This position is located in FRA’s Office Railroad Policy and Development in the Environmental and Corridor Planning Division at USDOT/FRA Headquarters. The selected individual will serve as a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist and is the national expert for FRA in historic preservation and cultural resources (including archaeology, historic architecture, cultural landscapes, and traditional cultural properties) as it relates to FRA’s programs, including grants and loans, and stewardship of FRA-owned historic properties. As such, the selected individual will also serve as the agency’s Federal Preservation Officer, as established by Section 110(c) of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and is the authoritative advisor on a national basis within this area of special expertise and plays a major role in FRA for developing and promoting national policies and procedures regarding historic preservation and cultural resources and is responsible for coordinating FRA’s activities under the NHPA. This position is also responsible for policies, programs, and technical advice to improve transportation and environmental decision making following principles of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act.Learn more about this agency
The ideal candidate for this position is a senior-level technical expert and advisor on historic preservation and cultural resources in the context of federally-assisted infrastructure projects. The Ideal Candidate has transportation-related experience participating in NHPA Section 106, including Tribal, consultation and providing interpretation of and guidance regarding Federal laws and regulations related to historic preservation and cultural resources. This candidate would have earned a graduate degree in History, Archeology, Architecture, Architectural History or similar historic preservation-related field. The ideal candidate meets or exceeds the minimum education and experience identified in the Professional Qualifications Standards as part of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation.
As an Environmental Protection Specialist, you will:
- Serve as a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist and the national expert for FRA in historic preservation and cultural resources, including archaeology, historic architecture, cultural landscapes, and traditional cultural properties, as they relate to FRA’s programs. Also serve as FRA’s Federal Preservation Officer and is the authoritative advisor on a national basis within this area of special expertise and plays a major role in FRA for developing and promoting national policies and procedures regarding historic preservation and cultural resources.
- Provide professional subject matter expertise to carry out the functions of FRA with respect to historic preservation and cultural resources considerations in relationship to the efficient delivery of FRA programs in the context of NEPA. Identify, develop and/or support historic preservation-related educational opportunities for FRA staff. Furnish the expert knowledge for coordinating activities of FRA’s Environmental & Corridor Planning Division with activities with other offices in FRA, other operating administrations of USDOT such as the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, and with other federal and state agencies and public and private partners and stakeholders, including applicants under USDOT/FRA’s financial assistance programs.
- Maintain continuous knowledge of legislation as well as the policies and procedures of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Departments of Transportation and Interior as they affect FRA programs. Analyze, interpret, and make recommendations on both proposed and enacted legislation; recommend and develop proposed legislation, policies, programmatic approaches, position papers, and other initiatives for improving the delivery of FRA programs by improving the effectiveness and efficiency FRA’s environmental review process.
- Maintain regular contact with the ACHP, the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Section 106 consulting parties, and project sponsors regarding complex and/or controversial projects. Set up and represent FRA at interagency meetings to resolve differences and reach solutions in order to successfully deliver FRA-assisted railroad projects. Represent FRA at Section 106 consulting party meetings, conferences, and other transportation events.
- Develop, review, and/or provide technical direction regarding the preparation of Section 106 documentation such as surveys and reports that identify historic properties and assess effects to such properties that may be affected by railroad projects. Develop, review, and/or provide technical direction regarding the development of Section 106 agreement documents (Memoranda of Agreement or Programmatic Agreements) to resolve the adverse effects of railroad projects on historic properties. Recommend solutions to avoid or minimize such adverse effects. Coordinate with and provide technical assistance to FRA regional team members and project sponsors regarding project-specific Section 106 compliance methodologies and specific application of historic preservation and cultural resources impact studies to the development of railroad projects. Negotiate, mediate, and resolve controversies or disagreements which could otherwise impede the successful implementation of FRA-assisted railroad projects.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for this position.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
Current/former eligible Government employees and VEOA eligible veterans are encouraged to also apply to: FRA.RPD-2017-0027.
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