Job Title: TECHNICAL MANAGER IV – ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES SPECIALIST – IPR#46881
Agency : Department of Transportation Closing Date/Time: 12/19/2023 Salary: $5,120 – $9,155 Monthly
Anticipated Starting Salary Range: $5,120 – $6,620 Monthly
Job Type: Salaried Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1
Plan/BU: NR916 – Protech Teamsters
This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.
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Agency Mission Statement
The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire an Archaeological Resources Specialist.
The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system for Illinois.
Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and others outside the department to best meet customer needs.
The department offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities. Employees also receive a robust benefit package including:
- Monday-Friday work schedule
- Flexible work schedules are available in many program areas.
- Health, Life, Vision, and Dental Insurance
- Pension Plan
- (10) Weeks paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
- Deferred Compensation Program and other pre-tax benefit programs (Medical/Daycare)
- Employees earn (12) paid Sick Days annually.
- New Employees earn (10) paid Vacation Days their first year of service and can earn up to (25) paid Vacation Days
- Employees earn (3) paid Personal Days annually.
- (13-14) paid holidays annually (based on start date)
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Program and/or mental health resources
We invite qualified applicants to apply to become part of our team. We are confident that you will take pride in serving Illinois and its residents and visitors.
This position is accountable for coordinating compliance procedures for department projects involving cultural resources with special attention to archaeological resources. To receive federal funding for department projects, cultural resources must be examined in accordance with Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966.
Number of programs: 1
Annual program budget: $5 million Annual number of requests: 500-800
This position reports to the Cultural Resources Unit Manager. There are no subordinates reporting to this position.
This position functions within a complex working environment of a statewide Cultural Resources Compliance Program mandated primarily by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act. The statewide Cultural Resources Compliance Program involves hundreds of environmental survey requests (ESRs) and borrow area requests from district offices, local governments, and other offices of the department received for processing by the Cultural Resources Unit. Studies and activities reviewed by the incumbent include the identification of archaeological cultural resources, analysis of potential project impacts, and the formulation of practical measures to mitigate impacts. The incumbent develops a thorough working knowledge of pertinent federal and state laws and regulations in relation to archaeological cultural resources. This position is unique in that it entails the review of current and proposed historic preservation laws, regulations, directives, and guidelines which aid in the formulation of measures that will effectively meet the needs for public transportation and legal requirements. In addition, occasional cultural resource projects for other state agencies may be undertaken at the direction of the Secretary of Transportation. Adding to the complexity of this position is the need to communicate and coordinate with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) staff and to expedite requests, updates, and responses between requesting agencies and coordinating agencies, primarily the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Tribes.
Due to the variety of efforts in this position, the incumbent should have a strong attention to detail, efficient tracking of multiple projects, and the ability to maintain a positive professional rapport with department personnel, as well as with federal and state agency staff, county officials, Tribes, and the general public.
The major challenge of this position is maintaining a balance between the need of the Tribes, general public, and regulatory agencies for the protection of cultural resources, and that of the department for expeditious environmental clearances for construction projects.
The incumbent provides expertise on archaeological cultural resources for all offices of the department. The incumbent reviews project submittals for potential impacts to cultural resources, clearing some projects, and sending other submittals to outside consultants for cultural resource surveys. The incumbent reviews reports completed by consultants and prepares and submits correspondence to the SHPO requesting concurrence on the findings of eligibility and effect in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The incumbent drafts agreement documents for mitigating adverse effects. The incumbent provides cultural resources and historic preservation training for department staff, county engineers, and others as needed. In the absence of the Cultural Resources Unit Manager, the incumbent responds to requests for information and/or decisions that will be made to complete compliance, as well as prepares correspondence pertaining to compliance for archaeological sites and other cultural resources.
The incumbent has general latitude to accomplish accountabilities and resolve problems. The incumbent refers significant problems that affect working relationships among staff or that involve difficult or sensitive matters to the Cultural Resources Unit Manager.
The incumbent acts as a liaison and has contacts with staff among the department, Tribes, FHWA, and SHPO. Occasional statewide travel with overnight stays is required.
The effectiveness of this position relative to cultural compliance can be measured by the timeliness, accuracy, and acceptability of documentation pertaining to cultural resources and the timely resolution of compliance problems within the incumbent’s area of purview.
- Provides expertise on archaeological cultural resources for all offices of the
- Reviews and processes ESRs and eligibility determinations along with documentation for projects with potential impacts to archaeological sites and other cultural resources subject to protection by federal and state laws.
- Reviews environmental documents for compliance relative to archaeological resources and other cultural resources.
- Maintains a working understanding of current laws, regulations, and directives for archaeological resources and other cultural resources
- Prepares and comments on department directives and guidelines relative to historic preservation laws and regulations, and Tribal issues
- Oversees, in coordination with the Cultural Resources Unit Manager, the retainment of qualified consultants and the quality of the consultants’ work
- Conducts training on cultural resources as needed
- Prepares and processes correspondence and documents pertaining to compliance for archaeological resources and other cultural resources for signature by the Cultural Resources Unit Manager and other department officials.
- Performs all duties in compliance with departmental safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Meets the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for archaeology (36 CFR Part 61) which are one year of full-time professional experience or specialized training in archaeological research, administration, or management; four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology; demonstrated ability to carry research to completion; and in addition to these minimum qualifications, a professional in prehistoric archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the prehistoric period. A professional in historic archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the historic period; AND
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree majoring in archaeology, anthropology, history, classical studies, geography, geology, or historic preservation PLUS two years of experience managing archaeological surveys, archaeological studies, identifying archaeological resources, or a combination thereof;
- Eight years of experience managing archaeological surveys, archaeological studies, identifying archaeological resources, or a combination thereof
- Valid driver’s license
- Occasional statewide travel with overnight stays
- Working knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
- Archaeological fieldwork experience in Illinois or surrounding states
- Experience consulting with Native American tribes
- Ability to manage projects to successful conclusion
- Strong oral and written communication skills
Work Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday
Work Location: 2300 S Dirksen Pkwy Springfield, IL 62764-0001
Work Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation, Bureau of Design & Environment
Job Family: Transportation; Arts, Design & Cultural; Environmental & Natural Resources; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
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