Job Title: Environmental Specialist
Supervisor: Scott Hauser, Executive Director
Location: Boise, Idaho
Start Date: October 2023
Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation:
USRT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The USRT Foundation is composed of four Indian tribes of the Upper Snake River region in Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon: Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation. The primary goal of the USRT Foundation Charter is to facilitate tribal unity to protect and nurture all compacting tribes’ rights, languages, cultures, and traditions in addressing issues related to the Snake River Basin. The four tribes have common vested interests to protect rights reserved through the United States Constitution, federal treaties, federal unratified treaties, executive orders, inherent rights, and aboriginal title to the land, which has never been extinguished by USRT member tribes. The USRT Foundation works to ensure the protection, enhancement, and preservation of the tribes’ rights, resources, cultural properties, and practices and that they remain secure. These include but are not limited to hunting, fishing, gathering, and subsistence uses. Learn more on our website: https://uppersnakerivertribes.org/.
Summary of Position:
The Environmental Specialist will serve as a co-lead on environmental issues for the USRT Foundation and its four member tribes. The Environmental Specialist will assist in continuing to develop and coordinate the USRT Environmental Program, implement project goals and objectives, and identify environmental and climate impacts to the USRT member tribes. The ideal candidate is creative and solution-oriented and has demonstrated the ability to develop, implement, and manage effective policy and outreach strategies to achieve desired outcomes. An expertise in writing and the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team are requirements of the position. At least some knowledge of USRT member tribes’ cultures, history, and political landscape is desired.
Attendance, preparation, and participation in USRT Commission and Technical Work Group meetings, either in Boise or on the individual reservations, is a requirement. Meetings with state, federal, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), and other agencies throughout the Columbia River Basin and beyond may occur on a regular basis to accomplish necessary work. The ability
to travel (approximately 15%) for work, when necessary, will be required. Special events or projects throughout the year may require the need to work an occasional night or weekend. While a typical work week is 40 hours, exempt, salary, classified employees may be asked to work additional hours on occasion.
● Fiscal responsibility
● Management of USRT’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indian General Assistance Program grant
● Program reporting and preparing grant deliverables (quarterly, annual, federal financial, and final reports) to EPA and the USRT Executive Director
● Coordination amongst USRT and its member tribes for environmental project data sharing, communication, funding opportunities, and outreach
● Environmental program development, capacity building, and coordination
● Coordination with staff from EPA Region 9 and 10 and Washington, D.C. headquarters, other federal and state agencies, and NGO’s
● Inventory and assessment of USRT member tribes’ environmental programs, goals, objectives, and needs
● Continued development of the USRT Environmental Program
● Identify, write, and submit grant proposals to meet the needs of USRT’s environmental program
● Travel to member tribes’ reservations (at minimum two trips to each reservation per year) and local, regional, and national meetings
● Coordination with peers at other Columbia Basin tribes and inter-tribal consortia on environmental issues in common with USRT member tribes
● Monitor ongoing policy and program activities of key government agencies/NGO’s
● Evaluation of coordination effectiveness and program development efforts
● Perform monthly financial tracking and invoicing for federal and private grants
Assessment, Planning, and Participation:
● Further develop and refine USRT’s work on climate change, including leading two active climate projects (Tribal Climate Hazard Mitigation Plan and Tribal Resilience Action Database)
● Engage with tribal youth on environmental issues, in particular climate change and resilience
● Identification, assessment, and synthesis of environmental actions by federal and state agencies and NGO’s that affect USRT’s member tribes
● Research and write comment letters on priority federal/state/local government actions
● Participation in local, regional, and national environmental forums on behalf of USRT
● Creation of planning documents with work plans that can be effectively implemented
Prioritize environmental actions and identify new projects to build environmental capacity of member tribes
● Assess and evaluate project results
● A bachelor’s degree, at minimum, in environmental/natural resource sciences is necessary
● Three or more years of professional experience in the environmental/natural resources fields and/or an advanced degree preferred
● Strong writing and editing skills
● Knowledge and ability to review and assess the ecological effects of large river (e.g. hydroelectric systems) and land (e.g. mining, grazing, timber harvest) management practices on USRT member tribes’ rights, resources, and activities and the competency to convey this information to a diverse audience
● An understanding of climate change and water quality/quantity issues is strongly desired
● Candidates should demonstrate some familiarity with state and federal environmental acts, laws, policies, and regulatory agencies applicable to the Upper Snake River Region and USRT’s member tribes
● Ideal candidate would be flexible, adaptable, forward-thinking, and organized
● Experience working with Native American tribes, specifically in the Upper Snake River or Columbia River basins, is preferred
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is $50,000 dependent upon experience. Full medical and dental coverage is provided. Generous holiday and retirement (401k) package.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates must submit: 1) cover letter outlining their related experience, 2) resume, 3) writing sample, and 4) contact information for three professional references.
Send materials by email to: email@example.com with Environmental Specialists in the subject line. Applications accepted until September 29, 2023.
