CHIEF BALCKBIRD CENTER                                        P.O. BOX 39                                                  ODANAH, WI 54861

Job Title:                    Brownfield Specialist

Department:              Natural Resource Department

Hourly Rate:              $14.00 to $19.50/hr                Subject to grant funding

Exempt:                      No/Hourly

Supervisor:                Natural Resources Director


The Brownfield Specialist will serve as a resource to the Natural Resources Department in the inventory, assessment, and restoration or redevelopment of former industrial or commercial sites on tribal lands. The Brownfield Specialist will be expected to develop and implement a program to advance the Tribe’s capacity to identify, regulate, and respond to environmental concerns related to hazardous or regulated chemicals.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Develop and maintain an inventory of brownfield sites on tribal lands;

Coordinate and participate in site-specific investigations of sites relevant to the Tribe;

Conduct Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments on priority sites identified by the Tribe;

Review, develop, and/or revise oversight and enforcement authorities related to the protection of human health and the environment (e.g. spill reporting, clean-up requirements) and assist in building tribal capacity in handling hazardous 

substances releases and brownfield redevelopment practices;

Create mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation in the program;

Create and maintain a public record of brownfield sites at which response actions are planned to be addressed;

Create mechanisms for the approval of cleanup plans and requirements for the verification that a response action is complete;

Conduct outreach and education activities regarding the program to include informational materials, newsletters, and special events;

Keep leadership, grant agencies, and other tribal departments informed of status of environmental response activities by attendingmeetings and submitting reports;

Attend trainings, classes, and other education opportunities necessary to maintain and enhance the capabilities of the program and Natural Resources Department;

Maintain professional and technical knowledge by conducting research, attending trainings, reviewing technical publications, establishing professional networks, and participating in professional societies;  

Provide training to other staff, as required;

Administer grant funding (including CERCLA Section 128(a) funding) and secure additional funding for continuation and expansion of Department services;

Assist the Department with providing oversight of hazardous materials handling and transporting within the Reservation and within areas connected to the Reservation resources.

Assist the Tribe’s Solid Waste and Recycling Center with the coordination of special waste collection on the Reservation;

Other duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience:



Minimum Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, toxicology, chemistry, biology, engineering, or other natural resources related field.

Ability to obtain 40-hour Hazardous Waste Site Worker certification.

Must be willing and able to obtain additional education and training, as needed.

Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements including the 

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund Law).

Ability to interpret applicable laws, regulations, requirements, ordinances and legislation.

Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows 

Must be able to perform moderate physical activity associated with field work.

Must be self-motivated, trustworthy, dependable, and willing to travel and work long hours occasionally.




Ability to become certified to conduct Environmental Site Assessments.

Experience with ArcGIS, statistics, and contemporary environmental research methods.

Previous experience with grant writing and administration.


Other Skills and Abilities:

This is a required driver position.

Must have a valid driver’s license and meet eligibility for tribal insurance.


Background Check:

This position is contingent on the ability to pass background check.


Reasoning Ability:

Must be self-motivated.

Must be able to work with minimal supervision.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be physically able to perform all job duties, including field work. Walking, standing, bending, stooping, and occasional lifting up to 25 lbs and/or carrying for short distances required. Subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, and must be willing to work in adverse weather conditions, as necessary.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Subject to inside and outside conditions.

Drug-Free Workplace in accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, P.L. 100-690 and the Bad River Tribe’s Employee Policy & Procedure Handbook. Indian Preference will be given in accordance with P.L. 93-638 and the Tribe’s Preference Policy.



Opens: 8/21/18

Closes: Open Until Filled

                                                                                                                                                Send Application and Resume To:

                                                                                                                                                Bad River Tribe

                                                                                                                                                Attn: Human Resources Office

                                                                                                                                                                P.O. Box 39

                                                                                                                                                                Odanah, WI 54861