Architectural Historian / Project Manager


Urbana Preservation & Planning, LLC is expanding our San Diego-based preservation team and is seeking an Architectural Historian / 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 work products.  Under the supervision and guidance of our Principal, the successful candidate will manage architectural history, public history, and historic preservation planning projects and work with the Urbana team on projects, 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.  Candidates must demonstrate the technical expertise required to identify historic properties, evaluate the effects of projects on historic properties, and have experience coordinating and consulting with State Historic Preservation Officers and Federal Agencies.  Additionally, candidates must be detail oriented, well organized, an excellent verbal and written communicator, and technologically proficient with experience in working with databases.  Specific duties may include working with staff to oversee projects, attending kickoff meetings, conducting fieldwork, managing fieldwork crews, conducting analysis, interpreting data, preparing status reports, and writing technical reports.  The following characteristics are desired:


Education and Professional Qualifications

  • A Graduate Degree in architectural history, historic preservation, historic preservation planning, or a closely related field is required.
  • Must meet The Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History (36 CFR Part 61).
  • Must qualify as a Field Director for BLM Cultural Resource Use Permits (CRUP).
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license.



  • Full-Time.
  • Must be available to travel for occasional multi-day Field Survey (out of office) efforts.



  • Develop and manage project budgets, schedules, and staff.
  • Lead and contribute to proposal and marketing efforts.


Skills, Work Tasks, and Knowledge Base

  • Must have 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.
  • Ability to prepare historic resource assessments/evaluations according to local, state, and federal criteria of significance independently or leading a project team.
  • Ability to conduct archival research, focusing on primary and secondary sources and utilizing online and local resources.
  • Ability to author historic context statements.
  • Ability to prepare conditions assessments and develop treatment recommendations for historic buildings and materials.
  • Preparation of defensible compliance documentation in support of NHPA Section 106 compliance, NEPA, CEQA, 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 California and the southwest.
  • Nominate historic properties and districts to local, state, and federal registers.
  • 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 management plans for treatment, maintenance and other activities affecting historic properties.
  • Review projects for compliance with The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.


How to Apply:

Submit resume / CV and a writing sample to:


Jessica Seyforth

Urbana Preservation & Planning, LLC

9340 Fuerte Drive, Suite 203

La Mesa, CA 91941


Via Email: Jessica@...


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