Architectural Historian 2

HRA is seeking an Architectural Historian 2 to join our collaborative team of experts. HRA welcomes candidates to express interest in any of our offices in Washington (Seattle, Spokane) or Oregon (Portland, Eugene).

This is a salaried, full-time position with an anticipated salary of $66,794–$104,748 depending on office location, experience and qualifications.

The Architectural Historian 2 performs research tasks, fieldwork, and/or writing tasks as part of a project team. Under the direction of project managers, the Architectural Historian 2 leads field surveys and contributes to the preparation of technical reports and client deliverables; this may include preparing the larger share of reports and deliverables.

Required education and experience:

  • Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History
  • Graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field
  • 2+ years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution, or a substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience with applying local, state, and federal (36 CFR Part 800) cultural resource policies and procedures in a professional and technical capacity.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

Required skills and abilities:

  • General: Proficient in the use of computer software including Word and Excel. Ability to use online databases, such as library search engines and digitized records collections. Use digital cameras, digital scanners, and digital audio recorders. May require valid driver’s license and ability to operate passenger car and/or light truck.
  • Teamwork: Develop and maintain positive relationships, ability to balance work schedules and demands, provide and accept feedback, seek to resolve conflict through communication and collaboration, use effective verbal and written communication, listen and communicate effectively. Successfully function within a project team, work closely with project team members, provide clear direction for team members on projects or tasks that you manage, and take direction from a project manager on projects or tasks managed by others.
  • Research: Conduct background research in various sources including ethnographies, soils/environmental/cultural background, SHPO databases, GLO plats, land patents/historic maps, and tax assessments. Have the ability to recognize the need for and to locate additional background or archival resources.
  • Writing: Possession of strong technical writing skills. Ability to contribute to all types of culture resource related products, including (but not limited to) research, inventory, resource evaluation, and monitoring plans and reports. Ability to contribute to high quality products with knowledge and understanding of appropriate style for the document.
  • Field: Understanding of architectural field survey methods and familiarity with the operation and use of photographic cameras and related software. Proficient field techniques and ability to use GPS and GIS equipment and software in the field.
  • Technical: Knowledge of architectural history and styles in the United States and ability to describe them in clear, narrative prose; experience working with survey and inventory methods of recordation and evaluation (specifically, National Register bulletins pertaining to historic preservation and SHPO-generated forms). Architectural photography skills are required.
  • Strong verbal and writing communication skills.
  • Ability to remember and follow detailed instructions.

Candidates should assume that up to 50 percent of their time will be spent in the field with occasional travel outside of the city in which they are based.

HRA offers competitive compensation and a full benefits package that includes vacation, sick leave, holidays, medical insurance, and 401K.

Please submit a letter of interest, résumé with three references, and one writing sample from a recent survey, preferably either a historic context or physical description and National Register evaluation of a surveyed resource to Human Resources at

No phone calls, please. Only qualified candidates with an advanced degree will be considered for interviews. Interviews will be conducted with qualified applicants as they apply, and position will remain open until filled.

HRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and inclusion where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. If you need to request an accommodation related to disability, religion, or related to domestic violence, stalking or sexual harassment, please contact Human Resources.