Tonto National Forest - Tribal Relations Specialist

10/15/2021 08:52 | AAC Admin (Administrator)

Ref No.: 21-00137

Position Type: Internship

Start Date: 01/31/2022

Pay Rate: $12.50 /Hour

Duty Location: Tonto National Forest Supervisor's Office

Tenure: 6 months starting January 31, 2022, Full Time (40 hours/week)

Position Description:
This 26-week program is a rigorous work and learning experience that provides exposure to the Forest Service, development and training opportunities, and the opportunity to make a lasting impression on generations to come. This position requires a detailed oriented and self-motivated individual.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
  • Become familiar with current Tonto NF priority projects for Heritage and Tribal Relations Programs.
  • Understand National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements as they apply to specific Heritage and Tribal program requirements.
  • Strong familiarity with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • Coordinate with Tonto NF Program Leaders and resource specialists to comply with Heritage and Tribal Relations laws, manual, and policy requirements to perform program area analysis for priority projects.
  • Handling culturally and legally sensitive information and maintaining strict confidentiality of same.
  • Strong familiarity with applicable Forest management Laws and Policies.
  • Complete training in Section 106 of the NHPA, and Tribal Relations Training and other assigned trainings.
  • Building strong relationships with diverse communities and interest groups.
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills
  • Enter data into and update the Natural Resource Manager- Heritage Module as necessary.
  • Utilize Mercury correspondence program and ArcGIS/ArcMap as necessary.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to gain exposure to the work of the USDA Forest Service
Required Skills:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Pursuing or holding a Masters' degree in Native American studies, American history, anthropology/archaeology, environmental history, resource planning, environmental planning, geography, or a related field.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and interact professionally with sovereign Tribal Nations, the public, user groups, and agency leadership and staff.
  • General computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to take initiative and work alone or in small groups with minimal supervision.
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check and should possess a valid driver's license with a clean driving record.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Proficiency in Verbal and Written Communication
  • Strong Organizational Skills
  • Knowledge of the NHPA and/or Tribal consultation law and policy.
  • $3,050/mo. in work, travel, and housing stipends 
  • $2,750 allowance available for Forest Service work travel, orientation, trainings, professional development opportunities that align with role and goals
  • Direct Hire Authority Eligibility after completing minimum of 960 hours, DHA status provides special non-competitive hiring status when applying for Forest Service positions.
  • Option for health insurance coverage during full-term
*This is a 1099 position. Persons paid on a 1099 basis are independent contractors and are self-employed. Independent contractors are required to pay all self-employment taxes (Social Security & Medicare) as well as income tax. Independent contractors generally do not receive any type of employment benefits from the client. For more information, please refer to or talk with a tax professional.

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