Architectural Historian (Cultural Resources Specialist 2)
Primary Location: Portland, OR
Salary Range: $70,000-$100,000
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About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Architectural Historian (Cultural Resources Specialist 2), we’ll count on you to:

  • Conduct and lead fieldwork, including reconnaissance and intensive-level survey, to identify historic properties for a variety of clients, including transportation, renewable energy/power, and the Department of Defense.
  • Conduct research and develop historic contexts and other writing deliverables.
  • Complete survey forms, determinations of eligibility, and reports that meet the requirements of the appropriate State Historic Preservation Office and our local, state, and federal clients.
  • Complete projects with clear, specified objectives and understand the scope of the work being requested.
  • Work independently on small and medium-sized projects and assist other staff on larger projects.
  • Assist with QAQC of deliverables.
  • Assist with local and regional marketing.
  • Travel to project locations, predominantly in Oregon, Washington, and California, although additional nationwide travel may be requested as needed.
  • Perform other duties as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Successful candidates must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural History
  • Master’s Degree in History, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, or closely related field
  • At least 5 years of experience conducting Section 106 consultation, including defining and justifying the Area of Potential Effects, Identification of Historic Properties, Assessment of Effects, and Resolution of Adverse Effects
  • Successful candidates should be very familiar with the regulatory framework surrounding cultural resource management (i.e., Section 106, Section 4[f], and NEPA)
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Self-motivated, with excellent writing and communication skills
  • Willingness to work under varied weather conditions, remotely, and within natural environments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work experience in cultural resource projects in Oregon, Washington, and/or California
  • Familiarity with using GIS software

In addition, we request the submission of a brief writing sample (3-20 pages), chosen at the discretion of the applicant. Examples include a determination of eligibility, NRHP or HABS/HAER/HALS documentation; historic context development; or other document showing an understanding of the field of history and excellent writing skills.


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

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