Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Senior Environmental Specialist (nepa) - Commercial Development

Posted over 1 month ago · Full time

Job Description


Under general supervision from the CDD/EPNR Division Manager, the Senior Environmental Specialist (NEPA) researches environmental related regulations to educate the Community as well as the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources (EPNR) staff about the technical and administrative compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) standards. Coordinates EPNR regulatory activities between the Tribal Council, SRPMIC Tribal Government, various environmental committees and Community members. Assists other EPNR staff with environmental quality related special projects and preparation of federal grant proposals and related budgets. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Distinguishing Features: The Senior Environmental Specialist (NEPA) - Commercial Development is the Community and Tribal Government's primary point of contact that ensures CDD/EPNR activities and Community projects are managed in compliance with all NEPA requirements for Commercial Development, BIA and SRPMIC Codes and Ordinances.

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

Examples of Tasks
1. Environmental Quality Outreach: Collects data and coordinates EPNR educational outreach regarding the Community's environmental related issues and projects.
  • Works with EPNR staff to develop and implement programs for environmental compliance, remediation and pollution prevention that includes coordinating educational outreach activities to the Tribal Council, Tribal Government and Community members.
  • Works effectively with Environmental Specialists and Engineers, EPNR and CDD staffs, the SRPMIC Tribal Government Administration staff, Grants and Contracts and the Finance Department to achieve the environmental goals of the Community. Interacts with Public Works, Engineering and Construction Services and Health & Human Services departments.

2. Environmental Quality Assistance: Coordinates with other EPNR staff to maintain NEPA environmental related activities in compliance with appropriate timelines and deadlines.
  • Coordinates the preparation of all environmental compliance reports, environmental assessments and impact statements in compliance with NEPA and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) standards.
  • Coordinates the NEPA process on behalf of the Community and ensures compliance with each of the regulatory requirements for commercial developments.
  • Submits recommendations for new procedures, methods, techniques as well as work plans, projects and quarterly reports to the EPNR Manager for review and approval.
  • Attends EPA and Tribal Government approved environmental related workshops, seminars and meetings to aid program success. Participates in activities regarding environmental issues and projects with EPA officials and project officers, ITCA, NRCS, BIA, IHS, Arizona Game and Fish, USFWS, USFS and other federal agencies and Tribes from within Arizona, California, Nevada and elsewhere.
  • Reviews and provides comments regarding NEPA documents submitted to CDD/EPNR such as Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements and related Notices and Records of Decisions.
  • Reviews, analyzes and summarizes data, report findings then interprets results and makes recommendations regarding NEPA submissions or related inquiries.

3. Field Work: Assists EPNR staff with field activities that support multi-media programs including archaeology, water quality, air quality, pesticides, solid waste and USTs/ASTs.
  • Engages in field data collection activities.

4. Administration/Operations : Responds to public and contractor inquiries and requests for information.
  • Manages all consultant contract performance and costs.

5. Miscellaneous: Performs other EPNR related duties as assigned by the Senior Environmental Engineer, the EPNR Manager or the Community Development Director.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
  • Knowledge of the history, culture, laws, customs and traditions of the SRPMIC.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, local & Tribal Government related regulations pertaining to environmental quality. This includes NEPA, BIA, EPA, IHS and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality requirements.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, local and Tribal Government environmental regulatory documents BIA-NEPA Manual, HUD Environmental Process and others.
  • Knowledge of the following Acts and accompanying Executive Orders: National Historical Preservation Act Sections 106 & 110, NHPA, NAGPRA, ARPA, ESA.
  • Knowledge of the NEPA environmental review process and associated rules, regulations and Tribal ordinances for construction, clean-up and maintenance projects.
  • Knowledge of federal grant procurement policies and guidance documents.
  • Knowledge of environmental protection related policies, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices related to environmental science as well as environmental pollution reduction and control.
  • Knowledge of soil science, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental engineering and/or related environmental sciences.
  • Knowledge of Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Knowledge of Federal Indian Policy documents.
  • Knowledge of budget and contract documents for federal and tribal initiatives.
  • Knowledge of project management guidance documents.
  • Skill with Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements and other NEPA-related documents for commercial development and BIA
  • Skill evaluating operations and developing programs to meet Community environmental quality related goals and objectives.
  • Skill analyzing and evaluating information accurately and expressing ideas clearly when providing verbal and written reports and recommendations.
  • Skill using the computer and job-related software programs including MS Office.
  • Skill establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with federal, state and local agencies, subject matter experts in environmental protection disciplines, Community members, Tribal Government officials, department employees and the public.
  • Skill communicating and instructing others using both technical and non-technical language to explain complex subjects and processes.
  • Skill with time management.
  • Ability to use initiative and judgment by working independently while recognizing matters that require supervisory awareness or intervention.
  • Ability to coordinate issues of mutual concern with other departments as well as federal, Tribal, state and local government agencies.
  • Ability to write comprehensive documents and to meet federal reporting requirements.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to use sampling and monitoring equipment including instruments used in collecting environmental pollution data and samples.
  • Ability to use GPS & PDA hand-held units.
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Sciences, Biology, Planning, Chemistry or a closely related field, AND two (2) years' work in an environmental quality program required, OR :
  • Three (3) years' work as an Environmental Specialist required, OR :
  • An Associate's Degree from an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school directly related to Environmental Sciences or a closely related field, AND four (4) years' work experience in an environmental science, planning or resource work required, OR :
  • Five (5) years' work experience in a related aspect of environmental planning or resource work supplemented with environmental course work, OR :

Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of experience and education that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may 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

Special Requirements: May be required to work beyond normal work hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • May be required to travel for field collection activities, meeting grant deadlines, preparing budgets or meeting report deadlines.
  • Required good physical and mental condition to complete fieldwork.
  • 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, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe 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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