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Burns & McDonnell Staff Historian/Cultural Resources Specialist - Environmental Services (Multiple Locations) in Austin, Texas


Burns & McDonnell is seeking to hire a Staff Historian/Cultural Resources Specialist within our Environmental Services Global practice in our Austin, TX, regional office (but could also sit in our Houston office).

The Staff Historian/Cultural Resources Specialist will lead and support historic resource studies, surveys and archival research.

Duties include:

  • Leading architectural resource documentation projects with oversight and support of Senior Historian and Junior Staff (i.e. collecting field data).

  • Writing architectural descriptions.

  • Evaluating resources for NRHP eligibility.

  • Preparing technical reports for a variety of geographic locations.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field from an accredited university is required.

  • Master's degree in Historic Preservation, Cultural Resource Management, Public History, or a closely related field, strongly preferred. Completion of Masters Degree can be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Qualification Standards as an Historian and Architectural Historian.

  • Minimum of 4 years’ related experience -- conducting historic-age architecture surveys for regulatory compliance (including data gathering and photography).

  • Experience conducting archival research into census records, chain of title, and other primary source materials.

  • Have strong writing skills and experience composing architectural descriptions and historic contexts for survey reports and preservation planning documents.

  • Familiarity with the Antiquities Code of Texas, the National Historic Preservation Act (including Section 106), the National Environmental Policy Act, and requirements of other Federal regulatory agencies such as the FHWA, USACE, DOE, EPA, BLM, etc.

  • Support and work under the direction of a Senior Historian based in Austin, TX (up to 40% travel).

  • Be willing to travel for projects across the central and eastern United States.

  • TxDOT pre-certification preferred (Categories 2.7.2, 2.15.1, and 2.15.2).

  • Experience leading both small- and large-scale field surveys and associated reporting efforts.

  • An ability to interact in a positive and professional manner with clients.

  • Experience with proposals, project scoping, and cost estimating.

  • Experience working with regulatory agencies, particularly SHPOs strongly preferred.

  • Proficiency with Google Earth, ArcGIS, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Adobe Photoshop strongly preferred.


Job Archeology

Primary Location US-TX-Austin

Other Locations US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 220022