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Applied EarthWorks, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Staff Architectural Historian. This is an on-call entry level position, working from any Æ office with fieldwork up to 50% of the time. This position is in California – local candidates preferred.

Pay Range:

Staff $25 – $32/hour


The Staff Architectural Historian will provide assistance to cultural resources projects of all sizes. The Staff Architectural Historian is responsible for historical and technical research and reporting. Responsibilities include completing archival research; conducting architectural and historical structure surveys and inventories; recording and evaluating historic built environment resources according to criteria of historical significance under the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and California Register of Historical Resources (CRHR); evaluating integrity of historic properties and/or historical resources; writing elements of technical reports; and contributing to the preparation of proposals.

Skill Requirements:  

  • Participate in the planning and/or completion of site visits and fieldwork, sometimes independently, for built-environment surveys and inventories.

  • Record, document, and evaluate historical objects, buildings, structures, and landscapes to current professional standards;

  • Review design plans for consistency with the US Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines; Complete historical and archival research, using primary and secondary documentary sources.

  • Perform oral history research;

  • Understand regulatory contexts through the relevant state, local, and federal laws, implementing regulations, and policies and procedures (e.g., but not limited to the California Environmental Quality Act [CEQA], National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA], and National Historic Preservation Act [NHPA]);

  • Assist with the development of historic contexts and write historic background overviews;

  • Contribute to documentation meeting national and/or state-level documentation requirements (including, but not limited to, NRHP, HABS/HAER/HALS, CRHR, and DPR 523 forms);

  • Attend to details in budgets, schedules, deliverables, and tasks related to specific projects;

  • Contribute to project proposals, research designs/treatment plans, and technical reports;

  • Possess strong technical writing and oral communication skills;

  • Adapt quickly and demonstrate flexibility to changes in project needs;

  • Work independently and collaboratively with a variety of colleagues, clients, agency representatives, construction contractors, and other project stakeholders. Some client and/or agency interaction is anticipated.

Education and Experience:

  • Under graduate or graduate degree in history, art history, architectural history, historic preservation, or related field required.

  • Previous relevant experience; cultural resource management experience preferred.

  • Valid drivers license and Real ID or passport;

  • Basic background screening for entry onto Department of Defense installations may apply for specific project assignments;

  • Pre-employment drug screening may apply for specific project assignments.

How to Apply:

Apply online.

Interested applicants may submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, three professional references and two writing samples to Human Resources at Please reference “Staff Architectural Historian” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Salary Equity and Transparency – Æ is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all employees.  We include good faith pay ranges in all advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.

An employee in this CA-based position can expect a wage of $25-$32/hour for the Staff Architectural Historian position. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law.  Candidates are also encouraged to consider Æ’s total compensation package including competitive benefits, ESOP participation, professional development, exclusive in-house leadership development and coaching.