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Natural Resources Climate Adaptation Specialist

Natural Resources
$18.05 - $24.08 per hour, FLSA Non-Exempt
40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, with some weekend and evening work
Reviewing Applications
Jul 15, 2019
First Review:
Jul 31, 2019

The Climate Adaptation Specialist provides general research assistance, program creation and implementation for the Samish Indian Nation Climate Adaptation Working Group. The Climate Adaptation Specialist will report to the Natural Resources Director and will work closely with project partners on Climate Adaptation issues as directed. The Department is tasked with preserving, enhancing, and restoring Natural Resources relevant to the Samish Tribe.  Works closely with Planning Director to incorporate climate resiliency planning into the Comprehensive plan.

Principle Duties
  1. Takes direction and provides follow-through with projects until completion with little or no supervision
  2. Works across departments to identify potential natural resources, cultural, planning and human health effects of sea level rise and climate change impacts to Samish Tribal members and organizations.The objective is to assist in the development of a culturally appropriate climate planning process and identify priority climate planning areas based on Samish values and current scientific data
  3. Supports the activities of the Samish Climate Adaptation Working Group through facilitation and public presentations
  4. Conduct research to identify latest climate change predictions for Samish Traditional Territory and the Ten County Service Area. Prepares report on the best available scientific data on the impacts of climate change in our region that includes a section on Samish Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
  5. Initiates and maintains positive, respectful working relationships with all Tribal staff and Climate Adaptation Working Group volunteers and Tribal Members to foster a team environment. Initiates and maintains a positive working relationship with staff of partner organizations
  6. Performs special studies in support of climate adaptation program efforts, as directed by the Director of Natural Resources
  7. Completes Samish Climate Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan for adoption by Tribal Council and incorporation across all programs climate risk assessment and resiliency planning for incorporation into all elements of the Comprehensive Plan
  8. Assist in grant writing and acquisition of future funds to further develop Samish Climate Change resilience
  9. Works independently and accurately in an area of frequent interruptions and as part of a multi-tasked environment
  10. Performs other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
  1. Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Planning or related studies with two years of relevant experience in the field required; related experience can be considered a substitute for education
  2. Must demonstrate experience and knowledge of current ecosystem and critical habitat issues with a working knowledge of climate issues and how they relate to a changing environment
  3. Must have demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  4. Must have the ability to communicate information verbally and in written form in clear, concise, accurate and professional manner
  5. Must have excellent research, organizational and report writing skills to assure timely and accurate submission of reports and other time-sensitive materials
  6. Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information received orally, through data collection or in document handling
  7. Must be able to work independently with little supervision
  8. Must have a valid driver’s license and meet the minimum insurance requirements regarding driving record in order to utilize GSA vehicles
  9. Must be able to meet the physical demands for active field work
  10. Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Long periods of sitting (60% of time); occasional bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, carrying, and pushing (20% of time); and occasional standing and walking (20% of time). Occasionally lifts/carries up to 20lbs. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to use office equipment with frequent repetitive motion such as writing, typing, cash-handling, paperwork-handling, and phone use. Must possess the ability to view print on a computer screen and/or paper document; the ability to speak and hear exchanging information with end users by telephone Mental/Visual Demands: Frequent mental and/or visual attention to task is required. Occasionally work requires heavy concentration. Frequent interruptions. Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: Work environment is mainly indoors with heat and some air conditioning. Must sit or stand at desk for the majority of shift. Occasionally works alone without benefit of supervisor or co-worker. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Work requires minimal risks which require safety precautions (using some cleaning chemicals for light cleaning). Protective clothing or equipment may be required (goggles, gloves, masks, boots, etc.)

Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry.  Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY:  This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members.  The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual.  Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.


Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter.  Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring.  BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history, as well as a pre-employment drug screen. The Drug Free Workplace Policy has not changed since the passing of WA State I-502. While Initiative 502 legalized marijuana within Washington State, employers maintain the right to decide on their tolerance policy. Because we receive federal grant dollars from the federal government, we still consider marijuana as an illegal substance and its use and possession completely prohibited.

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