Air & Water Protection Specialist

      • Job Tracking ID: 512409-610861
      • Job Location: Coos Bay, OR
      • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
      • Level of Education: BA/BS
      • Date Updated: April 06, 2018
      • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
      • Starting Date: ASAP
      • Close Date: Open Until Filled
      • Job Type: Full Time
      • Starting Salary: $19.04/hr DOE
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    Job Description:


    This position is responsible for environmental analysis and environmental monitoring associated with the Tribal Air Quality Program (AQP), which monitors air quality and meteorological parameters primarily of Tribal reservation and trust lands and the Tribal Water Quality Program (WQP), which monitors surface and ground waters primarily of or pertaining to Tribal reservation or trust lands. Time will be divided between data collection, instrument calibrations and maintenance (AQP), data management and analysis for the AQP and WQP. Additionally this positon will aim to protect tribal member health and resources from ambient and indoor air pollution. The AQP addresses indoor air quality priorities and training for indoor air quality issues, outreach addressing indoor air quality issues, outreach addressing prohibitive burning and training for reviewing New Source Review and Title 5 permits.



    • Develop an Air Quality Program Plan that will guide the development and implementation of program which includes indoor air quality, Title 5 review criteria, prohibitive burning, cultural practices, and outdoor air quality.

    • Implement quality control procedures for water and air quality collection and air quality data including data which may be collected by other Department of Natural Resources staff and volunteers.

    • Maintain, calibrate and audit air quality and meteorological monitoring instruments at the Tribes’ Air Quality Station near Coos Bay, Oregon.

    • Review and update the Air Quality Program Plan, Air and Water Quality Assurance Project Plans, Air Quality Outreach materials and other EPA monitoring strategy documents.

    • Collect, manage, analyze, and report air and water quality data.

    • Produce outreach materials for Tribal members regarding issues and exposures related to indoor air quality, outdoor air quality, and prohibitive burning.

    • Develop a method/protocol to track and review Title V permit applications which may affect the Tribal reservation. A Title V permit application is currently being drafted by the project proponents of the LNG import/export terminal.

    • Complete daily, quarterly, and annual reports in specified formats.

    • Organization and archiving of files (including digital)

    • Maintenance of all relevant program equipment

    • Work various special projects of the Department of Natural Resources as assigned by the Director.

    • Demonstrate ability and commitment to interact with Tribal members, co-workers, colleagues, and the general public in a courteous, professional, and efficient manner.

    • Regularly attend Watershed Meetings.

    • Interact with Tribal Members, Co-Workers, Colleagues, and other general public in a courteous, professional and efficient manner.

    • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

    • Maintain a good attendance record.

    • Other duties as directed by management.



    • No supervisory authority



    • Requires the ability to maintain high level of professionalism in absolutely all interactions.

    • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with federal, state, county, and local governments, and the ability to work well with Tribal members, the general public, private landowners, and stakeholder organizations

    • Requires the ability to manage moderate levels of stress arising from schedules, workload, diverse or adversarial stakeholders, etc.

    • Must be able to walk, talk, hear, use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms

    • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision, and the ability to adjust focus

    • Must be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds



    • Work effectively in a team environment with a diverse variety of technical, professional, and administrative staff

    • Work effectively in a negotiating environment where others may have diverse and competing interests and may be uncooperative or adversarial

    • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet

    • May require the ability to walk, hike, swim, drive, and boat in difficult conditions at various hours and days of the week

    • Requires occasionally irregular working schedules around tides, other cycles or events, evening and weekend meetings, out-of-area travel for meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings, etc


    • 40 hours per week.

    • Generally Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm with possible occasional evening and weekend work.



      Tribal Administrative Office

      1245 Fulton Avenue

      Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Experience and Skills:


    • Must be at least 18 years of age.

    • Must have a valid driver's license or adequate transportation.

    • Must possess or have ability to obtain Oregon boater safety card within 90 days of employment.

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, General Science or a related discipline required, with an additional two years’ experience in the collection, management, analysis, and reporting of environmental data desired, OR six years’ experience in a similar position required, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and ARC GIS, or the ability to gain proficiency within 180 days of reporting to work

    • Working knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis

    • Working knowledge of chemistry, processes, functions, and health effects uses pertaining to air quality.

    • Working knowledge of Clean Air Act.

    • Working knowledge of Treatment in the Same Manner as a State (TAS) which permits several federal environmental laws to be implemented and managed by tribal environmental programs.

    • Working knowledge of grant management requirements including working within the limitations of grant work plans and budgets.

    • Ability to learn how to calibrate air particulate and meteorological equipment.

    • Must be able to effectively communicate with people having various levels of understanding of pure and applied sciences, environmental protection, and specifically air quality.

    • Effective communication both orally and in writing including technical, regulatory, and persuasive writing skills.

    • Must maintain of a good attendance record

    • Must maintain professionalism in absolutely all interactions.

    • Must possess reasonable ability to communicate in English

    • This is a Covered position is subject to pre-employment drug testing and criminal history background check which includes fingerprinting.

    • Must have employment eligibility in the United States

    • Maintain appearance standards as outlined in CTCLUSI policies

    • Indian preference will be observed in the hiring process