Fulltime Associate Historian / Preservation Planner #repost

Jessica Seyforth

Established in 2005, Urbana Preservation & Planning, LLC (Urbana) is a boutique client-centric consulting firm offering specialized urban planning, historic preservation, cultural resources, history and architectural history services.  Urbana’s principal project team members maintain certification in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  Our historians and planners meet The Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Historic Preservation Professionals in the disciplines of History, Architectural History, and Archaeology, as well as the expanded draft Professional Qualification Standards in the disciplines of Historic Preservation and Land Use/Community Planning.  Urbana's mission is to inform the future of the built environment by acknowledging the past.  We educate and engage people on the history of place and the importance of recognizing and retaining historically and architecturally significant properties.  We provide regulatory compliance support for owners and occupants of historic-era properties.  Urbana delivers results with technical expertise, consensus-building, and creative solutions.


Urbana is seeking a fulltime Associate Historian / Preservation Planner to meet increased demand.  We are looking for a dynamic individual to be a key player on our team of dedicated professionals delivering the highest-quality work products.


The successful candidate will independently research, document, and author reports for historic properties throughout California and the Southwest.  Pay is 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 and evaluate the effects of projects on historic properties.  Additionally, candidates must be detail oriented, well organized, an excellent verbal and written communicator, and technologically proficient with experience in working with Microsoft Word and Excel.  Specific duties may include conducting fieldwork, conducting analysis, interpreting data, preparing status reports, and writing all or portions of technical reports.  The following characteristics are desired:


Education and Professional Qualifications

  • A Graduate Degree in architectural history, historic preservation, historic preservation planning, history, or anthropology, or a closely related field is required.
  • Must meet The Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History or 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.



  • Fulltime
  • Flexsite and alternate workweeks available.
  • Must be able to travel for occasional single or multi-day Field Survey efforts.


Pay and Benefits

·         Pay is commensurate with experience.

·         Fulltime positions receive a competitive benefits package consisting of health, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as retirement plan.


Skills, Work Tasks, and Knowledge Base

  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of federal and state cultural resource and historic preservation laws and practices, including NEPA and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and CEQA.
  • Must be experienced in CEQA historical resource regulations.
  • Ability to evaluate properties under the National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, and Local historic sites registers.
  • Ability to navigate municipal codes and long-range planning documents to identify local historic preservation program requirements.
  • 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 reports in support of NHPA Section 106 compliance, NEPA, CEQA, and other federal, state, and local ordinances.
  • Ability to record historic resources on appropriate forms and databases according to state standards primarily in California (DPR 523 Series Forms) and the southwest.
  • Ability to prepare historic designation / nomination packages for submission to local, state, and federal registers.
  • Ability to review proposed 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

7705 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 1

La Mesa, CA 91942


Via Email: Jessica@...


Jessica Seyforth, Operations and Business Development Manager 
Urbana Preservation & Planning, LLC
ph. (844) URBANA3 / (844) 872-2623

Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, History, Cultural Resources, Architectural History