Cultural Resources Specialist

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Cultural Resources Specialist

WRA, Inc. provides professional environmental consulting services in plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology; GIS; environmental planning; regulatory compliance; mitigation and conservation banking; landscape architecture; and engineering. We have been in operation for over forty years and are in the midst of a gradual shift from a small business to a medium sized business. This means that we simultaneously benefit from having developed a relationship-oriented company culture over the years while evolving and implementing systems, processes, and structures to support the growth and evolution as a business. WRA is an employee-owned company, and we are invested in long-term high-quality professional experiences for all of our staff. 

This position is responsible for helping to build WRA’s new Cultural Resources service line. Responsibilities include preparing cultural resources assessments for a wide range of project types, authoring technical reports, and coordinating with tribal authorities as needed. It is expected that the successful applicant will demonstrate expertise in one area of cultural resources management (CRM), such as archeology or architectural history, and have a familiarity with all areas of CRM. This work may involve completion of standalone technical studies and assessments and/or be in support of CEQA/NEPA, Section 106/SHPO compliance, and AB52 compliance. This position will support project managers and will also be responsible for coordinating with cultural/paleontology subconsultants. While no supervisory responsibilities will be required initially, this position will be responsible for recruiting and supervising others as the service line grows.

In this role, the successful applicant may choose to work remotely, in person, or on a hybrid schedule  within commuting distance to one of our 3 Northern California offices (San Rafael, Petaluma, and Emeryville).

In this role you will have 3 major areas of impact:

  1. Technical expertise and thought leadership
  2. Cross team collaboration and client support
  3. Practice building

To learn more about WRA and the Cultural Resources Specialist role, take a look at our Pitch Deck.


  • Complete cultural and tribal cultural resources sections of CEQA and NEPA documents and coordinate work by cultural resource sub-consultants 
  • Prepare cultural resource and tribal culture resource related scopes and cost estimates in support of project proposals
  • Directly supervise all cultural resource work performed by WRA and sub-consultant staff
  • Maintain expertise in federal and state regulations pertaining to protection and management of cultural and tribal cultural resources
  • Assist with permit applications for projects requiring NHPA Section 106 compliance
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Has earned a Master’s degree in archaeology or cultural resources management
  • Has 8+ years of experience, preferably in the environmental consulting industry
  • Manages multiple tasks and meet pressing deadlines while maintaining high quality work products; seeks assistance from others when needed to ensure quality products that are responsive to clients needs
  • Writes and communicates effectively and professionally, while demonstrating openness, honesty, consideration, and tact
  • Listens well and asks others for their opinions and feedback
  • Respects and responds to client needs and employs a team approach to ensuring that client expectations with respect to project process and work products are exceeded 
  • Anticipates problems; gathers information and weighs alternatives against objectives to arrive at reasonable solutions that best meet client needs 
  • Is detail oriented regarding work products and communication; is able to follow established procedures to ensure accuracy in documentation and data; and demonstrates expertise in organizing and maintaining detailed and comprehensive records of data and communications
  • Performs a wide variety of tasks, manages transitions effectively, and adapts to shifting client needs; responds to requests for service in a timely and thorough manner
  • Works to improve personal performance by pursuing opportunities for continuous learning/feedback and exhibits a “can-do” approach that fosters a team spirit and inspires co-workers to excel
  • Demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including, Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint as well as Google applications and other available project management tools. 

Who are we?

WRA’s company vision is “cultivating a sustainable future where people and the environment thrive” and that starts with our staff. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and we have developed flexible policies, internal practices, and are investing in programs that prioritize learning and sustainability. We aim to create conditions that allow employees to prioritize their families, lead healthy and balanced lives, and to bring their authentic selves to work every day. We believe that by creating an exceptional workplace, our employees will be able to do their best work and be able to meaningfully contribute to the sustainability of the environment and the communities in which we live.

WRA is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to creating a diverse environment. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

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