Environmental Protection Agency

Elem Indian Colony Tribal Community of 53 acres near Rattlesnake Island determined by Health Department as unsafe to raise children due to the levels of Mercury contamination.
Our EPA Department has been re-instated with previous grants and new grants to determine the future of our Elem children.
1. GAP Grant
2. Superfund Grant
3. Climate Grant
4. Fish & Wildlife Grant
New EPA Director, Karola Kennedy at 707-994-3400 or Cell Phone Number: 707-295-8577
Current Job Opportunities:  Environmental Program Coordinator under EPA Department


The Environmental Program Coordinator will work in the Tribal Environmental Office under the supervision of the Environmental Director. This position will be responsible for capacity-building and implementation of the Tribe’s Environmental programs and work plans as it relates to restoration, preservation, and protection of the natural resources. This position will have a strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on and off tribal lands and eagerness to work outside in all conditions. The Environmental Program Coordinator will help coordinate and implement activities such as environmental assessments, conducting research, interpreting data, providing technical assistance, providing outreach and education activities, and identifying and pursuing other funding for the Environmental Department. This position will work collaboratively with the Environmental Director to develop, implement, and monitor environmental strategies, policies, and programs that promote sustainable development for our Tribal Community and Tribal Membership.



  • Develop and implement stream and wetland restoration program strategies, goals, objectives, project work plans and budgets in accordance with established time lines
  • Network and coordinate with local, regional, statewide and national organizations regarding environmental issues for the benefit of the Tribe
  • Participate in meetings for the local Tribal Environmental Organizations – MLSTEP, HERC, Annual Conference
  • Research and prepare grant applications for environmental issues and other projects, as assigned
  • Using Elem Indian Colony’s Surface Water Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), conduct water quality monitoring on monthly basis on Clear Lake using Tribal monitoring equipment; some samples will be sent to local labs.
  • Assist Environmental Director with calibrating and proper maintenance of water sampling equipment.
  • Input of field data into electronic data sheets, QC data, and perform water quality assessments.
  • Participate with Outreach booth activities at various events around Lake and other counties – Native American Days, Earth Day Celebrations, Tule Boat Festival, Tribal Olympics, Indian Days
  • Work with emergency response team to address environmental incidents such as wildfire



  • An active interest in ecological restoration management and community outreach
  • Strong interest in natural resource conservation, especially small populations and threatened and endangered species
  • Interest in or experience with plant identification
  • Familiarity with biological and ecological concepts
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office Suite, ability to enter data and make basic charts in Excel, and eagerness and ability to learn other software
  • Strong technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team pitches in and contributes to achieving group goals, supports everyone’s efforts to succeed while balancing team and individual responsibilities.
  • Strong organizational skills, initiative, and attention to detail
  • Ability to operate or learn to operate Tribal monitoring equipment (Hydrolab, Solnist Stream Gages, Met Station, GPS) is required
  • Candidate must be able to bend and lift up to 50 pounds, tolerate long periods of working under inclement conditions, possess knowledge of safety, capable of implementing scientific studies in the field, data analysis and research methods.
  • Physically able to work outside and ability to hike to some remote spots. Level of hiking will be moderate
  • Ability to travel periodically to local, regional and out of state meetings and training
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Willing to submit to and pass drug tests



  • This position requires a BA/BS degree, preferably in a related field, and/or minimum 5 years of previous related experience.
  • Applicants should possess complete working knowledge and skills necessary for Federal, State and Native Lands programs, regulations, codes and ordinances, including knowledge of NEPA and CEQA.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Decision Making-the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully to make the responsible decision.
  • Interpersonal Skills—the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others’ ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things.
  • Oral communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings.
  • Customer Oriented – the individual delivers excellent service to both internal and external customers in a friendly and courteous manner.
  • Time Management—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities uses time efficiently and develop realistic action plans.
  • Detail Oriented—the individual demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Reliability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Organized—the individual keeps clean and organized workspace and projects.
  • Motivated—the individual inspires self and others about them to get the job done and follow through on tasks.

Preference in filling vacancies goes to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act.  Some training is available for this position.

Please submit:

  1. Application
  2. Resume of education, work experience and job skills
  3. Cover letter

Karola Kennedy, Environmental Director

Elem Indian Colony

PO Box 757

Lower Lake, CA 95457.

Email:  kkarolaepa@gmail.com

Fax:  707-994-3408.

Please make mention of your abilities to complete the tasks listed in this job description.

Position will be open until filled. First round of applications reviewed on October 10, 2018.

40 Hours per week. Salary $19.00 to $24.00 per hour DOE.