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Cultural Resource Specialist 2

Company: OBEC Consulting Engineers
Location: Anchorage
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Summary

This is a full-time regular position to provide cultural resources support, including a full spectrum of research, documentation, report preparation, public involvement, and agency coordination services to clients in the area of environmental documentation as required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The incumbent must have a Master's Degree in anthropology, archeology, architectural history, history, or a closely related field with specialized training in CRM. They will deal with cultural resource identification and documentation; and carry out or assist in limited monitoring, survey, and testing cultural resource sites; lab work and managing of field data; and the production of small-scale reports. A Cultural Resource Specialist II should have a progressively responsible 2- to 5-year track as a CRM professional.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Define project study areas.
  • Perform background research of existing cultural resources data for projects.
  • Assemble lists of tribal entities, Alaska Native Corporations (regional and village), and other consulting parties for project-specific consultation
  • Perform fieldwork.
  • Prepare and edit reports of on the cultural resource data derived from projects, or contribute to larger reports.
  • Assist with other project tasks in the Environmental Sub-Practice Area, including research and writing for sections of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, permit applications, and other technical reports and studies.
  • Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.
  • Participate in public and agency meetings, including presentations in front of large groups of people.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Will meet the US Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards including:

  • A Master's Degree from an accredited archeology, anthropology, cultural resources management, history, architectural history or closely related program is required.
  • If advanced degree is in a field other than archaeology, anthropology or CRM, incumbent must demonstrate ability to contribute subject matter expertise in their field, and have qualifying experience as defined below.
  • Will have at least two years of progressively responsible CRM project experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid driver's license and a good driving record.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to create and interpret graphs.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of federal cultural resource legislation, including the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; general familiarity with cultural resource regulations, and special study areas relating to archeology and cultural resources, and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
  • Professional knowledge in at least one cultural resource subject matter area (including anthropology, archaeology, architectural history, history, etc.) gained through an academic degree program or its equivalent.
  • Basic ability to accomplish research and conduct survey and inventory work in the area of the incumbent's discipline specialty.
  • Ability to produce basic cultural resource cultural resource survey documentation (e.g., bibliographical essays, outline studies of limited scope, and small scale surveys).
  • Basic knowledge of the National Register of Historic Places criteria.
  • Ability to assist, under direct supervision, in the development and execution of a project.
  • Knowledge of basic techniques of writing technical and professional reports on the results of cultural resource surveys.
  • Ability to draft general correspondence related to cultural resource topics.
  • Ability to prepare the cultural resource component of less complex projects.
  • Ability to assist, under direct supervision, in the development and execution of a project.
  • Knowledge of basic techniques of writing technical and professional reports on the results of cultural resource surveys.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion, as evidenced by the timely completion of these, scholarly reports, papers, publications, or similar documents.
  • When qualifying M.A. or M.S. is in a related field (rather than anthropology or archaeology), the incumbent must demonstrate equivalent training and experience in their specialty and have qualifying experience such as:
  • Archaeological field research: Can demonstrate a minimum of one year of field experience. Experience includes survey, excavation, and laboratory processing and/or analysis.
  • Documents research: Can demonstrate competency in the use of published and/or unpublished documentary data (field notes, collections, catalogs, historical, ethnohistorical and ethnographic data; environmental and paleoenvironmental data, etc.) as a basis for analysis. Must have (1) at least one year's experience in cultural resource research under the supervision of a professional; and (2) prepared at least one report, of at least the scope and quality of an M.A. thesis, that organizes a body of documentary data, and analyzes this body of data to reach predictions, conclusions, or interpretations.
  • Historical Archaeology: Can document a minimum of one year of field and laboratory experience with sites and artifacts of an historical period, including six months of field work and eight weeks of laboratory work under the supervision of a professional historical archeologist.
  • History: Incumbent must (1) demonstrate competence in primary archival research under the supervision of a competent specialist; and (2) prepared at least one report, of at least the scope and quality of an M.A. thesis, that organizes a body of archival data, and analyzes this body of data to reach predictions, conclusions, or interpretations.
  • Architectural History: Can demonstrate professional experience evaluating historic buildings, structures and landscapes for NRHP eligibility and knowledge of federal, state and local cultural resource regulations as they apply to these resources.

  • Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project software
  • The ability to travel and work in remote areas under adverse conditions for extended periods of time is required

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use hands to manipulate tools, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

On occasion, must have the ability to work at remotes sites. Ability to walk and hike through rough terrain, snow, and ice; dig with shovel or other hand tools; screen excavated sediments; routinely lift between 30-50 pounds.

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Keywords: OBEC Consulting Engineers, Anchorage , Cultural Resource Specialist 2, Other , Anchorage, Alaska

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