The Water Quality Technician performs water quality field monitoring and sampling from rivers, lakes, estuaries, harbors, and beaches. The technician assists the Water Quality Specialist in conducting weekly and bi-weekly analyses for the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) program, Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB) program, Marine Biotoxins program, Clean Water Act 106 and 319 grants, and related water quality projects important to the Tribe. Duties include collecting and transporting water samples, collecting data and analyzing results, organizing and reviewing datasets, submitting data to federal and local collaborators (NWIFC, EPA, ORHAB, NOAA, WA-DOH, etc.), and submitting yearly program reports and grant applications. The desired applicant will possess the ability to work independently and with others to perform technical work in the field, office, and laboratory.
Work under the direction of the Water Quality Specialist to implement the Makah Monitoring Program and its following components: Sampling and Analysis Plan, Quality Assurance Project Plan, Data Management Plan, Reporting and Notification Plan and Training Plan.
Conduct water quality monitoring activities accurately, timely and in accordance with the program’s Quality Assurance Project Plan.
Calibrate water quality equipment; record results, report and problem solve equipment malfunctions.
Collect, certify, and deliver water samples from local beaches, and submit field data to Washington State database.
Skillfully collect undamaged shellfish tissue samples.
Review lab test results and determine if re-sampling is necessary.
Collaborate with local, county, and state agencies to determine if a beach notification or closure is necessary.
Investigate possible sources of pollution and work with Environmental staff to take remedial actions.
Manage local BEACH Access-based databases which contain water samples results, field, data and closure/notification data.
Format and submit Monitoring and Notification database reports in to XML documents for online submission to WQX, PRAWN, and BEACON databases.
Assist the Water Quality Specialist in coordinating conference calls with various Federal, State, contracting, and non-profit organizations. Take accurate notes for future reference and contribute to discussion at hand.
Assist with reviewing, editing, and submitting grant proposals.
Complete annual Beach Pollution Sources Surveys on a yearly basis for the Makah beaches.
Update the Makah Water Quality website, making sampling data available to Public.
Develop and distribute public communication materials regarding water quality issues and closures.
Knowledge of local marine/fresh water aquatic ecosystems and/or a strong desire and ability to learn is required. A minimum of six months to one year of water quality and/or field data collection experience preferred. Must have significant experience with field work equipment and vehicles such as ATVs, canoes, and motorboats. Must have excellent computer skills. Must be dependable and teamwork oriented. Knowledge of tribal matters a plus, but not required. High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) with at least two years of college level pre-requisite classes, including language, math, and science courses is required. Must have a valid driver’s license. For more details and to download the position description visit https://makah.com/makah-tribal-info/employment/