FEMA Issues Call for Historic Preservation Specialists
September 9, 2005—Beginning immediately under
an expedited process, FEMA is hiring 15-20 Historic Preservation Specialists
to work as part of FEMA’s environmental and historic preservation cadre
of reservists (Disaster Assistance Employees, or DAEs). This is on-call employment,
but due to Hurricane Katrina, there are immediate needs for these specialists.
Copied below is a general job description with required knowledge, skills
and abilities and job responsibilities while in the field. Under this position,
FEMA has various specialties, including archaeologists, architectural historians,
historic preservation trainers, preservation architects, Section 106 specialists,
and tribal/cultural specialists.
FEMA employees may be subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency.
This service may require irregular working hours, work at locations other than
the official duty station, and may duties other than those specified in the
employee`s official position description. Selectees must be able to relocate
to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical
and mental stress.
If you are interested in applying for FEMA employment, please send your resume
or application or Optional Application
for Federal Employment (OF-612) OR any
other written format to fax number 540/542-2484. Please feel free to also inform
Angela Caldwell (202/646-3193,
you have submitted an application and she will do her best to keep track of
where it is in the process.
The resume or application must contain:
- Indication that you are seeking a position
as a Disaster Assistance Employee in the Environmental and Historic Preservation
Cadre as an Historic Preservation
- Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, social
security number, country of citizenship, branch and date of military service,
- High school name and location, date of diploma or highest grade
completed, college name and location, majors, type and year of any degrees
- Work experience that includes job titles, duties and accomplishments,
employer`s name and address, supervisor`s name and phone number, starting
and ending dates,
hours per week and salary; and
- List of other qualifications, such as job-related
training courses, job-related skills, job-related certificates and job-related
honors, awards and special
Once applicants meet all general eligibility requirements,
they will be forwarded to each of the 10 FEMA Regions, based on the home address
of the applicant,
for review and selection.
For additional information, see: http://www.fema.gov/career/
Historic Preservation Specialist
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The Historic Preservation Specialist provides
technical assistance to FEMA’s
disaster programs to fulfill FEMA’s legal responsibilities under various
historic preservation laws, Executive Orders and regulations. Under the direction
of the Regional Environmental Officer, Environmental Liaison Officer (ELO),
or appropriate team leader, the Historic Preservation Specialist assists program
staff in integrating historic preservation considerations into the development
and review of projects proposed for FEMA funding.
Specifically, the Historic
Preservation Specialist :
- Identifies project-specific historic preservation
concerns that the ELO
may need to address with senior JFO management.
- Recommends and implements streamlining
measures for historic preservation compliance activities, in coordination
with appropriate JFO and regional staff
Tribal and State Historic Preservation resource agencies, as required.
technical assistance to JFO program managers and other personnel, Tribal/State
and local officials regarding FEMA’s Historic Preservation
compliance responsibilities, and may serve as a “technical expert” in
the JFO for specific historic preservation laws or Executive Orders.
the ELO in identifying the need for additional Historic Preservation expertise
in a disaster operation.
- Develop and/or deliver Historic Preservation training
or presentations, for JFO personnel, Tribal/State emergency management
personnel and applicants,
- Conduct historic preservation reviews and prepare required documentation,
and submit recommendations to ELO for approval.
- Work as part of Task Force Teams
or Program Units in the JFO, as assigned, to provide historic preservation
technical direction and review capability.
Knowledges, Skills, and Experience Required:
- Knowledgeable in implementing
the requirements of selected federal environmental and historic preservation
laws, Executive Orders, and regulations in a Federal/state/local
context, which may include, but is not limited to: the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Executive
Order 12898 (Environmental Justice).
- Knowledge of FEMA’s disaster program
operations and associated historic preservation requirements.
- Knowledge of
organization based incident needs and Incident Command System (ICS) principles.
- Good interpersonal, communication and instructional skills.
- Good analytical
and research skills.
- Written communication and computer skills to generate
general and technical reports, briefings, correspondence and review documentation.
- Ability to multi-task and service multiple clients.
- Ability to work efficiently
in a stressful, changing and politically sensitive environment.
- Ability to
work effectively either independently or as part of a team.
- Ability to apply
historic preservation laws, Executive Orders and regulations to disaster
programs and activities, and develop unique procedures or agreements
to streamline review in a disaster environment.
- Ability to conduct project