Title: Historian
Job #: 9005
Location: Portland, OR
Job Length: 1+ years


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The purpose of this position is to provide a wide range of historic preservation services on historic transmission infrastructure projects and fish and wildlife projects, to include: conducting historical research, utilizing existing historic context statements, preparing, evaluating and providing recommendations for determinations of eligibility, assisting with design for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and monitoring sensitive preservation issues during construction. In addition to providing general preservation support as needed, the Historic Preservation Specialist will manage projects from initial evaluation through completion and construction, including consistent interaction with architects, engineers, contractors, and representatives of local, state and federal regulatory agencies. The position will involve both office and field work, and will contribute to broader preservation planning efforts as well as the aesthetic and technical challenges of repairs and improvements to historic transmission infrastructure.

  • Conduct historical and archival research of historic built resources and other built resources potentially affected by transmission and fish and wildlife projects.
  • Conduct survey and inventory and complete inventory forms that meet the expectations of various state historic preservation offices, tribal historic preservations offices and other consulting parties.
  • Research and write nominations of individual properties and historic districts to the National Register of Historic Places for review/final approval by the manager and/or designated staff members.
  • Advise architects, contractors and clients on options and alternatives for achieving desired project goals and scopes of work while meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.
  • Facilitate project team’s interactions with the State Historic Preservation Officer, National Park Service and other applicable review agencies on proposed scopes of work and sensitive preservation issues.
  • Monitor construction activities to verify appropriate execution and documentation of preservation-related scopes of work.
  • Document and respond to proposed changes to preservation-related scopes of work that arise during construction, providing recommendations to the manager and/or other designated staff members with decision-making authority.
  • Assist in the development of improved eligibility guidance, thematic contexts, and resource plans.
  • Assist in development of interpretive and public outreach products such as signage, brochures, and displays.
  • Maintain internal records on historic built resources.


Required Skills:
Education & Corresponding Experience:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in architectural history, history, art history, historic preservation (or closely related field) is required.
  • A Master’s degree or other advanced degree in architectural history, history, art history, historic preservation (or closely related field e.g., cultural geography, architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, or urban or regional planning) is preferred.
  • 5-9 years of work experience is required.
    • Experience should include full-time work in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history, history, or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution.

Required Technical Skills & Experience:
  • Extensive experience in reading architectural drawings, writing proposals, and summary reports of field surveys.


Preferred Skills & Experience:
  • Working knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, Revit or other architectural software.

Additional Requirements:
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License is required.
  • First Aid/AED/CPR Certification required within 30 days of assignment start. Worker/Employer is responsible for maintaining current certification.


Security Clearance Requirement: Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


About ieSolutions:
Founded in 2002, ieSolutions is recognized as one of the largest locally owned Talent Staffing Services company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. We deliver our best each day to provide Reliable, Fair, Collaborative and Compassionate services to our customers, candidates and employees.

Collaborating with our customers, we augment their workforce with technical and administrative talent. We provide information technology, engineering, operation, technician, analyst, project management and administrative talent to our clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Our employees receive a competitive compensation package which includes health benefits, disability insurance, access to a 401k plan, paid-time-off and a continued professional development/education benefit.

ieSolutions is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.