Senior Water Quality Specialist (319 Coordinator)

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Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Ignacio, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Full Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Under direct supervision of the Environmental Programs Manager, provides assistance with the development and administration of the non-point source areas of the Water Quality Programs for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. This position is grant funded. Continued employment is contingent upon renewed funding from the US EPA 319 grant, or other grant funds.


1. Prepares USEPA grant work plans and grants to fund the Senior Water Quality Specialist-§319 Coordinator position and funds for project implementation.

2. Prepares required documents and reports as necessary by the Tribe and EPA for continued Grant compliance. This includes work plans, quarterly and annual progress reports with an emphasis on environmental outcomes related to Non-Point Source Program activities.

3. Develops project budgets and tracks expenditures throughout the year to assure compliance with EPA budget submittals.

4. Reviews and determines appropriate programs under the Clean Water Act Non-Point Source Program applicable to the Southern Ute Reservation.

5. Reviews and inspects Best Management Practices (BMPs) equipment and installation of §319 Cost-Share Projects activities.

6. Manages the implementation of stream restoration activities on the reservation. This will include design, monitoring, USACE 404 permitting, and contracting with excavation companies, etc. for project completion.

7. Completes monitoring of all restoration and cost share projects for specific parameters related to stream health to document the impact of the restoration on reducing nonpoint source pollution.

8. Identifies areas of noxious weed infestation within project areas and works with other Tribal entities to develop integrated management plans for weed control and perform weed control activities with the assistance of other Tribal entities.

9. Strategically identify and develop restoration plans for Tribal waters that are not meeting current water quality standards or uses.

10. Reviews and makes recommended revisions to Tribal NPS Assessment Report and management plan as required by EPA.

11. Collects Global Positioning Systems (GPS) data of all restoration projects and creates maps to be included with progress reports, grants, presentations, etc.

12. Supervises the WQP Water Quality Program Technician when assisting the Senior Water Quality Specialist-§319 Coordinator in field activities.

13. Serves as liaison with the Environmental Protection Agency on Non-Point Source on Water Quality the Reservation.

14. Works with the NRCS and other partners in order to acquire additional program funds and technical assistance for BMP implementation.

15. Organizes workshops and education programs on environmental topics, to include non-point source water pollution and Best Management Practices (BMP).

16. Assists Program Manager with personnel management to include recruitment, orientation, and training schedules.

17. Provides technical assistance to other Tribal Divisions regarding Non-Point Source issues.

18. Serves as a Tribal representative on Non-Point Source workgroups, committees and other external groups.

19. Maintains current knowledge of the water quality regulations and associated topics via professional publications, membership, and training opportunities.

20. Attends staff meetings and training as required or requested.

21. Participates in a positive, supportive, and team-oriented environment.

22. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Must have a BA/BS in a Water Quality; Watershed Science; Stream Restoration; Soil and Water Conservation or related Physical/Biological Science.

Must have 6 months of applied experience with water quality non-point source or restoration activities OR 2 years of general experience in a technical scientific related position.

Must have general knowledge of non-point sources of pollution and agricultural land management practices.

Must have experience in designing and implementing best management practices for stream restoration and/or agricultural improvements for the benefit of instream water quality.

Must have general knowledge of Federal and State environmental water quality laws.

Must have computer experience in software programs including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Must be able to travel at least 4 to 6 times per year for training and meetings.

Must have a valid Driver’s License for state of residency and be insurable under the Tribal Vehicle Insurance Policy.

Must pass a thorough background check including Criminal History, fingerprint check, and pre-employment drug test.


Native American Preference; all applicants welcome to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $23.51 - $27.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
New employees are tested for COVID before starting work. Employees take their temperature, wear a mask, and socially distance (as able) when working in Tribal Buildings.


  • water quality non-point source or stream restoration: 1 year (Preferred)
  • technical & scientific: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19