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:

Ramie Chackan, Human Resources

Prairie Island Indian Community

5636 Sturgeon Lake Road

Welch, MN 55089

or call 800 554-5473, ext. 4173 for more information.

E-mail: ramie.chackan@piic.org

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.

Job Responsibilities and Duties:
· 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.

Committee Coordinator (Tribal Members Only)

The Committee Coordinator handles all clerical duties and other tasks for the various committees of the Prairie Island Tribal Government. In addition, will function as the primary back up to the Enrollment Clerk position and supporting the Court Administrator as needed.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
· Assists in filing and organizing files.
· Knowledge of ordinances and laws regarding all types of cases.
· Revise form documents to match particulars of a case in the absence of the Court Administrator and Deputy Clerk.
· Extensive knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act and how it applies in tribal court.
· Ensure that courtroom is set up for hearings in the absence of the Court Administrator and Deputy Clerk.
· Act as the Court Reporter for hearings in the absence of the Court Administrator and Deputy Clerk.
· Sends out committee meeting notices.
· Types all meeting minutes.
· Sends out and handles any requests for the committees.
· Other duties as assigned.

· High School Diploma or GED is required.
· Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and organizational skills
· Must have the ability to transcribe recorded meeting minutes
· Experience and familiarity with Word, Excel, and Outlook is required.
· Clerk of Court and/or Paralegal experience preferred.
· Knowledge of legal terms preferred.
· Ability to maintain confidentiality.
· Must be a tribal member
· Must pass a background check and drug screen (UA).
· Must have valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.

Closing Date: February, 14 2022

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.

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 found online at www.prairieisland.org/employment. Inquiries may call the store at 651-267-4048 to have application mailed.
Closing Date: Open until filled.

Energy Program Manager

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 Net Zero Program is comprised of several project categories:

Energy Efficiency – Measures that reduce energy consumption that target equipment, devices, behavior, and processes designed to decrease electric energy or natural gas. Implementing measures that improve energy efficiency reduce the Tribe’s carbon footprint, save the Tribe significant financial resources, and improve the environment for the benefit of current and future generations.

Electrification – Measures that reduce carbon by replacing existing natural gas and propane systems or appliances with electric equipment. For example, natural gas boilers and air-cooled chillers will be replaced with a geothermal heat pump. Electrification of natural gas loads represents most of the Net Zero Program carbon reduction.

Renewable Energy Generation – Renewable energy comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished – the sun, wind, water, Earth’s heat, and plants. Solar energy is the most effective renewable resource for the Prairie Island Indian Community. The Net Zero Program will include a large ground-mounted solar array and rooftop solar in the Prairie Island Indian Community.

Energy Resiliency – The ability to keep necessary systems operating is of high importance to the tribe and membership. Energy resiliency ensures a reliable, regular supply of energy and contingent measures are in place. The Net Zero Project provides an opportunity for the Prairie Island Indian Community to progress down the path towards energy resiliency and energy sovereignty.

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 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.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
Project Management
· The Energy Program Manager oversees the implementation of a portfolio of clean energy projects to achieve the goals of the Net Zero Program and future projects.
· Daily program management throughout the program life cycle. Review and manage program budgets, timelines, deliverables, and contracts.
· Manage consultants providing professional services that are related to the Net Zero Program, such as return on investment analyses for energy efficiency projects and energy performance contracts, annual building benchmarking, and construction oversight.

Planning and Governance
· Help the Tribe develop a long-term energy resiliency program that is scalable and may include a Tribal Utility Authority or Energy Department.
· Collaborate on planning and implementation strategies for Tribal buildings and operations to achieve building and transportation electrification benchmarks and standards

Stakeholder Management
· Collaborate with other energy management peers and facility personnel on clean energy projects, sustainability, and the implementation of the Net Zero Program buildout.
· 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.
· Maintain relationships with local utilities to enhance potential partnerships and future negotiations.

· Comment on legislation and statewide utilities commission initiatives.
· Support or lead grant project development, application, and execution

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, architecture, urban planning, energy engineering, or a related field and at least 5 years of relevant professional experience successfully facilitating or coordinating multiple projects, working with diverse group of stakeholders.
· Demonstrated background/expertise in either energy efficiency, net zero, building management, energy management or renewable energy.
· Demonstrated background/expertise in either energy efficiency, net zero, building management, energy management or renewable energy.
· Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others and within the existing department and governmental structure.
· Strong organizational, project management, communications, analytical and planning skills, and the ability to perform within required deadlines.
· The ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision.
· If needed, the ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.
· 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

