Fulfills leadership roles in environmental compliance facilitation and policy level analysis/representation for the Tribe. Furthers the mission of the Tribe by ensuring knowledgeable representation on issues concerning environmental protection, compliance, monitoring and management activities on lands and on other issues important to the Tribe. Serves as the lead NEPA staff person for the Tribe.
- Serve as the lead staff member concerning environmental and other issues as assigned, working with state and federal agencies, local governments, and private groups. Provide comments or assistance in the development of management plans, compliance issues and various other project plans.Serve on committees, councils, boards, etc. as needed and authorized.
- Work with consulting firms contracted to work on representation issues.
- Maintain Tribal environmental records, files and library.
- Seek funding for representation through grants and other means.Assist with grant writing.
- Provide expertise, advice and reports to the Ceded Lands Manager and occasionally Tribal Council, the Legal Department and other Tribal managers regarding environmental and other issues.
- Lead the interdepartmental NEPA process, serves as the technical advisor and primary author of Environmental Assessments, Categorical Exclusions and Environmental Impact Statements for the Tribe.
- Serve as lead technical advisor for other permitting and regulatory compliance issues.
- Conduct wetland delineations, permitting and mitigation monitoring and produce reports of results.
- Conduct site and compliance monitoring of Army Corps of Engineers permitted Tribal projects.
- Conduct site assessments or investigations as needed. This includes assisting with land acquisition research by identifying potential environmental liabilities in land and business acquisitions.
- Identify existing or potential environmental problems that have potential for creating human health problems or ecological risks to the Grand Ronde Tribes.Research, report and advise on identified problems.
- Formulate and disseminate advisories at supervisor’s request to the Tribal membership for natural resource related health issues.
- Preferred to obtain and maintain Wildland firefighter qualifications and perform these duties when required.
- Occasionally assist in wildlife managing and monitoring projects as assigned.
- Assist other departments as needed.
- Perform a variety of other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Education, Experience, Licenses, Registrations, and Certifications:
- Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Forestry, Environmental Biology or closely related field.Post-baccalaureate degree, master’s degree or professional school equivalent preferred.
- Requires a minimum of three (3) years of directly related experience in environmental policy.
- OR equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Must maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license or obtain one upon hire, qualify for the Tribe’s vehicle insurance, and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance.
- Must have a good understanding of Department of Interior Manuals, Bureau of Indian Affairs Manuals and Handbooks, and basic knowledge and familiarity with other federal environmental regulations and policy.
- Must possess and continually demonstrate very good interpersonal skills. Must have very good verbal communication and writing skills.
- Must possess very good conflict resolution skills and continually demonstrate respectful communication with all parties.
- Must have the ability to research, understand and interpret both scientific data and legal documents.
- Must be able to work with highly flexible multitask work priorities.Requires ability to balance work demands from many sources.
- Ability to professionally represent the interests of the Tribe to governmental or public groups required.
- Must have knowledge and understanding of basic mathematic principles involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with the ability to interpret charts and graphs. Ability to write technical reports and professional correspondence required.
- Ability to use computer programs including Word, Excel and GIS software required.
- Must be able to meet the physical requirements of this position as listed.
- Must be able to use appropriate safety and personal protective equipment and follow established safety policies, practices and procedures
- Must be able to pass a post-employment offer physical examination by a qualified provider.
- Prefer applicant to be able to pass the physical standards, as outlined in BIA Wildland Fire Management Program, to be qualified as at least a type II firefighter.
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American culture required.
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:
- Office work frequently involves sedentary work:exerting up to 10 pounds and/or a negligible amount to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
- Frequently requires the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and occasionally to make fine discrimination in sound.
- Frequently requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas or important instructions accurately, loudly, or quickly.
- Frequently requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm when performing computer related tasks.
- Frequently requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.Occasionally moving about in streams and in the woods requiring balancing on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces.
- Frequently requires ascending or descending steep terrain and over rough, uneven and slippery terrain or paved surfaces with over distances up to five miles. Such activity frequently requires reaching or extending arms for hand-holds to aid in ascent.
- Frequently requires the ability to work under strenuous or adverse conditions for extended periods, while maintaining mental alertness and concentration.
- Office work occasionally involves light work requiring lifting up to 20 pounds
- Field work frequently involves medium to heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds.
- Occasionally requires raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally.
- Occasionally requires stooping which entails the use of the lower extremities and back muscles.Infrequently requires crouching.
- Must be able to swim.
- Prefer applicant to be able to pass the pack test to qualify for arduous firefighting duties.
- The worker is frequently subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions.The worker is frequently subject to varied terrain and extreme weather conditions for periods of more than one hour, which may include rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind, sun, fire, extremely high or low humidity, or a combination of these conditions.
- Frequent work in confined spaces and in remote locations with limited radio or cell phone contact.
- The worker frequently will occasionally conduct work alone.
- The worker is frequently subject to noise, sufficient to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
- Due to the nature of the interactions with other employees and the public we serve, employees may be required to provide documentation of, or receive, certain health vaccinations.
- The worker is frequently subject to fumes, odors, dust, mists, and chemicals.
- The worker is often subject to exposure to animals, such as snakes and insects.
- May be called upon to serve as a Disaster Reservist during Emergencies, or when the Tribal Emergency Operations Center is opened.
- Local travel is occasionally required. Travel outside of the state is occasionally required.
Candidates for this position will be subject to criminal and character background checks and may be subject to fingerprinting.