Employment & Opportunities

It is the policy of the Prairie Island Indian Community to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, or national origin. This policy is based upon the philosophy of the Equal Employment Act of 1996. This policy will be adhered to with the exception of the provisions governed by Indian Preference.

In compliance with the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs under Section 7(b)Public Law 93-638, the Prairie Island Indian Community, Indian preference applies for all employment vacancies.

Prairie Island Indian Community is a drug-free work environment.

Current Employment Opportunities

If interested, please send resume to:

Rachael Zebro, HR

Prairie Island Indian Community

5636 Sturgeon Lake Road

Welch, MN 55089

or call 800 554-5473, ext. 4138 for more information.

E-mail: rachael.zebro@piic.org

or Fax: 651 385-4180

Communications Coordinator

Under the general supervision of the Communications Manager, the Communications Coordinator performs a range of specialized and administrative duties focused on promoting and preserving the Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) brand. The Communications Coordinator will take the lead on creating content and building out the PIIC social media plan. In addition, this role will support the variety of PIIC departments in communicating with internal and external stakeholders.
*Support the Communications Manager in all areas of business communication strategies.
*Communicating with Key Stakeholders.
*Draft, schedule and maintain the Prairie Island social media channels.
*Support creation and maintain the communication tools and resources, including (but not limited to), Website, Tinta Wita (Monthly newsletter), Information Packets and Smoke Signals (Employee Newsletter).
*Support community engagement efforts, including on-site event management.
*Create unique content for use in Tribe’s communication efforts, including, event photography, video, and Social Posts.
*Assist in monitoring media and keeping media lists up to date.
*Performs other related duties as required and assigned.
A bachelor’s degree in Communications or related field.
Experience working with Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Knowledge of social media platforms.
Be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
Must have excellent writing and editing skills.
Must be sensitive to Native American Culture
Pass a criminal background check and drug screen (UA).
Possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.
Minimum one year of experience in a communications role.
Experience capturing event photography.
Proven Adobe InDesign experience.
Graphic Design skills and a creative mindset.
Experience copywriting and creating content.
Closing Date: Friday, October 29, 2021.

Human Resources Generalist

Under the general supervision of the HR Director, the HR Generalist (HRG) provides a wide variety of both complex and routine administrative services. The HRG will lead the administration of recruitment processes and onboarding. In addition, this role serves as a guide for Human Resources and will assist with policy development, compliance and more.
-Personal and professional development of organization’s personnel, which involves, employee orientation, development and training.
-Develop and administer New Employee Orientation
-Assist in maintaining complete employee files in accordance with best practice and appropriate laws.
-Maintains HRIS records and data
-Actively participates and attends meetings
-Supports the implementation of HR programs and policies.
-Conduct exit interviews and track trends.
-Supports annual merit and budget processes.
-Leads all recruitment efforts and onboarding staff.
-Assist in development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures
-Contribute to space planning
-Participate in the Employee Engagement Committee
-Performs other related duties as required and assigned
-An Associate or bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Psychology, Sociology or related field.
-Minimum three plus years of HR Generalist experience demonstrating HR competencies in business acumen, relationship building, and recruitment.
-Experience in Talent Management.
-Problem resolution and critical thinking skills.
-Excellent interpersonal skills, strong listening skills.
-Strong written and verbal communication skills
-Strong teamwork and organization skills.
-Integrity, maturity, dependability, a positive attitude and strong work ethic
-Advanced skill level in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
-Strong analytical skills with high detail orientation
-Knowledge of technology and tools for best practices
-Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
-Sound judgement and problem solving skills
-Familiar with employment and labor laws
-Able to work autonomously
-Sensitive to Native American culture
-Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurability
-Pass a drug screening (UA) and criminal background check
-Experience in various human resource disciplines.
-HR experience in government and/or tribal setting.
-Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
-Knowledge of ADP system.
-HRIS navigational skills.
-Experience with compensation programs.
Closing Date: Friday, October 22, 2021.

