The Cultural Resources Specialist/GIS Analyst assists and supports Authority staff to assure that the Authority meets its environmental regulatory obligations and requirements as it pertains to Cultural Resources and GIS in a sound and cost-efficient manner. This will be a duel position that will support all tasks to ensure the Authority and Canals remain in compliance with the National, State and Local Historic Preservation Statutes for all applicable Authority and Canal facilities and projects and support our GIS (Geographic Information System) by maintaining databases, designing and creating complex products that integrate various data sources to generate maps, digital data, reports and statistics for various Authority business units, Canals, and other Authority users.
- Assist the Cultural Resource Specialist and the Agency Preservation Officer (APO) in ensuring the Authority and Canals construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance projects comply with Cultural Resources/Historic Preservation laws, statutes, and regulations at the Federal, State, and Local level.
- Support the Authority Hydro Projects Compliance and Implementation by ensuring compliance with the Project's license commitments and license orders as they pertain to Cultural Resources.
- Ensure compliance with the terms of the Historic Properties Management Plans (HPMPs) at Authority facilities and Canals.
- Assist with the drafting of Cultural resources reports (Determination of Eligibility, Determination of Effects, site histories, historic contexts, state and federal survey forms, etc.) and correspondence (transmittal letters, requests for landmark status, responses to requests for additional information, etc.) for submission to federal, state, and local government agencies, and consulting and interested parties.
- Assist the Cultural Resource Specialist with the managing and administering of contracts with cultural resources consultants.
- Remain current with applicable Federal, State, and Local Cultural Resources/Historic Preservation laws, statutes, and regulations.
- Provide GIS support, including database construction, data collection, designing, mapping, and spatial analysis, of existing and new projects for Transmission, Licensing, Project Management, Engineering, Real Estate, Legal, Environmental and Canals.
- Assist with the management and maintenance, including updating spatial data, technical support, and QA/QC, of the transmission and vegetation specific data in the enterprise-wide production geodatabase used by the Transmission Business Unit and other Authority users.
- Provide support of the Authority’s mobile GIS applications.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulations, as well as the New York State Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulations.
- Knowledge of ArcGIS software, tools, extensions, models, theory, and applications; SDE, VBA, ArcObjects, Access databases and MSOffice.
- Working knowledge of MAXIMO software preferred.
- Strong planning skills are required; ability to develop and implement work plans that meet corporate and departmental goals, delivering on objectives on schedule.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to adapt style to the demands of the audience are required.
- Substantial knowledge of data management and analysis and able to establish work priorities and carry out regular and recurring administrative tasks required to properly administer the system (i.e. backups, upgrades, database management and storage).
- Strong project management skills are vital. Must be able to coordinate the activities of all persons involved in projects to assure on-time products that meet goals.
- Must be able to write concise analyses of alternatives, present the results of deliberation in a concise fashion, and develop consensus within a group of varying disciplines.
- Physical ability to tour Authority power plants, transmission line Rights-of-Way, and rough terrain is necessary on a routine basis.
- Bachelor’s degree in Archeology, Historic Architecture, History, Historic Preservation, and/or Planning or commensurate cultural resources management experience/degree with a major or minor in GIS-related disciplines with course work in cartography, photogrammetry, GIS, computer science, remote sensing, photo interpretation, statistics, urban/regional planning and/or surveying.
- At least three (3) years of experience in cultural resources management, cultural resources planning, and/or historic preservation.
- Knowledge of a wide variety of cultural resources issues, including archeology, historic architecture, historic preservation, and construction practices.
- Ability to read construction plans and specifications.
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