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Enviromental Justice Air Monitoring Network Specialist - Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Environmental Justice Leadership Team


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

7851 2nd Street Southwest, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Position Type


Title: EJ Air Monitoring Network Specialist - Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Environmental Justice Leadership Team
Stipend: $500.00/week living stipend $300.00/week housing stipend equal to $1600.00 before taxes to be deposited on a bi-weekly basis.

Term:  48-week service term. October 30, 2023- September 27, 2024

Reports to: Strategic Plan Implementation Coordinator
Location: Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 7851 2nd Street SW

Status: Full Time, 48 weeks, 1,700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term

Benefits: Health Benefit eligible upon service start date, AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,495.00 after successful completion of service term. $1,300.00 Professional Development Funds, Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring authority certificate upon completion.


Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps’ Mission

Our vision is to lead our Nation's back to ecological and cultural well-being by engaging underrepresented Indigenous youth and young adults in conservation service programs that reconnect participants to the land, their cultural heritage, and their traditions. We work to remove barriers to participation, education, and employment by partnering with local community organizations, agencies, and institutes of higher learning to create paid service and career training opportunities, personal and professional development, and pathways to postsecondary education and employment.


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Justice Team

The purpose of the Environmental Justice Leadership Team is to guide the implementation of Valle de Oro NWR‘s Environmental and Economic Justice Strategic Plan. As well as the overall- just development of the refuge. The mission of the Valle de Oro NWR EJ Leadership Team is to forward environmental, economic, and social justice through the community-based natural and cultural resource management.

Program Overview:
The Air Monitoring Network Specialist will support the Valle De Oro (VDO) Environmental and Economic Justice Strategic Plan, by working on community-based environmental remediation, monitoring and mitigation activities to protect local health. The EJ Air Network Specialist will work closely with the EJ Air Steering Committee members consisting of the Pueblo of Isleta, Mountain View Coalition, Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps, Friends of Valle de Oro, Los Jardines Institute, Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program, and the Federal VDO well as other EJ Air Network Personnel, and partners and contractors.


EJ Air Network Specialist will help plan and prepare systems, and then conduct field work with state-of-the-art air quality monitoring equipment to record and analyze air quality data in the Mountain View Neighborhood, Valle de Oro NWR, and the larger South Valley area. The data collected by the Specialist will help identify and assess public health and safety risks from pollution and paint a picture of the environmental injustices faced by local communities. Ultimately, the data will be used to help build solutions to mitigate and prevent further harms.

As part of this position, the Specialist will be engaged in technical training with air monitoring equipment, as well as local traditional ecological knowledge from indigenous and land-based community members for a holistic monitoring approach. This offers the Specialist career development opportunities to deepen their skills or gain new skills in the environmental monitoring field, which expected to grow and be increasingly popular as we continue to face environmental injustices and create real transformative solutions.

Required Skills

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  1. Equipment Management and Operations
    • Review, validate, and track monitoring data, audits, and day to day activities associated with the operation and maintenance of continuous air monitoring stations.
    • Review the activities of contractors and operators to ensure compliance with state and federal network objectives.
    •  Conduct field inspections to identify and resolve any potential issues and/or provide recommendations.
    • Deploy, maintain, and manage equipment inventory.
    • Track coverage and respond to inquiry as appropriate with guidance from supervisor.

  2.  Data quality management
    • Provide technical support associated with the operations, maintenance, and troubleshooting of air monitoring equipment by reviewing and assessing air monitoring data, researching equipment issues and resolutions, and conducting field visits.
    • Participate in the review and evaluation of project procedures and guidance materials. Advise and provide feedback to management regarding program activities and/or issues.
    • Help coordinate the successful collection and transfer of data with OpenAQ software system.
    • Develop monthly air quality data summaries and report.
    • Conduct routine quality assurance checks on equipment.

  3.   Community Newsletter Produce and participate in educational/professional trainings.
    • Maintain job proficiency by attending training, offered internally and by outside vendors and agencies, relevant to air monitoring and contract management.
    • Provide training and oversight to air monitoring personnel, contract operators, and local programs. Complete required competency evaluations for all air monitoring equipment.
    • Assist with the training community technicians and EJ Air Network partners.
    • Participate in meetings and discussions with the EJ Air Steering Committee, local and state agency partners, and community partners. Represent EJ Air Network in meetings and public functions to provide information and to promote coordination with fellow programs.

Training opportunities will be provided for candidate throughout their internship.

Required Experience


● Agree to practice the Environmental Justice (EJ) Principles and the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing to the best of your ability.
● Read and align the work of EJ Air with Valle de Oro NWR Environmental and Economic Justice Strategic Plan (EEJSP).
● Bachelor’s Degree, Relevant in-field experience. Or A combination of work (lived experience) and education with a strong background in project management, community relations, and environmental justice.

Some of the skills, education, training, and interests being sought include:
● Experience in Participatory and Community-Based Research
● Strong Writing and Communication
● Collaborative and Community-minded
● Computer and Mechanical Skills (such as network and server management)
● Data Management and Audits
● Experience with Environmental Monitoring and/or air monitoring systems
● Historical Knowledge of Environmental Justice
● Knowledgeable in Community-based Research strategies

● 21 years of age or older
● High School Diploma
● U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
o A passport indicating that the INS has been approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence A departure record (INS 194) indication that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence.
● Valid driver’s license
● Participate in occasional offsite in person/virtual meetings, trainings, and presentations.
● Relevant field experience or coursework.

Preferred Qualifications
● Locals from New Mexico, those who are bilingual, and those with experience in community-based participatory research and programs are encouraged to apply.

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public inappropriate languages.


To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with your online application.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ancestral Lands Individual Placements Program Coordinator, Andrea Hanks at


This position is located at 7851 2nd Street Southwest, Albuquerque, NM. View the Google Map in full screen.