Senior Cultural Resource Specialist-ESC-Sacramento

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Department Overview

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is continually striving to find new ways to improve our processes, measure our progress, communicate our performance, and partner with others to find more resource-efficient and environmentally responsible ways to meet our customers’ needs.
PG&E’s Environmental organization is a team of professionals dedicated to providing integrated, company-wide environmental leadership, project support and compliance management services, as well as promoting environmental stewardship of PG&E’s properties and associated natural resources.
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 position is for a senior-level Cultural Resources Specialist. The successful candidate will typically manage large projects and complex task-level work, and will play a key role in the development and implementation of project permitting strategy and design.
The senior-level Cultural Resource Specialist (CRS) plays a key role in managing project work assignments across multiple lines of business and manages large contracts with complex multi-task deliverables and diverse timelines. Projects managed may be short-cycle or multi-year duration, require significant risk management, and may include formal partnering agreements with outside firms and project stakeholders. The position requires extensive knowledge of the cultural and historic resources associated with utility projects throughout California and requires the individual to leverage experience and relationships to help PG&E meet its goals and objectives. The senior-level CRS demonstrates excellent project management skills, a strong reputation as a subject matter expert and problem solver, extensive contract management skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and sound judgment to independently resolve complex problems with only general direction. The position supports others on programmatic solutions outside of assigned projects, process improvements, regulatory relations, contracting strategies, and very large and/or complex projects. Assignments regularly provide an opportunity for creative or non-standard approaches. Work may be reviewed upon completion; solutions may provide an opportunity for future creative/non-standard approaches. Responsibilities may include privileged and confidential work.
This job is represented by Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) and is subject to collective bargaining.

Job Responsibilities

Jobs 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 on time
2. Project Planning and Workload Management
• For all applicable projects ensures that work scope, schedule and cost are accurately defined and approved by the business partner before work proceeds on the project.
• Provides timely input to project schedules identifying known or likely requirements for seasonal cultural or historic fieldwork and seasonal work constraints due to environmental issues
• Plans scope, schedules, and budgets for all surveys, monitoring and compliance work to meet regulatory requirements
• Ensures that project workload (including in-house and contract labor) is tracked and specific classification level targets are met.
• Ensure the proper coordination, staff utilization and satisfactory completion of all assigned work
3. Project Communication
• Ensure that consistent cost and schedule are provided to all team leads for each project supported
• Ensures that business partners are aware of potential cost over /under runs and that potential schedule delays are identified as early in the project planning and implementation process as possible
4. Relationship Management
• Represents the company in agency/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
• Works closely with business partners and other specialists within the department to develop appropriate permitting/licensing and mitigation strategies
• 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 
• Lead or assist in communications and negotiations on sensitive cultural or historic issues with stakeholders
5. Technical Project Management
• As a member of a multidisciplinary project team, develops scope, schedule, and budget as the technical lead for cultural or historical work assignments.
• Provides strategic permitting and licensing guidance to business partners, other technical staff in the department and contractors
• Develops project cultural/historical study plans and evaluates for cost effectiveness
• Manages and provides technical oversight to contractors
• Plans and manages implementation of studies and assessments associated with specific cultural/historical work scopes associated with licensing and permitting
• Manage studies in support of licenses, permits and compliance
• Provide guidance and oversight for the preparation/collection of needed data to support the development of licensing and permitting applications
• Provides technical expertise for responses to agency/NGO comments or requests for data
6. Technical Project Performance
• Conduct or direct technical work, as required to meet project goals, using the highest standards of scientific investigation and analysis.
• Design or collaborate with contract scientists in design of technical studies; identify/analyze project impacts; and develop/recommend protection and mitigation measures.
• Prepare or oversee preparation of technical reports and input for licensing and permitting documents.
• Work collaboratively with agencies and non-governmental organizations to resolve licensing and permitting issues.
• Review and comment on regulatory agency or third-party environmental documents.
7. Technical Quality Assurance
• Ensures that all technical work (contractor or self-generated) meets the standards required by the regulatory agency guidelines, and as may apply utility standard practices, policies and guidelines concerning cultural/historical resources protection
• Provide technical quality assurance for contract work
• Supports a consistent adherence to technical and professional standards in the performance of all biological work
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 contract administration oversight for all assigned 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 submit requests for proposals
• Conduct proposal evaluations and selection of successful bidder, or may initiate a sole source award with written justification
• Supports company strategic sourcing and diversity supplier initiatives


•    BS/BA degree in Anthropology, or a closely related field, with emphasis in archaeology and/or cultural resources management with direct application to current job responsibilities.
•    8-10 years of relevant work experience
•    Valid Driver’s License


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