Guide for Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) on Cultural Landscape Report Contracts

Park Cultural Landscapes Program

Updated Cultural Landscapes


The Guide for Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) on Cultural Landscape Report Contracts provides technical information for National Park Service (NPS) staff that manages contracts or cooperative agreements for Cultural Landscape Reports (CLR).

This Guide describes the responsibilities of the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR). Since the Guide was authored, the term COTR has been replaced by Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). Despite the change in terminology, the guidance provided in this document remains relevant and serves to provide valuable information to help direct NPS staff manage contracts and cooperative agreements for the completion of CLRs.

Notable sections of the document include information associated with the development of a Scope of Work (SOW) as well as an itemized list of COTR tasks that need to be completed during the contract.  See “Scope of Services” or SOW template at the end of the Guide for additional information.

What You’ll Find

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Cover of Guide for Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR)

Body of the Document:

  • Key Points
  • What is a cultural landscape?
  • What is a CLR?
  • CLRs compared with CLIs
  • COTR training
  • Technical Advisor
  • Contracts vs Cooperative Agreements
  • Professional Qualifications
  • Scope of Work
  • Government Cost Estimate
  • COTR tasks during the contract
  • Closing out the project
  • For more information

Scope of Work Example

  • General (Definitions, Performance Period, Project Identification, Quality Standards, Previous Planning, Special Considerations)
  • Background/Significance
  • Purpose of this Project
  • Scope of Work (Report Outline, Tasks for Completion of Cultural Landscape Report Parts One and Two to 100%)
  • Submittals (Drawings and Maps, Photographs, Report Format, Draft Review Format, Review Meetings, Compliance, Proof and Final Document, Submittal Recipients)
  • Project Schedule (Schedule, Data and Materials Provided by the Government)
  • Standard Services
  • Fee and Payment
  • Contacts

Can’t find what you need?  Contact the program lead in your region or the Park Cultural Landscapes Program via email.

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