· PMP highly desired
· Familiarity with effective carbon reduction strategies that align with energy, buildings, transportation, renewables and other conservation measures and technologies.
· 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.
· Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and/or LEED AP Credentials is highly desired
· Master’s degree in environmental science, physical science, urban planning, engineering, computer science, or a related field
· Experience driving regional partnerships with other local governments, utilities, or private sector stakeholders
· Experience identifying and understanding indicators and impacts of environmental justice and equity in the energy sector
· Effective communication and outreach experience with underserved or disadvantaged communities

Closing Date: February 15, 2022

Federal Government Relations Specialist (Tribal Members Only)

The Federal Government Relations Specialist is responsible for oversight of Federal legislative and administrative activity and lobbying on behalf of the Prairie Island Indian Community. The Federal Government Relations Specialist is responsible for cultivating relationship with Federal elected officials and staff. The Federal Government Relations Specialist is responsible for reviewing, analyzing and monitoring legislation and administrative action, as well as communicating with Tribal Council on a regular basis in writing and through oral communication. This position is also responsible for regular written and oral communication with Federal policy makers on behalf of the Community, and working closely with other government relations specialist(s) or lobbyists that the Community engages to achieve the Communities goals.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
· Develops plans to achieve Federal government relations plans to meet with Community objectives and priorities as set forth in the Community’s strategic plan or by Tribal Council.
· Reviews and monitors all legislation, proposed legislation, and administrative action, rulemaking, etc., and keeps Tribal Council appraised of all such activity.
· Informs the Community about the latest developments in relevant fields.
· Conducts research on current and changing circumstances that pertain to interests of the Community.
· Oversees specific legislative efforts on behalf of the Community.
elected officials.
· Prepares and presents written weekly reports to Tribal Council.
· Represents the Prairie Island Indian Community at individual and group meetings with · · Prepares written and oral testimony for hearings and presents this testimony, if requested by Tribal Council.
· Organizes and schedules regular meetings and committee hearings.
· Collaborates with various departments as necessary to achieve Community’s objectives.
· Implements strategic plan activities related to Federal government relations.
· Prepares talking points, press releases, pamphlets as necessary.
· Establishes connections with lawmakers and organizations to achieve objectives.
· Attends social and fund-raising functions as a representative of the Prairie Island Indian Community as directed by Tribal Council.
· Travels to Washington D.C. and around the nation to advocate for the Community and work toward achieving the Community’s objectives.
· Assists in preparing and maintaining budget for department.
· Develops and implements election awareness and “get out the vote” efforts within the Community.
· Develops political candidate and political contribution recommendations to Tribal Council.
· Other duties as assigned.

· A member of the Prairie Island Indian Community.
· A High School Diploma.
· Have at least 2 years of experience in a role(s) that required writing, preparation of
communications, or equivalent duties, and/or government relations activity, review of legislation, and/or agency interaction.
· Possess excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
· Needs to be proactive and enthusiastic.
· Should have a good sense of judgment and be highly diplomatic.
· Should be skilled in cultivating strong relationships and maintaining them.
· Knowledge and interest of legislative issues facing Native Americans.
· Ability to travel and work weekends and evenings, when necessary.
· Participate in training and/or education necessary to fulfill the role.
· Successfully pass a UA (drug screening) test and background check.
· Have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.
· May be required to provide writing sample.

· B.S. Degree in political science, communications, Native American studies, or relevant field.
· 3 or more years of experience in a role(s) that included government relations activity, review of legislation and/or agency interaction, or experience in written and/or oral communication related to law or politics.

Closing Date: February 16, 2022

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

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Project & Initiative Administrator

This position will lead project and program development initiatives for the Prairie Island Indian Community by providing planning, oversight and coordination on behalf of the Tribal Council. This position will add to the leadership team of the Tribal Operations/Tribal Administration Department and increase the Department’s capacity to lead the Tribal government.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
· Oversees and manages the development of major projects and programs.
· Primary responsibility for oversight and implementation of PIIC Strategic Plan.
· Leads project and program development using COVID-19 special funding such as ARPA and CARES Act appropriations.
· Works closely with Tribal Administrator to achieve the goals of the Community and Tribal Council, and align projects/initiatives with day-to-day operations.
· Develops solutions for organizational improvement and increased capacity for delivery of tribal services.
· Develops policy and procedures in coordination with relevant departments.
· Assists in monitoring operations to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations.
· Coordinates and oversees the work of engineers, architectural firms, independent contractors and consultants on tribal projects with responsibility for contract compliance.
· Prepares and analyzes quotes and bids for products and services, recommends selection of firms or individuals to provide products and services, executes or recommends execution of contracts to Council for approval.
· Assists in researching capital improvement needs.
· Acts as a liaison with other governmental agencies, advisory boards, committees.
· Will be cross-trained in other functions.
· Other duties as assigned.

