Environmental Specialist III


Position Title

Environmental Specialist III

Job Type





NE12 (41067.0 - 57494.0)




Position Summary

Under direct supervision from the Program Director, the Environmental Specialist III is responsible for carrying out the objectives of the Washoe Tribe Environmental Protection Department. Conducts environmental surveys and assessments, supervises field activities, monitors condition of Tribal natural resources, works closely with contractors and other governmental agencies for protection of Tribal resources and provides assistance to other Tribal entities with emphasis on native vegetation, habitat restoration, post-fire recovery and invasive species management. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Graduate Degree in environmental studies, natural resource management, watershed management, forestry, or a closely related field plus two years of field experience, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience with emphasis on native vegetation management, habitat restoration, watershed protection and invasive species control projects.

  • Previous experience with grant writing, budgeting, management and reporting is required.

  • Experience supervising interns, students or less experienced staff is strongly desired. Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.

  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

  • Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Required to assist with grant management, developing workplans and budgets, preparing required quarterly and annual reports for the specific grants that cover employees salary;

  • Schedules work activities of program staff, oversees noxious weed management, native vegetation restoration, fuels reduction projects, and assists with other approved tasks.

  • Coordinates activities with government agencies and entities like the BLM, Forest Service, State, County and non-profit organizations.

  • Purchases supplies and equipment within program budget with supervisor authorization.

  • Manages program records including but not limited to budgets, reports, schedules, and workplans with timelines.

  • Trains other staff members on noxious weed treatment, fuels reduction, restoration planting, vegetation surveying and other natural resource protection techniques.

  • Provides education and outreach to Tribal Communities regarding native and invasive species as well as fuels reduction and post-fire restoration.

  • Writes reports, collects data and analyzes data collected in the field.

  • Conducts environmental inspections of activities on and off Tribal land.

  • Conducts field inventories and assessments of Tribal resources.

  • Monitors quantity and quality of natural resources.

  • Drafts operational plans, experimental designs, and sampling methods and plans, procedures, and forms for conducting studies.

  • Ensures compliance with operational plans and objectives; familiarity with QAPP’s and ability to update quality assurance plans as needed.

  • Conducts GPS/GIS mapping of project sites.

  • Works closely with consultants, contractors, and other government entities on environmental projects.

  • Develops and presents reports or analysis at meetings or conferences.

  • Attends inter-agency meetings to promote protection and restoration of Tribal resources.

  • Participates in Tribal-federal consultation, and works to meet the goals and objectives of the program and grants.

  • Provides education to Tribal Communities on environmental protection and natural resource regulations and codes.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of ESRI ArcMap, Global Positioning System and GIS.

  • Knowledge of and experience with grants, grant reporting requirements, and budgeting.

  • Knowledge of basic environmental terms and processes.

  • Knowledge of basic scientific methods and techniques for biological research.

  • Experience with forestry practices, bio-assessments, restoring riparian and other vegetation habitats.

  • Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.

  • Knowledge of the functions and structure of the Washoe Tribe and Washoe Tribal lands.

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county, tribal and local laws, regulations, and requirements.

  • Ability to perform physically demanding work and withstand inclement weather conditions and other uncomfortable environmental conditions.

  • Ability to use GPS and create project maps using GIS.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with various government officials and Tribal members.

  • Ability to lead others in the work and participate as a member of the work team.

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.

  • Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks on a number of projects and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.

  • Ability to be persuasive and tactful in controversial situations.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complicated proposals and applications.

  • Ability to exercise initiative in planning, organizing, and independently working to accomplish complex work assignments.

  • Ability to demonstrate excellence in assigned tasks, and continually seek improvement in results.

  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.

  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint). Ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both verbally and in writing. Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to stand; and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is regularly performed both indoors in an office setting with a moderate noise level and outdoors where exposure to natural weather conditions and various dusts and mists may occur. Prolonged standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable ground. Situations where safety-toe shoes, safety goggles, gloves, protective face shields, or hardhats are needed may occur. Evening and/or weekend work may be required. Travel is required for training, meetings, conferences, presentations, and other events.