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Posted: 12/23/2010

Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Boston-Environmental Division

Cultural Resource Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Boston, MA
$46,755.80 to $62,348.26

Incumbents of positions in this series review assigned projects from MassDOT's Accelerated Bridge Program Lists and Advertising Lists for impacts on cultural resources, and carry out the appropriate historical review and clearance procedures for each project to ensure compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (under the terms of the 2004 Programmatic Agreement) or M.G.L. Chapter 9, Sections 26-27C, as amended by Chapter 254 of the Acts of 1988.

Review assigned projects from MassDOT's Accelerated Bridge Program Lists and Advertising Lists, as well as Major Projects having potentially significant environmental impacts, to determine effects of construction activities on cultural resources, such as historic bridges, districts, buildings,structures, and sites in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended and M.G.L. Chapter 9, Sections 26-27c, as amended by Chapter 254 of the Acts of 1988.

Assess cultural resources within or adjacent to MassDot project areas for their eligibility for listings in the National Register of Historic Places.

Prepare detailed reports for submittal to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Officer, Federal Highway Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers, regarding the effects of MassDOT projects on cultural resources.

Research, document and photograph cultural resources that may be affected by MassDOT construction projects.

Communicate with local historical commissions and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers regarding MassDOT projects.

Meet with MassDOT staff/consultants and local officials/interested parties to identify context-sensitive solutions.

Consult with appropriate parties and resolve any cultural resources problems arising after project clearance.

Perform related work as required.

Applicants should possess:

A graduate degree in Historic Preservation Studies (or related field) with coursework in architectural history.

A thorough working knowledge of architectural history; a familiarity with New England vernacular building forms and styles; a thorough working knowledge of federal and Massachusetts historic preservation laws, regulations and procedures pertaining to cultural resources; and good writing and computer skills.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the cultural and historic preservation of parks, buildings and recreation sites or (B) any equivalent combination of experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's or higher degree in archaeology, anthropology or sociology may be substituted for two years of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: None.

*PLEASE NOTE: This position is funded through the Accelerated Bridge Program budget.

"For purposes of bargaining unit designation, Unit 9 is equivalent to MassDOT Unit E"

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How to apply
Please forward resume, cover letter and application by mail forward to: Massachusetts Department of Transportation 10 Park Plaza, Room 3170 Boston, MA 02116 Attn: Faren L. Woolery Please Reference Job Posting ID# J23795 on all correspondence. External candidates are required to submit a State Job Application with their resume. Applications can be found at: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/main/MassDOTEmployment.aspx Then click on State Job Application. Please help the environment by not mailing and faxing your resumecover letter and application-only do one or the other. Thank you for your help. Contact designated analyst for job info. at (617) 973-7700.
Faren Woolery
Phone: (617) 973-7700
Fax: (617) 973-8031
10 Park Plaza Room 3170
Boston , MA 02126

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