Family Health Services Manager

The Family Health Services Manager provides overall planning, direction and management of the Family Health Department including the Clinic, Indian Health Services, CHRs, Fitness Center and related contracts and grants. Also responsible for administration of Tribal Health Plan. The Family Health Manager will administer and fulfill the responsibilities of all related grants.
*Supervises, monitors and provides direction to the Family Health staff and other employees being paid from health related grants.
*Prepare 1095 tax Form B for insurance beneficiaries of Tribal Health Plan
*Negotiate third party contracts to establish fair rate for Tribal members
*Facilitates monthly staff meetings and handles all personnel issues within department.
*Approves all necessary training, meetings and seminars for Family Health staff.
*Assists the department in developing and implementing policies and procedures.
*Monitors and ensures that the goals and directives of the Health department and applicable contracts and grants from funding agencies are being complied with.
*Coordinates and assists department with the implementation and prevention, education and program services for members of the Community.
*Establishes, monitors and administers the Family Health Departmental budget.
*Monitors and oversees the self-funded tribal insurance plans; including negotiating rates with vendors to utilize Medicare and PRC rates
*Networks with area services (Minnesota tribes, state and county health agencies) to identify and develop specific plans for program improvement.
*Explores, evaluates and recommends changes as deemed necessary with the healthcare options available to the Prairie Island Indian Community.
*Prepares monthly written reports for the Tribal Council and Tribal Operations on all Family Health Department activities and oral reports as requested by Tribal Council.
*Oversee Fitness Center staff and Wellness Programs for Tribal members
*Other duties as assigned by Tribal Administration and Tribal Council.
*Degree in Health Administration, Business or related field plus three years of management experience, preferably working in the Native American community.
*A minimum 3 years of experience working with health benefits is required.
*CPR certification a plus
*Experience working with Indian Health Services
*Knowledge of Contracts and Grants and PL 93-638.
*Sensitive to Native American culture.
*Excellent organizational skills.
*Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
*Must pass a drug-screening test.
*Must have valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.
Closing Date: Friday, October 22, 2021.

Energy Program Manager - Net Zero

The Prairie Island Indian Community is seeking a qualified Program Manager for Prairie Island’s energy initiatives, including the Net Zero Emissions Program (Net Zero Program). The Net Zero Program’s goal is to create and sustain a compressive energy system that results in net zero emissions.

The employee will assume primary responsibilities for implementation and management, of the Net Zero Emission Program, and drive the achievement of program goals. This energy professional is expected to manage several energy projects within the program, provide primary technical assistance to peers, and provide strategic planning to the climate and energy programs addressing the broader community’s greenhouse gas reduction, energy resiliency, energy sustainability and energy sovereignty goals of the Tribe.
· Help the Tribe develop a long-term energy resiliency program that is scalable, and may include a Tribal Utility Authority or Energy Department.
· Oversee onsite and offsite Tribal-owned electric generation facilities.
· Plan review for new construction under the Net Zero Program.
· Collaborate on planning and implementation strategies for Tribal buildings and operations to achieve building and transportation electrification benchmarks and standards.
· Supervise consultants providing professional services that are related to the Net Zero Program, such as annual building benchmarking.
· Collaborate with other energy management peers and facility personnel on Tribal microgrids, green energy projects, Tribal sustainability vision and the implementation of the Net Zero Program buildout.
· Review scopes of work and conduct return on investment analyses for energy efficiency projects and energy performance contracts, budgets, and project timelines.
· Support or lead grant project development, application, and execution.
· Communicate complex energy concepts in an accessible way to staff, elected officials, and the public through verbal presentations, written memos and position papers, and Tribal Council reports.
· Represent the Tribe on regional and state-wide committees, and participate in regional, interdepartmental, and community work groups on energy and sustainability issues.
· Comment on subcontractor proposals and legislation and statewide utilities commission initiatives.
· Maintain relationships with local utilities to enhance potential partnerships and future negotiations.
· Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, architecture, urban planning, energy engineering, or a related field
· Ten years of progressively responsible experience in energy planning, energy program management, or other energy related program areas.
· Professionally demonstrated technical, analytic, and urban development skills using Building Science, Green Building, and Passive Building design, preferably enhanced with experience in promoting Net Zero Energy Building design.
· Demonstrated background/expertise in renewable energy resources and transactional mechanisms such as power purchase agreements and off-site virtual power purchase agreements, and renewable energy credits.
· Ability to work well with others and within the existing department and governmental structure.
· If needed, the ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.
· The ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision.
· Sensitive to Native American Culture
· Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal and organizational skills
· Pass drug screen (UA) and a criminal background check
· Valid driver’s license and proof of insurability
· Working knowledge of clean transportation vehicles of various vehicle classes, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
· Familiarity with building design and improvement impacts on greenhouse gas inventories, and developing effective reduction strategies that align with energy, buildings, transportation, renewables and other optimization and conservation measures and technologies.
· Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and/or LEED AP Credentials and/or PMP is highly desired
Closing Date: Open until filled.

