The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is hiring an architectural historian to be based in District 3-0 offices in Montoursville (near Williamsport). Individuals will have unparalleled opportunities and responsibilities to shape the direction and performance of cultural resource investigations conducted on the Department’s multi-billion dollar annual design and construction program.

Each of the eleven PennDOT Engineering Districts have a team comprised of an archaeologist and an architectural historian. The team will guide the Section 106 process starting early in project design, working holistically on all cultural resource issues related to a project, and participate interactively with a design team of project engineers, designers, and environmental specialists. Each position is located in a PennDOT District Office, under the guidance of the District Environmental Manager. Most positions support more than one Engineering District. This position is expected to provide support for both District 3-0 (Montoursville) and District 2-0 (Clearfield).

Minimum experience and training required for the historic preservation specialist job classification is: two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, American history, art history or course work in Pennsylvania history; or, any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Salary range is $47,883 – $72,822. There is an excellent benefits package, including paid life and subsidized medical insurance, dental and vision care programs, annual and sick leaves, and a competitive retirement plan.

This is a Non-Civil Service position. Interested applicants are highly encouraged to contact Kara Russell, PennDOT Cultural Resource Senior Architectural Historian, at (717) 705-1484, or by e-mail at krussell@pa.gov. To apply for this position, visit the Bureau of State Employment’s website at:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/1934256/historic-preservation-specialist?keywords=historic preservation&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

and then complete the application. Internet access is provided by most public libraries and PA CareerLink sites. Applicants can visit PA CareerLink online to locate the nearest PA CareerLink center.

The closing date for applications to be received is January 31, 2018.


Ira Beckerman, Ph.D., RPA | Cultural Resources Unit Head
PA Department of Transportation | Bureau of Project Delivery
Highway Delivery Division
Environmental Policy and Development Section
400 North Street, 7th Floor | Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.772.0830 | FAX: 717.772.0834