Sault Tribe
  • - Environmental
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • $16.54
  • Hourly
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes

The Environmental Research Associate, under the direction of the Environmental Program Manager is responsible for gathering, preparing, and analyzing information that will be used to assist Tribal Environmental services in protecting and restoring the natural resources of the Tribe.  This position is responsible for gathering information and consulting with Federal, State and local officials to draft strategic natural resources documents and plans, which incorporate Tribal priorities in natural resource management planning, land acquisition, land development, and environmental concerns.  The position is also responsible for supporting the Environmental Program with administrative and librarian services.                                                                                     

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Plans, organizes, and conducts research in scientific, cultural, historic, and economic fields. 
  • Develops plans for project prepared by Environmental Program Manager to outline research    procedures to be followed.
  • Plans schedule according to variety of methods to be used, availability and quantity of resources.      
  • Conducts research, utilizing library, archives, and collections, and other sources of information, to      collect, record, analyze, and evaluate facts.                                             
  • Develops alternate plans for program or project, incorporating recommendations, for review by           Tribal Board of Directors.          
  • Maintains collection of socioeconomic, environmental, and regulatory data related to   Environmental Department functions, for use by planning and administrative personnel in       government and private sectors.                   
  • Reviews plans and proposals submitted by other governmental planning commissions or private       organizations to assist in formulation of overall plans for Tribal natural areas including wetlands. 
  • Prepares reports of completed projects for presentation to the Tribal Board or for use in further           program activities.  
  • Supports the Environmental Program by providing administrative and librarian services for other        program staff.         
  • Works with Federal, State and other Tribal resources and environmental professionals to integrate       environmental/GIS programs with tribal goals and cultural values.                                                              

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Ensures tools and equipment are safely and correctly used, maintained, and stored.                 
  • Participates in Environmental Department outreach activities regarding water issues and          technologies.  
  • Attends meetings, training, and conferences as required to maintain professional skills.
  • All other job related duties as assigned.




Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, customers including children and youth taking part in Tribal Programs, outside vendor/service providers and Federal, State and local agency representatives.




Position light with lifting of 20 pounds and frequent lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds.  Physical factors include frequent walking, sitting, use of hearing, smell, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception, field of vision, typing and occasional standing, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crawling and reaching, travel and bending. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather, extreme cold, and wet/humidity and air quality. Potential hazards include occasional exposure to chemicals, insecticides/pesticides, infectious exposure, needles/syringes and computer and equipment use. When visiting job sites personal protection equipment required; steel-toed boots, hard hat, tear away safety vest and other hi-visibility clothing.      




Education: Bachelor's Degree in Physical, Natural Sciences or related field involving scientific research such as Applied Sciences or Engineering required.


Experience: Minimum of 2 years of experience in library research required; 5 years preferred.


Certifications/License: Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must have working knowledge and be able to use word processing and spreadsheet and data base software. Must be able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisory personnel, coworkers and the general public. Must have interest and motivation to achieve Tribal environmental goals. Must be able to work extended hours in emergency to protect public health and safety. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred.


This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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