• Architectural Historian

    Office Location US-UT-Salt Lake City
    Requisition Number
    # of Openings
    Cultural Resources/Archaeology
    Hire Type
  • About the opportunity

    Historic bldg in water_cropped

    SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding our Salt Lake City-based cultural resources team and is seeking an Architectural History – Historic Preservation Project Manager to accommodate this growth. We are looking for a dynamic individual to be a key player on our team of dedicated professionals delivering the highest-quality project work.


    Under the supervision and guidance of our lead historian and the cultural resources program director, the successful candidate will manage architectural history, public history, and historic preservation projects in Utah and throughout the intermountain west and work with other project managers and office leadership in Salt Lake and across the region on proposals, client management, and business development. Pay and benefits package are commensurate with experience. The successful individual in this role will be a self-starter, detail-oriented, and capable of functioning independently and in teams.


    Our Salt Lake City office offers a unique work environment and specializes in cultural and natural resources services.


    *** A cover letter is required with application/resume submission

    What you will accomplish

    • Conduct historic resource assessments/evaluations according to local, state, and federal criteria of significance—independently or leading a project team.
    • Archival research, focusing on primary and secondary sources and utilizing online and local resources.
    • Write historic context statements, which identify significant context, themes, and property types.
    • Conduct condition assessments and develop treatment recommendations for historic buildings and materials.
    • Preparation of defensible compliance documentation in support of NHPA Section 106 compliance, NEPA, and other federal, state, and local ordinances.
    • Document survey results in reports and recording historic resources on appropriate forms and databases according to state standards primarily in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho.
    • Nominate historic properties and districts to local, state, and federal registers.
    • Project-level review for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
    • Develop management plans for treatment, maintenance and other activities affecting historic properties.
    • Assist local governments and other clients with developing site-specific or city-wide historic preservation plans, creating and revising planning regulations, including historic preservation ordinances, and creating and revising design guidelines.
    • Develop and manage project budgets and project staff.
    • Lead and contribute to proposal and marketing efforts.
    • Comply with all SWCA health and safety procedures.

    Experience and qualifications for success

    • A Master’s Degree in architectural history, historic preservation, historic preservation planning, or a closely related field is required.
    • Must meet Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History (36 CFR Part 61).
    • A working knowledge of federal and state cultural resource and historic preservation laws and practices, including NEPA and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
    • Demonstrated experience conducting research, writing, and consulting in American architectural history with a consulting firm, agency, or other professional organization; preferred experience includes working on a variety of project types and sizes, on all project aspects (from pre-field tasks through final report preparation), in multiple regions, and with a variety of regulatory agencies.
    • Experience recording and evaluating architectural resources in Utah and the intermountain west.
    • Primary report authorship in a consulting context and experience providing quality control review of field documents, site forms and reports required.
    • Familiarity with nineteenth and twentieth century commercial and residential architecture.
    • Knowledge of the history and architectural history of Utah and the intermountain west is required.
    • Previous field experience recording, evaluating and reporting architectural resources.
    • Experience with application of The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation (36 CFR Part 67) and Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey (HABS/HAER/HALS) documentation and procedures are preferred.
    • Experience working on National Register Nominations preferred.
    • Experience with architectural conservation materials and methods, building condition assessments, and developing preservation treatment recommendations preferred.


    *** A cover letter is required with application/resume submission


    SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


    If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email accommodations@swca.com or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


    EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed

    Connect With Us!

    Not ready to apply? Connect with us for general consideration.