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Cultural Resource Specialist

Job Description Summary:
The Cultural Resource Specialist will work in the Licensing and Permitting group in the Environmental Affairs Department \(EAD\) of Eversource Energy and be responsible for ensuring company activities related to the siting and permitting of electric transmission and distribution projects in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut comply with federal and state regulations\. The Cultural Resource Specialist will provide oversight of the evaluation of historical and archaeological resources under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, NH RSA 227C, and other state and federal cultural, historic, and environmental laws\. In this role they will serve as the liaison with federal, state, and local agencies including the New Hampshire Division of Historic Resources \(NHDHR\), Massachusetts Historical Commission \(MHC\), Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Army Corps of Engineers \(ACOE\), Advisory Council on Historic Preservation \(ACHP\), local governments, and consulting parties in the Section 106 process\. This position will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with, appropriate state and federal environmental permits for other aspects of a project\.
The Cultural Resource Specialist will provide technical support during siting proceedings, and maintain good working relationships with siting and permitting agency staffs as required\. The individual will guide and assist project teams in their preparation of formal applications, petitions, and other applicable documents for siting and permitting of new, or upgrading existing, transmission and substation or facilities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut\. The selected candidate will also coordinate public hearing preparations with Project Leads, including the use of contractors/consultants directly or indirectly related to a project; serve as drafter, witness, and reviewer roles as assigned\.
+ Serves as liaison with State Historic Preservation Offices \(SHPOs\), and the ACHP, and other parties on cultural resources\.
+ Maintains a company Cultural Resources Database and filing system\. Compiles and tracks activities requiring Section 106 review, archaeological site information and artifact collections\.
+ Plans and/or supervises archaeological and/or above ground surveys to produce the following reports if needed: Phase 1A, 1B, II, III archaeological sensitivity reports, archaeological monitoring, archaeological site forms, site and project sensitivity assessments and other reports as necessary\.
+ Prepares and/or reviews appropriate archaeological and/or architectural/historic documentation, such as eligibility and effect memos, impact discussions for Federal lead agency environmental reports\.
+ Develops and maintain a Cultural Resources Best Management Practices \(BMP\) manual\.
+ Develops project permitting strategies to obtain necessary transmission and distribution approvals\.
+ Obtains federal, state and local permits and approvals for assigned transmission and distribution projects\.
+ Coordinates and provides oversight of environmental assessments and permitting for assigned projects\.
+ Prepare and/or review reports and documentation for environmental studies, and present analysis to the public and information meetings and hearings\.
_Technical Knowledge/Skills:_ Requires technical writing skills, including the ability to recognize and resolve problems in technical communications, and the ability to work independently and professionally with project teams, their attorneys, outside consultants, other utilities and regulatory agency staffs\. General knowledge of engineering, construction techniques, and the energy delivery power system is desired\.?The candidate must meet or exceed professional qualification standards defined by the Secretary of Interior?s Professional Qualifications Standards \(48 FR 44738\-44739, September 19, 1983\)\.
_E_ _ducation_ : Master?s degree from a recognized college or university with a major study in a related environmental science, preferably archaeology, architectural history, anthropology, or architecture and environmental design\.
_Experience:_ A minimum of \(8\) eight years? experience in a related occupational area such as archaeology, history, architectural history, or anthropology, with at least \(5\) five years of which have involved supervisory duties \(of staff or team\), as well as preparation of various environmental documents, legal briefs, or related research\. Demonstrated capability to complete archaeological research through all its phases\. Knowledgeable of the federal and state cultural resources management laws and regulations, including those relating to the treatment of human remains in marked and unmarked graves\. Experience throughout the Northeast States, including mainly New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut, but also Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine\. A minimum of 5 years project related environmental permitting\. Experience is desired in areas of siting utility facilities, environmental regulation or land planning\.
Worker Type:
Regular
Number of Openings:
1
SEO Category:
Environmental Jobs
EEO Statement
Eversource Energy is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer\. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability status, or protected veteran status\.
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