FEMA-Disaster Response Historical Preservation Specialists (Nationwide)
Are you looking for a chance to help your country with disaster related work? Why not get onboard with Dewberry? We have been supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on disaster response and recovery assignments for over 25 years. Dewberry is offering a wide range of career opportunities to those who want more than a job. Would you like to be a member of our professional team that's committed to excellence and integrity? Under an open-end A/E technical assistance contract, Dewberry is providing field assessments, engineer evaluations inspections of damaged public infrastructure, cost estimates, mitigation project evaluation, debris monitoring, environmental services, and design services on an on-call basis in the wake of natural and man-made disasters, including acts of terrorism on behalf of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) throughout the United States including the Caribbean and Pacific territories.
Dewberry is currently searching for highly qualified Historic Preservation Specialists for our on-call team. Candidates selected must be U.S. Citizens and able to successfully pass a Federal background investigation, to include financial and criminal history. Successful candidates must be able to commit to a 6-12 month assignment in remote locations working in excess of 50 hours per week.
Selected Historic Preservation Specialists will travel to disaster-impacted locations to support FEMA in the delivery of the Public Assistance Program. They will assist local government agencies and other Program-eligible entities in the preparation and review of grant applications for the restoration of a variety of damaged public infrastructure to include roads, bridges, buildings and utilities. The work includes review of proposed restoration scopes of work for disaster-damaged infrastructure for compliance with federal, state and local law.
Required Skills & Required Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Architectural History, Art History, Historic Preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history. And one or more of the following:
At least five years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.
At least four years of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects. Such graduate study or experience shall include detailed investigations of historic structures, preparation of historic structures research reports, and preparation of plans and specifications for preservation projects.
Ability to meet Secretary of the Interior Professional Qualifications Standards for Architectural History, Historic Preservation Planner or Historic Architecture.
At least five years full-time professional experience in the field of Section 106 compliance, with prior state historic preservation office (SHPO) experience or similar agency desired.
Ability to identify historic preservation issues and identify Areas of Potential Effect (APE). Physical field inspections of APEs may be required on occasion.
Ability to complete informal and formal Section 106 consultation with Historic Preservation Officers with minimal technical supervision; may occasionally include the drafting Memorandums of Agreements (MOA).
Knowledgeable of the function and design of historic structures with a demonstrated ability to justify National Register eligibility determinations and assessments of effects in accordance with Section 106. This may include the preparation of historic structures research reports and the identification of appropriate treatment measures for affected historic structures.
Ability to effectively coordinate with project stakeholders to make important decisions about project alternatives and the resolution of adverse effects to historic resources.
Ability to document the Section 106 review process
Knowledge and understanding of FEMA Public Assistance Program law, regulation and policy is preferred
Excellent verbal communication and writing skill
Must be computer literate and proficient with MS Office Suite applications (Word, Excel)
Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment under stressful conditions
Valid driver’s license required
- Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.
- Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, and criminal background check. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.