Cultural Resources Lead

State of Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Dean / Department Head
Cultural Anthropology
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Initial Posting Date: 09/17/2021 Application Deadline: 10/06/2021 Agency: Department of Transportation Salary Range: 5,203.00 - 7,996.00 Position Type: Employee Position Title: Cultural Resources Lead Job Description: Natural Resource Specialist 4 - Cultural Resources Lead Oregon Department of Transportation Director's Office - Interstate Bridge Replacement Program Vancouver, Washington ODOT is following the direction of the Governor's Office to help slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information. The role: We are recruiting for a cultural resources lead to join our Interstate Bridge Replacement Program team! In this role, you will coordinate all cultural resources work for the program and act as the regulatory compliance expert on cultural resources issues. Key duties include Section 106 responsibilities and working with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) and other agencies and Tribes. You will develop program policy and procedures, review documents and deliverables, negotiate project agreements, oversee consultant work and coordinate a cultural resources workgroup. Apply today! The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program is a multimodal megaproject jointly led by the State of Oregon and the State of Washington to address regional highway problems facing the I-5 highway system crossing over the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. We are working together with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to develop solutions for seismic resiliency, safety improvements, congestion reduction, reliable transit, active transportation and reliable movement of freight. The person in this position will be a State of Oregon employee. This position is based in Portland, Oregon, and the work location will be at our shared office, when established, in Vancouver, Washington. This limited duration project position is expected to end on or before two years from hire. This position has the potential to become permanent or be extended to meet the needs of the project. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible and have a designated maximum length of service per contract requirements. We may also fill this position as a rotational assignment open to current state of Oregon employees. Rotation candidates are required to meet the position's minimum qualifications. If you are a current employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile. We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity. Our first application screening is scheduled for 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying. A day in the life: * Oversee or perform critical evaluations, carrying out National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 responsibilities delegated to WSDOT and ODOT. * Serve as cultural resources program manager on behalf of WSDOT and ODOT. * Assign work to consultants, write and review all scopes of work for consultant contracts, review and approve deliverables and coordinate with consulting parties on recommendations and feedback. * Conduct, direct or review archaeological and/or historical studies, impact evaluations and development of mitigation measures for resources. * Determine and document eligibility of historic properties identified in surveys and reports and make recommendations. * Identify implications and requirements of Section 106, Executive Order 21-02 and other requirements. * Identify potential innovations associated with requirements and potential barriers to project delivery in design and construction; work with the project teams to implement solutions. * Reconcile cultural resource concerns with government agencies, Tribes, citizens and interested groups. * Work through project construction, overseeing implementation of all outlined provisions. * Assist with and conduct government-to-government consultations with Native American Tribes on archaeological and historic issues for Section 106. * Coordinate and facilitate interagency/Tribal meetings and consulting party meetings. * Review and interpret environmental documents, cultural resource surveys and discipline reports. * Track the schedule, implementation and completion of commitments. * Coordinate with the construction team on commitments related to archaeological monitoring. * Respond to requests for information, guidance and interpretation related to laws, regulations and methodologies. * Work is performed in an office environment with occasional site visits and travel required. * To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email What's in it for you: * Work/life balance, 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, part-time remote work options, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Click here to learn about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation. Want to know about new job postings? Click here to subscribe for email notifications through GovDelivery! What we need: Four (4) years of experience in cultural resource management and a master's degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field. * At least two (2) years of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a cultural resource program such as researching and analyzing data, supervising field investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities. * At least one (1) year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training must be in archaeological research, administration, or management. * At least four (4) months of the experience must be supervised field and analytical experience in general North American archaeology. OR Five (5) years of experience in cultural resource management and a bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field. * At least two (2) years of the experience must be in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution. * A master's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field will substitute for one (1) year of the required five (5) years of experience. Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered. The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by Oct. 18, 2021, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exception. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception by Oct. 18, 2021. For more information, visit our policy listed here. What we'd like to see: If you have these qualities, let us know! It's how we will choose whom to move forward! Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position. * Preference will be given to applicants who meet the requirements as a "qualified archaeologist" as defined in Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 390.235. Click here for more information on the requirements. * At least 12 months of supervised field and analytic experience in the Pacific Northwest. * Experience and knowledge working with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. * Experience working with agencies, Tribes and local governments; including experience negotiating minimization measures and mitigation as it relates to archaeology or historic preservation. * Demonstrated ability to work with a team, offer solution-oriented advice and maintain exceptional communication skills. * Experience using geographic information systems (GIS). * Experience writing, reviewing and commenting on cultural resource technical reports to ensure agency compliance as well as drafting agreement documents. How to apply: * Before applying, click here to visit our applicant information website to learn more about our process. * Complete the following required steps: * Attach a resume. Your resume must include dates (MM/YYYY) for each employer. Please contact the recruiter under the 'Need help?' section if you have any questions about how to attach a document. * Attach a cover letter. Your cover letter must be limited to no more than two (2) pages and clearly demonstrate how your experience and training relates to the qualities that you have under the "what we'd like to see" section above. Please address your cover letter to William Warncke, Deputy Environmental Manager. Generic cover letters and/or cover letters that do not address the qualities that you have under the "what we'd like to see" section will be graded as non-responsive. If you are an external applicant, you must upload in 'Resume/CV' section of the application. * Complete questionnaire. Answer the checkbox-style questions before submitting your application. * After you submit your application, please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox. * If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans' preference. The task to claim preference will come after the public records request and gender identity questionnaire tasks. Click here for a guide on how to upload your documents. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments. Need help? * For questions, call 971-273-8687 or email The fine print: * The supervisor for this position is William Warncke, Deputy Environmental Manager. * This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for 7:00 a.m. on 10/06/2021, but we may close the announcement at any time after this date when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying. * Rotation Details: Applies only to rotation candidates (current state of Oregon employees applying for this as a rotational assignment.) * This opportunity is scheduled to last for two years, but could change or be extended based on business needs. * Rotational candidates must meet the position's minimum qualifications to be considered. * You must have your manager's approval before expressing interest in this opportunity. That written approval must be attached to your application. (If it is not attached, we cannot forward your application to the hiring manager.) * You must be a current permanent state of Oregon employee in good standing (temporary and limited duration employees are not eligible) to apply. * The sponsoring work unit will provide funding for this assignment. * The successful candidate will remain eligible for cost-of-living increases and regular salary adjustments, as applicable, and will remain in their permanent classification and salary range. * The successful candidate may be eligible for work out of class compensation within this classification's salary range. * Relocation and per diem will not be paid. * Upon completion of this assignment, employee will return to their permanent position. * The assignment can be terminated at any time, by either party, without prejudice. * We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as transferable skills, experience, education, and alignment with ODOT values. * We do not offer visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US. * Don't attach extra documents. We will only look at documents that we ask for. * We may use this recruitment to fill multiple or future vacancies. * We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates, including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position. * You will be represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE). Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12 355 Capitol St NE Salem OR 97301-3871 Fax 503-986-3895 ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1. #LI-POST


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