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Environmental Scientist

Diné College
Tuba City, AZ
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Environmental Scientist

Tuba City Campus

Duty Schedule:

Full-time professional environmental scientist position. 40+ hours per week supervised by Center Investigators with extensive work at outdoor sites across the Navajo Nation and onsite at one of the Dine' College campuses.

Summary/Objective of Position:

Dine' College Water is Life Center is hiring a full-time environmental scientist to design and execute sample collection and analysis of samples of environmental health and research relevance. Will coordinate collection trips with Center Investigators, students and other staff to fulfill the research priorities of the Water is Life Center. Also will design and maintain a GIS-linked database of environmental findings across the Navajo Nation and surrounds.

Disclaimer: This is not necessarily and exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Plan and execute sample collection and field analysis protocols for water and biological samples.

Design and maintain sample storage and GIS-linked research database to re-patriate and archive samples and data relating to the environmental research on the Navajo Nation.

Assist with and learn analytical techniques at the Tsaile Campus core laboratory.

Other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience


B.S. in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or related discipline or equivalent experience. Demonstrated mechanical aptitutde and environmental field experience. Should be familiar with Dine' traditions and traditional ecological knowledge and concerns.


Three years of field environmental science research. Experience reporting to and consulting with various tribabasil constituencies and agencies. Knowledge of hydrological testing and basic water quality assays.


• Water and biological sample collection and processing.
• Knowledge and experience with Navajo Nation policies and procedures- IRB, EPA, etc..
• Knowledge of laboratory research needs and major vendors.
• Computer mastery of Excel, Work, email, internet and QuickBooks.
• Basic GIS familiarity.


• Mechanical aptitude.
• Professional demeanor.
• Organization and lab record keeping.


•Comfortable with numbers and math.
•Ability to build long-term working relationship with scientist investigators.
•Ability to coordinate and work online through Zoom or similar applications with multiple campuses.
•Organizational skills
•Responsive communicator in person, telephone, email, etc.

Physical Requirements, Work Environment & Travel:

• Use of college vehicle, which requires updated Navajo Nation Public Highway Safety certificate.
• Proficient in the use of Computer Software, such as Microsoft Office and Zoom.
• Works primarily, although not exclusively, in a climate-controlled environment.
• Able to lift 50 lbs.

Other Requirement(s):

• Valid Driver's License and Navajo Nation Tribal Permit to drive college vehicles.
• Ability to speak Navajo.

Diné College


Tuba City, AZ
86045 USA


Energy and Environment