Class Description/Grade: Professional II, Grade 19
Position/Assignment: Water Quality Program Coordinator, Surface Water Program, Full-time Regular
Department/Division (Program and Duty Station): Natural Resources Department –Water Resources Division; 114 Veterans Drive, Lapwai, Idaho.
Direct Supervisor: Water Resources Division Director
Primary Duties/Essential Tasks:
The Tribal Water Quality Program Coordinator is responsible for implementing projects in the following areas:
• Designs and implements water quality and riparian vegetation monitoring projects, in accordance with standard operating procedures and quality assurance project plans;
• Writes grants, develops multi-year work plans, and manages budgets for multiple projects;
• Supervises field crews, including training, assigning tasks, and evaluating work. Works directly with contractors or field staff to ensure projects are completed as specified and makes decisions on specific project activities. Develops bid solicitations, contracts, and M.O.U. agreements for state, federal, and tribal agencies;
• Reviews and develops comments on Clean Water Act permits (401, 404, NPDES, etc.), total maximum daily loads, environmental impact statements, NEPA documents, and other technical reports or projects;
• Maintains accurate records of work activities, data, and information gathered for program reporting requirements;
• Develops and implements best management practices, including but not limited to: road improvements and/or obliteration, fencing, off-site watering systems, in-stream structures, and riparian plantings;
• Provides environmental education and outreach;
• Prepares written and oral reports on project activities, including analyzing data using statistical software and comparing water quality data to state or federal standards;
• Conducts investigations of water quality related complaints and coordinates with the appropriate departments/ agencies to resolve the issue, if necessary;
• Creates and maintains a database for stream restoration projects; creates spatial data layers and GIS maps of wetland/riparian areas.
• Writes and/or updates standard operating procedures, quality assurance project plans, and other necessary programmatic documents as needed to standardize monitoring and implementation techniques.
• Other duties as assigned.
Specific Job Requirements/Credentials:
• Requires the ability to be self-motivated and to carry out a task with minimal supervision. Must be able to promote a pleasant and respectful work environment.
• Requires basic problem-solving skills, and the use of mathematics involving algebraic solutions of equations and statistical analysis.
• Requires experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.). Experience with GPS, GIS, and advanced statistical programs preferred.
• Supervises and trains technicians, interns, volunteers, and professional I staff. Develops work schedules and quality control documents.
• Requires physical activity, including lifting up to 50 pounds, hiking over various terrain, wading in wetlands and streams. May be exposed to inclement weather and high water conditions.
• Requires B.S. degree in biology, botany, hydrology, environmental science, or a related biological or physical science field (M.S. degree preferred).
• Requires three years of related professional experience, or one year professional experience with Master’s Degree.
• Must have two years of supervisory experience.
Job Summary for Recruitment
The Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division is seeking a Water Quality Program Coordinator to manage and complete deliverables on multiple grants, including tasks such as implementation of stream restoration projects; water quality monitoring and riparian assessment; data collection, analysis, and management; contract creation and supervision of subcontractors; technical report writing; budget management; professional presentations; and grant writing. Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in biology, hydrology, environmental science, or a related biological or physical science field (M.S. preferred). Requires three years related professional experience or one year professional experience with Master’s degree (experience must be at the professional level). Minimum two-year supervisory experience required. A successful candidate will have knowledge and experience with experimental study design, statistical analysis techniques, modeling or habitat restoration techniques, and will have excellent written and oral communication skills.
A complete application package includes:
• 1-2 pg. cover letter demonstrating applicant’s writing ability and elaborating on the candidate’s qualifications and interest in the position.
• Completed Nez Perce Tribe Application (including three-year driving record), resume, and college transcripts.
• Three letters of reference.
Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in biology, hydrology, environmental science, or a related biological or physical science field (M.S. preferred). Requires three years related professional experience or one year professional experience with Master’s degree (experience must be at the professional level). Minimum one-year supervisory experience required.