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Cultural Resource Specialist

Environmental Program Coordinator 2 – Cultural Resource Specialist
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery & Operations Division – Region 2
Technical Center – Environmental Unit

ODOT is following the direction of the Governor's Office to help slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.

The role:  
We are looking for a Secretary of the Interior-qualified architectural historian to join our cultural resources team of four architectural historians and eight archaeologists. In this position, you will be a staff expert in the fields of historic preservation, architecture, cultural analysis, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. Your primary role will be to analyze and document the impacts of projects and other department activities on historic properties. Research includes scoping projects, conducting field surveys, and document searches.

This position affords you the opportunity to spend time working in and around the northwestern region of Oregon, understanding its tangible and sometimes intangible past, and evaluating that past relative to the evolving needs of our transportation network. Apply today and join our great team carrying out important work for the state of Oregon!

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.

If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.

A day in the life:

  • Perform all forms of research to assess the effects of transportation projects on cultural resources in accordance with Federal and State historic preservation laws and regulations.
  • Interpret rules and regulations and develop procedures for research and compliance.
  • Compile research and assessments of project effects and mitigation design into cultural resources reports and related documents.
  • Prepare many varieties of creative solutions as part of project mitigation. This may include relocating structures, educational/community-based solutions, and providing Historic American Building Survey and Historic American Engineering Record documentation.
  • Assess the applicability of the federal and state preservation laws on property potentially impacted by transportation projects.
  • Prepare documentation to support Section 106 and Section 4(f) findings.
  • Coordinate regularly with our liaison at the State Historic Preservation Office.
  • Manage consultant activities, including preparing and/or reviewing scopes of work, monitoring progress, providing technical and project information, reviewing consultants' work, and approving payment authorizations.
  • Work is completed part time in an office setting with extensive use of a personal computer, teleworking, and also in-the-field using state vehicles.
  • Provide peer review for department and project documents.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email

What’s in it for you:

  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Click here to learn about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation.
  • Live, work and play in Salem, Oregon! Telework options available!

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What we need:

  • A bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus at least two (2) 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 graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, public history or closely related field with coursework in American architectural history

  • A substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

Special Qualifications:

  • Meets the Secretary of the Interior professional qualification standards for architectural history.
  • Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

Click here to learn more and apply by January 24!

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