· A two or four-year degree in Project Management, Business Administration, Finance or other relevant field.
· Minimum 5 yrs of progressive project management roles and responsibility.
· Experience in development of policies and procedures.
· Experience in government or private operations/administration.
· Thorough ability to communicate effectively and establish effective working relationships with staff, Tribal Council, other public officials and the public.
· Ability to work well within the existing team and government structure.
· Strong leadership skills and the ability to lead teams that include individuals from various departments and external consultants in order to achieve the Community’s goals.
· Detailed oriented and strong organization skills.
· Ability to prepare written plans, outlines, program descriptions, project outlines, and presentations, as well as deliver materials through oral presentations.
· Must pass a UA (drug screening) test and criminal background check.
· Must have valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.
· Must be sensitive to Native American Culture.

· Experience in a Tribal Government, municipality and/or government setting.
· Knowledge of the organizational structure of tribal government.
· Experience in land use planning.
· Project Management Certification.
· Knowledge of budgeting, accounting and governmental financing.
· Master’s degree in Business or related field.
· Knowledge of contracts and grants and PL 93-638.

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Project Engineer

The Project Engineer will provide professional engineering services for the Prairie Island Indian Community. Work will be relevant to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of all existing public works and buildings as well as new construction. The Project Engineer will be responsible to prepare a budget, develop plans, design maps, specifications, cost estimates and bid specifications.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
· Develop, plan, design maps, specifications, cost estimates and bid specifications for submission to the Tribal Council and Tribal Administrator.
· Plans, designs, controls and oversees the construction and maintenance of all Community projects, including roads, drainage, parking, water and wastewater and other projects as requested by Tribal Council.
· Directs and coordinates the activities of subordinates in all phases of tribal engineering, land surveying, construction inspection, computing costs and other related work.
· Define and help plan the long range capital improvements of the Community and prepare written reports for the Tribal Council and Tribal Administrator.
· Establish policies and procedures and engineering techniques in complying with accepted engineering standards.
· Prepare bids for contractual work.
· Develop engineering work schedules and project report procedures and reviews the reports of subordinates and consultants.
· Represent the Community in dealing with Federal regulatory agencies.
· Provide technical assistance to the Community’s water and wastewater facility to ensure compliance of applicable regulations.
· Organize and maintain the Community’s engineering documents such as geo-technical soil boring data, survey information, construction specifications, as-built drawings, project documentation and technical reports.
· Development of construction standards for the Community.
· Provides advice and information on engineering matters to Tribal Council.
· Other duties as assigned by Tribal Administrator or by Tribal Council.

· Registered professional civil engineer in Minnesota.
· Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or engineering related field.
· Understanding of municipal or tribal government operations and experience working on municipal or tribal projects.
· Demonstrated ability to perform supervisory duty and have experience in managing multiple projects concurrently.
· Good communication skills and computer skills.
· Understanding of grant management, writing and working on grant-funded projects.
· Native Americans encouraged to apply.
· Must pass UA (drug) screening.
· Must have valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.

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
​Applicants should apply: https://ebenezer-fairview.icims.com/jobs/

Water/Wastewater Operator

The Water/Wastewater Operator is skilled in the operations and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment and in laboratory testing of same.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
· Takes lift station readings, inspects floats and pump operation, alternates pumps to assure switching over and maintains clean and secure area. Inspects, cleans and maintains the wastewater collection system.
· Takes daily readings of water pumped and chemicals used, checks water tower pressure daily, tests for proper water quality, takes monthly bacteria and fluoride tests and reports results of these tests to the Water/Wastewater Director by the tenth of the of each month. Inspects, cleans and maintains the water mains, valves and hydrants.
· At the Wastewater Station ponds, the operator must walk the berm to insure soundness, inspects water in primary and secondary ponds to determine state of water and checks for damage from deep-rooted plants, rodents or other invasion and treats or removes as needed. Inspects liner of pond for any breaches, oil or odd odor and repairs or fixes as necessary. Inspects aeration and performs any maintenance required. Keeps berm mowed and fence line clean and removes all debris from ponds.
· 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 performs those tasks that do not require specialized expertise.
· Performs minor electrical tasks that do not require a licensed electrician.
· Responds to any water or wastewater complaints and reports same to supervisor.
· Assists in the maintenance of records for water and wastewater.
· Takes training as available for Class A license.
· Other duties as assigned.

· High school diploma or equivalent.
· Valid Minnesota Driver’s license and proof of insurability, CDL preferred.
· Ability to work outside in all types of weather.
· Excellent mechanical aptitude.
· Ability to lift up to fifty pounds
· Sensitive to Native American culture.
· Must pass a UA (drug screening) test.

Closing Date: February 1, 2022