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


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

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

Duties include:

  • Serving as Principal Investigator for architectural resource documentation and evaluation projects including oversight of Junior Staff (i.e. collecting field data).

  • Coordinating directly with Project Managers and agency staff

  • Writing architectural descriptions.

  • Evaluating resources for NRHP eligibility and assessing effects as required under Section 106 of the NHPA and applicable state preservation laws.

  • Preparing technical reports for a variety of geographic locations under a range of regulatory contexts.

  • 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 Master's 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 8 years related professional 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.

  • Mentor and oversee work of junior staff.

  • Engage in fieldwork and project site visits (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, agency staff, and coworkers.

  • 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.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Archeology

Primary Location US-TX-Austin

Other Locations US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 240175

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JJ #ENS