Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Position: Principal Investigator (Architectural Historian) 

Reports toProject Manager 

Type: Seasonal, full-time positions 

Locations: Various states including Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon 

Compensation: $19 – $23/hour, commensurate with experience    

Open UntilThe position is open until filled. Interviews will begin April 1. 

Organization: HistoriCorps® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. We partner with federal, state, and local land management agencies to undertake technical preservation projects throughout the United States.  

Position: HistoriCorps seeks mid-level architectural historians to lead volunteers in surveying, documenting, and evaluating historic buildingsstructures, and districts for public partners such as the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. 

Primary Responsibilities: The Principal Investigator (PI) may conduct a variety of projects, but their focal project will be a survey of recreation residence tracts on the Shoshone and Sawtooth National ForestsThe PI will work under the direction of one of HistoriCorps’ Project Managers to plan and execute these projects. They will lead a small group of volunteers to conduct field work on the recreation residence tracts. The PI is responsible for guiding volunteers to ensure that they collect all necessary information, document the resourcesenjoy the work, and work safely. After the field work is complete, the PI will write reports for the respective U.S. Forest Service partners and State Historic Preservation Offices in fulfillment of, and in compliance with, Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act. 

Other Duties: The PI may also have opportunities to work on site visits, condition assessments, documentation projects, archival research, and other preservation projects as opportunities arise. 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate is an experienced architectural historian who demonstrates a strong understanding of the National Register of Historic Places through previous work to evaluate buildings and districts. The ability to work independently is essential, although there will also be many opportunities to collaborate with HistoriCorps staffour partner agencies, and our volunteers. Enthusiasm, tact, and professionalism are important. The ideal candidate will positively represent HistoriCorps in all professional settings, and especially when dealing with members of the public. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • PI must demonstrate experience that meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural History, meaning:  
    • A 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. 
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful determinations of eligibility, architectural descriptions, and historic contexts. 
  • Enthusiasm for research, writing, and public service. 
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a small team. 
  • Demonstrated aptitude and ability to produce excellent work while meeting project budgets and deadlines for deliverables. 
  • Passion for preserving historic places on public lands. 
  • Strong writing skills, particularly for technical writing. 
  • Strong organization skills, particularly for tracking project expenseshours worked, and progress. 
  • Strong communication skills, particularly for working with HistoriCorps staff, our partners, and our volunteers both in person and at a distance via phone and email. 
  • Ability to provide and use personal camping equipment (tent & sleeping bag) for outdoor camping up to eight days at a time 
  • Ability to work outdoors throughout the day, and in moderate rain, wind, or snow. 
  • Valid driver’s license, and experience traveling on remote roads. 

Schedule: This is a seasonal position with full-time work from approximately May 1 to October 1, 2020The work schedule will be mutually determined by the PI and HistoriCorps but will not exceed 80 hours per two-week pay periodOffice work may be completed in 8-hour days while field work will more often consist of 10-hour days. 

Locations: The position may be based either from HistoriCorps offices in Morrison, Colorado or from the PI’s self-sufficient home office. 

Apply! For your application to be considered, it must include: 

  • A cover letter of maximum 400 words that describe the reason for your interest, the skills that you will bring, and the skills or experience that you would like to develop 
  • A resume 
  • Contact information (phone and email) for three professional references 

Please submit your application materials to Charlotte Helmer, Project Manager / Architectural Historian at Include “Principal Investigator” in the subject line. Questions are welcome via email; Please do not call to inquire about the position. 

HistoriCorps® is committed to equal opportunity and equal treatment for all qualified individuals based on individual merit and capability. Our commitment applies without regard to race, color, religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any factors identified and protected by federal, state and local law. Anyone interested in the position is encouraged to apply.