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THE TIMBISHA SHOSHONE TRIBE

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Timbisha Shoshone Tribe

Position:                    WATER QUALITY SPECIALIST

Job Location:             Death Valley Tribal Office - Furnace Creek, CA

Supervised By:          Environmental Director

Wage:                         $15.00 - $18.00 per hour

                                    PART-TIME (20hrs per week to start) to FULL-TIME

Deadline to Apply:   October 26, 2015 by 5:00pm

Description:

The Water Quality Specialist is responsible for protecting the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe’s surface and groundwater resources through water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, and educational outreach activities.  This position is funded through Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 106 Section 319 grants for addressing water pollution issues on tribal land.  It is the responsibility of the Water Quality Specialist to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in meeting approved goals and tasks under CWA S-106 and S-319.  The Specialist will perform all water quality monitoring and reporting activities in coordination with the approved Quality Assurance Project Plan for “Monitoring Surface and Ground Water on the Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Homelands”. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

Under CWA S-106 (Water Pollution Control) the Water Quality Specialist will:

  • Become familiar with provisions of the Clean Water Act (Section 106) through online training and EPA workshops.
  • Collect and evaluate chemical, biological, and physical water quality parameters for 6 groundwater sites on Timbisha Shoshone Trust Lands.
  • Collect and evaluate surface water quality parameters with water quality monitoring equipment (i.e. field probe).
  • Contribute to the Tribe’s environmental website to help educate the community about water quality issues and monitoring activities. 
  • Update additional data regarding the watershed that includes water sampling sites and possible sources of pollution.  Show how these sources might be impacting water quality.
  • Prepare monthly articles for the Tribe’s environmental newsletter.
  • Seek out additional funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals with the assistance of the Environmental Director and EPA consultant. 
  • Attend meetings of federal and state governmental agencies (e.g. National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management), tribal governments, and other stakeholders involved in projects affecting tribal water quality.
  • Hold quarterly tribal outreach meetings with other environmental programs to help educate the community on water quality issues and monitoring activities.
  • Attend conferences, workshops, and trainings to increase skills and knowledge regarding watersheds, source water protection, water quality parameters, water quality monitoring, water quality assessment, and water quality reporting.
  • Become familiar with use of water quality testing equipment and standard operating procedures.
  • Purchase equipment and supplies for water quality monitoring activities. 
  • Track and report CWA S-106 grant program expenditures.
  • Prepare quarterly progress reports and submit to EPA.
  • Submit water quality data to EPA in WQX-compatible format. 
  • Develop and submit annual water quality assessment reports to EPA.

Under CWA S-319 (Non-Point-Source Water Pollution Control) the Water Quality Specialist will:

  • Become familiar with provisions of the Clean Water Act (Section 319) through online training and EPA workshops.
  • Review (and if necessary, update) the Non-Point-Source Pollution (NPS) Assessment Report and Management Plan.
  • Organize a meeting with tribal elders and Tribal Council to discuss the NPS Report and Management Plan, reaffirm priorities, and incorporate new comments and information.
  • Organize a Tribal Water Committee that is knowledgeable about the history of tribal water issues and is interested in assisting with water projects.
  • Design a plan for aquatic habitat restoration on the Furnace Creek Parcel that involves:  1) invasive species removal, and 2) native plant restoration and bank stabilization.
  • Seek out additional CWA S-319 funding.  
  • Contribute to Tribe’s environmental website to help educate the community about the non-point-source pollution prevention program.
  • Hold quarterly tribal outreach meetings with other environmental programs to help educate the community on non-point-source pollution issues and prevention.
  • Attend conferences, workshops, and trainings to increase skills and knowledge regarding watersheds, non-point-source pollution, and pollution prevention.
  • Prepare monthly articles for Tribe’s environmental newsletter.
  • Track and report CWA S-319 grant expenditures.
  • Prepare quarterly progress reports and submit to EPA.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Environmental Director will supervise the Water Quality Specialist’s performance in fulfilling CWA grant terms and conditions. 