Water/Wastewater Manager

The Water/Wastewater Manager is skilled in the operations and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment and in laboratory testing of same. Manager is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the Water and Wastewater Department.
*Manger the daily operations of PIIC Class “C” water plant and Class “A” Wastewater Plants.
*Maintains filing and reporting system of all activities in the Water/Wastewater Department.
*Supervises all lab tests conducted at the water and wastewater plants.
*Supervises and trains staff in water and wastewater maintenance.
*Prepares reports as requested and attends Tribal Council meetings as requested.
*Prepares and submits monthly and annual reports to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as required.
*Maintains, inspects and oversees the operation of the tribal utility’s collection and distribution system.
*Coordinates with outside agencies to ensure satisfactory work performance on any projects as required by Tribal Council.
*Maintain Wastewater pond as needed; includes repairs or fixes as necessary and keeps berm mowed and fence line clean.
*Performs routine maintenance on water and wastewater equipment and maintains written records on same on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual basis.
*Schedules routine and special maintenance for all vehicles and mowers and the department must perform those tasks that do not require specialized expertise.
*Responds to any water or wastewater complaints and reports; including homes on tribal land.
*Grant administration.
*Other duties assigned.
*Class A Wastewater license.
*Class C water license.
*Type 4 Biosolids license.
*Technical degree in Water /Wastewater.
*Minimum six years of water/wastewater experience.
*Valid driver’s license and proof of insurability
*Knowledge of Mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems.
*Knowledge of computer applications and programs including Scada.
*Knowledge of GIS & GPS.
*Ability to work outside in all types of weather.
*Ability to lift up to fifty pounds
*Sensitive to Native American culture.
*Must pass a UA (drug screening) test and criminal background check.
*Associates degree in Science (AAS)
*Ten years of water/wastewater experience
*Experience with a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR)
*Familiarity and experience with utility water/wastewater projects
Closing date: Open until filled.

Activities Coordinator

The Activities coordinator will assist, plan and monitor all family health activities and programs, act as liaison between students, administrative staff, vendors and community members to facilitate the success of educational activities/programs. Organization and preparation are key elements to hosting successful events. Activity directors are leaders, it is their responsibility to ensure that trained staff are available to help with art projects; supervise sporting events; facilitate recreational activities; and address emergency situations. They must support Native American students and clients, and willing to learn appropriate cultural boundaries. They may also be required to work evenings or weekends in order to attend extracurricular health events.
· Support nutrition and Family Health Assistant in event planning
· Design events, games, competitions, and social gatherings that engage clients and guests in personal and community health and wellness. Educational opportunities include dates of no school, early release dates, Youth Summer Camp, Spring Break, and as assigned
· Creativity, social awareness, enthusiasm, and energy to plan and host community events
· Budget planning for all activities
· Coordinate use of facilities and equipment
· Prepare indoor and outdoor facilities
· Purchase and organize supplies
· Create sufficient seating and organize staff to supervise events
· Obtain proper authorization and submit any necessary Purchase Requisitions for each activity.
· Create daily, weekly, and monthly activity calendars
· Create and distribute flyers promoting each activity or event
· Recruit participants for events Supervise participants and chaperones
· Resolve member issues through effective communication, taking appropriate action where indicated, and reporting any problems to the Health Manager.
· Provide monthly report to Health Service Manager by first day of new month
*Minimum one year of experience in family event planning required
*Must have High School diploma or equivalent
*Certification as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting organization is preferred
*Must be CPR/First Aid Certified or ability to obtain within first six months of employment
*Must display ability to work well within organizational structure and PIIC team
*Must be sensitive to Native American culture
*Excellent communication skills both verbal and written to supervise and motivate clients
*Good Computer and organizational skills.
*Possess ability to function in an independent role and exercise sound judgment.
*Manage multiple priorities in an efficient manner
*Must pass UA (drug screening) test
*Must pass background check
*Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurability
Closing date: Open until filled.

