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Cultural Resources Specialist - TPS4

State of Washington
Tumwater, Washington
Closing date
Jul 22, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is a multimodal organization with a global reputation for excellence! Our dedicated workforce is responsible to plan, design, build, and operate an integrated transportation system that safely and efficiently moves people and goods throughout the state. In addition to maintaining over 18,000 lane miles of state highway and 4,100 bridges, WSDOT manages the world's longest floating bridge, executes an award-winning Active Transportation Plan, holds a record for the world's widest tunneling project, and operates the largest ferry system in the nation!

The Opportunity

WSDOT is currently seeking a planning specialist to fill the Cultural Resources Specialist - TPS4 vacancy within the Environmental Services Office located in Olympia, WA. In this critical role, you will survey, analyze, and evaluate cultural resources in support of WSDOT projects and mission. Some of the responsibilities include locating, recording, and evaluating cultural resources for regulatory compliance requirements; reviewing consultant scopes of work, deliverables and invoices; evaluating consultant performance; and providing region, mode, and project support for cultural resources issues. Communication skills are imperative, as our top candidate will provide expert advice and technical information to the agency and consult with interested stakeholders. This position supports and contributes to the WSDOT mission by assisting with project delivery and regulatory compliance.

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Cultural Resources Specialist will:
  • Serve as a lead technical specialist for cultural resources issues within WSDOT in carrying out National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 responsibilities.
  • Perform critical statewide compliance evaluations for the WSDOT regions and divisions, often managing multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Determine Areas of Potential Effects and need for in-depth archaeological, cultural, and/or historical studies; conduct, direct or review archaeological, cultural, and/or historical studies, and develop mitigation measures for known or potential resources.
  • Determine and document eligibility of historic properties identified in surveys and reports and make recommendations on determinations of effect of WSDOT projects using National Register criteria established by the National Park Service.
  • Reconcile cultural resources concerns with government agencies, tribes, citizens, and interested groups through consultation.
  • Review environmental documents and interpret cultural resource surveys and discipline reports used for planning transportation projects.
  • Review transportation facility designs for cultural resources management or historic preservation issues.
  • Develop, write, negotiate, and administer cultural resources memoranda of understanding or agreements with tribal, state, and federal agencies.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information, guidance, and interpretation concerning cultural resource laws, regulations, and methodologies.
  • Review Scopes of Work, manage and direct work of cultural resources consultants and evaluate their performance.
  • Develop and implement cultural resources management training for WSDOT and other staff.


To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

The required qualifications for this position are determined by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation, per the National Historic Preservation Act.

To qualify for this position, the US Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards must be met in at least oneof the following three disciplines:
  • Archaeology:
  • The minimum professional qualifications in archaeology are a graduate degree in archeology, anthropology, or closely related field;
  • At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archeological research, administration, or management;
  • At least four months experience of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology; and a demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
  • History:
  • The minimum professional qualifications in history are a graduate degree in history or closely related field; or a bachelor's degree in history or closely related field plus one of the following:
  • At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historic organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; OR
  • Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of history.
  • Architectural History:
  • The minimum professional qualifications in architectural history are a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field with coursework in American architectural history or a bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:
  • At least two years of full-time experience 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; OR
  • Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

In addition to one of the above US Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards, the following are also required:
  • Knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulations.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest history and ethnography.
  • Ability to conduct field surveys to professional standards and DAHP guidelines.
  • Ability to conduct archival research appropriate to the scale and scope of the task.
  • Ability to author, review, and produce technical reports per scope and deadline.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

It is preferredthat qualified candidates also have:
  • ArcGIS experience.
  • Experience with public and Tribal consultation and working with underserved/underrepresented populations.
  • Knowledge of WA Governor's Executive Order 21-02.
  • Knowledge of Section 4(f) of the US Department of Transportation Act of 1966.
  • Knowledge of National and State Environmental Policy Acts.

Important Notes
  • The salary range listed includes the legislative approved general wage increase of 3%, effective on July 1, 2024.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeology, History, or Architectural History (found at
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit

  • Work-Life Balance - We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals' lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
  • Paid Leave - In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees may earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance - Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
  • Plan For Your Future - WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the "Work Experience" portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum of three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the "References" section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter via email.

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