Employment Opportunities

Environmental Specialist

Job Title: Environmental Specialist

Supervisor: Scott Hauser, Executive Director

Classification: Full-time/Exempt/Salary

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.

Key Responsibilities:


● 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

Desired Qualifications:

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.


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: info@usrtf.org with Environmental Specialists in the subject line. Applications accepted until September 29, 2023.

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Idaho Indian Education Director

Posting Begin Date: 2024/04/26
Posting End Date: 2024/05/10
Category: Education
Sub Category: K-12
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 42.50
Maximum Salary: 45.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

Applications must be submitted via https://statecareers.idaho.gov/jobs/14308399-idaho-indian-education-director

This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

*Please note: Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date.

The Idaho Department of Education (Department) is dedicated to serving and providing common-sense leadership, support, and resources to educators across the state. The knowledge, skills, and experience of the Department’s employees are among our most valued and important assets. Employment with the Department provides a rewarding career that positively affects the lives of children in Idaho. To learn more, please visit our website at http://www.sde.idaho.gov/.

The Idaho Indian Education Director will lead the State Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education. The Office of Indian Education serves as the department expert for planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating opportunities to provide an inclusive educational landscape and intensify efforts to minimize the opportunity achievement gaps for tribal students in K-12 and higher education in Idaho.

The director actively assists the State Department and the Superintendent of Public Instruction in advancing initiatives to enhance academic achievement levels for Idaho’s Native American students. This role also supports the State Board of Education, as the State Education Agency (SEA), in staffing its standing Indian Education Committee and being a primary advisor to the Superintendent and Board members on tribal education issues.

This role would also coordinate with other staff in the Department and state government who work with at-risk populations and ensure alignment in policy and other initiatives.

The director fosters continuous communication with tribal, local, state, and federal entities to promote awareness and implement best practices that contribute to a well-rounded and comprehensive relevant education for Idaho’s Indian students.

This is a full-time position serving under an appointment of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


· Primary policy advisor to the Superintendent and State Board of Education members on issues related to supporting tribal students across Idaho.

· Serve as Idaho state government’s education representative with our tribal partners.

· Facilitate strategic alliances and foster collaboration among the Tribal Education Departments, LEAs, the SDE, and the SEA.

· Inter-governmental work, liaising and providing regular reports to tribal councils, LEAs and other entities.

· Maintains timely and effective communication with staff, SEA, community members, tribal councils, LEAs, post-secondary institutions, and others to accomplish department objectives and preserve positive public relations.

· Work in partnership with tribal education departments, along with local, state, and national educational organizations to address the education needs of tribal communities.

· Conducts semi-annual meetings with the five tribal councils and TED staff.

· Ensure that Idaho’s K-12 and post-secondary initiatives work for Idaho’s tribal students.

· Conduct data analysis and reporting of academic achievements of Idaho’s tribal students, with a Kindergarten through post-secondary focus.

· Identify, implement, and champion optimal pedagogical practices for Idaho’s tribal students.

· Be the point of contact for the State Department and State Board (SEA) in coordinating state efforts to support the five-year STEP Grant.

· Administer and monitor the Johnson-O’Malley (JOM) Program.

· Provide primary administrative support to Indian Education Committee including new committee member appointments.

· Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual Indian Education Summit.

· Collaborate with Elementary and Secondary Education Act teams in technical assistance for districts serving Native American Students.

· Coordinator with SDE departments to respond to public requests or other information and data for the office of Indian Education.

· Coordinates with other Department and state staff who work with at-risk student populations and ensure policy and initiative alignment.

· Perform additional work duties and activities in accordance with SDE and SEA initiatives.

· Direct and participate in the implementation of mandated programs.


· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

· Minimum of five years in a leadership role, particularly in the field of American Indian education or a related area.

· Extensive knowledge, understanding, and experience of collaborating and maintaining professional relationships with the leadership, departments, and programs of the five federally recognized tribes of Idaho.

· Extensive experience building strong inter-relationships with the tribal communities of Idaho.

· Good knowledge of and ability to interpret state and federal laws, policies, and procedures that relate to American Indian education.

· Some experience with K-12 and post-secondary education including curriculum, assessments, programs, trends, rules, and laws.

· Some experience interpreting and explaining educational data.

· Extensive experience effectively communicating information in a variety of formats and to diverse audiences at the tribal, local, state, and national levels.

· Some experience writing and editing a variety of forms, reports, and informational materials.

· Some experience interpreting government documents.

· Extensive experience working effectively in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

· Extensive experience communicating information clearly and concisely, particularly across differing cultures.

· Some experience speaking before groups.


· Master’s degree in education, school administration/leadership, or related fields.

· Certifications or training related to education policies, tribal relations, or program management.

· Demonstrated experience with cultural competence and sensitivity fostering inclusivity in educational programs.

· Extensive experience managing multiple projects and programs in a fast-paced environment.

· Some knowledge of grant administration, finance, and budgeting.

· Good knowledge of emerging trends and innovative practices in K-12 education

· Some experience with leadership and/or management, strategic thinking, and accountability.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (with or without accommodation)

· Approximately 90% of time is spent sitting at desk or workstation, up to 4 hours at a time.

· Approximately 10% of time is spent standing, walking, bending, and kneeling.

· Occasional lifting may be required, frequently less than 5 lb, but may be up to 20 lb.


This position requires approximately 50% travel time throughout the state/nation for training and monitoring, JOM program activities, conferences, meetings, and tribal consultations.


The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit https://dhr.idaho.gov/StateEmployees/Benefits.html.*


Vesting in the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI): All employees of the Idaho Department of Education are non-classified. They are appointed by the elected official and serve at the pleasure of the elected official. As such, employees working at a non-classified agency are considered vested in the PERSI retirement system after five (5) consecutive months of service, versus five (5) years of service at a classified agency.

Tuition Fee Waiver: All Idaho Department of Education employees in permanent full-time positions may register for instructional courses during any academic period, at any participating state funded institutions of higher education, for a $20.00 nonrefundable registration fee per semester and $5.00 per credit hour charge.


To apply for this position, please submit 1.) a customized letter of interest, 2.) a resume, and 3) a list of three professional references. Attach the resume to your online application. Insert your letter of interest and references into the space provided in the questions section of the application.

Your letter of interest should specifically address how your education, training and work experience meet the responsibilities, qualifications, and required skills of the position. A writing sample, such as a letter of interest, provides an opportunity to evaluate your writing skills as well as your ability to demonstrate you meet the qualifications of the position. Your resume must clearly support the information provided in your letter of interest. A resume does not substitute for a letter of interest. Applications that do not include a letter of interest will not be accepted.


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email ada.coordinator@dhr.idaho.gov.

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.