Environmental Specialist

Open Date: 12/30/19

Requisition Number: 008-2019

Department: Environmental
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: General Services Superintendent
Location: Valley Center, CA

OPPORTUNITY: Under the direction of the General Services Superintendent, this position is responsible for assisting with the development, analysis, management, and coordination of the Tribe’s Environmental Department. This includes working cooperatively in the recruitment and management of ongoing federal and state grants and contracts, manage multiple tribal programs and staff in the areas of Environmental Protection, Water Quality, Air Quality, Solid Waste, Natural Resources Management, NEPA & TSCA compliance and others.  Must have the ability to coordinate with local, state and federal environmental and natural resource agencies.  Should be familiar with state and federal agencies and programs including U.S. EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CalEPA, Indian Health Service, BIA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Water Resources Control Board, and others.  Should have knowledge of federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. This position is responsible for meeting the Tribal Environmental goals and objectives of the Rincon Band of Indians under the direction of Environmental Director.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, geology, hydrogeology, or related sciences. Five (5) years of work experience in environmental/risk protection/management. Experience with surface and groundwater protection/assessment/monitoring a plus. Strong mathematical and software skills and demonstrated competency with PC spreadsheet and word processing applications.

WORK-RELATED KNOWLEDGE: Experience with waste water and storm water reuse a positive. Experience with Federal grant writing and reporting a strong positive. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience of working effectively in multidisciplinary teams to plan and execute projects. OSHA 40-hr. HAZWOPER and MSHA Part 48 training preferred. Professional certification in core discipline, such as RG, EA, CEG, or CHG preferred but not required.

LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS: Valid driver’s license


  1. Familiarity with hydrogeologic and hydrochemical data and analysis methods to assess aquifer systems and groundwater resources
  2. Ability to be innovative in enhancing natural resources and the environment on the Rincon reservation and surrounding communities
  3. Familiarity with groundwater hydraulic tests of water wells with ability to assess aquifer characteristics and groundwater chemistry
  4. Ability to understand monitoring information and design plans that will provide early detection of possible contamination
  5. Assess the impact of reservation activities on surface and groundwater resources to ensure their optimum management and protection
  6. Mentor and train junior staff.
  7. Experience with storm water management best practices and strategies a plus
  8. Ability or willingness to learn to sample surface water and groundwater using technically defensible methods
  9. Experience with solid and hazardous waste identification, management and disposal methods
  10. Experience with Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, RCRA, CERCLA, and NEPA
  11. Ability to assist with development of programs and processes to address environmental risk factors affecting the community.
  12. Familiarity with grant writing and management a plus
  13. Experience with on-site waste water treatment (septic) systems a plus.
  14. Attend meetings and conferences as directed.

OTHER DUTIES: Perform other related duties as required.

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume to the Human Resources Department, 1 West Tribal Rd.,Valley Center, California 92082, or e-mail to jobs@rincontribe.org

Tribal preference will be given to eligible Rincon Tribal Members who meet the minimum qualifications. Background investigation, drug and alcohol screening are required as a condition of employment.  Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians is an equal opportunity employer.