Fisheries Biologist - Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
POSITION: Fisheries Biologist
PROGRAM: DV Fisheries
DIVISION: Tribal Administration Programs
SUPERVISOR: Fish & Game Director
ACCOUNT CODE: 20-4100-0000-23-6000
GRADE: Grade 22-26 ($24.66 to $29.68) D.O.E
LOCATION: Owyhee, Nevada
SPECIFICATIONS: All applications must be fully completed. Any incomplete, undated or unsigned applications will not be processed (Do not refer to the resume in lieu of making required comments on the application) Please attach all required documentation as specified in the Job Announcement. Failure to attach required documents will disqualify you from consideration for this position. Employment Applications are available at the Human Resource Department. Any questions regarding this position is to be directed to the Human Resource Department at the above listed telephone number.
Preference for filling vacancies will be given to qualified Indian Applicants in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25 U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473). However, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with the provisions of Section 703 (l) of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes application form for employment must be received by the Human Resources Office by 5:00 PM of the closing date of this job announcement.
All Interview notifications will be made by certified mail. It is your responsibility to notify HR if your mailing address and/or phone number changes.
In accordance with Shoshone-Paiute Tribes’ Resolution No. 00-SPR-31, all new employees are required to pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol test.
THE SHOSHONE-PAIUTE TRIBES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CONDUCT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL NEW EMPLOYEES. In accordance with Shoshone-Paiute Tribes’ Resolution No. 95-SPR-135
This position is subject to random drug testing and a background check as a condition of employment. This individual operates Tribal vehicles and equipment on a regular basis. This person comes into close contact with children and seniors in the course of delivering service to the community. This individual works in hazardous environments (machinery, electricity, chemicals).
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, in coordination with the Tribal Programs Administrator and the Tribal Chairman, the incumbent provides expertise and support in fisheries, reservoir, water quality and riparian habitat management for the Duck Valley Indian Reservation.
1. The incumbent will be responsible for the aquatic ecosystem program in cooperation and coordination with the Director of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The responsibilities include fisheries, reservoir, and riparian habitat management.
2. The incumbent will be responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of all aquatic/riparian and reservoir operations and projects under the “Duck Valley Fisheries Operations and Maintenance Program” as well as infrastructure improvement grants.
3. The incumbent will be responsible for field collection of biological fisheries data according to current inventory methods. This includes the collection of fish and aquatic macro invertebrates of streams, rivers and reservoirs in the Duck Valley Reservation. This field collection will also include all physical and biological habitat features affecting aquatic habitats.
4. The incumbent will be responsible for daily oversight of seasonal work crew, including scheduling, training, supervising and payroll responsibilities.
5. The incumbent will develop and oversee the collection of creel data and will analyze and report this data in the annual report and to the Tribal Business Council.
6. The incumbent is responsible for monitoring the integrity of the earthen dams at the reservations’ three reservoirs and will undertake the necessary investigations and actions to address any potential problems to ensure the integrity of these
7. The incumbent will provide guidance, technical advice to the Director and other personnel on the influences of the proposed activities on the fisheries/water quality/riparian habitat within the Duck Valley Reservation.
8. The incumbent will be responsible for the preparation and/or review of management plans, grant applications and other documents.
9. The incumbent will be responsible for promoting Duck Valley Fisheries at trade shows, fly fishing expos, fishing club presentations and other venues.
10. The incumbent will be responsible for program budget and drafting contracts, purchase orders, payment requests, etc. and to reconcile these according to Finance Department requirements.
11. The incumbent is responsible for the preparation and review of Environmental Assessments on all aquatic habitat related activities, which may have an impact on the environment for the Duck Valley Reservation. Will design, establish, conduct and analyze studies to monitor condition and trend of aquatic and riparian habitats and water quality and related habitat improvement projects.
12. The incumbent will inform, educate and engage tribal community regarding program issues by participating in field trips, developing and delivering educational seminars, presentations, participating in tribal events such as career day, community tribal program awareness day, etc.
13. The incumbent will be required to keep up-to-date with current aquatic research to develop improved habitat monitoring ethods and provide informed fishery/reservoir management recommendations.
14. The incumbent will meet and coordinate with private, state and federal agencies in the region to effectively develop and implement Duck Valley Reservation projects.
15. The incumbent will coordinate and manage the co-funded Aquatic Invasive Species Inspection station. This includes hiring, training, scheduling and managing staff. Working with the in-house finance department and Idaho Department of Agriculture to complete financial ledgers and MOU.
16. Will develop budgets and statements of work for submission to funding agencies and Tribal Council.
17. Will work closely with contracting officer of funding agencies and Tribal Programs Administration to insure project is implemented within budget and schedule.
18. Will keep Director informed and up to date on project status, schedule, or problems.
19. Will develop maps, brochures and other materials as needed.
20. Will complete quarterly and annual reports in a timely manner.
REQUIRED EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE:
1. Must have a four-year college degree in Fisheries Biology.
2. Must have a minimum of two (2) years’ work experience as a fish biologist or graduate school.
3. Must be in good physical condition.
4. Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions.
5. There will be no substitutions for education or experience.
6. Valid driver’s license.
7. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
8. Must be proficient writing reports.
1. Reservoir management experience.
2. GIS experience.
3. Trout management experience.