Transportation Planner 2 (Cultural Resources)

Recruitment #240515-8876FE-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Transportation (DOT), is now recruiting for an archaeologist to serve as a Transportation Planner 2 in the Cultural Resources Unit, part of the Office of Environmental Planning.  This position is within the Bureau of Policy & Planning, at our headquarters, located in Newington Connecticut. 

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Position Details:
Position Responsibilities:
This position is dedicated to balancing transportation project delivery and historic preservation and ensuring conformance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for projects funded by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). 

The NHPA, which became law in 1966, establishes national policy on the preservation of historic and cultural places. Section 106 of the NHPA requires federal agencies to take into account the effect of any undertaking on any historic property prior to the approval of the expenditure of any Federal funds on the undertaking or prior to the issuance of any license.  An integral portion of this process is consultation with multiple local agencies and organizations, Tribes, and the public.    

The Cultural Resources Unit is responsible for guiding Department projects through this process from initiation through construction.  Candidates should be knowledgeable and have practical experience in cultural resource management including identification of potential historic resources (through desktop and field reviews), determination of potential impacts, as well as developing avoidance and mitigation measures.  Candidates should also have practical experience applying Section 106 legal requirements to projects including the ability to fulfill stakeholder and public outreach requirements specific to Section 106 of the NHPA.  

This position requires written and verbal communication skills and will be responsible for coordination internally as well as with designers, consultants, federal funding agencies, the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) as well as leading and participating in meetings with Tribal Nations, elected officials, stakeholders, and the public.   

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In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in transportation planning studies, programs and related activities.


Conducts planning and review of projects in compliance with requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA); performs field work, documentary research, and on-site evaluation of buildings, districts, and archaeological sites relative to cultural resources; assists in planning studies relative to all transportation modes for the movement of people and goods; conducts and directs surveys related to cultural resources, environmental studies, land use, and transportation needs; develops, coordinates and evaluates transportation programs; collects, analyzes and updates data related to impacts of transportation facilities, projects and programs and makes recommendations based on this analysis; prepares and reviews archaeological and cultural resource studies, surveys and technical documents for conformance with department standards, needs and state and federal laws and regulations; provides planning assistance and coordinates activities and projects with local, regional, state, and federal agencies, private consultants and stakeholders as required; investigates and responds to public inquiries and complaints regarding transportation plans, programs and/or projects; reviews proposed legislation and distributes information; may perform site analysis work; performs related duties as required. Field work in all weather conditions will be required and travel primarily within the State will be necessary. 

Duties of this position include: 

  • Reviewing and determining potential presence of cultural resources and determining impacts, avoidance, and mitigation methods.
  • Coordination and oversight of the required State and federal documentation to satisfy Section 106 of the NHPA, including Memorandums of Agreement and conformance with Connecticut’s Environmental Policy Act (CEPA).  
  • Coordination of the required stakeholder engagement and public outreach to satisfy Section 106 of the NHPA.  
  • Preparing GIS maps and supporting documentation for cultural resource reviews associated with design projects. 
  • Preparing quarterly and annual reports for programmatic agreements, memorandum of understandings, or requests from Federal and State agencies.    
  • Oversee unit’s On-Call Consultant’s task-based assignments related to analysis and assessment of potential cultural resources.   
  • Preparing and providing training to the Department and consultants.  
  • Preparing and commenting on proposed legislation regarding its impact on the Department.
  • Participating (and preparing presentations) in meetings with federal and state agencies, elected officials, tribal representatives, and the public. 


  • Considerable knowledge of multi-modal transportation planning theory, practices and methodologies; 
  • Knowledge of environmental considerations involved in transportation planning; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • develop and use computer software including planning models and other programs related to planning process; 
    • forecast trends based upon empirical data; 
    • comprehend and interpret laws and regulations; 
  • Analytical ability; 
  • Lead ability.


Seven (7) years of professional experience in transportation civil engineering or transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning.


One (1) year of the General Experience must include individual responsibility for the coordination of complex planning projects in a relevant planning area.

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Transportation Planner 1 or Transportation Engineer 2.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • A graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field.
  • Experience applying federal and state laws, regulation and guidance associated with cultural resources to projects and guiding projects through the Section 106 evaluation process.
  • Experience writing, and reviewing, and presenting reports or documents related to cultural resources.
  • Experience identifying and implementing avoidance and mitigation measures to protect cultural resources, including mitigation actions such as preparing a Memorandum of Agreement
  • Experience fulfilling outreach and engagement with state agencies, cultural resource stakeholders, and the public as required under Section 106 of the NHPA.
  • Experience in proper collection and organization of archaeological artifacts, curation methods and reports  
  • Experience with Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record.
  • Ability to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards.    
  • Experience overseeing and managing consultants.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 365 and ESRI or other GIS-related software to interpret other published documents and media such as historic mapping and aerial photography.   


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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