Preservation Job Board

(CA) Historic Preservation Specialist / Architectural Historian 

28 days ago

Deadline: January 31, 2018
Offered by: IS Architecture 
Location: San Diego, CA
Type: Full-time

IS Architecture is an award-winning firm in San Diego that specializes in Custom Residential Architecture and Historic Preservation. We are a small office of 11 seeking a highly motivated Historic Preservation Specialist to join our team.

Job Requirements

  • Qualified under the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR Part 61) for history, architectural history, and/or historic architecture.
  • Outstanding historical research, analytical, and technical writing skills
  • Demonstrated comprehension and experience applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties to a wide variety of resources and project types
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Ability to manage time efficiently while working on multiple tasks on multiple projects
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, clients, and consultants
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with a team of people
  • Critical thinking
  • Occasional overnight travel (up to 20%)


  • Write historic preservation technical reports for the built environment (including HABS documentation, Historic Structure Reports, nomination reports (for local, state, and national registers), built resource condition assessment reports, historic preservation treatment plans, etc.)
  • Conduct historical research online and in local archives/repositories
  • Field survey and recordation of built resources
  • Determination of resource eligibility
  • Project management
  • New client interviews and client management
  • Proposal writing and RFP responses
  • Represent the firm at networking, marketing, and professional development events
  • The candidate may also be required to give lectures, seminars, or workshops on preservation topics

Preference will be given to applicants with the following:

  • Masters of Historic Preservation
  • Additional studies/certification in Historic Preservation
  • Experience with the CEQA process and technical documents
  • Experience with the Section 106 process and technical documents
  • Experience with Caltrans built environment documentation
  • One or more successful San Diego local or county designations and/or National Register designations

Please apply only if you have a serious interest in the position. We are looking for someone who is interested in developing a long-term commitment. Out of region candidates may apply, though compensation for relocation will not be considered. We have two small office dogs, so candidates must be ok working around dogs. Candidates must be able to provide their own transportation.  DO NOT send general broadcast letters and portfolios. IS Architecture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Most importantly, we need someone with the right work ethic and attitude. Someone that can anticipate when someone needs assistance, or when something needs to be done. Someone that can take initiative. Someone that can communicate effectively and ask questions. Someone that is willing to jump in head first to keep things afloat when the need arises. And someone that can take a joke (a good sense of humor is appreciated here).  Qualified applicants must submit the following to be considered for this position:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Technical writing examples (no more than 15 pages; excerpts acceptable)
  • Minimum of 3 References
  • Salary history/expectations


  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid holidays
  • Group Medical/Dental insurance stipend
  • Hourly pay commensurate with experience
  • Simple IRA retirement plan

Email your resume with all the attachments listed above to:
Marissa Feliciano
Tel: 858-456-8555

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