Cultural Resources Specialist

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Cultural Resources Specialist

$3,851.00 – $7,364.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/30/2020


*This is a re-advertisement. There is no need to reapply if you have already done so. Your application is still under consideration*

The State Water Resources Control Boards’ (SWRCB) Division of Financial Assistance (Division) has two openings for an Environmental Scientist (ES) in the Special Project Review Unit. The position location is at 1001 I Street, 16th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Staff are currently teleworking due to Covid-19. Be advised, conditions are subject to change and telework cannot be guaranteed


Under close supervision of the Senior Environmental Scientist, the incumbent serves as one of the Division’s Cultural Resources Specialists (CRS). The CRS reviews historic property identification reports submitted by applicants and works with applicants to correct deficiencies, drafts consultation letters to the State Historic Preservation Officer and works with Office of Historic Preservation staff for Section 106 compliance. The CRS provides professional guidance to applicants/consultants to assure compliance with laws and regulations regarding cultural resources (Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act [Section 106], the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act, and California Environmental Protection Act [CEQA]) for a variety of wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. Conducts pre-field research such as creating Geographic Information System maps, orders record searches from the California Historical Resources Information System, requests Sacred lands File Searches from the Native American Heritage Commission and conducts Native American tribal outreach. Evaluates potential historical resources/historic properties for listing on the California Register of Historical Resources and National Register of Historic Places and assesses projects’ potential impacts/effects on those properties. Writes quality cultural resources technical to support CEQA and Section 106 findings. As appropriate, the incumbent participates in consultation with Native American tribes as required per Assembly Bill 52 and Section 106, coordinates with other state and federal agencies, and other consulting parties. The incumbent may also perform archaeological fieldwork and write cultural resources technical reports, draft monitoring and discovery plans, historic property treatment plans, and may develop Memoranda of Agreement to resolve adverse effects to historic properties consistent with Section 106. The incumbent is responsible for reviewing and writing sections of environmental documents prepared for CEQA compliance, and drafting mitigation measures to reduce impacts to historical, archaeological, and tribal cultural resources when the SWRCB is CEQA lead agency. Briefs the State Water Board staff and management and attends meetings related to environmental project review for an array of drinking water and water quality projects.

Conducts day and overnight travel to project sites and meetings, performs field visits to confirm project compliance with environmental conditions, as necessary. 

Additional information:

Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class.

If the position requires driving, you must possess a current and valid driver’s license. Please Do Not include full Social Security Number, method of eligibility, and LEAP information in your application package.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.



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