Makah Tribe Office of Marine Affairs - Request for Proposals:
Position: Oil Pollution, Vessel Traffic Safety, and Environmental Policy Contractor
Timeframe: This contract is for a 6-month period with the possibility of extension.
To Apply: Please submit a CV, cover letter, and a relevant writing sample from your previous work via email to email@example.com by April 23, 2021
Makah Office of Marine Affairs (OMA):
The Makah OMA works to protect the treaty rights and resources of the Makah Tribe in perpetuity through action, planning, and policy engagement at the local, state, and federal levels. Our work focuses on oil pollution and vessel traffic safety specifically, we also address the landscape of threats and opportunities to the ocean and the environment that affect Makah treaty resources. The OMA was created by Makah Tribal Resolution in 2008 to protect Makah treaty resources by improving oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response and vessel traffic safety in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and outer coast of Washington. Applying lessons learned from the General Meigs and Tenyo Maru oil spills, Makah OMA has worked to strengthen protections for our waters, working with federal, state, and tribal partners to elevate the recognition of treaty rights in all appropriate aspects of the maritime sector. The contractor will report directly to Carol Reamer, (Acting) Manager of the Office of Marine Affairs.
The contractor will support the OMA work in tracking ongoing processes and completing several key grant deliverables, including:
- Oil Spill Response Planning: Review and assist with the finalization of the Tribe’s draft oil spill response plan. Research and fill data gaps and develop response tools as identified by OMA and Port of Neah Bay staff.
- Diluted Bitumen Research: Research and develop a policy paper on the fate and behavior of diluted bitumen and data gaps that impact management and response effectiveness. Organize and attend meetings with NOAA Office of Response and Restoration to discuss research needs.
- Review Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90): Review OPA 90 for responsiveness to and integration of treaty rights. Develop a summary or white paper for Makah OMA staff.
- Transboundary Strait of Juan de Fuca Indigenous Caucus: Support the continued development and implementation of a transboundary group of Tribes and First Nations in the Strait to coordinate on emerging vessel traffic safety issues and oil spill planning, preparedness, and response.
- Memorandum of Agreement with USCG: Support OMA staff in contributing to the development and implementation of worklist items from the MOA with the US Coast Guard as needed. Attend meetings and provide summaries, develop products.
- Regional Response Team, Northwest Area Committee: Support OMA staff participation in regional oil spill planning, preparedness, and response forums. Track the development of Task Forces, review new planning approaches for gaps in environmental protection, research emerging issues.
- Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) and WA Environmental Policy Engagement: Support our ongoing coordination and participation in various PSP forums and help OMA staff track ongoing and emerging environmental policy issues. Assist OMA staff in developing summaries, responding to plans, creating policy documents, and other related efforts.
A successful contractor will have:
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental policy, or a related field and three years of relevant experience OR Master’s degree in environmental science, environmental or public policy, or related field and one year of relevant experience.
- Experience working with Tribal Governments and understanding of treaty rights
- Knowledge of state and federal laws, policies, and regulations related to environmental and ocean issues, familiarity with oil pollution and vessel traffic safety issues preferred
- Excellent writing skills and experience writing and editing a variety of professional documents including plans, research summaries, policy briefs, etc. The ability to summarize technical information, conduct basic research, and develop reports is crucial to this position.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and familiarity communicating with a wide variety of people
- Project management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects
- Ability to successfully work independently as well as in a team environment
- Competence with computer skills, email, google drive, Microsoft office suite, various online meeting platforms (zoom, google meets, MS Teams, etc.).