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HistoriCorps seeks skilled, enthusiastic Research Assistant to lead Reconnaissance Level Survey in Wyoming forests and assist with other technical projects
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - architecture, forest, survey, assessment, wyoming, preservation, research, historicorps
Contributed By: Charlotte Helmer
Email The Author: chelmer@historicorps.org
Website: http://www.historicorps.org

HistoriCorps seeks skilled, enthusiastic Research Assistant to lead Reconnaissance Level Survey in Wyoming forests and assist with other technical projects
HistoriCorps seeks skilled, enthusiastic Research Assistant to lead Reconnaissance Level Survey in Wyoming forests and assist with other technical projects.

Position: Research Assistant
Reports to: Architectural Historian
Type: Seasonal, full-time
Locations: Various, including Wyoming and Colorado
Compensation: $15/hour or more, commensurate with experience   
Open Until: Filled. Interviews to begin on Tuesday, April 30.

Organization: HistoriCorps,  a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Morrison, CO, saves and sustains historic places on our public lands through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers, students, veterans, youth training programs, and organizations, and provide training and education. We partner with federal, state, and local land management agencies undertake technical preservation projects throughout the United States. Since 2009, HistoriCorps volunteers have completed more than 230 projects in 29 U.S. states and territories.

Position: HistoriCorps seeks a Research Assistant (“Assistant”) to conduct surveys and draft technical reports in collaboration with HistoriCorps staff and the U.S. Forest Service. The position will provide practical experience in historic preservation including updating cultural resource inventory forms, providing brief field-based evaluations of integrity and eligibility, inspecting historic properties, assessing building conditions, interpreting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, documenting historic places with sketches and photographs, and drafting technical reports.

Primary Responsibilities: The Assistant will conduct a Reconnaissance Level Survey of “recreation residence” cabins on the Bighorn, Shoshone, and Medicine Bow National Forests in Wyoming. The assistant will work under the direction of HistoriCorps’ Architectural Historian to plan and execute this project. The Assistant will also work with HistoriCorps’ field staff and/or volunteers to conduct field work. Tasks will include:
  • Investigate the background and purpose of this survey to understand the priorities of Forest Service staff, cabin residents, and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office;
  • Prepare for field work by reviewing previous surveys, organizing travel itineraries, and coordinating with HistoriCorps and Forest Service staff;
  • Work with a colleague or volunteer to conduct field work by traveling to the national forests, visiting “summer group homes” and isolated cabins, taking photographs and field notes, and updating inventory forms;
  • Draft technical reports to organize and articulate fieldwork results.
Other Duties: The Assistant may also have opportunities to work on site visits, condition assessments, documentation projects, archival research, and other preservation projects that would allow them to develop their professional and technical skills.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, an undergraduate or graduate program in historic preservation, public history, architecture, or an allied field. They will demonstrate a strong understanding of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and the National Register of Historic Places, have some experience with reconnaissance level surveys, and be proficient with Microsoft Office programs. The ability to work independently will be essential, although there will also be many opportunities to work with HistoriCorps staff. Enthusiasm, tact, and professionalism are also important; The ideal candidate will be well prepared to positively represent HistoriCorps and the U.S. Forest Service in all professional settings, and especially when dealing with members of the public.

Required Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the professional framework for historic preservation (history, theory, and practice) and an expressed interest in learning more about the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, including the National Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Offices, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and Sections 110 and 106 of the Act;
  • Enthusiasm for research, writing, travel, fieldwork, public service, and teamwork;
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a small team;Passion for preserving historic places on public lands;Strong writing skills, particularly for technical writing;
  • Strong organization skills, particularly for tracking project expenses, hours worked, and progress through technical projects;
  • Strong communication skills, particularly for working with HistoriCorps staff and Forest Service staff both in person and at a distance via phone and email;
  • Ability to provide and use personal camping equipment (tent & sleeping bag), prepare and eat meals in a remote camp setting;
  • Ability to walk and stand throughout the day, and work in all but extreme weather conditions;
  • Valid driver’s license, and experience driving alone on remote Forest Service (gravel and 4wd) roads for extended periods of time.
Ideal Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, including the National Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Offices, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and Sections 110 and 106 of the Act;
  • Previous experience conducting reconnaissance level surveys and condition assessments;
  • Previous work on Forest Service lands or in partnership with Forest Service staff;
  • Availability to work from any of HistoriCorps’ offices: Morrison, Colorado; Petersburg, Virginia; or Springfield, Oregon

Schedule: This is a seasonal position with guaranteed full-time work from June 1 to September 1, 2019, and the potential for an extended appointment thereafter. The work schedule will be agreed upon by the research assistant and HistoriCorps, but will not exceed 40 hours per week. Start and end dates are flexible, but the ideal candidate must attend HistoriCorps’ annual Field Staff Training in Morrison, CO from May 12-17. Office work may be completed in 8-hr days, while field work will typically consist of 10-hr days.

Locations: The position may be based at one of HistoriCorps offices in Colorado, Virginia, or Oregon but will also include extensive travel around Wyoming and possibly in other states.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, Architectural Historian at chelmer@historicorps.org. Include “Research Assistant” 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.


Keywords: architecture, forest, survey, assessment, wyoming, preservation, research, historicorps

Posted: April 26, 2019
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