Topic ID #37374 - posted 9/19/2016 5:12 AM

Historic Preservation Specialist/Regional Archaeologist - Dunmore, PA

Jennifer Palmer

invites applications for the position of:
Historic Preservation
Specialist - Regional
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JOB TYPE: Permanent Full-time
DEPARTMENT: Transportation
BUREAU/DIVISION: Transportation Environmental Policy Development Section
COUNTY: Lackawanna, Pennsylvania
ADDRESS: Engineering District 4-0, 55 Keystone Industrial Park, Dunmore, Pennsylvania,
CONTACT: Dr. Ira Beckerman,, 717-772-0830
OPENING DATE: 09/19/16
CLOSING DATE: 10/18/16 11:59 PM
The Pennsylvania DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (PennDOT) in Lackawanna County,
Pennsylvania currently seeks to fill:
Northeastern Service Region
PennDOT is hiring a regional archaeologist to complete a cultural resource team for the
Northeastern Service Region, to be based in District 4-0 offices in Dunmore. Individuals in a
regional position will have unparalleled opportunities and responsibilities to shape the direction
and performance of cultural resource investigations conducted on the Department's multibillion
dollar annual design and construction program.
This region will have a team comprised of a regional archaeologist and a regional architectural
historian. The team will guide the Section 106 process starting early in project design, working 
holistically on all cultural resource issues related to a project, and participate interactively with
a design team of project engineers, designers, and environmental specialists. The
Northeastern Region consists of Districts 4-0 (Dunmore) and District 3-0 (Montoursville). Each
regional position is located in a PennDOT District Office, under the guidance of the District
Environmental Manager.
The CRP Regional Archaeologist works independently under the general oversight of the
Regional Supervisor. Work assigned is in the form of project lists and project priorities, within
which the CRP Regional Archaeologist must navigate the Section 106 process for each
project. Priorities are adjusted monthly within each Engineering District, or by exception. The
CRP Regional Archaeologist has primary responsibility for technical judgment and
decisions. The CRP Regional Archaeologist is expected to be expert in the field of archaeology
and be able to decide how to best navigate the Section 106 process that involves
archaeological issues, as well as how archaeological issues will affect the NEPA process. The
CRP Regional Archaeologist is expected to be able to provide accurate scoping on level of effort
and recommendations on whether technical and price proposals are sufficient and
appropriate. Project-specific archaeological issues that are unusually complex or that have
Department-wide policy implications should be elevated to Central Office.
The CRP Regional Archaeologist exercises considerable freedom of judgment in making
technical decisions. The work completed by the CRP Regional Archaeologist is monitored
largely by the customer service input provided by project managers and environmental
managers to the CRP Regional Archaeologist.
This position is established in the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Project Delivery,
Environmental Policy and Development Section, and headquartered in District 4-0 and exists to
ensure Department projects in Districts 3-0 and 4-0 consider CR in an environmentally
sensitive manner, and to provide workable solutions to problems that arise over cultural
resource issues. The CRP Regional Archaeologist assists District Project Managers and other
Department staff in the development and implementation of the archaeological portions of the
Department's programs relating to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of
highway and other transportation development projects. Specific duties involved with this
position are:
Technical Assistance:
 Participates as the archaeological member of a cultural resource team that provides
technical guidance on Department projects in assigned Districts
 Participates in project scopings, providing an archaeological assessment, and prepares
scopes of work for archaeological studies
 Reviews consultant technical and price proposals for the performance of archaeological
investigations, and develops and administers open end contracts for CR studies
 Makes findings under delegation programmatic agreements
 Coordinates Section 106 process on Department projects
 Attends and monitors project-related community involvement activities, e.g., public
meetings, plan displays and public hearings during the development of environmental
clearance documents, and provides CR input
 Coordinates with tribes, other consulting parties, and public groups to seek input into
Section 106 process on Department projects 
 Monitors archaeological investigations conducted by consultants to review the site
boundaries, significance, degree of impact and the appropriate degree of preservation.
Makes recommendations on the appropriate boundaries and significance, the degree of
impact, the need for further investigation, and the degree of preservation
 Reviews environmental documents and their accompanying technical basis reports to
ensure conformance with Department policies and procedures as well as technical
completeness and accuracy. Participates in review meetings and field views
 Coordinates and directs meetings to identify and resolve problems related to
archaeological investigations
 Resolves CR issues on specific projects with consulting parties within existing
Department policy and practice; elevates projects with unresolved CR issues with
consulting parties
 Prepares Memorandums of Agreement for Department projects
 Conducts limited archaeological investigations for selected high priority projects
Workload and Program Management:
 Tracks individual workload to identify potential workload conflicts, especially between
Districts in service region
 Oversees intern work for interns assigned to team/District
 Reports IT needs to Supervisor
 Reports equipment and communication needs to Supervisor
 Serves as a primary CR contact within the host Engineering District
 Participates in a regional and statewide communication network of Department CRPs;
participates in technical specialty meetings
 Maintains familiarity with current environmental legislation, state and federal agency
regulations, scientific publications, and other related publications. Distributes important
informational materials to other District staff
Outreach and Education:
 Maintains close communication with the PA Historical and Museum Commission and
individuals, organizations, and agencies involved in archaeological preservation
 Presents findings of project-related studies to public groups
 Assists in developing and implementing an ongoing program to disseminate
archaeological information to the public and other agencies
Training Program:
 Supports the training of new employees through hands-on experience in field and office
 Conducts Department training for CR consultants and non-CR staff
 Assists the Central Office in developing and revising training programs
Policy Development:
 Identifies streamlining opportunities for CR that can be advanced through specific
 Participates in project development initiatives, as requested
 Identifies opportunities and needs for changes to CR policy in response to operational
or technical issues
Statewide Initiatives:
 Participates in statewide initiatives through membership on teams, review of
recommendations, and dissemination of results
Metrics and Databases:
 Recommends appropriate performance tracking measures
 Records project-specific metrics in established databases
 Provides interim and final consultant rating for CR activities
 Conducts Quality Control on District projects, including recording and monitoring
measures of cost, timeliness, and quality of decisions and products generated by the
Section 106 process
 Assists Central Office in ensuring quality on Department projects, including: process
reviews with FHWA on selected projects in Districts; development and tracking of
project statistics to identify problem trends that may need to be addressed; working
with Central Office to find ways to improve overall quality
 Performs other duties as assigned
Essential Functions:
 Member of a cultural resource team
 Attends project scoping field meetings
 Prepares scopes of work
 Reviews environmental documents
 Manages projects utilizing the Geomorphology work order with Indiana University of
 Supervises the PHAST Team for Phase I Archaeological projects
Two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural
restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelor's degree in architectural
history, American history, art history or course work in Pennsylvania history.
Any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Additional requirement:
 Meets Secretary of Interior Standards for Archaeologist
Please note: This is an archaeological position although the minimum experience and training
suggests that it is an architectural historian. The position description is used for both types of
jobs. The operative terms for the regional archaeologist is "any equivalent combination of
experience and training" and supplemental questions have been developed to better evaluate
the education, training and experience of a qualified applicant relative to this position.
Salary range is $45,692 – $69,477 commensurate with selected candidate's education and
There is an excellent benefits package, including paid life and subsidized medical insurance,
dental and vision care programs, annual and sick leaves, and a competitive retirement plan. 

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