Cultural Resource Specialist-ESC-Sacramento

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Department Overview

Environmental Management is a multidisciplinary team of environmental professionals focused on managing PG&E’s environmental permitting, and compliance associated with Company operations by engaging our employees to better understand our business partners work and providing superior customer service. Aligning our operations and our people with the business partners we serve facilitates better planning, execution and overall service delivery.  The department aligns its goals with the Company’s Mission, Vision, and Values. Some of these goals, such as environmental compliance and leadership, require the collective effort of stakeholders across and beyond the Company.
The Cultural Resource Specialist team is part of the Environmental Management department and is responsible for providing support to all the Company’s operations departments throughout the service territory, including gas and electric transmission and distribution, and power generation.  Our work requires close integration between Company operations departments and other Environmental Management teams comprised of environmental field specialists, land planners, biologists and environmental scientists.  We work together to help the Company comply with environmental regulations while maintaining trusted relationships with regulatory and tribal entities.

Position Summary

This is a Journey-level Cultural Resource Specialist position that works under the general direction of more senior Cultural Resource Specialist and/or project managers. The Journey-Level Cultural Resource Specialist is responsible for small-to-moderate size projects consistent with technical background. The Journey-Level Cultural Resource Specialist participates on interdisciplinary teams utilizing intermediate-level knowledge of principles related to job responsibilities, utility operations, PG&E’s environmental management goals and objectives, and business processes. The position is expected to use independent judgment; enhanced verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to work with minimal supervision.
The Journey-Level Cultural Resource Specialist possesses an intermediate-level knowledge and understanding of local standards, ordinances, state, and federal laws that pertain to technical job responsibilities and can demonstrate successful management of multiple small to moderate sized Company projects.
In this role, people and other resources are managed indirectly as part of a project team. The Journey-Level Cultural Resource Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of assigned projects, and may spend a portion of time participating in or directing technical work in the field. The position requires a working knowledge of industry practices, standards, and equipment; Responsibilities may include Privileged and Confidential work.
Assignments typically require standard solutions, but may include an increased level of innovation on a periodic basis. Under limited general direction, independently plans work to meet assigned objectives; progress is reviewed periodically for technical accuracy and adequacy in process and upon completion.
This job is represented by Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) and is subject to collective bargaining.

Job Responsibilities

Some direction and supervision is required. The need for supervision is expected to decrease with increased time in-grade. Job duties will include but are not limited to:
1. Safety
•    Performs all work in accordance with PG&E safety goals and practices
•    Completes all required safety training
•    Promotes safety awareness
•    Conducts work in accordance with all safety procedures
2. Project Planning and Workload Management
•    Ensures that work scope, schedule and cost are accurately defined and approved by the business partner before work proceeds on the project
•    Actively plan, estimate and manage the cultural or historic work for specific projects
•    Provides timely input to project schedules identifying known or likely requirements for fieldwork and work constraints due to cultural or historic issues
•    Plans and schedules all surveys, monitoring and compliance work to meet regulatory requirements
•    Ensures that Project workload (including in-house and contract labor) is tracked and that targets (both schedule and budget) are met
•    Ensure the proper coordination, staff utilization and satisfactory completion of all assigned work
3. Project Communication
•    Ensure that consistent cost and schedule updates are provided to project leads for each project supported
•    Ensure that business partners are aware of potential cost over /under runs and any project deliverable schedule delays are identified as early in the project planning and implementation process as possible
4. Relationship Management
•    Works closely with senior staff and other technical disciplines to develop appropriate permitting/licensing and mitigation strategies
•    Represent the company in agency, tribal and other external stakeholder interactions and negotiations to best meet the goals and objectives of PG&E while maintaining compliance with all state and federal guidelines and laws
•    Develops and/or reviews agency or public meeting presentations for projects you are assigned and ensure that the presentation is factually accurate and based on sound scientific principles
•    Assists in project communications and negotiations with regulatory agencies, tribal representatives, and other stakeholders on sensitive cultural or historic issues
5. Technical Project Management
•    As a member of a multidisciplinary project team, develops scope, schedule, and budget as the technical lead for the cultural resources work component
•    Assists in development of strategic permitting and licensing guidance for business partners and contractors
•    Develops project cultural resource study plans and evaluate for cost effectiveness.
•    Manages and provides technical oversight to contractors
•    Plans and manages project studies and assessments associated with specific cultural or historic work scopes associated with licensing and permitting projects
•    Helps develop technical responses to agency/NGO comments or requests for data
•    Develops proficiency in use of technological tools for information and compliance management
6. Technical Project Performance
•    Conduct technical work, as required to meet project goals, using the highest standards of scientific investigation and analysis
•    Participate in design and implementation of technical studies; identify/analyze project impacts; and develop/recommend protection and mitigation measures
•    Prepare or provide oversight to preparation of technical reports and input for licensing and permitting documents
•    Work collaboratively with agencies, tribes, and non-governmental organizations to resolve licensing and permitting issues
•    Review, comment on, and contribute to environmental documents as requested
7. Technical Quality Assurance
•    Ensures that all technical work (contractor or self-generated) meets the current standards required internally and by regulatory agencies
•    Supports technical consistency across lines of business, unit, and multiple projects
8. Cost/ Schedule Management
•    Manages cost commitments within the project budget
•    Ensures project budgets are estimated and submitted as required by business partners.
•    Provides technical and administrative oversight for contracted work
•    Ensures that all schedule and deliverable commitments are met on or before the planned due dates
9.Contractor Selection
•    Develops technical scope of work and requests for proposals
•    Conducts proposal evaluations and selects successful bidders
•    Supports company strategic sourcing and diversity supplier initiatives


•    BS/BA degree in Anthropology with emphasis in archaeology and/or cultural resources management with direct application to current job responsibilities
•    4-6 years of relevant industry or resource agency experience or 1-3 years company experience at the Associate Cultural Resource Specialist level

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