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

Job Title:                              Water Resources Specialist

Department:                        Natural Resource Department

Hourly Rate:                       $16.00/hour - $19.00/hour (dependent upon qualifications)

Exempt:                                No/Hourly (40 hrs/wk)

Supervisor:                          Natural Resources Director           

Summary: The Water Resources Specialist will be responsible for managing the Water Resources Program within the Bad River Tribe’s Natural Resources Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Will be responsible for administration of projects/programs related to water resources, including preparation and submission of grant/contract applications for water resources program, managing budgets, and preparation and submission of progress and technical reports.
  • Will be responsible for supervising Water Resources Program staff.
  • Will be responsible for implementation of tribal water quality standards, 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.
  • Will be responsible for derivation or refinement of narrative and numeric criteria to protect designated uses defined by tribal water quality standards.
  • Will develop and implement water resources monitoring, including water chemistry, biomonitoring (e.g., benthic invertebrate surveys), and physical surveys. Will develop and implement Quality Assurance Project Plans for data collection efforts.
  • Will provide oversight of the Tribal Water Laboratory to ensure adherence with quality assurance/quality control protocols.
  • Will be responsible for management of water resources data.
  • Will implement and refine the Department’s Lake Superior beach monitoring project, including monitoring of beach health and notifying the public of beach safety concerns.
  • Will implement and update the Tribe’s Non-Point Source Management Plan and provide assistance to address non-point source issues impacting, or having the potential to impact, tribal waters.
  • Will participate in the Lake Superior partnership calls and work with partners to implement the Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan.
  • Will plan and participate outreach and educational activities to disseminate information about current conditions of water resources, threats to the water resources, and management actions to protect, enhance, and restore water resources.
  • Will monitor and evaluate progress in relation to program goals and objectives defined in program contract(s).
  • Will actively investigate funding sources to address water resources needs.
  • Will help coordinate protection and restoration of manomin.
  • 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 of a Bachelor’s degree in Water Resources, Biology, Chemistry, or other water resources related field.

Two years practical experience in water resources management.

Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

Must have experience successfully managing multiple projects and budgets.

Must have experience with grant administration and grant writing.

Must have experience designing and implementing water resources monitoring, including quality assurance/quality control standards.

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

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

Must be organized and have the ability to multitask.


Master’s degree in water resources, environmental studies, or other water resources related field.

Three (3) to five (5) years of relevant professional experience.

Experience working with Tribal communities.

Experience using GPS and GIS.

Experience developing and implementing water quality standards.

Experience conducting outreach activities to increase public awareness of water resources issues.

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.


Qualified applicants will need to provide, unofficial transcripts, copy of degree, list of three references:


Open: 7/11/18

Closes: 7/25/18 4:30pm


Please Submit all required documents to:

Bad River Tribe

Attn: Human Resource Department

P.O. Box 39

Odanah, WI 54861

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