Part-Time Preservation Planner/Architectural Historian

Job Locations US-MA-Watertown
Regular Part-Time


At VHB, we’re committed to hiring and developing the best and brightest professionals. This sets us apart. Our dynamic teams solve complex problems with creativity, collaboration, quality, and technical excellence. We leverage innovation and technology to advance the growing compliance, restoration, and stewardship fields. We embrace sustainability to balance development in our communities and position future generations to thrive. Join the next generation of leaders at VHB. Grow your career with us.


VHB’s Environmental Resources Group is seeking a part-time (24 hours per week), early-career preservation planner to work with our expanding cultural resources and environmental planning groups. Key responsibilities include assisting in the preparation of cultural resources and environmental-related documents for energy, transportation, planning, and land development projects and state and federal historic tax credit projects. The person who fills this role will also have the opportunity to work with other teams within the Environmental Resources Group, to expand their career development in keeping with VHB’s integrated services approach. The ideal candidate for this role will have an interest and/or experience in a wide range of practices within environmental planning such as social and cultural resources, GIS/mapping, air quality and noise analyses, water quality, sustainability, and regulatory compliance.


VHB’s passionate professionals include engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with public and private clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments.


As a team, we work to improve mobility, enhance communities and economic vitality, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.




  • Assist in conducting cultural resource identification and evaluation surveys for public and private sector clients
  • Provide technical assistance on cultural resource components of environmental and planning-related documents for transportation and land development projects. Likely tasks will include data entry, preparing graphics, technical writing, and other administrative tasks
  • Assist in preparing historic tax credit applications for submittal to state and federal review agencies
  • Support other VHB departments and regional offices with historic preservation planning, site history research, and compliance with the Massachusetts State Register and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Support the Environmental Resources Group at large with project tasks, such as data collection, fieldwork, research, and document preparation

Skills & Abilities 


  • Self-motivated with attention to details and ability to think critically
  • Must be able to work independently and as a part of project teams
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to use computer hardware, software, and other related information technologies; Experience with GIS is a plus



  • A BA/BS degree in Architectural and/or Art History, Historic Preservation, or closely related discipline
  • 1-3 years of professional planning/preservation experience
  • Experience with building research, and knowledge of architectural styles, forms, and periods of development
  • Knowledge of American history and architectural history
  • Experience in digital photography is a plus
  • Immediate availability to travel for site visits, research trips, and other events when needed

The ideal candidate must be detail oriented, have a professional demeanor, strong organizational and communication skills, and possess the ability to manage priorities, meet deadlines, and multitask in a fast-paced environment. The candidate should be able to work in a team environment with a variety of project members and manage tasks as delegated by the project lead.


Please submit applications online. 


At VHB, we’re invested in what we do, compelled by intellectual curiosity, and driven to work collectively to best serve our clients and help shape the future of our communities in a meaningful way. We’re proud, yet humbled, to have been doing this for over 40 years. We are dedicated to making a positive impact, and providing opportunities to grow personally and professionally.


Any current new hires will likely be onboarded virtually and begin their employment from home. We are in the process of planning for a safe return to the workplace in alignment with government and CDC guidelines.


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