and federal standards, including the US Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation

Non-Essential Tasks

·         May organize in-house research resources, assist with marketing, and participate in industry conferences and events

·         Other duties as assigned