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Visiting Historic Architectural Compliance Specialist: Illinois State Archaeological Survey

07/07/2015 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, is seeking a Visiting Historic Architectural Compliance Specialist to be stationed at its central offices in Champaign, Illinois.  This individual will document, research, and evaluate historic resources and architectural resources (historic sites, buildings, districts, and bridges) for Illinois transportation projects in accordance with the rules and regulations of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470) and its implementing regulations (36 CFR 61, Appendix A) and the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act (20 ILCS 3420) and the guidelines of the National Register of Historic Places.

The major duties and responsibilities of this individual include conducting field surveys and archival research on Federal-aid and State-aid transportation projects to identify and document historic resources (historic sites, districts, buildings, bridges or structures), to conduct historical research on properties, to identify and evaluate those eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, to assess effects of the proposed transportation projects to those resources, to prepare documentation concerning such historic and architectural resources and effects to them in accordance with various State and Federal environmental laws and regulations, and to recommend mitigation alternatives for adversely affected resources.  Coordinate findings with IDOT to ensure historic property matters are incorporated into the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of transportation facilities.  Serve as an information source for IDOT and other State and Federal agencies and other parties concerning historic resources of the state.  Work with IDOT to develop memoranda of agreement and/or programmatic agreements for agreed upon mitigation measures.  Conduct public engagement activities that highlight the historic preservation practices of IDOT, ISAS, and Prairie Research Institute (PRI).  Occasional out-of-town projects/overnight travel are required for this position.  Candidates must have a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Architecture, or Historic Architecture or closely related field.

Successful candidates must have demonstrated architectural field survey experience such as but not limited to large-scale surveys of corridors, cities, municipalities, and rural areas and experience in interpreting and applying historic preservation and/or environmental laws such as the National Historic Preservation Act. Possess familiarity with the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act (20 ISCS 3420), the National Environmental Policy Act, and section 4(f) of the US DOT Act.  Demonstrated working knowledge of documentary historic research methods, familiarity with both print and electronic media sources, and ability to prepare National Register of Historic Places Determination of Eligibility reports and to report findings in standard academic formats, using both digital photography, and computerized word and data processing formats (e.g., WORD, EXCEL, Photoshop, etc.).  Preferred: Experience in the use of computer Geospatial-Information Systems (GIS).  Driver's license required.

Candidates must be able to fulfill the professional qualification standards for Architectural Historian/Historian in accordance with the National Park Services, Secretary of the Interior’s Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61 and Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act.

This position requires a basic knowledge of U.S. history and architectural history, with an emphasis on the history of Illinois and the Midwestern region.  This is a one-year full-time Visiting Academic Professional position, however, the position could be made non-visiting in the future.  Salary is negotiable based on experience.   Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

All candidates must complete an online profile through  Please upload your cover letter, resume detailing your relevant qualifications, and the contact information of three references through this system.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Janice Pankey at 217-244-4244.  Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Dr. Duane Esarey at 217-300-4437, or  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by July 27, 2015.


Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (

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