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Posted: 04/01/2010

Employer
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
MassDOT-Highway Division

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is a merger of the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works (EOT) and its divisions with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA), the Massachusetts Highway Department (MHD), the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission (MAC), and the Tobin Bridge, currently owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority (MPA). In addition, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) are subject to oversight by the new organization. The new organization will also assume responsibility for many of the bridges and parkways currently operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). MassDOT includes four Divisions: Highway, Transit, Aeronautics, and Registry of Motor Vehicles. The Highway Division includes the roadways, bridges, and tunnels of the former Massachusetts Highway Department and Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. The Tobin Bridge joins the Division, effective January 1, 2010. The Division also includes many bridges and parkways previously under the authority of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Highway Division is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the Commonwealth's state highways and bridges. The Division is responsible for overseeing traffic safety and engineering activities including the Highway Operations Control Center to ensure safe road and travel conditions.


Position
Cultural Resoures Specialist/Historic Bridge Specialist ABP
J20765
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Boston, MA
Details
$46,293 to $61,730.76
 

The incumbent of this position will assist in the Section 106/Chapter 254 review and clearance processes for MassDOT's Accelerated Bridge, Construction Advertising, and economic recovery projects - primarily those involving bridges. The incumbent may also be involved in the review and clearance of projects involving bridges currently/formerly under the purview of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) or the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA).

Duties will include: assist in the cultural resources review/evaluation/clearance process as it involves standing structures (particularly bridges) and other historic properties/districts under the terms of MassDOT's Amended Section 106 Programmatic Agreement or other applicable federal or state law, for projects scheduled to be advertised by MassDOT; exercise professional judgment, follow accepted professional practices and meet all applicable professional standards, in order to ensure timely project clearances under federal and state historic preservation and environmental laws and regulations; conduct standing structure field surveys; perform historic documentary research; identify historic properties within or near a project area; evaluate the National Register eligibility or identified properties; evaluate effects on Natural Register-listed or eligible properties; consult and coordinate with local historical commissions and other interested parties; prepare all documentation required to clear a project under Section 106 or Chapter 254. Additional duties may involve: consult with, and provide guidance to, other MassDOT personnel, consultants, and representatives of other state, federal or local agencies in the review of bridge and highway projects in the early stages of development in order to identify potential impacts on historic structures/districts and to propose context-sensitive solutions to cultural resources issues early in the design process; procure and manage cultural resources consultants; provide Section 106/Chapter 254 procedural/technical guidance to MassDOT personnel and consultants, city/town Historical Commissions as outlined in the 2006 Project Development and Design guide; and perform other related duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

Graduate Degree in Historic Preservation Studies with coursework in industrial/engineering history and technical or professional experience with historic bridges.

Applicants must possess: a thorough working knowledge of bridge history and a good working knowledge of architectural history; (familiarity with New England vernacular buildings forms and styles would be a plus); a thorough working knowledge of federal and Massachusetts historic preservation laws, regulations and procedures pertaining to cultural resources; good writing and computer skills.

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

This is a Civil Service position. In the event a Civil Service examination is held for this title, appointees would be required to take the examination when administered.



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.

Substitutions:

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.
OPen until
04/09/2010

How to apply
If you wish to apply for this position please send your resume and cover letter by April 9, 2010 to: Massachusetts Department of Transportation 10 Park Plaza, Room 5450 Boston, MA 02116 Attn: Mary Burns Please reference Posting Id#J20765 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 resume and cover letter - only do one or the other. Thanks for your help.
Mary Burns
Phone: (617) 973-7714
Fax: (617) 973-8111
ADDRESS
MassDOT-HR Office
10 Park Plaza, Room 5450
Boston, MA 02116

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