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Environmental Specialist - 7961 


Job Title: Environmental Specialist

Department: Public Safety

Program: Environmental Protection Office

Status: Non-Exempt/Full-time

Salary: $28.45*/hourly

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, protects the land, natural resources, and eco-system conditions of the Tohono O’odham Nation by assessing environmental impacts of past, present and future operations. Conducts tests and field investigations to obtain data for use in determining sources and methods of controlling pollutants in air, water, and land.

The work is normally reviewed upon completion, with occasional spot checks while in process, to ensure accuracy, timeliness and conformance to established standards; major work tasks are covered by instructions or procedures and unusual situations are referred to a supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in establishing goals, objectives and initiatives of environmental programs in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants and the needs of the Tohono O’odham Nation (Nation).
  • Eliminates or minimizes hazardous situations by developing and recommending effective policies and procedures; performing inspections and investigations; recommending corrective action.
  • Acts as liaison between the Nation and federal and/or state environmental agencies on all environmental issues; attends meetings with surrounding agencies in regards to environmental issues and concerns which impact the Nation and its surrounding area.
  • Informs and educates community members and tribal leadership of potentially hazardous situations or violations of environmental standards.
  • Accomplishes environmental objectives by establishing action plans, deadlines and leading personnel in their responsibilities in accordance with defined objectives.
  • Coordinates planning, testing, and operational phases of each program.
  • Keeps agencies and tribal leadership informed through submission of monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Provides technical assistance to the Nation concerning environmental issues and documents.
  • Achieves financial objectives by preparing and monitoring budgets in accordance with specified grants; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances.
  • Secures additional funding for environmental programs for the continuation and expansion of program services and analyzes reports to evaluate program effectiveness and budgetary needs.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and training; reviewing professional publications; building relationships with environmental agencies; participating in professional societies.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned and contributes to a team effort.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the Tohono O’odham culture, customs, and traditions.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and agency laws, state, tribal laws, regulations, and ordinances governing the environment.
  • Knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of all types of environmental issues and their impact as well as methods to manage resources effectively and correct deficiencies or problems.
  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.
  • Skill in budget preparation and administration.
  • Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs.
  • Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.
  • Skill in providing superior customer service to external and internal customers.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to create and present effective speeches and presentations.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to maintain privileged confidential information.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Health or closely related field, and two years’ work experience in environmental field administering programs for the management and protection of resources, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and work experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of this position.

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must possess certification in Hazardous Materials per 29 CFR Standards – 1910.120 App E.
  • Upon recommendation for hire, a criminal background check is required to determine suitability for hire, including a 39-month Motor Vehicle Record.
  • May require possessing and maintaining a valid driver’s license, (no DUIs or major traffic citations within the last three years).
  • If required, must meet the Tohono O’odham Nation tribal employer’s insurance requirements to receive a driver’s permit to operate program vehicles.
  • Based on the department’s needs, incumbents may be required to demonstrate fluency in both the Tohono O’odham Language and English as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and sit; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme weather conditions, and potential physical harm (trips, slips, falls, and poisonous desert animals).

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Location Sells  
Open Date 9/13/2022  
Close Date  
About the Organization The Tohono O'odham Nation is a federally-recognized tribe that includes approximately 28,000 members occupying tribal lands in Southwestern Arizona. The Nation is the second largest reservations in Arizona in both population and geographical size, with a land base of 2.8 million acres and 4,460 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Connecticut. Its four non-contiguous segments total more than 2.8 million acres at an elevation of 2,674 feet.  

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