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Cultural Resource Specialist 3

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

Job Description:


This is a full-time regular position to provide mid-level cultural resources planning activities, including a full spectrum of research, documentation, report preparation, public involvement, and agency and tribal coordination services to clients in the area of environmental documentation as required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The incumbent must have a Master's Degree in anthropology, archeology, architectural history, history, or other closely related field with specialized training in cultural resource management. Cultural Resource Specialists III will serve as Subject Matter Expert in field of expertise as it relates to CRM. They will deal with be responsible for a broad spectrum cultural resource identification and documentation activities, and carry out or assist in fieldwork which may include survey, testing, or monitoring of cultural resource sites. In addition to the above, they will be responsible for managing project schedules and deliverables, crew and field data, and the production of reports. A Cultural Resource Specialist III should have a progressively responsible 5- to 10-year track as a CRM professional.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Research and prepare proposals
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert in area/field of expertise
  • Provide analysis and cultural resources content for NEPA documents and Section 106 reports
  • Support clients during agency and tribal consultation
  • Develop and/or implement Memoranda of Agreement and Programmatic Agreements
  • Prepare and edit reports of on the cultural resource data derived from projects or contribute cultural resources content to larger multi-disciplinary 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
  • Participate in or lead public meetings, including presentations in front of large groups of people
  • Prepare and route project-related correspondence and record keeping
  • 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, cultural resources management, history, architecture 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 five 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

  • Demonstrated professional competency equivalent to the education, training, and experience that includes and exceeds the standards required for DOWL's Cultural Resource Specialist I-II positions. Shows ability to design and implement multi-phased cultural resource projects
  • Knowledge of federal cultural resource legislation, including the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 is essential. In addition, applicant must have a general familiarity with a broad spectrum of federal and state cultural resource regulations, and special study areas relating to archeology and cultural resources, and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards
  • Knowledge of federal, state, local, and tribal policies and guidelines relating to cultural resources identification standards, consultation methods, and other relevant procedures relating to cultural resource management
  • Professional-level 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 and demonstrated ability to accomplish research and conduct survey and inventory work in the area of the incumbent's discipline specialty
  • Experience implementing aspects of cultural resource management and historic preservation laws and policies
  • Documentation and research experience, including cultural resource documentation, Section 106 reports, and NRHP eligibility evaluations and nominations
  • Ability to draft general correspondence related to cultural resource topics
  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion, as evidenced by the timely completion of theses, scholarly reports, papers, publications, or similar documents
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other cultural resource professionals and specialists, amateur and professional organizations, and to be an effective member of multi-disciplinary team efforts and projects
  • Administrative, project review, or supervisory experience in an historic preservation program or office (academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, consulting firm, or similar professional institution) with an emphasis on and related to material culture, historic properties, or the prehistoric built environment of the United States and its territories
  • Public involvement skills and a desire to work with diverse interests to build better projects are critical. He/she must also have excellent writing skills and be able to communicate effectively with large and diverse group Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public
  • Ability to actively participate in planning teams dealing with cultural resource projects/elements of projects
  • Administrative skills such as preparing scopes of work, cooperative agreements, and contracts, and basic knowledge of contracting requirements and procedures
  • 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 3, Other , Anchorage, Alaska

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