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WSP USA Senior Architectural Historian in Worcester, Massachusetts

Senior Architectural Historian

Req ID 6850

Senior Architectural Historian

Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all backgrounds. That’s why here at WSP, inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging are core principles. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 14,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

Be involved in projects with our Heritage and Cultural Resources Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges.

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring the right people to be part of our future-focused business objectives. Our devotion to teamwork has allowed us to build communities and expand our skylines. Here at WSP, anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

If you are seeking growth opportunities and new career challenges, WSP has an immediate opening for a full-time Senior Lead Architectural Historian for our Glastonbury, CT office. The following locations will also be considered: Shelton, CT ; Boston, MA ; Merrimack, NH ; Worcester, MA and Providence, RI.

Your Impact

  • Lead tasks related to the preparation and development of technical documentation for cultural resources compliance under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Section 4(f) (49 U.S.C. 303) of the Department of Transportation Act and applicable state historic preservation laws

  • Lead reconnaissance and intensive-level surveys, historic contexts,, National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations and determinations of eligibility, assessment of project effects on historic properties, Historic Structures Reports, condition assessments, and other technical work, under supervision

  • Assist with tasks related to Section 106 consulting party coordination and development of Section 106 agreement documents.

  • Assist with preparation and development of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation, Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) studies, and feasibility and supporting studies for environmental planning projects

  • Develop and successfully manage relationships with internal and external clients, specifically with federal, state, and local transportation agencies, State Historic Preservation Offices, Energy entities and the military and local governments

  • Use your unique skill sets and experience for expanding WSP's planning services locally, and regionally across the Plains and Midwest. Experience in Section 106 and environmental planning relative to highway, transit, or multimodal planning is a plus for work in this region

  • Candidates with demonstrable experience working on Section 106 for transportation, energy, or military projects are preferred

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in the field of architectural history or history.

  • Master’s degree OR at least 5 to 7 years or more of applicable experience along with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

  • Experiencedirectly related to Section 106 review, environmental review, and transportation planning

  • Familiarity applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation (36 CFR 67)

  • Experience applying the NRHP Criteria to write defensible nominations and determinations of eligibility

  • Experience determining effects on historic properties

  • Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures

  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies

  • Extensive critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, and identify the most effective solutions to accomplish objectives of assigned projects

  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies

  • Must be flexible to a variety of schedules to meet business needs and able to prioritize responsibilities and quickly adapt to change in a pressure work environment

  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree is preferred

  • Existing working relationships with transportation agencies in the region#LI-BJ1

Additional Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details

  • Travel Required: 30%

  • Job Status: Regular

  • Employee Type: Full


  • All locations: US-CT-Shelton, US-MA-Boston, US-MA-Worcester, US-NH-Merrimack, US-NY-Troy

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 12,000 employees in over 200 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a flexible, agile and hybrid workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.