Research Specialist
Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, AZ

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Special Information

This position is grant-funded and subject to continued funding. Incumbent is not eligible for layoff or recall status.

Job Description

The Research Specialist will be responsible for providing technical and programmatic support to the ITEP's work on air quality and climate change activities with federally-recognized tribes.

  • Provide technical support to affiliates on issues related to air quality permitting, emissions inventories, air monitoring, modeling, and data analysis and interpretation.
  • Assist with curriculum development and instruction at technical air quality training courses.
  • Provide technical support as needed on data management and QA/QC projects including the Turbo QAPP user interface, AQS data entry, Tribal Data Toolbox, etc.
  • Provide technical and programmatic support to the Tribal Climate Change Program as needed.
  • Provide technical support and training for users of the Tribal Emissions Inventory Software Solution (TEISS).
  • Prepare technical reports and outreach communications for the Climate Change program.
  • Provide grant writing support to the air quality program and the Climate Change program as needed.
  • Collaborate on the development of an IAQ assessment program.
  • Conducts educational outreach on air quality and climate change issues to a variety of audiences.
  • Create and/or maintain relational databases for the AIAQTP and Climate Change programs as needed.
  • Writes progress reports for assigned activities and assists in the preparation and writing of papers for professional and non-professional publications.
  • Designs and modifies questionnaires or other data collection or sampling instruments or data summarization methods, procedures or reporting formats.
  • Develops web-based solutions for educational and technical content, including topical modules, podcasts, webinars, etc.
  • Foster working relationships with partner agencies including the US EPA, USDA, and tribal environmental protection agencies.
  • Represent NAU by promoting ITEP's purpose and mission with a diversity of audiences including tribal, federal, state, public, and private sector.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years' relevant experience; OR
  • Six years research or field experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training or education.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication including presentations, public relations, and public speaking.
  • Strong problem solving and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of air quality and climate science.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in understanding and applying environmental regulations.
  • Strong working knowledge of federal and state air quality regulations (i.e. Title V, MACT, PSD, NSR, BACT, Mandatory Reporting Rule for Greenhouse Gases, minor source permitting).
  • Skills in collaborating and coordinating with affiliate groups and agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Strong science background.
  • Skill in project management and execution.
  • Skill in technical, grant and report writing.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating data.
  • Interest and commitment to working with diverse populations.
  • Strong attention to detail.
General Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.


$35,418 to $37,418 depending on qualifications and experience.

FLSA Status



This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan) after 90 days of employment. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after your start date. More information is available at:

Application Deadline

January 23, 2013 at midnight.

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