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Posted: 12/26/2017

Cultural Resources Unit, Bureau of Project Delivery

The program is part of the Department’s commitment to building and maintaining a transportation network that lies as gently on Pennsylvania’s natural and cultural landscape as possible. The PennDOT Cultural Resources program is the largest public sector preservation and archaeology program in the state, and we like to think one of the best as well. The program staff includes four policy staffers at the Central Office in Harrisburg and twelve Cultural Resources Professionals (CRP’s) working out of the Department’s eleven Engineering District Offices across the Commonwealth. This cadre of archaeologists and architectural historians ensure that proposed transportation projects comply with preservation laws and regulations. They also work with their counterparts on the design and maintenance staffs, at the Federal Highway Administration, at the State Historic Preservation Office, at Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, at consulting firms, and with consulting parties and the general public to implement better projects. Our Central Office staffers in Harrisburg develop agency policy, work on state and program wide initiatives, interface with cultural resource professionals in other state and federal agencies, and conduct quality control reviews.

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Montoursville, PA
$47,883 – $72,822

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is hiring an architectural historian to be based in District 3-0 offices in Montoursville (near Williamsport).  Individuals will have unparalleled opportunities and responsibilities to shape the direction and performance of cultural resource investigations conducted on the Departments multi-billion dollar annual design and construction program.

 Each of the eleven PennDOT Engineering Districts have a team comprised of an archaeologist and an 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.  Each position is located in a PennDOT District Office, under the guidance of the District Environmental Manager.  Most positions support more than one Engineering District. This position is expected to provide support for both District 3-0 (Montoursville) and District 2-0 (Clearfield).

Salary range is $47,883 $72,822.  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.

Minimum experience and training required for the historic preservation specialist job classification is: two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelors degree in architectural history, American history, art history or course work in Pennsylvania history; or, any equivalent combination of experience and training.

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How to apply
This is a Non-Civil Service position. Interested applicants are highly encouraged to contact Kara Russell, PennDOT Cultural Resource Senior Architectural Historian, at (717) 705-1484, or by e-mail at krussell@pa.gov. To apply for this position, visit the Bureau of State Employment’s website at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/1934256/historic-preservation-specialist?keywords=historic%20preservation&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs and then complete the application. Internet access is provided by most public libraries and PA CareerLink sites. Applicants can visit PA CareerLink online to locate the nearest PA CareerLink center.
Kara Russell
Phone: 717-705-1484
Bureau of Project Delivery
P.O. Box 3790
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3790

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