Environmental Specialist (Water Quality)
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community - Scottsdale, AZ

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Definition: Under general supervision of the Environmental Programs Supervisor, conducts a variety of research, analysis, and evaluation tasks associated with water quality and quantity, development, and regulations. Assists the Senior Environmental Specialist (Water Quality) and Environmental Engineer (Water Quality) with conducting fieldwork, analyzing data and writing reports individually or with other members of the Division. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Examples of Tasks:
Distinguishing Features: The Environmental Specialist (Water Quality) is distinguished from the Environmental Specialist (Air Quality) by education and work experience relating to water resources and water pollution control programs. This includes knowledge of federally-mandated EPA legislation under the Clean Water Act (CWA), including water quality monitoring and non-point source pollution prevention activities.

Essential Functions: Essential functions may vary among positions and may include the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, skills, and other characteristics. This list of tasks ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.

1. Water Quality Program : Monitors the Community’s water resources and inspects water quality for compliance with the Community’s environmental ordinances.
  • Works with other jurisdictions to determine contaminant sources in ground and surface water.
  • May be required to interact with Public Works Department regarding Community drinking water issues and Engineering and Construction Services Department concerning irrigation water matters.
  • Performs special projects relating to water quality and natural resources as assigned.
2. Field Work: Conducts environmental water quality field work, writes reports and makes management recommendations.
  • Reviews and comments on environmental documents submitted by other agencies.
  • Conducts inspections on locations or practices that may affect water quality, such as trespass, permits, leases, rights of way, construction, equipment storage and illegal dumping.
  • Utilizes GPS/GIS equipment and software to integrate spatial information with water quality and assessment information.
3. Support Resources : Manages consultant contracts for water quality studies, wetland and riparian management and restoration, biological and environmental surveys, as well as the preparation of documents pertaining to general environmental issues.

4. Program Compliance : Coordinates and shares information with various agencies regarding compliance with, and changes in, federal and state codes and statutes, sample collection techniques, and other related matters.
  • Agencies include, but are not limited to, the following: Arizona Department of Water Resources, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Salt River Project, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), EPA Region IX, and the Gila River and Fort McDowell Indian Communities.
5. Program Outreach : Works with division administration and Public Relations personnel in providing accurate information regarding water quality to the Community and the general public as needed.

6. Water Quality Ordinances : Drafts environmental ordinances on water quality and water resources issues.
  • Assists with writing environmental clearance documents according to BIA and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) standards.
7. Miscellaneous: Performs other job related job duties as assigned by the Environmental Programs Supervisor, Environmental Protection & Natural Resources Manager or CDD Director.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of the history, culture, laws, ordinances, customs and traditions of the SRPMIC.
  • Knowledge of water quality and use in Arizona.
  • Knowledge of surface water sampling techniques and riparian ecology.
  • Knowledge of hydrology surveys and concepts, principles, theories and practices of groundwater measurement and inspection.
  • Knowledge of the analytical procedures and ordinances pertaining to testing drinking water.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and statutes regarding water rights and water usage.
  • Knowledge of the purpose, current issues, projects, organization, policies and employee responsibilities of the Division and Department.
  • Knowledge of water quality research and analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of EPA mandated water quality related legislation and the CWA provisions.
  • Skill in using a computer, job-related software programs, including Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Skill analyzing and evaluating information accurately and providing verbal and written reports and recommendations.
  • Skill with water sample collection techniques and analyses.
  • Skill utilizing and applying GPS and GIS equipment and software.
  • Skill coordinating consultant service contracts.
  • Skill drafting environmental related ordinances, practices and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with all levels of the department, Community, state and federal agencies.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information accurately and express ideas clearly.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines without close supervision.
  • Ability to calibrate, maintain and deploy water quality monitoring equipment.
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Education & Experience : A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science a closely related field, OR: 2 years work as an Environmental Technician, OR: An Associate Degree with environmental course work and experience equivalent to 2 years of full-time environmental or water quality/resource work, OR: 5 years of work experience in a related aspect of environmental or water quality/resource work supplemented with environmental course work.
  • Equivalency: Equivalent combinations of education and experience that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered.
  • Insurability: Must possess and maintain a valid Arizona Driver’s License and be able to meet the SRPMIC insurance carrier requirements.
Special Requirements:
  • Special Requirements: May be required to stand or walk for extended periods, be exposed to severe weather conditions including heat and cold as well as lift and carry special (heavy) equipment or other objects. May also be exposed to solid waste and hazardous materials or chemicals. May be required to work beyond normal work hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing. “SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer” Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate. In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods: 1) attach to application 2) fax (480-362-5860) 3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources. Documentation must be received by position closing date.
The IHS/BIA CIB form is not accepted.
Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.

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