Posted by: wadahp | May 19, 2011


State of Washington
Dept. of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
invites applications for the position of:

State Historical Architect

SALARY: $4,114 – $5,395 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 5/19/2011
CLOSING DATE: 6/8/11  5:00PM

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking qualified applicants for a permanent, full-time State Historical Architect opening in Olympia.  This position serves as the State’s authority on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and application of the Standards toward the appropriate design and rehabilitation of historic properties.

Position Overview

The State Historical Architect is responsible for administering the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Income Tax Credit program, reviewing projects under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the State Environmental Policy Act to ensure compliance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and conducting historic preservation training. This position is assigned to the agency’s Built Environment Unit and reports to the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.  Some travel (including overnight) will be required for field work and on-site visits.

About the Agency

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is Washington State’s primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. We advocate for the preservation of Washington’s irreplaceable historic and cultural resources – significant buildings, structures, sites, objects and districts – as assets for the future. Through education and information, we provide leadership for the protection of our shared heritage. For more information about DAHP, please visit our website at

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate for this position must meet minimum Professional Qualifications for Historic Preservation Professionals as defined in 36 CFR Part 61 for Architecture or Historic Architecture. These qualifications include:

A professional degree in architecture or a State license to practice architecture, and one of the following:

  1. At least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or
  2. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.

Such graduate study or experience shall include detailed investigations of historic structures, preparation of historic structures research reports, and preparation of plans and specifications for preservation projects.

Additionally, successful candidates must also have:

  • A demonstrated knowledge of historic architectural trends, building trades and techniques, and historic preservation tax incentives.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work professionally with a wide range of clients.


This is a classified Washington General Service Position.  Salary depends on qualifications, but shall not exceed $64,740 annually. The state of Washington offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation and sick leave, medical, dental and life insurance, as well as a retirement plan and deferred compensation program.

Please note: A pending legislative mandate will require state employees to take a 3% reduction in pay starting July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013.


How to Apply

To begin the online application process, click on the green “Apply” button at the top of this announcement.  The following information must be included in your application:

1.      A letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this position; AND

2.      A detailed chronological resume or a complete online profile that includes education and employment history.

Timeline: All applications must be received by June 8, 2011 at 5:00pm. The anticipated start date for this position is on or around July 1, 2011.

For questions about the application process, please contact Evan Oderman at (Note: emailed applications will not be accepted).

Please direct all other inquiries to State Historic Preservation Officer Allyson Brooks, Ph.D. at or 360-586-3066.


The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.


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