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Historic Resources Coordinator

Announcement: ODOT18-3231oc
Historic Resources Coordinator – Environmental Program Coordinator 3
Highway Division – Statewide Project Delivery Branch

Join us in keeping Oregon beautiful!
We are recruiting for a historic resources coordinator to provide technical guidance to ODOT staff to ensure compliance with federal and state cultural resource laws and to serve as an ODOT statewide historic resources compliance expert for the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Key responsibilities include early involvement and coordination with many aspects of ODOT's activities through site visits, meetings, and conversations. This position will assist with transportation project delivery statewide and provide program support to ODOT's Historic Resources Program.

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.

Additional Details:
This position is represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a statewide program coordinator and technical leader responsible for ensuring that ODOT actions are in compliance with federal and state cultural resource laws, specifically with regards to Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) requirements.
  • Support local agency transportation projects and maintenance activities.
  • Require review of and response to Section 106 and ORS 358 documentation.
  • Prepare correspondence, draft letters of concurrence, and assess if adequate information has been supplied to complete SHPO's consultation.
  • Document SHPO's acknowledgement of ODOT's compliance with the federal cultural resources laws.
  • Participate in project field visits and project meetings.
  • Serve as statewide expert for federal historic resources compliance where transportation activities affect historic resources.
  • Participate in developing statewide program level historic resources documents.
  • Provide policy and project-specific input to ODOT staff, review staff and consultant reports, coordinate activities with ODOT historians, and provide SHPO input on ODOT actions at a policy level.
  • Participate in interagency process improvements.
  • Help establish and maintain liaison with other ODOT and SHPO personnel, and various state and federal regulating agencies.
  • Assist the agencies in informing ODOT project teams, the public, officials, and historic groups of transportation-related historic resource effects.

Minimum Qualifications:
A graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history.
A bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus 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.
A substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.
Special Qualifications:
Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).
Desired Attributes/Application Scoring Criteria: In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below to determine whom to interview. You are not required to have all of these attributes, but please make sure that the ones you do have are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be graded on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and presentation.
  • Master's degree in historic preservation, architectural history, public history, or meet the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualification standards for architectural history.
  • Experience and knowledge working with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act.
  • Coursework in American architectural history coupled with experience in evaluating the architectural history of the West, ideally the Pacific Northwest.
  • Professional level of experience handling historic resources review and compliance work, excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Previous transportation and GIS experience preferred.
  • Applicant must be able to handle heavy volume of work under tight timelines and have excellent communication skills.

Working Conditions:
  • This position works regular hours Monday through Friday, with occasionally required overtime.
  • Work is primarily performed in an office environment with computer use required.
  • Occasional travel to project and/or meeting sites is required.
  • Field trips to project sites are statewide and may involve exposure to traffic.
  • Field work involves exposure to inclement weather, highway traffic, and construction equipment.
  • May be required to work alone in isolated areas and at heights above 20 feet.

Learn More and Apply!
This recruitment closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019.

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For questions about the job announcement or online application, please call 503-986-7146 or email

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.