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Sacramento, California, United States of America
JOB #R2101132

Historic Preservation Specialist

Historic Preservation Specialist - Junior-Level

San Francisco, CA or Sacramento, CA

ICF is currently seeking a Junior-Level Historic Preservation Specialist to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment on complex environmental compliance projects. This position will be based out of our Sacramento or San Francisco, CA offices and the specialist will work closely with senior and mid-level ICF professional staff. However, to start, this role will be remote as we continue to move through the pandemic

The Junior-Level Historic Preservation Specialist will work under the supervision of our cultural resources team leads and job duties will be primarily focused on support for CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 compliance for cultural resource projects in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento regions. Historic Preservation responsibilities, with direction from senior staff, will include: historical research for context statements and property histories; conduct historic resources surveys; prepare DPR 523 forms; compose historical contexts; evaluate properties for National and California Register eligibility; and analyze project impacts/effects. Project coordination responsibilities may include: organizing stakeholder outreach correspondence; preparing project team meeting notes; developing and maintaining project staffing trackers; project deliverable coordination; and related project intake and coordination tasks. The specialist may also assist with the preparation of proposals, communication with clients, and tracking project budgets and schedules. This position provides a basis from which to grow a career at ICF in accordance with the candidate’s strengths and career interests, including historic preservation planning, regulatory compliance, and/or project management.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces and hires dimensions of differences.

What You Will Do

  • Conduct historical research in local, state, and regional libraries and archives.
  • Contribute to historic resources surveys and assessments, including site inspections, research, photography, and evaluation under state and national criteria for historical significance.
  • Prepare historic property inventory forms (including statements of significance and architectural descriptions).
  • Assist with preparation of CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 regulatory documents.
  • Collaborate with archeologists, architectural historians, planners, and cultural landscape specialists toward an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to cultural resources investigations.
  • Collaborate on multi-disciplinary compliance teams composed of ICF staff, subconsultants, and agency/client staff.
  • Assist with project coordination under the direction of senior technical staff and project management teams.
  • Serve as a liaison to assist technical staff on project teams.
  • Coordinate project deliverables with document production staff.
  • Monitor project scopes, schedules, and budgets.
  • Organize and facilitate meetings (such as preparing agendas and preparing meeting summaries).
  • Communicate with clients, stakeholders, and agency staff about data needs and related organizational tasks.
  • Track outreach correspondence with stakeholder groups. 

What You Must Have

  • Master’s degree in Historic Preservation or related field plus at least 1 year of professional experience, or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus at least 3 years of applicable professional experience. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrable research and technical writing abilities, especially with the ability to present clear, precise, and authoritative arguments. Writing samples will be required.  
  • Strong MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Project)
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage and track data, project deliverables, and schedules.

What We’d Like You To Have

  • Operational knowledge of the history and architectural history of Northern California.
  • Familiarity with San Francisco-specific cultural resources environmental review processes.
  • Familiarity of CEQA, NEPA, NHPA, and other state and federal environmental regulations.
  • Prior experience implementing historic preservation regulations, especially CEQA and NHPA Section 106.
  • Experience working with diverse community stakeholders and groups.
  • Experience with project coordination and task leadership.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Sacramento, CA (CA82)


Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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