Conducts complex cultural resources reviews associated with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas for reviews of federal and state undertakings. Performs Section 106 compliance review, as per the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, for determination of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) for projects with involvement by various federal, state, and/or local entities. Reviews projects within specific time deadlines; other related duties as assigned. The position is based in Austin and may require travel throughout the state.
EXAMPLES OF WORK TO BE PERFORMED:
- Performs and reviews advanced historical research work.
- Work involves extensive review of historic properties; assessment of properties for NRHP and application of NRHP criteria to wide array of property types.
- Requires close coordination with THC Executive Director on high profile and complex projects as needed.
- Works with interested members of the public and local, state, and national preservation-related organizations.
- Site visits to projects and attendance at occasional public meetings required.
- May write and/or process and present National Register nominations.
- Works under minimal supervision, and position requires a high level of independent decision-making and sound judgment.
Successful applicant must meet Texas Antiquities Code and federal professional qualification standards (36 CFR 61) for historian and/or architectural historian.
Historian: Graduate degree in history or closely related field; or a bachelor’s degree in history or closely related field plus one of the following:
- At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historic organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
- Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of history.
Architectural Historian: Graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history, or a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field plus one of the following:
- At least two 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
- Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.
- At least two years of previous historic preservation work;
- Experience working with federal project review and compliance;
- Experience writing historic property nominations;
- Experience conducting historic resources surveys;
- Direct experience conducting archival and primary-source research, evaluating the historic significance of properties and applying National Register criteria to these properties;
- Knowledge of Texas history, geography, and architecture.
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