The Senior Technical Assistance Specialist will work extensively with the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) membership to enhance and improve environmental capabilities through capacity building, developing training, finding training opportunities, and technical assistance activities. The incumbent has specific responsibility for fulfilling the goals and objectives of the USET Office of Environmental Resources Management (OERM), USET Certification Program, Safe Drinking Water Act and/or Clean Water Act, Performance Partnership Grant, Health and Human Services Grant, and other related Programs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides direct technical assistance and support to USET Tribal Nations regarding compliance with applicable regulations and environmental program development, implementation, and evaluation with particular focus on operator certification and Tribal utility programs; includes travel to Tribal sites to work on issues with the Tribal Utility personnel.
Provides training opportunities to operators and managers of Tribal utilities by locating applicable training and informing same through direct contact, and ensuring that training is posted on the USET website, and electronic media.
Responsible for responding to the training requests from USET member Tribal by developing in-house training and presenting in person, finding applicable trainers/training, and/or working with federal agencies for same.
Independently conducts environmental needs/training assessments with input from USET member Tribal nations; follows through by coordinating and/or providing training; assistance is provided via a variety of avenues not limited to site visits, electronic communication and area trainings.
Facilitates Peer Reviews, technical assistance site visits, and training opportunities.
Plans and implements the training for the Annual Tribal Utility Summit (TUS) with assistance from the planning committee; makes initial contact with potential host Tribal nation and/or casino/hotel; assists in casino/hotel negotiations; and assists in finding qualified trainers.
Obtains CEU reciprocity from states and the USET Certification Board for all training provided by USET to utility departments.
Collects, compiles, reviews, summarizes and presents environmental information and data to Director, OERM, Natural Resources Committee, USET Certification Board and Tribal Utility Personnel.
Develops and implements data management capabilities.
Acts as a liaison between USET member Tribal nations, outside contractors and federal agencies to communicate and accomplish USET goals.
Provides supervision and executive direction to contractors/consultants in achieving the goals and objective of assigned projects.
Exercises independent judgement to ensure goals and objectives of assigned projects are met in compliance with the contract/grant/cooperative agreement rules and regulations.
Responsible for the preparation and submission of all required reports to the granting agency(ies).
Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and/or Director, in support of USET’s comprehensive efforts.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Sciences or closely related field which has equipped the applicant with specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Equivalent demonstrated experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
Water and/or Wastewater Operator Certification required.
At least 5 years of progressive experience as an operator at a water or wastewater plant is required; two years in a leadership position preferred.
Must possess excellent analytical abilities and verbal/written communication, organization, and presentation skills. Applicants may be required to submit documented writing ability.
Must exhibit demonstrated experience and high level of computer proficiency of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
Must be able to work in a team-based setting.
Must possess cultural sensitivity and ability to work within the customs and traditions of various Tribal Nations.
Ability to show initiative, be conscientious and relate effectively with co-workers and the public.
Ability to travel extensively and work irregular hours as necessary.
United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc., is committed to Native American preference and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc.
Established in 1969, the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) is a non-profit, inter-Tribal organization representing twenty-seven (27) federally recognized Tribal Nations, from Maine to Florida to Texas. USET is dedicated to enhancing the development of Tribal Nations, and improving the capabilities of Tribal governments, improving the quality of life for Indian people through a variety of technical and supportive programmatic services.
The Office of Environmental Resource Management was created in 2004 to assist member Tribal Nations in addressing environmental concerns, such as clean and safe drinking water, healthy community ecosystems, climate change, traditional practices, and public safety.