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

Job Title:            Water Resources Specialist

Department:      Natural Resource Department

Hourly Rate:      $16.00 – $19.00/hr. (DOQ)             Full Time – 40hrs/wk.

Exempt:              No/Hourly

Supervisor:         Natural Resources Director         



The Water Resources Specialist is  responsible for managing the Water Resources Program within the Bad River Tribe’s Natural Resources Department.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Administering Water Resources Program including preparing and submitting grant/contract applications, managing budgets, scheduling field work, tracking and evaluating progress in relation to goals and objectives defined in program workplans/contracts, writing semi-annual and final reports, updating technical documents, and supervising Water Resources Program staff.
  • Supervising Water Resources Program staff.
  • Implementing Tribal Water Quality Standards (WQS) including conducting Clean Water Act Section 401 certifications of permits, reviewing projects under the Tribe’s antidegradation policy, and coordinating the triennial reviews of the tribal standards to evaluate if revisions are necessary to further protect water resources.
  • Planning and overseeing chemical, biological, and physical monitoring of water resources by field staff including updating Quality Assurance Project Plans and Standard Operating Procedures for data collection efforts.
  • Overseeing the Tribal Water Laboratory to ensure adherence with quality assurance/quality control protocols.
  • Managing water resources data including preparing necessary data summaries and submissions.
  • Implementing the Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Project including coordinating routine and annual beach monitoring surveys, reviewing lab results, posting public beach advisories, coordinating public outreach events, and submitting annual reports.
  • Implementing the Tribe’s Non-Point Source Management Plan (and updating as necessary) and addressing non-point source issues impacting, or having the potential to impact, tribal waters.
  • Participating in the Lake Superior partnership calls and working with partners to implement the Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan.
  • Planning and participating in outreach and educational activities to disseminate information about the management efforts to protect, enhance, and restore water resources.
  • Collaborating with other Natural Resources staff on activities and outreach to protect and restore manomin.
  • Identifying new funding sources to address water resources needs and writing grant proposals.
  • Participating in weekly department meetings and coordinating water violations meetings as needed.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Natural Resources Director.
    • Experience successfully managing budgets, supervising staff, administering programs, and writing grants;
    • Experience designing and implementing water resources monitoring programs including experience with quality assurance/quality control standards;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office;
    • Must be self-motivated, trustworthy, dependable, organized, skilled at multi-tasking, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills;
    • Must be willing to occasionally travel to meetings, conferences, and/or trainings, and occasionally work long hours and/or evenings;
    • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and eligibility requirements for coverage under the Tribe’s Auto Insurance Policy for the duration of this position.

Position Qualifications - Required:

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.

Position Qualifications - Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in Hydrology, Environmental Science, or another related field;
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of relevant professional experience;
  • Experience developing and implementing water quality standards;
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS software and using GPS;
  • Experience conducting outreach to increase public awareness of water resources issues;
  • Able to swim and operate motorized boats and ATVs safely;
  • Familiarity and experience with tribal communities and/or Native American issues.

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:

Must be physically able to perform all job duties, including field work with reasonable accommodation if necessary. 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.

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: May 3, 2019

Closes: May 17, 2019 @4:30pm


Send Application and Resume To:

Bad River Tribe Human Resources

P.O. Box 39

Odanah, WI 54861