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, Angela.Gladwell@dhs.gov) that 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:

  1. Indication that you are seeking a position as a Disaster Assistance Employee in the Environmental and Historic Preservation Cadre as an Historic Preservation Specialist;
  2. Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, social security number, country of citizenship, branch and date of military service, if applicable;
  3. High school name and location, date of diploma or highest grade completed, college name and location, majors, type and year of any degrees received;
  4. 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
  5. List of other qualifications, such as job-related training courses, job-related skills, job-related certificates and job-related honors, awards and special accomplishments.

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 and Federal, Tribal and State Historic Preservation resource agencies, as required.
  • Provides 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.
  • Assists 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, as needed.
  • 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 site visits