Salary: $59,925.62

The Air Quality Specialist is part of the Environmental Protection Department within the Quinault Division of Natural Resources. The primary functions of this position are to implement an air quality program intended to protect the air quality within the Quinault Indian Reservation and to maintain compliance with the U.S. Clean Air Act including compliance with the Federal Air Rules for Reservations or FARR. This position is funded by the EPA’s non-competitive air quality, multi-purpose and IGAP grants.  Primary duties of the position include indoor air quality outreach and education, emissions reduction projects, grant writing, EPA reports and bi-annual work plans, air quality monitoring, climate change research and monthly EPA air quality meetings/calls.

The Air Quality Program Specialist is expected to manage a comprehensive air quality program dealing with air quality issues within the Quinault Reservation. This program includes implementation of the necessary actions for compliance with the Clean Air Act, and Federal Air Rules for Reservations. The incumbent will conduct ongoing air quality sampling, participation in planning processes, and working with issues related to both point and non-point source pollution. The position shall monitor processes within and outside of the Quinault Usual and Accustomed area that may affect air quality.

The position will work with other Departments within the Division of Natural Resources, and with other Divisions of the Quinault Indian Nation on air related issues. This position is currently funded at 30 hours per week or at a 75% position, the position does have the capability of becoming a full time (40) hours per week position if funding is available or acquired in the future.

Responsible to perform and oversee the performance of various fields, laboratory and statistical duties related to air quality issues managed by the Quinault Nation.

Reviews proposed activities that may affect air quality within the Quinault Reservation and within the Quinault U&A. Provides comments as necessary to protect QIN resources.

Coordinates closely with other staff in QDNR as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position is not a supervisory position at this time. The position may involve supervision of temporary or permanent technicians in the future.


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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor of Science Degree in natural sciences or closely related field.

One year of experience in air quality, EPA programs or natural resource field .
A MSDegree or Ph.D. may substitute for experience.

Valid Washington State Drivers License required or ability to acquire license on once hired.

Knowledge of quantitative techniques and procedures including study design, statistical methods, and sampling methods.

Understanding of indoor and outdoor air quality issues.

Ability to express ideas effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. Ability to write reports and grants, prepare power point presentations, and convey technical information effectively to Natural Resources Director, Business Committee, tribal members, agency staff and the public.

Ability to deal tactfully with tribal communities. Ability to write technical reports.

Ability to work independently.

Ability to understand and accept direction. Ability to manage large complex data sets. Ability to interpret air quality related data.


Experience with computer applications including Word, Excel and Access.

Experience with air quality and analytical equipment used in the professional laboratory and field sampling.

Experience working in tribal communities

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