Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Senior Environmental Specialist (air Quality)

Posted over 1 month ago

Job Description




Under supervision of the Environmental Programs Supervisor, helps develops and implement the SRPMIC Air Quality Program similar to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Air Monitoring Sites (SLAMS) guidance recommendations and documents. Provides ambient air quality information and regulatory services to the Community on air pollution levels as necessary to protect the public health and welfare and to effectively contribute to the attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This job class is treated as FLSA exempt.

Distinguishing Features: The Senior Environmental Specialist (Air Quality) is distinguished from the Senior Environmental Specialist and Senior Environmental Specialist (Water Quality) by work experience and education relating to air quality programs and federal, state and Tribal air pollution regulations. This includes information gathering, education and establishment of air quality standards for SRPMIC.

Essential Functions: Essential functions may vary among positions but may include the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, skills, and other characteristics. This list of tasks ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.

Examples of Tasks
1. Functions as a member of the SRPMIC Air Quality Program.
  • Responsible for ensuring the air quality data results adhere to the guidance and protocols specified by the monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for field activities.
  • Verifies all required Quality Assurance (QA) activities are properly performed and measurement quality standards are met as required by the QAPP.

2. Coordinates day-to-day operations of the air-monitoring program.
  • Maintains and calibrates the ambient air quality and meteorological equipment.
  • Oversees the laboratory filter processing and data reports, filter analysis, related data processing and coordination of the automated data network.
  • Installs and operates equipment and instruments used to collect and measure ambient air quality.
  • Maintains periodic calibrations and verifications of equipment within schedules required by the QAPP.
  • Handles highly sensitive air quality samples and maintains high Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) standards.

3. Develops and updates working documents and revision of QAPP, SOP, resource guidelines, inventory, database and project status reports.
  • Adheres to the appropriate quality assurance program by generating and maintaining environmental air quality data reports.
  • Develops data management techniques for reporting air monitoring data. Maintains files and databases for the air quality program.
  • Collects and logs emissions inventory database information.
  • Schedules and implements technical system and data quality audits. Ensures data quality assessments occur within the appropriate schedules.
  • Ensures timely delivery of all required data to the EPA Air Quality System and prepares weekly and quarterly reports to the Environmental Programs Supervisor.
  • Prepares inspection reports and related correspondence.

4. Disseminates information regarding air quality programs and activities.
  • Correlates information and data in a cohesive and coherent manner.
  • Prepares reports required to achieve compliance with federal, state and Tribal laws and ordinances.
  • Encourages cooperation and promotes voluntary compliance with regulations.

5. Contributes substantially to the research, development and technical writing of the SRPMIIC Tribal air quality regulations and ordinances to implement an inspection and compliance infrastructure.
  • Provides assistance in the development of Tribal ordinances and regulations related to air quality including a Tribal Implementation Plan for the Community.

6. Provides direct consultation and support of the Air Quality Program to the Environmental Programs Supervisor regarding technical issues related to protection of health, natural resources and the environment.
  • Provides technical expertise and support on project management, contractor oversight, Tribal air programs, including the Tribal Air Monitoring System (TAMS), and other departmental programs.
  • Delivers and assists with presentations at public meetings and Tribal Council meetings regarding program issues and their impact on the Community.
  • Participates in discussions and assists with regulatory development, control strategies and monitoring network design evaluation.

7. Assists with development of federal program grant proposals.

8. Attends air quality training classes provided by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professional's (ITEP) American Indian Air Quality Training Program.

9. Performs other job-related duties as assigned by the Environmental Programs Supervisor, Environmental Protection & Natural Resources Manager or Community Development Director.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics :

  • Knowledge of the history, culture, laws, rules, customs and traditions of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
  • Knowledge of the EPA monitoring program including the quality assurance program, monitoring network design, measurement compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), and regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge of the effects of chemicals on human and ecological systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices for field monitoring protocols, sample collection, preservation, analysis and documentation requirements.
  • Knowledge of the purpose, current issues, projects, organization, policies, and employee responsibilities of the division.
  • Knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of ambient air monitoring equipment required for the implementation and maintenance of an Air Monitoring Program, such as ozone gas analyzers, meteorological instruments, critical flow PM10 and PM2.5 samplers.

  • Skill analyzing and evaluating information accurately and in expressing ideas clearly when providing verbal and written reports and recommendations.
  • Skill using a computer and job-related software such as spreadsheet, word processing, and data base software.

  • Ability to analyze technical problems and suggests solutions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with all levels of the department and Community.
  • Ability to conduct public outreach education through Community meetings and schools.
  • Ability to interpret and assess various situations, issues and concerns.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information accurately and express ideas clearly.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines without close supervision.
  • Ability to conduct inspections using appropriate sampling and analysis methods.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education & Experience: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Planning, Physical Science, Civil Engineering, Water Resources, Water Planning, Chemistry or a closely related field and experience equivalent to 2 years of full time environmental protection/regulation work, Or :

  • 2 years as an Environmental Specialist with SRPMIC, Or:
  • An Associate Degree from an accredited Community College, vocational or technical school directly related to Environmental Sciences or a closely related field, and 3 years work related experience in environmental science, planning or resource work, Or :
  • 5 years work experience in a related environmental science, planning or resource work.

  • Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience that would allow the candidate to satisfactorily perform the duties of this position, will be considered..

  • Underfill Eligibility: An enrolled Community Member whom closely qualifies for the minimum qualifications for a position may be considered for employment under SRPMIC Policy 2-19, Underfill.

Special Requirements
  • May be required to stand or walk for extended periods, be exposed to severe weather conditions including heat and cold as well as lift and carry special (heavy) equipment or other objects. May also be exposed to solid waste and hazardous materials or chemicals.
  • Employees in, and applicants applying for, jobs providing direct services to children are subject to the "Community Code of Ordinances", Chapter 11, "Minors", Article X. "Investigation of Persons Working With Children".
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Arizona Driver's License.

Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

"SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer" Preference will be given to a qualified : Community Member Veteran, Community Member, Spouse of Community Member, qualified Native American, and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain preference, the following is required: 1) Qualified Community Member Veteran (DD-214) will be required at the time of application submission 2) Qualified Community Member (must provide Tribal I.D at time of application submission),3) Spouse of a Community Member (Marriage License/certificate and spouse Tribal ID or CIB is required at time of application submission), and 4) Native American (Tribal ID or CIB required at time of application submission).

Documents may be submitted by one of the following methods:

1) attach to application

2) fax (480) 362-5860

3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Documentation must be received by position closing date.

The IHS/BIA Form-4432 is not accepted .

Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.

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