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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2102840

Historic Preservation Specialist

Historic Preservation Specialist  

Mid-Atlantic Region (MD, DC, VA or vicinity)

We are ICF’s Environment & Planning Division. We are passionate about doing what’s right for our clients, our people, the communities where we live and work, and the environment. We are planners, scientists, program managers, communicators, economists, technologists, and strategists. We are collaborative, curious, and committed to excellence—these are qualities we value that make us who we are and inspire us to grow. 

Speaking of growth, our Cultural Resources team which includes Secretary of the Interior qualified Archaeologists, Architectural Historians, Cultural Landscape Specialists, Historic Preservation Specialists & Historians is currently seeking a mid-career Historic Preservation Specialist to support the growth of our cultural resources practice in the eastern U.S. This is an opportunity to build from your 5-8 years of experience and move into a role with greater responsibility and authority to collaborate with practice leaders in other regions to creatively grow the full range of cultural resources services with key ICF clients in the energy, transportation, and federal sectors in the mid-Atlantic and upper South. Applicants living throughout that region are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

The Historic Preservation Specialist will provide cultural resource management services as a client-facing technical lead, with capabilities that include project management and senior-level technical expertise. The Senior Historic Preservation Specialist will also lead the preparation of proposals, communication with clients, and tracking project budgets and schedules. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in architectural history and regulatory compliance, and a capacity for managing projects and client relationships.

What You Will Do

  • Evaluate resources for National Register of Historic Places, develop resource management recommendations, assess project effects on resources, and provide high level support to address complex management challenges that require technical or regulatory knowledge.

  • Provide technical expertise in architectural history, including technical approach development, self-directed technical analysis and documentation, and collaboration with junior and senior technical colleagues.

  • Participate in technical leadership on projects related to environmental compliance and cultural resource management, including client contact, task order management, budget monitoring, schedule, and subcontractor coordination.

  • Collaborate in an integrated team with engineers, scientists, planners, regulators, and other stakeholders.

  • Integrate with clients to achieve long-term objectives and efficiencies, from programmatic strategies and feasibility studies through implementation, operations, and maintenance.

What You Must Have

  • Master’s degree in Architectural History or related field.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in cultural resources management.

  • Command of NEPA and Section 106 regulatory requirements.

  • A history working with private and public sector clients and regulatory agencies.

  • Familiarity with the history and architectural history of the mid-Atlantic or upper South states; knowledge related to other regions of the United States is a plus.

  • A desire to excel and passion for rewarding work on complex environmental challenges in a team environment.

What We’d Like You To Have

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and empathy.

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically.

  • Predisposed to continued professional growth.

  • Problem-solving ability, creativity, analytical skills.

  • Orientation toward fulfilling client objectives.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment.

  • Interest in developing or enhancing leadership skills to contribute to a progressive work environment for employee development and career fulfillment.

  • Use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

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.

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.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. 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.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)


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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