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Chelángen Resource Specialist

Chelángen (Culture)
$14.80 - $20.31/hour, FLSA Non-Exempt
40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, with some weekends/evenings
Open Until Filled
Jan 10, 2020
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The Chelángen Resource Specialist is responsible for providing resources to tribal members, Samish staff, and the general public to educate about the Samish culture. This position needs to be able to discern what knowledge is appropriate to provide to different community sectors.  The Chelángen Resource Specialist must have knowledge of traditional materials, their locations, and how to harvest them. The Chelángen Resource Specialist is responsible for keeping cultural supplies inventoried and stocked. This position also assists the Chelángen Events Planner during events.

Principle Duties
  1. Responds to requests for information and provides resources to those seeking knowledge about the traditions, culture, and history of the Samish Indian Nation
  2. Maintains a list of tribal members and others with traditional skills and knowledge for teaching, demonstrating, and public speaking
  3. Maintains a map of traditional cultural flora and fauna harvesting locations
  4. Keeps the cultural supplies inventoried and stocked. This includes materials like beads, yarn, and tools in addition to traditional natural supplies
  5. Responds to requests for cultural presentations at local community events.
  6. During large events and gatherings, works under the Chelángen Events Planner to assist during setup, the event itself, and clean up
  7. Performs other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
  1. Must have knowledge of traditional Coast Salish uses of plants and their habitats
  2. Must possess a high school diploma or GED
  3. Must have a valid driver’s license
  4. Must be able to walk over various terrains and carry up to 30 lbs over distance
  5. Must have moderate computer skills with knowledge of MS Office and e-file management
Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Periods of sitting, including driving (50% of time); bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, carrying, and pushing (20% of time); and standing and walking (30% of time). Occasionally lifts/carries up to 30lbs. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to use office equipment with frequent repetitive motion such as writing, typing, paperwork-handling, and phone use. Must possess the ability to view print on a computer screen and/or paper document; the ability to speak and hear to exchange information with end users by telephone Mental/Visual Demands: Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: Work environment is partly indoors with heat and some air conditioning and party outdoors which may include inclement weather. Occasionally works alone without benefit of supervisor or co-worker. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Work requires vehicular travel and minimal risks which require safety precautions.

Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry.  Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY:  This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members.  The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual.  Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.

Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter.  Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring.  BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history, as well as a pre-employment drug screen. The Drug Free Workplace Policy has not changed since the passing of WA State I-502. While Initiative 502 legalized marijuana within Washington State, employers maintain the right to decide on their tolerance policy. Because we receive federal grant dollars from the federal government, we still consider marijuana as an illegal substance and its use and possession completely prohibited.

This position is a “covered position” under the Tribe’s Indian Child and Family Violence Act Policy and all applicants must undergo a fingerprint background investigation in order to be hired for this position.  The Tribe will not hire, permit anyone to work or volunteer in a covered position if the person has ever been found guilty or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to any offense under federal, state, or Tribal law which involves violence, threat of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, prostitution, crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children.

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