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Historic Preservation Intern, Oregon Department of Transportation (Salem, OR)
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Contributed By: Alexis Nesemann
Website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Pages/index.aspx

Salem, OR
Historic Preservation Intern
Oregon Department of Transportation
Highway Division – Technical Services
$21.12 - $23.15 per hour

The role:

Are you interested in learning more about Oregon and applying your skills in historic preservation and studying our urban and rural landscapes? We are looking for a summer intern to work on a variety of transportation related projects and initiatives under the guidance of our skilled professionals. Our Cultural Resources Program seeks to strike a balance between a growing transportation system and the protection of Oregon's significant cultural history. Come join our team as a summer intern – we are seeking someone with an eagerness to learn from us while advancing their ability to work efficiently while managing a variety of projects.  We are accepting applications from those pursuing a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, public history, historic preservation or a related field and those who have obtained a graduate degree in these fields within the last two years.We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background.

ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

A day in the life:
  • Research and evaluate historic resources throughout the state, both at your desk and in the field.
  • Cooperatively develop a statewide survey and historic context for our maintenance facilities.Aid in our evaluation and review of our current and historic documentation.
  • You will work in both office and field environments.Work occurs outdoors for extended periods in rugged terrain and bad weather.
  • Frequent travel is required, including overnight travel.You will drive vehicles, often for long distances, to project sites to perform work.   

What you will learn:
  • How to balance historic preservation and transportation.
  • How to build effective government partnerships.
  • The connection between the modern preservation movement and transportation.
  • How state and federal preservation laws relate to state and federal actions.How to effectively function as a member of a team.
  • How do improve your presentation, problem-solving, writing and verbal communication skills.
What we need:
  • Someone pursuing a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, public history, historic preservation or a related field. Those who have obtained a graduate degree in these fields within the last two years are also invited to apply.
  • Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position.
  • We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).

What we’d like to see:

If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!
  • Experience using mapping and graphics software.
  • Skill using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access software.
  • Historic preservation knowledge and experience conducting research related to the Pacific West region and its history.
  • Experience with or knowledge about transportation-related history (i.e. bridges, influence of the interstate on development, historic roads, etc.).   

How to apply:

Upload your resume.
Attach a letter addressing why you are a good fit for this position.
If applicable, please discuss the qualities listed above.
Please address your letter to Christopher Bell, Historic Resources Program Coordinator. 
Complete questionnaire.

Need help?
For questions about this job, call 503-373-7377 or email jill.larson@odot.state.or.us.

The fine print:

We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as your related work experience, your education and the overall professionalism of your application materials.Pay will depend on your level of education. This internship will last up to 1,040 hours depending on workload. This position is not represented by a union (unrepresented).If you are a veteran you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, we will ask you for your documents later in the process. We do not offer Visa sponsorships. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.Don’t attach extra documents. We will only look at documents that we ask for. We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates, not including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.                                 

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12355 Capitol St NESalem OR 97301-3871Fax 503-986-3895ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact the employee civil rights and diversity manager at 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.#LI-DNP


Keywords: Historic Preservation, Internship, Transportation, Oregon, Historian, Restoration

Posted: March 7, 2019
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