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Environmental Engineer (Air Quality)

Company: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Location: Scottsdale
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Salary: $85,633.00 - $119,887.00 Annually
Closing: 12/5/2022 11:59 PM Arizona Definition
Under general supervision from the Community Development Department (CDD) Environmental Protection & Natural Resources (EPNR) Manager, develops and implements the SRPMIC Air Quality Program similar to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Air Monitoring Sites (SLAMS) guidance recommendations and documents, but specific to the needs of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Researches, analyzes and evaluates the Communitys air quality and develops strategies, plans and goals to address air pollution problems and develop the regulatory capacity of the SRPMIC Air Quality Program. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt. This is a driving position.

Distinguishing Features: The Environmental Engineer (Air Quality) is distinguished from the Environmental Engineer (Water Quality) by education and work experience relating to air quality, ambient air monitoring techniques and applicable federal legislation as it related to tribal environmental management & protection including the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Tribal Authority Rule (TAR) and other federal environmental statutes.

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. Mentoring: Mentors the Sr. Environmental Specialist (Air Quality), Environmental Specialist (Air Quality) and Environmental Technician staff members so they attain the technical and customer service skills along with experience necessary to perform independently and attain further career progression goals.

2. Air Quality Management: Functions as a member of the SRPMIC Air Quality Program.

  • Manages the day-to-day operation of the ambient air-monitoring program.

  • Ensures air quality data management and that data results adhere to the guidance and protocols specified by the monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for field activities.
  • Ensures timely validation and delivery of all required ambient monitoring data to the EPA Air Quality System (AQS).
  • Oversees all air quality assurance activities of the SRPMIC Air Quality Program.
  • Develops and manages the education and information dissemination for the SRPMIC Air Quality Program.
  • Acts as the subject matter expert on air quality related issues for the Community.

    • Performs research, analysis and evaluation to assess and enhance the Communitys air quality with respect to risk reduction from air pollutants, illegal burns, etc. Develops & manages a comprehensive ambient monitoring program, a regulatory infrastructure and outreach to the Community and its enterprises.
    • Manages assigned special projects to complete the work plan and associated deliverables with efficient fiscal and administrative oversight. Writes grants, prepares budgets, completes fiscal reports and project tracking.

      3. Regulatory Program Development: Assists with the development of a comprehensive, Community-wide air quality regulatory program.
      • Develops federally approved Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP) elements that will address the specific needs and concerns of the Community.

      • Submits TIP elements to EPA for approval.
      • Develops relevant environmental ordinances to address air pollution sources within the Community including open burning, mining, etc.

        • Ensures emissions inventories are completed, updated that that data is submitted to the Emission Inventory Software (EIS) database.
        • Provides extensive Community outreach on air quality issues to Community members, Tribal Council, Tribal government and CDD staff.
        • Works closely with other SRPMIC departments to coordinate and document compliance with federal and Community laws and ordinances. Initiates compliance assistance and enforcement as required.
        • Coordinates with identified Community stakeholders to review and advise on air quality compliance and enforcement issues.

          4. Administration: Develops and submits federal program grant applications along with quarterly and final progress reports to EPA, CDD and the Tribal Council.

          • Completes and submits quarterly and annual reports to the CDD-EPNR Manager to be included in the Divisional Progress Reports as well as quarterly progress reports submitted to the EPA.
          • Engages in extensive research, analysis and evaluation to address air pollution issues within the Community and develop innovative pollution control measures.
          • Recommends Best Management Practices for identified activities in the Community.
          • Collects and reviews available air quality monitoring data from local, state and tribal governments to determine the impact of neighboring jurisdictions on the Communitys air quality.
          • Maintains professional education regarding environmental and air quality issues. Attends air quality training classes provided by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) American Indian Air Quality Training Program and other organizations.
          • Ensures administrative tasks are completed in a timely manner including tracking and processing invoices, contracts, addendums, purchase requests, etc.
          • Compiles quarterly and annual reports from other SRPMIC Air Quality Program staff.

            5. Field Work: Collects, analyzes, monitors and documents air quality data from identified environmental air pollution sources.

            • Conducts environmental field reviews, writes reports and submits recommendations regarding environmental documents submitted by various agencies for review.
            • May be required to interact with various Tribal Government Departments regarding Community air quality issues.
            • Ensures proper operation and maintenance of monitoring equipment, audits and performance checks.

              6. Miscellaneous: Performs other job related duties as assigned by the CDD EPNR Manager and/or the Community Development Director.

              Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

              • Knowledge of the history, culture, laws, rules, customs and traditions of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
              • Knowledge of federal air quality legislation (CAA, TAR, etc.) as well as knowledge of tribal and state air quality initiatives & processes.
              • Knowledge of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), atmospheric chemistry and ambient monitoring procedures.
              • Knowledge of the effects of various air pollutants on human and ecological systems.
              • Knowledge of the principles and practices for field monitoring protocols, sample collection, preservation, analysis and documentation requirements.
              • Knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis techniques.
              • Knowledge of ambient air monitoring equipment required for the implementation and maintenance of an Air Monitoring Program such as ozone analyzers, meteorological instruments, PM10 and PM2.5 samplers, SASS samplers, VOC samplers, etc.
              • Knowledge of project management procedures & practices.

                • Skill analyzing and evaluating information accurately and expressing ideas clearly when providing verbal and written reports and recommendations.
                • Skill using a computer and job related software such as MS Office and database software.
                • Skill establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with a wide range of people including employees from 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 organization and task tracking.

                  • Ability interpreting and assessing air quality related situations, issues and concerns.
                  • Ability to analyze technical problems and suggests solutions.
                  • Ability to conduct public outreach education through Community meetings and schools.
                  • Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
                  • Ability to conduct inspections using appropriate sampling and analysis methods.
                  • Ability to use initiative and judgment by working independently while recognizing matters that require supervisory awareness or intervention.
                  • Ability to write comprehensive documents and to meet federal reporting requirements.
                  • Ability to prepare reports and budgets.
                  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
                    Minimum Qualifications
                    Education and Experience: A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Planning, Physical Science, Civil Engineering, Chemistry or a closely related field, AND 5 years work experience in an air quality environmental program, OR:

                    • An Associate Degree in a related science from an accredited college, AND 7 years work experience in environmental sciences, air quality resources or air pollution control.
                    • Experience managing large projects, preferably an EPA grant funded project, is preferred.

                      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
                      May be required to work beyond normal work hours including nights, weekends and holidays.

                      • Requires the ability to collect air quality samples often during inclement weather conditions.
                      • May be required to stand or walk for extended periods, be exposed to severe weather conditions including heat and cold
                      • May be required to lift and carry special (heavy) equipment (up to 25 lbs) or other objects.
                      • May also be exposed to solid waste and hazardous materials or chemicals.
                      • 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 Drivers 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 a mandatory covid vaccine employer. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

                        "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.

Keywords: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale , Environmental Engineer (Air Quality), Other , Scottsdale, Arizona

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