FT Environmental Director – Salary $73,723.29

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The Environmental Director plans and executes activities related to environmental and natural resource management on land, air and water under the jurisdiction of Elk Valley Rancheria, California a sovereign Native American Tribe. The Environmental Director communicates with outside agencies on issues, actions, or proposals which may affect the Tribe’s natural resources or Tribal environmental goals. Areas of environmental sensitivity include raw water, waste water, drinking water, air quality, flora, fauna, land use, timber resources, and fire management. The Environmental Director will plan, implement, monitor, evaluate, redefine and rewrite the Tribal Environmental Programs, activities and services as necessary and appropriate within Tribal guidance documents (i.e., Tribal Environmental Plans, Solid Waste Management Plan, Quality Assurance Program Plans, Fiscal and Procurement Policies Plan). The Environmental Director will work effectively to develop Tribal environmental and natural resource inventories and maintain databases that are responsive to the Tribe’s environmental needs. The Environmental Director will supervise the Environmental Specialist. These duties may also include the delivery of innovative Tribal programs and services including those related to IHS, OSHA, and EPA programs.


Coordinates and implements the Tribe’s USEPA General Assistance Program grant, USEPA Clean Water Act 106 grant, and the USEPA NPS 319 Non Point Source Pollution Grant and the USEPA 128(a) Tribal Response Program
Identifies, facilitates and develops processes that enable the Tribe to determine its environmental needs and goals.
Supports and helps facilitate financial, technical and professional assistance from available outside resources such as BIA, EPA, USDA, USFWS, NPS, USFS, and other Local, State and Federal Agencies as necessary and appropriate under the direction of the Director of Grants.
Responds when directed to inquiries and prepares informational literature on Tribal Environmental Programs, ordinances, and regulations. Provides education and outreach materials to representatives of Tribe, Tribal Administration, and Natural Resources Committee.
Examines permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
Conducts studies on hazardous waste management projects and provide information on treatment and containment of hazardous waste.
Develops and coordinates Tribal Environmental Programs in the areas of Water Quality Monitoring, Air Quality Monitoring, Land Management, Forest Management, Wildlife Management, Waste Management and Watershed Stewardship in coordination with the Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Services and the Tribe’s Natural Resources Committee.
Designs, implements, and assists with the development and maintenance of a hazardous communications program to protect the employees, tribal members and tribal properties.
Audits facilities to determine corrective action for treatment, storage, and/or disposal of hazardous waste.
Assesses available hazardous waste treatment and disposal alternatives, including costs involved to compare economic impact of alternative methods.
Answers inquiries and prepares informational literature to provide technical assistance to representatives of, government agencies, Tribal Council, Tribal departments and the Tribal community.
Investigates complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticide misuse and other reported environmental issues that occur on Tribal properties and lands adjacent to Tribal property. Provides technical assistance in event of hazardous chemical spill, and identifies pollutant, determines hazardous impact, and recommends corrective action.
Maintains working knowledge of new technologies developed by the environmental industry to meet Tribal Environmental Program goals.
Collects soil, silt, mud, or sediment samples to determine chemical composition and nature of pollutants.
Prepares samples for testing, records data, prepares summaries and charts for review, and develops a report detailing activities performed and results received. Information will be summarized and tracked in a data base.
Trains employees on safety and health requirements to ensure compliance with EPA and OSHA regulations. Enforces use of safety equipment.
Evaluates current and proposed industry codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines to determine the impact on current and future programs and activities.
Develops and monitors emergency action plans.
Identifies potential environmental hazards for accidents and recommends changes in policies and procedures to prevent accidents and illnesses.
Oversees environmental grant management, and implementation of grants.
Participates as necessary and appropriate in the development of inter-departmental, legal and enforcement infrastructure as they relate to Tribal Environmental Programs and goals.
Works with the Director of Grants to develop Tribal capacity to perform inventories, reviews and inspections to ensure compliance with Tribal or federal environmental policies and best management practices.
Monitors and implements activities that develop Tribal technical skills for environmental management such as monitoring, analysis, baseline assessment, data management and database creation, quality assurance, and best management practice.
Develops Tribal capacity and procedures for managing and accounting for program funds.
Develops communications with Tribal departments and entities on environmental programs, procedures and practices.
Works as staff liaison to elected or appointed Tribal committees, and at the discretion of the Director, participate on outside boards, commissions, committees or workgroups that support the Tribal environmental goals as outlined in the GAP Work Plan.
Develops and administers budget(s) for Tribal Environmental Programs and grants in coordination with the Director of Grants.
Develops project contract documents, request for proposals, and relevant portions of Funding Applications in cooperation and coordination with the Tribal Attorney.
Coordinates the Tribe’s recycling program.
Develops and maintains material safety data sheets for chemicals on Tribal properties.
Creates and manages the Tribal Geospatial Information Systems database through the collection and inventory of Tribal properties, infrastructure and resources.
Compiles geographic data from a variety of sources including censuses, field observation, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps.
Creates GIS maps utilizing GIS software and related equipment.
Analyzes spatial data for information to incorporate into documents and reports.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information.

Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time.

Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition.

Communication – Must have exceptional people skills. Able to communicate effectively with any customer and employees at all levels.

Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations

Delegation-Must be able to direct supervisory and front line staff in the course of their duties and delegate duties to specific individuals to ensure company standards are maintained at the highest levels in accordance with company policies and procedures.

Ethics – Treat people with respect; inspire the trust of others; work with integrity and ethically; uphold organizational values.

Interpersonal Skills - Maintains high level of confidentiality.

Managing People - Provides regular performance feedback.

Motivation - Must be self-motivating and able to motivate employees at all levels to achieve the company’s long and short term goals.

Oral Communication-Listen and get clarification; Respond well to questions.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.

Professionalism - Follows through on commitments.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Teamwork – Contribute to building a positive team spirit; Support everyone’s effort to succeed.

Technical Skills - In depth knowledge and skill and ability to shares expertise with others.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively.


Directly manages employees in the Grants Department. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, recommend for hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Bachelors degree in approved related field/s from college or technical school; and five (5) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. General knowledge of Tolowa or Yurok social and cultural values as may be applicable to fulfilling Tribal Environmental Goals and experience working in a tribal government preferred.


Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and summarize business periodicals, professional journals; write technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and relay business media released to the public.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as discounts, interest, fractions, ratios, commissions, proportions, and percentages. Review and/or audit internal documents to ensure accuracy of purchases, revenue, and errors of transaction. Create and propose gain/loss reports, monetary policies, and maintain accurate budgetary items.


Ability to solve complex problems and deal with a variety of uncertain variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret, communicate, and delegate instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to quickly evaluate alternatives and suggest a plan of action as necessary. Must understand and navigate company goals and visions in all decisions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual should have extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Access, internet, Microsoft Outlook e-mail, Auto CAD; GPS/GIS. Must type a minimum of 35 words per minute.


Must have a valid drivers license.

The following trainings will be offered post-employment and are required within the training schedule timeframe: sexual harassment prevention supervisory, sexual harassment prevention, prevention and managing computer related injuries, PPE, driving safety, safety orientation, incident investigation, workplace violence, back safety, drug and alcohol abuse for managers, hazard communication, cyber security, bloodborne pathogens, office safety and office ergonomics.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; and limited exposure to cleaning chemicals.

Must be able to work under stressful situations. Drug and Alcohol free workplace.

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