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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
PO Box 15004
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5004
Phone: (928) 523-9555
Fax: (928) 523-1266
Email: itep@nau.edu
Navajo Nation Environmental Workforce Development Program:

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona has received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to train Navajo Nation tribal members for environmental cleanup jobs and provide job placement assistance. The job training program is targeting unemployed or underemployed Navajo tribal residents, particularly those living in communities impacted by uranium mining and cleanup activities. There is no cost to qualified participants for training and job placement activities.

ITEP will work with the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation Department of Workforce Development to recruit 20 tribal members for each training cycle during years one and two, leading to the education and certification of up to 40 graduates over the first two years of the program.

Application is now CLOSED! At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 training program.

Year One:
  • Recruit, interview and select 20 participants (Fall 2013/March 2014)
  • Provide training courses for participants (May 27 - June 20, 2014)
  • Conduct job support activities and placement (Summer 2014)

Year Two:
  • Recruit, interview and select 20 participants (Fall 2014/March 2015)
  • Provide training courses for participants (April 20 - May 2015)
  • Conduct job support activities and placement (Summer 2015)

Training Courses:
  • Orientation to Environmental Cleanup
  • 40-Hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response)
  • Radiological Technician
  • OSHA 30-Hr Construction Safety

  • Must have a Navajo Census Number and Certificate of Indian Blood
  • Be unemployed or underemployed
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED

Training Location:
  • Window Rock, AZ (2014)
  • Flagstaff, AZ (2015)

2014 Training Highlights

Participants arrived in St. Michaels, Arizona on May 27, 2014, and began their four-week training in hazardous waste operations, site worker safety standards, radiation hazards, and other health hazards in the workplace. The overarching goal of the training was to train the participants environmental cleanup and occupational safety skills in preparation for various remediation projects. Training ended on June 19, 2014. A graduation ceremony honoring the trainees was held on Friday, June 20, 2014 in Window Rock, Arizona.

Click HERE for training images.

For more information please contact:
Roberta Tohannie, Program Coordinator, Sr.
Tel: 928/523-2082
Email: Roberta.Tohannie@nau.edu

Last updated: February 4, 2015


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