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🔗Sr Historic Preservation Specialist – Philadelphia

  • Full Time
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Up to $90,000 USD / Year
  • June 7, 2023
  • Department: Capital Delivery- NEPA Historic Preservation
  • Job Reference #: 90358321
  • Job Summary: The Sr Historic Preservation Specialist position serves as a subject matter expert regarding historic preservation regulatory compliance for Amtrak’s projects with federal involvement. This position provides technical expertise to support fulfillment
  • Job Qualifications:
    • Master’s degree in historic preservation, architectural history, or closely related discipline, or bachelor’s degree and required experience to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Architectural History or History (36 CFR Part 61).
    • Minimum 5 years of relevant Section 106 and other historic preservation regulatory compliance experience.
    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication, and relationship building skills, with demonstrated experience closely coordinating with environmental and archaeological colleagues, project managers, and varied technical disciplines.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills, and demonstrated experience working simultaneously on multiple projects with competing schedules and priorities; able to set and follow through on priorities.
    • Ability to maintain various directions of internal/external project communication for multiple projects.
    • Demonstrated experience providing technical support to internal colleagues and leadership
    • Demonstrated experience interacting with regulators and consulting parties.
    • Demonstrated experience preparing Section 106 studies and related documentation, and successfully leading the Section 106 consultation process.
    • Demonstrated experience evaluating properties for National Register eligibility and assessing effects on historic properties resulting in agency concurrence.
    • Demonstrated experience applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
    • Comfortable using databases or other tracking systems to manage project status and workflow.
    • Ability to clearly explain the Section 106 process to those not knowledgeable in historic preservation and related regulatory issues or procedures; enjoys educating others.
  • How to Apply:

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  • Job benefits: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a generous PTO program, 401K matching, remote work options and railroad retirement.
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Amtrak is functionally a weak-matrix organization requiring broad outreach to and coordination with various disciplines and departments. Work is office-based with periodic travel to project sites at stations, facilities, or along the railroad right-of-way. The preferred candidate would have at least a hybrid in-office/remote schedule.
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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


  • Conducts project screening related to cultural resources, evaluates regulatory pathways, and guides Section 106 compliance for projects from screening through construction
  • Guides Section 106 consultation for relatively routine projects and some more complex projects, and may assist senior staff with Section 106 tasks related to particularly large or complex projects
  • Coordinates directly with Amtrak staff and design consultants to provide procedural direction, expectations for deliverables, and technical review of/quality control for Section 106 analyses and communications
  • Works with architects, engineers, and others to develop design strategies in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
  • Collaborates and maintains relationships as point of contact between Amtrak and the FRA with respect to Section 106 and related compliance for assigned projects
  • Serves as Amtrak’s project point of contact for State Historic Preservation Offices and other consulting parties related to Section 106 consultation for assigned projects
  • Works with Amtrak NEPA staff to coordinate reviews and maintain a database of the Section 106 and NEPA status of Amtrak projects, and uses existing and emerging tools to facilitate related reporting to internal stakeholders and FRA
  • Maintains and expands a database of Amtrak’s historic assets in enterprise software, and shares information with internal stakeholders and consultants
  • Stays current on changes to Section 106 and related historic preservation regulations as they relate to Amtrak projects.
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