PHYSICAL EFFORTS & ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:  The Specialist will be asked to perform field work in all types of weather conditions.  The Specialist should be in good health, able to walk long distances, and take water samples in wetland environments. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:  Candidates for Water Quality Specialist must have a high school diploma or GED, although higher education is preferred.  The Specialist must possess a valid drivers’ license, excellent driving record, and have access to dependable transportation.  Computer skills for writing reports and newsletter articles, and creating water quality data spreadsheets, are required.  The preferred candidate will have knowledge of the Timbisha Homeland boundaries and water sources.  Sensitivity to tribal cultural issues is required (such as preservation of basketry willows, native plants, and ceremonial water purity). 

Once hired, the Specialist must become familiar with EPA water quality regulations and standards.  The Specialist should have the ability to think logically and creatively about implementing projects from start to finish, including predicting possible obstacles and troubleshooting their solutions.

           

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  The Specialist will be asked to participate in relevant workshops and trainings to develop his/her capacity to address tribal water quality issues, which includes the development tribal water quality standards and analysis of water quality monitoring data.  The Specialist should be passionate about protecting and improving the environment, including water, earth, air, plants, and animals, and improving the quality of life for the tribal community.

The duration of this position is dependent on current and future funding availability. Funding is currently available through September 30, 2016. 

 

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Native American Indian preference shall apply to this position pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (24 U.S.C. 450, et seq.), 25 CFR 271.44 and other relevant laws (title 25, U.S. code, Section 472 & 473).


TIMBISHA SHOSHONE TRIBE

 

Position:  Temporary ENVIRONMENTAL LABORER (3)

 Job Location: Death Valley Tribal Office–Furnace Creek, CA

 Supervised By:  Environmental Director

Wage:  $12.00 per hour, hours varying each week

 Applications Due By: October 19, 2015

 

DESCRIPTION:  The goal of the part time temporary Environmental Laborer is to assist in clean-up of the open dump sites and assist with streambank restoration.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe’s Environmental Director, the successful candidates will assist in cleaning up the Death Valley open dumpsite and streambank restoration. Major responsibilities will include: lifting solid waste from dump sites into 30 yard solid waste bins; separating out recyclables from solid waste; assisting with the removal of large waste items from homes; various other clean-up tasks; removing invasive species and planting new native species along streambank; and assisting with water-maintenance plan.

 

WORK SCHEDULE: The successful candidates will be responsible for getting themselves to the designated work sites during the work week. The laborers are expected to work a 40-hr workweek for approximately 2 weeks, but this schedule may be modified due to weather, amount of work, or other unforeseen circumstances.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Environmental Director will supervise the laborers performance in fulfilling the specified job duties.  

PHYSICAL EFFORTS & ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: This position requires extensive field work in all types of weather conditions. This position requires bending, lifting, carrying, and other physical labor for extended periods of time. Laborers are expected to be able to be on their feet for multiple hours at a time, as well as hiking/climbing up small sized hills. Personal protective equipment will be provided (such as; safety goggles, masks, and gloves). However, laborers will need to provide/wear their own heavy duty work boots (preferably steel-toed).  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS: Candidates for the part time temporary Environmental Laborer position must have reliable transportation. Laborers must have the ability to perform manual labor in rough terrain, lift heavy loads (up to 40lbs), and work for extended periods of time in various weather conditions.

 

INDIAN PREFERENCENative American Indian preference shall apply to this position pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (24 U.S.C. 450, et seq.), 25 CFR 271.44 and other relevant laws (title 25, U.S. code, Section 472 & 473).


 

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 You can also visit the Tribal Office for employment applications.

621West Line St #109 Bishop, CA, 93514

 Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, P.O. Box 1779, Bishop, CA 93515

Ph (760) 872-3614 / Fax (760) 872-3670

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