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Tribal Office Number: 760-933-2321


Position Title: Water Program Specialist or Trainee
Department: Environmental
Supervisor: EPA Manager
Pay Range: $15.00
FLSA: Non-Exempt, Regular; Part-Time

* Dependent upon funding availability. Funding is currently available through September 30,2018.

Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the EPA Manager, the Water Program Specialist or Trainee is responsible for protecting the Tribe's groundwater resources through water quality monitoring, and educational outreach activities. This position is responsible for addressing water pollution issues on tribal land. The Specialist will perform all water quality monitoring and reporting activities in coordination with the approved Quality Assurance Project Plan for "Monitoring Ground Water on the Tribal Homelands".

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Other functions and responsibilities than what is listed below may be required at times.
Under CWA S-106 (Water Pollution Control) the Water Quality Specialist will:

  1. Become familiar with provisions of the Clean Water Act (Section 1 06) through online training and EPA workshops.
  2. Collect and evaluate chemical, biological, and physical water quality parameters for five (5) groundwater sites on Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Lands.
  3. Collect and evaluate ground water quality parameters with water quality monitoring equipment (i.e. field probe).
  4. Contribute to the Tribe's environmental office to help educate the community about water quality issues and monitoring activities.
  5. Update additional data regarding the groundwater that includes water sampling sites and possible sources of pollution. Show how these sources might be impacting water quality.
  6. Prepare articles for the Tribe's environmental newsletter.
  7. Seek out additional funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals with the assistance of the Environmental Manager and Grant Writer Consultant.
  8. Attend meetings of federal and state governmental agencies, tribal governments, and other stakeholders involved in projects affecting tribal water quality.
  9. Hold quarterly tribal outreach meetings with other environmental programs to help educate the community on water quality issues and monitoring activities.
  10. Attend conferences, workshops, and trainings to increase skills and knowledge regarding watersheds, source water protection, water quality parameters, water quality monitoring, water quality assessment, and water quality reporting.
  11. Become familiar with use of water quality testing equipment and standard operating procedures.
  12. Purchase equipment and supplies for water quality monitoring activities.
  13. Track and report CWA S-106 grant program expenditures.
  14. Prepare quarterly progress reports and submit to EPA.
  15. Submit water quality data to EPA in WQX-compatible format.
  16. Develop and submit annual water quality assessment reports to EPA.
  17. Evaluate program status and reassess goals and objectives with the Environmental Director, EPA consultant, and EPA Project Officer.
  18. Other duties as assigned.


An individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position;

  • Decision Making - the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully to make responsible decisions.
  • Interpersonal Skills - the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others' ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things
  • Oral communication - the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings.
  • Customer Oriented - the individual delivers excellent service to both internal and external customers in a friendly and courteous manner.
  • Time Management - the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develop realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability - the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Reliability - the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management's direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Motivated - the individual inspires self and others to get the job done and follow through with assigned tasks.

Experience and Education:

  • Must possess a high school diploma, or equivalent. Higher education is desirable.
  • Must possess a valid CA Driver's License and be insurable under the Tribe's existing automobile insurance.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher.

Other Requirements:

  1. Must have the ability to work with people from diverse cultures, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and possess a basic knowledge of Native American communities and always maintain cultural sensitivity.
  2. Must participate in relevant workshops and trainings to develop his/her capacity to address tribal water quality issues, which includes the development tribal water quality standards and analysis of water quality monitoring data.
  3. Must be passionate about protecting and improving the environment, including water, earth, air, plants, and animals, and improving the quality of life for the tribal community.
  4. Must become familiar with EPA water quality regulations and standards.
  5. The individual must comply with the Driving Policy, Drug-Free Workplace, and the Pre-Employment Selection policy
  6. Must have reliable transportation.