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Associate Cultural Resources Specialist


Albany, NY, US


The Cultural Resources Specialist assists and supports Authority staff to ensure that the Authority meets its environmental regulatory obligations and requirements as it pertains to Cultural Resources in a sound and cost-efficient manner.  The incumbent ensures the application of sound environmental management principles to technical issues and in-field or in-facility activities. There are three key objectives for this position: 1) to ensure that the Authority remains in compliance with the National, State and Local Historic Preservation Statutes,  2) to administer contracts with professionals of appropriate skills to meet cultural resources requirements associated with Authority initiatives and facility maintenance, and 3) to maintain a professional working relationships with Federal and State agency personnel responsible for reviewing Authority-sponsored work products and permit applications.

  • Incumbent typically independently performs specific assignments with instructions only related to general results expected. 
  • Employ environmental and engineering principles and practices to assess and ensure environmental compliance of utility operations, project permit requirements and licensing commitments.
  • Incumbent will typically work under the supervision of a senior member of the EH&S structure in a particular program area of expertise.
  • Prepare original study scopes, conduct independent analysis of study results and evaluate study reports in their particular area of expertise.
  • Ensure application of sound environmental management principles to technical issues and in-field or in-facility activities.
  • Support implementation of best management practices at the Authority’s facilities that respond to the findings of natural resources studies or are required by permit provisions. 
  • Ensure that work conducted on Authority property is conducted in an environmentally sound manner, meeting all regulatory requirements in a cost-efficient manner.  The intent of this responsibility is to create value for the Authority through compliance with regulatory requirements while minimizing the adverse effect on Authority operations.
  • Document regulatory requirements and manage the process of informing outside audiences (including agency personnel, landowners, government officials) of the Authority’s work and the conclusions drawn therefrom.
  • Develop scopes of services, review bid proposals, evaluate the suitability of proposed vendors and participate in contract negotiations for a broad suite of cultural resources services; maintain current Trustee approvals; provide quality assurance oversight of vendor services through feedback from other departments.
  • Review and interpret State and Federal Regulations in the areas of responsibility that may affect Authority operations including the preparation of applications to attain/maintain the permits for compliant operation under all applicable regulations and statutes.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of cultural resources issues, including archeology, historic architecture, historic preservation, and construction practices.
  • Ability to review and comprehend environmental regulations and advise specific actions to senior colleagues.
  • Ability to develop consensus for action in an operating and/or construction environment
  • Ability to work with colleagues to coordinate environmental compliance efforts related to issues from Authority Operating Facilities, Business Units, the regulatory community including federal, state and local cultural resources/historic preservation agencies and Authority customers as required.
Education, Experience and Certifications

Bachelor’s degree with up to 3 years of experience -- or no degree with equivalent experience (3 - 5 years) -- in Archeology, Historic Architecture, History, Historic Preservation, and/or Planning.

Physical Requirements

Approximately 30% travel primarily within NY State


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