Aquatic Scientist

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Gila River Indian Community
Sacaton, AZ, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Full Job Description

The Aquatic Scientist is responsible for coordinating, establishing, and implementing water quality related projects with emphasis on water quality standards and 401 certifications, wastewater reuse standards, special nonpoint source projects, riparian and wetland assessments, water quality permitting, and community outreach; independently performs professional level water quality analysis and evaluations; makes recommendations regarding regulations, enforcement, and related pollution control activities; and functions as a high-level individual contributor and lead worker on highly visible, sensitive, and technically complex projects.


  • Implement, coordinate, and revise GRIC surface water quality standards (i.e., numeric criteria evaluations, 401 certifications, compliance issues, 305{b} reports).
  • Establish and coordinate tribal wastewater reuse standards.
  • Serve as technical advisor to the Program Manager on water quality related activities; review and develop technical documents.
  • Conduct biological, ecological, and aquatic research, studies, and sampling within wetland, riparian, and surface water environments.
  • Develop water quality permitting structures necessary to achieve compliance with Tribal ordinances and regulations, and Federal Law.
  • Responsible for riparian and wetland protection, enhancement, and restoration projects.
  • Assist department staff on implementing nonpoint-source related projects.
  • Research, review, and comment on plans, specifications, designs, reports, studies, policies, and procedures relating to water quality management and compliance.
  • Develop presentation material for understanding of GRIC’s water quality project goals, findings, and conclusions; make presentations at meetings (i.e., public, district, Tribal committee, Tribal Council, and other participating groups/individuals).
  • Develop general water quality related educational and outreach activities.
  • Develop grant proposals related to water quality and environmental projects.
  • Propose and prepare environmental regulations including codes, ordinances, resolutions, and guidance documents related to water quality.
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships and technical coordination of water quality projects with regulated community, tribal members, GRIC departments and sections, consultants, contractors, and other federal and state agencies.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of principles and practices of project management and environmental science as related to water quality management.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices in analyzing problems and identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences, implementing recommendations, independently planning, analyzing, and organizing data, making decisions, and conducting research.
  • Knowledge of computer software, especially spreadsheets, databases, and word processors; understanding of GIS systems and remote sensing techniques a plus.
  • Knowledge of instruments/equipment used in collecting environmental data/samples.
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal water quality control laws, regulations, and requirements (emphasis on EPA Clean Water Act).
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal policies, laws and regulations regarding water quality management and compliance.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to analyze problems, gather and analyze data, identify alternative solutions and project consequences, and implement recommendations in support of goals and objectives.
  • Ability to coordinate and conduct public information programs and respond to inquiries and requests.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, Community Officials and the general public.
  • Ability to perform all physical requirements of the position; agree to maintain a Drug-free workplace.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in biology, water science, biochemistry, environmental science, environmental engineering, watershed management, chemistry, or a closely related field and a minimum of four (4) years responsible professional experience in environmental and water quality projects .

Required to obtain a Tribal Operator’s permit. Valid state driver’s license with a current proof of driving record for the past 39 months will be required to qualify for a tribal driving permit . Proof of driving record must be submitted with application and must not be more than 60 days old from the date of submission of the application.

Non-Supervisory, Salaried Position
Reports to Director or designee

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $62,549.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • environmental and water quality project: 4 years (Preferred)


  • Driver's License (Preferred)

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply

Work Remotely:

  • No