Environment Director

Pueblo of Sandia
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Position Summary

Responsible for the management of all environmental issues that effect the Pueblo of Sandia tribal lands, including surface and ground water quality issues, riparian (Bosque) restoration, water resource protection, air quality and solid waste management. Works closely with lands, health, economic development and education departments regarding environmental and environmental-health related matters. Also works closely with Federal agencies and legal counsel on environmental laws and initiatives that effect the Pueblo of Sandia natural resources. Manages department budget, multiple department grants, grant reporting, grant tracking and budgeting. Will be responsible for all environmental issues, including off reservation issues that might impact the health and environment of the Pueblo of Sandia.  Responsible for developing environmental, natural resource, and national historic preservation policies and procedures. Responsible for educating the tribal community about environmental initiatives such as pollution prevention, illegal dumping, recycling, water quality, and water resource matters. Will be responsible for developing long term environmental strategic plan  with a water resources strategy

Supervision Exercised

Supervised by the Tribal Governor.

Supervises staff engaged in day-to-day involvement with all environmental issues including Water Resource Manager, Water Quality Manager, Bosque Project Manager, Waste Transfer Station Attendant, Biological Tech and Administrative Coordinator.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate the activities of Tribal environmental staff with various Tribal Departments, Tribal Council, state and federal agencies.
  2. Write grant applications, scopes of work, quarterly reports and submit to funding agencies.
  3. Track all purchases and expenditures for individual grants within the environmental program.
  4. Implement all goals and objectives of existing grants and seek additional grants funding to support program objectives.
  5. Through interaction with multiple departments, Tribal Council and federal agencies, monitor and manage environmental activities including leases and tribal trust lands.
  6. Develop and implement departmental goals and objectives, enforce organizational policies and procedures and endure compliance with directives.
  7. Develop long term environmental strategic plan with water resources strategy for presentation to Tribal Council.
  8. Initiate, prepare and present environmental reports to the Tribal Council, committees, federal agencies, organizations and other entities as necessary.
  9. Oversee and manage the coordination of the delivery of services between EPA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of Interior (BIA, Bureau of Reclamation), US Geological Survey, Indian Health Service, US Corp of Engineers, US Department of Agriculture, MRGCD, and other agencies as necessary.
  10. Monitor activities of federal agencies to insure they are meeting their tribal trust responsibility.
  11. Plan, formulate and administer a department budget.
  12. Identify training needs of Environment Department staff and work through the Training Department to achieve objectives.
  13. May serve on, and/or give reports to boards, commissions, and/or committees where expertise and responsibility require participation.
  14. Plan and develop community Earth Day activities, and educational outreach to tribal community.
  15. Perform additional duties and responsibilities as necessary or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Ability to track and interpret legislation and give recommendations to tribal leaders.
  2. Ability to give broad direction to staff over areas of responsibility.
  3. Ability to interview and staff departmental positions.
  4. Ability to set priorities and monitor compliance with departmental activities.
  5. Ability to develop and follow department budget.
  6. Ability to track and monitor grant funds.
  7. Ability to prepare written reports on multiple grants in a timely fashion.
  8. Ability to meet goals and objectives of grant applications.
  9. Ability to write grant applications to support environmental activities.
  10. Ability to prepare and give oral and written presentations.
  11. Ability to represent diverse viewpoints.
  12. Knowledge of federal, state, and tribal concepts, principles, laws, regulations and practices in environmental issues.


Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience


  1. High School Diploma, GED certification or equivalent
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in  Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Hydrology, Natural Resources or a related field of study and five (5) years’ experience in a position involving one or more of the following areas:
    • natural resources management
    • riparian restoration
    • air quality
    • water quality or water resources management
    • water rights protection and preservation
    • strategic planning
    • legislative review and tracking
    • solid waste management,
    • environmental regulatory compliance.

Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling nine (9) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

  1. Experience to include two (2) years of supervisory experience and one (1) year of field and administrative experience.  
  2. Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted New Mexico Driver’s License

Licensing Status

  1. Must be able to successfully pass a stringent background investigation.
  2. Will require a post-offer, pre-employment and random drug screening.

Working Conditions

  1. Work is performed indoors and outdoors. Outside work is subject to temperature extremes and inclement weather conditions.
  2. Work hours subject to change with overtime work required.
  3. Subject to hazards which may cause personal bodily harm; smoke; diseases; cuts bruises, burns, common cold, influenza, dust, odors and elevated noise levels.
  4. Tasks may be performed on uneven, inclined, hard and soft carpeted floors, cement structures and surfaces.
  5. Duties may involve walking, standing for long periods of time, sitting and crouching.
  6. Specific required movements include the following:
    • Trunk- bend, twist, rotate, push, pull, carry.
    • Arms – reach, carry, lift, twist, and rotate.
    • Legs – lift, push, pull, twist, and rotate.
    • Hands – Grasp, manipulate bilateral coordination, hand and eye coordination, and overall and finger dexterity