Architectural Historian Field Supervisor - Idaho





POSTED BY: Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands


Architectural Historian Field Supervisor

An Architectural Historian Field Supervisor (Research Associate II) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) to provide technical guidance and daily oversight of field survey-related activities at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).  For more career opportunities, and to learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, please visit

The Architectural Historian will research INL’s historic buildings and structures, assist with the evaluation of historic properties in accordance with the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility criteria, and record inventory information in the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) database. The position also entails assisting off-site CEMML supervisor with compiling field research and archival data into a final report to be submitted to the INL.

The Architectural Historian Field Supervisor is responsible for the following:

  • Inventory all historic buildings and structures at INL over 40-years of age in accordance with CEMML recordation standards.
  • Work in conjunction with CEMML supervisor and INL personnel to ensure on-time completion of all assigned inventory and survey tasks.
  • Coordinate daily access and travel to the site (approximately 45 miles from Idaho Falls, ID).
  • Schedule and supervise survey team activities, providing on-the-job training and instruction as needed.
  • Ensure consistent and accurate implementation of established field methodologies and logistics for reconnaissance- and intensive-level architectural surveys.
  • Review and/or inspect the work of others to ensure completeness and accuracy.
  • Photograph historic buildings and structures in accordance with NRHP and Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) standards.

This position shall work from a home office or other remote location with regular fieldwork conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Southeastern Idaho. The Department of Energy (DOE) oversees the INL, which is a federal reserve of approximately 890 square miles on the northeastern edge of the Snake River Plain.

This is a 12-month position with the possibility of extension. Relocation and home office expenses may be available; conditions apply.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Annual salary range $43,000 - $64,000.


Required Qualifications:

  • BS/BA in architectural history, history, historic preservation, or a related field plus at least three (3) years of experience conducting field surveys of historic properties.
  • Knowledge of terminology related to Cold War-era architectural styles and features, and the ability to apply them in the field.
  • Knowledge and experience with methods and techniques of applied architectural research for historic buildings and structures, including examination of site plans/maps, real property records, and floorplans.
  • The successful candidate must be able stand and walk for extended periods of time, even during inclement weather, for up to 10 hours per day and be able to lift up to 15 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience supervising and managing/directing teams conducting field surveys.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and time-management skills with the ability to establish priorities and coordinate multiple assignments.
  • Five (5) years of experience conducting field surveys of historic properties.
  • Experience documenting historic buildings/structures on federal lands.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Meet the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural History (see 36 CFR 61).
  • MS/MA in architectural history, history, historic preservation, or a related field.
  • Experience photographing historic properties.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access and ArcGIS software.
  • Working knowledge of National Register criteria to make determinations of eligibility

How to apply:

Interested applicants apply online at no later than September 28, 2020 for full consideration.


We do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. CEMML/Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.


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