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🔗Cultural Resources Program Supervisor – TPS5

  • Full Time
  • Olympia, WA
  • $82,056.00 - $110,400.00 USD / Year
  • February 26, 2024
  • Job Reference #: 24DOT-HQ-01559
  • Job Summary: While serving as the agency’s senior lead technical SME in cultural resources management and compliance, this role will have the daily task of supervising, guiding, coaching, and supporting technical staff of the cultural resource specialists.
  • Job Qualifications:

    To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

    • A graduate degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, or closely related field.
    • U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (found at
    • Five (5) years of professional work experience working on transportation or other infrastructure projects with direct responsibilities in all of the following: Collaborating and fostering positive professional work relationships with peers, customers, and key partners based on mutual trust, respect, competence, and mutual understanding; Leading or producing deliverables to support cultural resources review, management, and compliance; Managing projects and/or deliverables.
    • Possess advanced knowledge of the following: Transportation agency policies and procedures, and environmental planning and review; State and federal laws, regulations and executive orders pertaining to cultural resources and how they interact with applicable tribal, state, and federal agencies; Best practices in archaeology, historic preservation, geophysics, and geomorphology; and how these areas are applied to cultural resource inventories and analysis for transportation projects.
    • Skills to interact and coordinate with a high degree of proficiency with external entities including but not limited to tribes, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the public, and the State Historic Preservation Officer.
      Skill to effectively supervise, coach, guide, and support skilled professional staff one on one, in a team setting, and remotely.
    • Skills to effectively communicate in writing, verbally, and in presentations with a variety of audiences, including the public, regulatory agency managers and staff, WSDOT managers and staff, and project engineers.
  • How to Apply:

    How to Apply
    Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
    In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

    • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
    • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
    • Contact details for a minimum of three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.
  • Contact Name: ROBYN N LOVELY
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:

Website Washington State Department of Transportation

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) values its employees, challenges them to continuously improve the way we do business, to meet and exceed the needs of our customers, and to carry out their duties in an ethical manner. WSDOT is a multi-modal transportation agency in one of the fastest growing areas of the country, responsible for planning, building and operating a complex highway system in addition to operating a freight and passenger rail system, along with the largest ferry system in United States.

WSDOT is currently seeking a planning specialist to fill the Cultural Resources Program Supervisor vacancy within the Environmental Services Office, located in Olympia, WA. In this critical role, you will lead, manage, and facilitate the statewide Cultural Resources Program. While serving as the agency’s senior lead technical subject matter expert (SME) in cultural resources management and compliance, this role will have the daily task of supervising, guiding, coaching, and supporting technical staff of the cultural resource specialists and consultants. Communication and organizational skills are imperative, as our top candidate will coordinate regularly with external entities including tribes, the Federal Highway Administration, and the State Historic Preservation Officer; and develop, negotiate, and manage the scope of work agreements and funding instruments with public agencies and consultants to fund and operate the program to meet WSDOT’s statewide business needs efficiently and effectively.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Cultural Resources Program Supervisor will:

  • Function as the state cultural resources technical expert in archaeology and historic preservation as they relate to transportation projects.
  • Lead the agency in complying with the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
  • Plan, lead, and continuously improve a statewide program focused on ensuring cultural resources management and compliance.
  • Develop and evaluate policies, procedures, tools, and workforce development to help regional and modal staff and consultant consistently implement WSDOT cultural resources policy.
  • Coordinate compliance with state and federal regulations for cultural resources with appropriate tribal, state and federal agencies, including negotiating agreements and contracts, developing innovative solutions for historic preservation, archaeological and historic investigations, and mitigation measures.
  • Propose, review, and communicate legislative/rule changes related to cultural resources management and compliance that are likely to affect WSDOT’s asset management and project delivery business practices.
  • Perform personnel tasks including but not limited to writing position descriptions, essential job knowledge and skills statements, and training plans; hiring; evaluating and recognizing employees; adhering to travel policy and taking corrective actions when necessary.
  • Instruct staff on agency and office policies, procedures, and decisions; provide direction and guidance to cultural resources specialists who are located in region offices.
  • Oversee program-wide data collection and performance measurement, including the maintenance of the historic bridges database.
  • Utilize subject area knowledge to manage the ESO Cultural Resources Program and support the agency (regions, modes, and divisions).
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