Dakota Station Store Attendants

Dakota Station has immediate openings for full and part-time store attendants. Hours available on days and evenings; every other weekend and various holidays. Qualified candidates must be able to work cash register, prep food, work in a fast paced environment and enjoy working in customer service. Previous cashier, food service and convenience store experience preferred, but will train. Starting wage is $16.00/hour. Must have a GED/High School diploma, pass background check and drug screen (UA), and be sensitive to Native American culture. If interested, applications may be picked up at Dakota Station, located at 6030 Sturgeon Lake Rd, Welch, MN or filled out on line at www.prairieisland.org Inquiries may call the store at 651-267-4048 to have application mailed. Indian preference applies in accordance with Sec. 7 (b) P.L. 93-638.
Closing Date: Open until filled.

Mount Frontenac Golf Course Superintendent

The Superintendent is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the golf course grounds year-round and providing administrative and supervisory services for the course and grounds crew staff. This position will require up to 60 hours per week during the season is the norm. Weekend work begins at the start of the season (April) and ends in early November. Responsibilities include, but not limited to: required to maintain grounds on the property; including greens, fairways, buildings, irrigation systems, and sand traps. This position is responsible for hiring, training and supervising grounds crew. Must maintain all equipment and/or repair as needed and order supplies. The position will water, mow, fertilize, trim, aerate and renovate all tees, greens, fairways and landscaped areas; apply safely and effectively pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals according to City, County and State regulations. Operate equipment such as dump trucks, backhoe, mowers, and power tools such as chain saws, mowers, edger’s and blowers and maintain hand tools. Maintains and repairs irrigation systems. Change tee markers, cuts cups and performs other daily maintenance requirements. Qualified candidates must have High School diploma or GED, minimum five years of experience in related field and advanced knowledge of agronomy and turf grass management practices and current pesticide application license (willing to obtain). Knowledge of equipment, materials and supplies used in golf course maintenance, working knowledge of methods and practices required to construct and maintain greens, fairways and tees is required. Must have a valid driver’s license and able to pass a background check and drug screen. Must be sensitive to Native American Culture. Indian preference applies in accordance with Sec. 7(b) P.L. 93-638. Please send resume to HR Director, Prairie Island Indian Community, 5636 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089 or email: Rachael.zebro@piic.org. Closing date: Open until filled.

Dakota Language Instructor

The Dakota Language Instructor shall be responsible for teaching all interested members of the Prairie Island Indian Community to speak, read and write the Mdewakanton Dakota Language to promote for the tribal community, along with other employees of the Prairie Island Indian Community.
*Develop and implement Dakota Language lesson plans for appropriate levels of fluency, i.e. beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers.
*Will evaluate and monitor Dakota Language participants’ progress by implementing a pre/post-test to be given before and after each class cycle.
*Shall work with members of the Prairie Island Indian Community to achieve Dakota Languages skills.
*Prepare and distribute monthly calendars on class scheduling and events concerning Dakota Language issues.
*Work with the Education staff on implementing Dakota Language in the summer school program.
*Utilize all resources, community members and/or elders when possible.
*Assist in the planning and development of special events the department may conduct for the community.
*Prepare written reports to Department Manager on a monthly basis.
*Actively participate, plan and oversee the summer immersion and culture camp programs.
*Must be able to work hours that vary to meet program needs; i.e. night classes
*All other duties as assigned.
*High school diploma or GED
*Fluent in Mdewakanton Dakota Language
*Teaching license, Eminence Credentials, or in progress of obtaining licensure
*Minimum one (1) year of classroom instruction experience
*Minimum one (1) year of curriculum development experience
*Strong communication skills; both verbal and written
*Good record keeping skills, journal record keeping.
*Must have valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.
*Must pass background check and drug screening (UA). 
*Four (4) year degree in Native American Studies, Education or related field
*Three (3) years of classroom instruction experience
*Three (3) years of curriculum development experience
*Experience teaching within a Tribal community
The closing date is open until filled. Native American preference applies in accordance with Sec.7 (b) P.L. 93-638. Qualified candidates are asked to send a Cover Letter, Resume and portfolio of developed curriculum (if available) by email to rachael.zebro@piic.org
Closing date: Open until filled.

