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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.

HDR is seeking a qualified, motivated Architectural History Technician to support field projects and desktop reviews for projects throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and to support HDR projects throughout the United States.

The salary range for this position is $51,205-$95,095.00.

Primary Responsibilities

  • In the role of Architectural History Technician (Cultural Resources Specialist 1), you will be asked to:
  •          Conduct research and architectural surveys.
  •          Develop historic contexts.
  •          Make National Register of Historic Places eligibility evaluations.
  •          Assess project effects, report writing, and assisting clients in complying with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
  •          You may also be asked to conduct archaeological surveys under the direction of a supervising Field Director, where you may be responsible for completing archaeological site documentation, which includes feature and artifact identification and analyses; excavating shovel test pits (STPs); completing site descriptions; taking photographs; and mapping.
  •          Conduct fieldwork, including reconnaissance and intensive-level survey, to identify historic properties for a variety of clients, including transportation, renewable energy/power, and federal agencies.
  •          Conduct research and develop historic contexts and other written deliverables.
  •          Complete survey forms, determinations of eligibility, and reports that meet the requirements of the appropriate State Historic Preservation Office, regulatory agencies, and our clients.
  •          Complete projects with clear, specified objectives and understand the scope of the work being requested.
  •          Work independently on small projects, or assist other staff on larger projects.
  •          Be able to walk up to 6 miles a day.
  •          Be able to lift up to 25 pounds without assistance .
  •          Work hours other than 8 to 5 which may include weekends and/or night shifts .
  •          Have (or be able to obtain) a valid Texas Driver’s License .
  •          Be able to operate a vehicle day or night.
  •          Travel to project locations, predominantly in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, although additional nationwide travel may be requested as needed.
  •         Work predominantly at an HDR office when not participating in fieldwork.
  •         Perform other duties as needed.


Minimum qualifications:

  •          Bachelor’s degree in History, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Anthropology, Archaeology, or closely related field
  •          Self-motivation, with proven writing and oral communication skills
  •          Willingness to travel and work under varied weather conditions, remotely, and within natural environments
  •          Willingness to work in a team environment
  •          Familiarity with the regulatory framework surrounding cultural resource management (i.e., Section 106 and NEPA)
  •          Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office products)
  •          An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture

Preferred qualifications:

  •          Previous work experience in Section 106 NHPA compliance
  •          Secretary of the Interior-qualified for Architectural History or History
  •          Master’s degree in History, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, or closely related field, or successful completion of a Historic Preservation certificate program

Candidates should be prepared to complete a brief writing exercise during the interview process.


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.