Career Opportunities

Position Opening:
Principal Investigator: Architectural Historian/Historian

Job Description:

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. has an immediate opening for an Architectural Historian/Historian to join our
professional team! Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. is a growing cultural resource services firm that serves Iowa and surrounding states. We offer a supportive, cooperative, and professional work environment that fosters sharing of ideas and collaborative research. Our benefit package includes a competitive salary, holidays, vacation time, health and dental insurance, as well as opportunities for professional training, advancement, and growth. Salary will be based on demonstrated experience.

This position involves project-based research including survey and analysis in architecture, history, historic preservation, and cultural resource management. Candidates must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications standards for Architectural History and History. The position requires a Master’s degree in architectural history, history, public history, art history, historic preservation, or a closely related field.

Other requirements include at least one years’ experience supervising and completing historic/architectural reconnaissance surveys, intensive surveys, determinations of eligibility, and/or successful nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preferably in the Midwest. Excellent writing skills are a must. Also required are strong computer skills, communication skills, organizational skills, and ability to work cooperatively as part of a collaborative team. Nuanced understanding and knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is desirable. Experience in historic tax credit programs, oral history interviews, GIS, or design of public outreach or planning documents would be welcome.

Responsibilities will include:

Research, fieldwork, analysis, and report preparation for specific research projects, including writing of technical reports, historic context development, National Register nominations, and preparation of public outreach publications and exhibits.

  • Identification, documentation, and evaluation of resources for Section 106 and National Register nomination purposes
    based on field examination, architectural history knowledge, use of published sources, background/archival research at the State Historic Preservation Office and libraries, and writing detailed descriptions of resources using professional terminology.
  • Documentation of buildings and structures according to professional standards, including photography and descriptions of architectural details.
  • Supervision of support staff in carrying out completion of projects.
  • Authoring technical reports that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Historic Preservation and the standards and requirements of state, federal, and county agencies as well as Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. management.
  • Historic research on architectural and archaeological properties to assist with interpretations and historic context development.
  • Working on multiple projects simultaneously and completing work under set deadlines.
  • Travel as necessary for projects, mainly within the state of Iowa.


How to Apply:

We look forward to hearing from you! Please email or send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Nurit Finn
President, Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. 
126 East Main Street
Anamosa, IA 52205
Email: ngfinn@wapsivalleyarch.com Telephone: (319) 462-4760


About Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.:

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. is a full-service cultural resource services firm based in historic downtown Anamosa, Iowa. We offer the full range of services and professional assistance for all phases historical and archaeological investigations, including reconnaissance and intensive-level architectural history and archaeological surveys, archaeological excavations, National Register of Historic Places eligibility evaluations, National Register nominations, historic research and documentation, grant application assistance, historic booklet preparation and publication, and preservation planning.

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc. does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, age, creed, physical or mental disability, color, sex, actual or perceived gender orientation/identity, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, or protected veteran status in its employment practices, in the selection and retention of subconsultants, and in its procurement of materials and leases. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without race, religion, age, creed, physical or mental disability, color, sex, actual or perceived gender orientation/identity, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, or protected veteran status, or otherwise as required by law.


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