Water Quality Specialist

Mescalero Apache Tribe

New Mexico, United States 🇺🇸

Job Summary
Implements a comprehensive surface water quality monitoring program according to established Tribal goals and objectives and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, ordinances and regulatory agencies. Monitors watershed conditions, assessing potential nonpoint sources of pollution and designing/implementing restoration projects.

The Mescalero Apache Reservation is located within the Sacramento Mountains of south-central New Mexico, which are part of the “sky islands” that rise out of the Chihuahuan desert. We are facing the challenges of climate change and severe drought that are characteristic of the southwestern region, and will be developing Drought Management and Water Conservation Plans to address these needs for adaptation. The Tribe has an active forest/watershed management program, and would like to explore targeted treatments to enhance groundwater recharge and forest resiliency, while maintaining the cultural values of our natural resources. The Tribe has Program Authorization under Sections 106 and 319 of the Clean Water Act.
This position description may not include all of the listed duties, nor do all of the listed examples include all tasks which may be found or assigned to this position.

Duties and Responsibilities
 Implements the Surface Water Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) through data collection and compilation; gathers information to include chemical and physical characteristics as well as relevant plant, wildlife and habitat information.
 Supervises data collection and monitoring of water quality on surface waters.
 Maintains water quality information in the USEPA Water Quality Exchange database.
 Performs data collection methods to include sampling physical and chemical parameters of waters, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, physical/geomorphologic measurements of streams and/or delineations of wetlands.
 Evaluates data to determine integrity of water bodies and need/extent for future watershed restoration projects to improve water quality.
 Assists in the development of a comprehensive watershed assessment for maintaining, improving and/or developing the water resources for the Tribe.
 Collaborates with other disciplines to further develop and implement water resource projects to include restoring spring and surface water yield and quality, increasing water availability to wildlife and livestock, and in conjunction with recreational uses.

 Inspects springs, streams, man-made lakes, manhole covers, wastewater treatment facilities, and
potential point/nonpoint sources of pollution that can affect source water quality and/or watershed
 Performs site/water investigations and fish monitoring as needed/requested.
 Provides technical assistance to DRMP program staff, other departments/agencies, committees, groups
and community members on programs and projects.
 Keeps leadership and other departments informed of status of activities by attending meetings and
presenting/submitting reports.
 Researches and compiles all information, prepares scope of work for grant proposals, follows proposals
through to grant award and project implementation. May actually prepare and submit the grant
proposals for funding consideration if experienced in grant writing.
 Prepares information, trainings and education programs regarding the program to include promotional
materials, newsletters, and educational special events; stays abreast of new and emerging technologies.
 Develops and maintains calendar of events.
 Prepares and submits reports to funding agencies in order to meet funding requirements.
 Prepares or assists with the preparation of scheduled and/or ad hoc statistical and narrative reports;
performs basic information gathering and analysis and/or forecasting, as specifically directed.
 Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
 Bachelor’s Degree in Hydrology, Environmental Science, or closely related Natural Resources or
Engineering field.
 One year work experience in water quality monitoring and analysis.
 Excellent computer skills.
 Must have a valid NM Driver’s License.
 Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.
Tribal preference and Native American Indian preference shall apply to all positions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
 Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
 Knowledge of the principles of water resources management.
 Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows
 Skill in statistical compilation and analysis.
 Skill in use and application of Geographic Information Systems(GIS) software in monitoring and planning.
 Ability to carry out instructions furnished in verbal or written format.
 Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
 Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
 Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural
backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
 Ability to accomplish tasks within strict deadlines.
 Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding Tribal water resources.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to
finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel,

crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to climb or balance; and smell. The
employee must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:
Work performed is approximately 65% outdoors and 35% indoors. Exposure to natural weather conditions,
including water, various dusts and pollen is to be expected while performing outdoor duties. Deep lake sampling
will involve the use of a small motorized boat. Standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable
ground. Situations where work/wading boots, safety goggles, gloves, protective face shields, hardhats or other
applicable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are needed may occur. Exposure to chemicals, hazardous
materials, slippery floors, and noise may occur while performing duties.

Please submit a Letter of Interest and Application for Employment to Myra LaPaz at the Mescalero Apache Tribe,
Human Resources Department, 575-464-9271 or [email protected] The Application for
Employment is available on the Tribal website, www.mescaleroapachetribe.com. Click on the Careers tab and scroll
down to How to Apply, Print Application.