Title: Director of Natural Resources
Schedule: Monday – Friday
Classification: Full Time – Exempt
Opening Date: November 4, 2022
Salary Range: $60.07 – $90.11 per hour
Closing Date: Open until filled, first review November 11, 2022
Accomplishes the Habitat Restoration, Stewardship, Wildlife, and other Natural Resources program strategic objectives by planning, organizing, and directing all functions required to operate and maintain activities, services, and department operations. Ensures compliance with all tribal, federal, state, county, or other regulatory agency laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations designed to restore, conserve, and protect the natural resources of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (CIT).Honors and represents the mission, vision, values of CIT and of the Natural Resources programs.
***If you are an American Indian/Alaska Native and/or a Veteran and would like this to be considered for hiring, please note this on your cover letter and/or resume***
This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Directs the development of strategic plans for the Habitat Restoration, Stewardship, and Wildlife programs.
Directs the establishment, implementation and communication of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures in accordance with the strategic plan.
Increases management’s effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplining senior managers; communicating values, strategies, and objectives; assigning accountabilities; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; developing a climate for offering information and opinions; integrating functional objectives; providing and participating in educational opportunities.
Assures regulatory compliance for all programs and projects; ensures activities adhere to policies, procedures, regulations, and/or resolutions.
Contribute to departmental effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range issues and goals that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of actions; implementing directives.
Represents the Tribe in local, regional, statewide, national, international, and inter-Tribal natural resource-related working groups, committees, and forums.
Achieves the financial objectives by exercising control and implementation over the budgetary processes.
Prepares and presents reports on the status, activities and plans for current and future operations to the COO, Tribal Manager, Executive Council or Tribal Council as needed.
Establishes effective grant and other revenue development programs for the operation of Cowlitz Tribe of Indians.
Assures effective and efficient implementation of grant monies and assure program compliance with policies and regulations imposed by funding sources.
Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to pursue goals identified by the COO and Tribal Leadership; develops and maintains relationships with peer organizations.
Contributes to the organization’s effectiveness by offering information and opinion as a member of executive management team; integrating objectives with other functions; accomplishing related results as needed.
Enhances professional growth and development through participation in seminars, educational workshops, classes, and conferences.
Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
Knowledge of department organization, functions, objectives, policies, and procedures.
Knowledge of Pacific Northwest ecology and natural resource issues.
Knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis.
Knowledge of budget preparation.
Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows environment.
Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.
Skill in supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
Skill in making effective decisions in emergency situations.
Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.
Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
Ability to work independently and meet strict timelines.
Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.
Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.
Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Biology, Ecology, or related field.
Master’s degree preferred.
Six years progressive experience in working with natural resources or environmental management.
Two years of management experience in natural resources or environmental management.
A combination of relevant education and related work experience may be considered.
Valid driver’s license is required when driving vehicles for work-related purposes.
Must be able to successfully pass a background screening / investigation according to the established requirements below.
Background Investigation Requirements:
Pre-employment drug screen.
Reference checks, education and employment verification.
Federal, state, and/or tribal criminal history and sanction checks including fingerprint verification.
Tribal preference in accordance with Cowlitz Indian Tribe Code and CIT Employee Policies and Procedures Handbook shall apply to all positions. All positions are required to adhere to CIT’s established safety policies regarding vaccine requirements and personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace.
Except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to stand; walk; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 50lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and clarity of vision at long distance.
Work is generally performed in an office or outdoor setting with occasional exposure to excessive noise. Exposure to natural weather conditions and dust, fumes, airborne particles and/or allergens may occur while performing outdoor duties. Standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable ground. Work is occasionally performed near hazardous/moving equipment or machinery and the use protective clothing, equipment, devices, materials is necessary. Overnight travel, evening and/or weekend work is occasionally required.