Police Officer

The Prairie Island Police Department is accepting applications for immediate openings for the position of police officer. Minimum qualifications include two-year degree in law enforcement, MN POST Board license or MN POST eligible PRIOR to closing date. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally, are required. Indian preference applies in accordance with Sec. 7 (b) P.L. 93-638. Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, job application and MN POST License or eligibility letter. Applications may be obtained at www.prairieisland.org. If interested, please send completed application materials to Prairie Island Police Department, 1960 Island Blvd, Welch, MN 55089 Attn: James Wells or call 651-267-4000 for more information or E-mail: James.wells@piic.org Deadline: Open until filled.

Community Health Representative - Full-time

The Community Health Representative (CHR) promotes health and wellness in the Prairie Island Indian Community by visiting hospitalized patients, assessing and assisting client home wellness using sound judgement and setting priorities, providing transportation and med pick-up, promoting preventative training, workshops and education in-services, teaching, and topics shared in monthly newsletter under the supervision of the Health Services Manager. Assists Health Department team members as assigned.
*Consulting with Medical Staff on behalf of Client to establish care protocols and review duties of CHR as needed.
*Provide transportation for eligible clients to routine, non-emergency medical and dental appointments who have no other means of transportation per transportation policy.
*Visit community members who are hospitalized in the surrounding area.
*Participate in case plan for chronic/terminal patients and follows plan on a regularly scheduled basis.
*Assess needs and make referrals based on weekly home visits from the continuum of care, newborn to geriatric to meet tribal member needs as time allows.
*Serve as liaison between client population, service agencies and the medical providers.
*Provide home health care services.
*Provide or assist in demonstrations, conduct training sessions and community meetings in subjects such as safety, nutrition, environmental health and other areas of health concerns on a monthly basis.
*To provide extensive health promotion/disease prevention information and instruction in self-help services that address chronic health issues such as articles in monthly newsletter or providing pamphlets and other forms of information.
*Work with Health Staff to coordinate annual events such as Health Fair, 5K.
*Pick-up and deliver prescriptions for community members, according to policy.
*Enter Encounter Sheet data into the RPMS program and CHR Exports on a monthly basis
*Take vitals, create referrals, perform health screenings, follow-up as needed.
*Prepares and submits monthly reports to Manager.
*Other duties as assigned.
*High School Diploma/GED.
*Valid CPR/First Aid certification.
*Certified Nursing Assistant.
*Minimum 1 (one) year experience working as a certified nursing assistant.
*Good organizational skills.
*Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
*Sensitive to Native American Culture
*Must pass drug-screening (UA) and background check.
*Must have valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.
*Experience working with elderly population.
*Experience working with clients who have chronic diseases; such as diabetes and heart issues.
Must be able to pass a UA (drug screen) and background check, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurability. Must be sensitive to Native American Culture. Indian preference applies in accordance with Sec. 7(b) P.L. 93-638. Please send resume to HR Director, Prairie Island Indian Community, 5636 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089 or email: Rachael.zebro@piic.org. For info call 651-385-4138. Closing date: Open until filled.

Tinta Wita Tipi

We are seeking:
– PT Day Shift: 48 hrs per pay period 6:30am-2:30pm. Includes an every other weekend and every other holiday rotation.
– PT Eve Shift: 40 hrs per pay period 2:30pm-10:30pm. Includes +$1/hr shift differential, as well as an every other weekend and every other holiday rotation.
– PT Eve Shift: 30 hrs per pay period 4:00pm-9:00pm. Includes +$1/hr shift differential, as well as an every other weekend and every other holiday rotation.
– PT Overnight Shift: 40 hrs per pay period 10:30pm-6:30am. Includes +$2/hr shift differential, as well as an every other weekend and every other holiday rotation.
– PT Support Chef: 20 hrs per pay period, every other weekend, 7:30am-6:00pm
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