Employment & Opportunities

With the exception of Indian preference, 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. Indian preference applies for all employment vacancies pursuant to Prairie Island Indian Community Equal Employment and Indian Preference Ordinance, approved by Tribal Council Resolution 94-8-16-135, and consistent with Public Law 93-638, Section 7(b).

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

Current Employment Opportunities

Please send application and resume to Human Resources unless otherwise indicated within the job posting. Application materials may be emailed directly to ramie.chackan@piic.org. If you have questions, please contact:
Ramie Chackan, Human Resources
Prairie Island Indian Community
5636 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN 55089
Cell: 651-380-4989
Office 1-800-554-5473, ext. 4173

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

Contractor / Consultant - Project Director for the Mnisota Dakota Healing Center

Reports to: Mnisota Dakota, LLC Board of Directors
Supervises: Healing Center Program Director

The Mnisota Dakota, LLC, is a legal entity created to support and implement initiatives that support the vision of the four Dakota Communities located in Minnesota, specifically the Lower Sioux Indian Community (Cansayapi); the Prairie Island Indian Community (Tinta Wita); the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (Sakpe); and the Upper Sioux Community (Pezihutazizi).

A major initiative of Mnisota Dakota, LLC, is the Healing Center project that will provide healing services for members and their families of the four (4) Communities who are suffering with addiction and mental health issues.

The Healing Center Project Director will be responsible for planning and executing all aspects of the development of the Healing Center facility for the Mnisota Dakota, LLC, including finalizing and implementing the project business plan, timeline, and facility construction and/or renovation to ensure that the opening of the Healing Center will occur in a timely manner and in accordance with the vision and philosophy of the LLC.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:

Leadership and Direction:
• Establish performance goals based on the project timeline and track/report progress against goals
• Provide guidance to the Board of Directors to enable them to make necessary decisions to ensure timely completion of project
• Lead and foster innovation and initiative in others, work cooperatively and effectively in a team environment, develop relationships based on honesty and integrity, and work well under pressure and prioritize work effectively
• Demonstrate a strong executive presence and provide articulate communication to deliver information and required actions with confidence and authority
• Juggle multiple projects and priorities based on the needs of the project, as well as the capacity to quickly adjust key priorities based on project needs and changing dynamics

Financial Oversight:
• Recognize, prepare, and implement project budgets that incorporate pre-facility and facility budgetary needs as well as additional planned revenues and expenditures
• Monitor budgets and make adjustments as additional information becomes available
• Prepare and present financial reports to LLC Board of Directors, staff, and other stakeholders

Fundraising and Public Relations:
• Create and implement successful fundraising and development plan for the healing facility
• Prepare and submit potential grant applications to ensure they are consistent with project vision and mission
• Prepare all agency publications, public statements, and press releases to ensure that there is ongoing and consistent communication will all stakeholders
• Act as project spokesperson to media on program and policy information

Staff Supervision and Development:
• Recruit experienced and capable staff
• Develop and implement appropriate staff development and training that incorporates healing center vision and philosophy, as well as up-to-date practices and methodologies
• Work with general contractor throughout the construction process to complete healing center facility construction/renovation
• Develop ongoing staff training and development plan for implementation after healing facility begins operation

Programmatic Leadership:
• Identify and incorporate trends and opportunities that support the overall vision and mission of the healing facility and the LLC
• Work with Tribal leadership, Board of Directors, and other stakeholders to develop evaluation tools to measure training/development and program effectiveness
• Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, people management, and verbal and written communication skills

• Bachelor’s degree in business, public or health administration, planning, or related field
• A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience in a project management role; preferably in business leadership and management of Tribal environments specifically dealing with Tribal leadership
• Demonstrated knowledge of Dakota Communities, Tribal governance, and Tribal structures
• Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing effective and sustainable training and development initiatives in a variety of settings
• Demonstrated broad-based functional experience in marketing, communications, and financial management
• Demonstrated experience in understanding the chemical dependency and mental health landscapes, issues and current developments
• Demonstrated track record of building and leading high-performing teams, including hiring, training, and developing skilled and capable team members

If interested, please send resume to:
Rachael Zebro, Director of Human Resources
Prairie Island Indian Community
5636 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN 55089
Cell: 651-230-8450
Office: 800 554-5473, ext. 4138
E-mail: Rachael.zebro@piic.org

Closing Date: Open until filled

Contractor / Consultant - Tribal Historic Compliance Officer

The Compliance Officer will develop and implement internal systems of control that are designed to achieve compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, and assist in the development and execution of all Tribal Historic Preservation Office projects and programs with the goal of protecting the historic and cultural resources of the Prairie Island Indian Community.
Job Responsibilities & Duties:
• Assist with the implementation of the Prairie Island Indian Community – National Park Service THPO Memorandum of Understanding and update as necessary
• Provides recommendations to the THPO for comments on the National Historic Preservation Act (36 CFR 63) per Section 106 (36 CFR 800) and make recommendations to the THPO for all Nominations to the National Register of the National Historic Preservation Act per Section 101(d) (2)
• Assist with the management and maintenance of the Prairie Island Indian Community Cultural Resource Database
• Assist with providing historic preservation education and training
• Assist with all cell towner construction projects per the TCNS electronic review system
• Assist with the implementation of all grants related to historic and cultural preservation
• Assist with the development and improvement of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office and its programs
• Assist with efforts to protect and preserve historic and cultural resources
• Assist with efforts to coordinate with federal, state, local and tribal agencies
• Review all Section 106 Notifications and make recommendations directly to the THPO for issuing determinations
• Assist in the development of potential interpretive center and/or exhibits
• Other duties as assigned

• Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies, Anthropology, Archeology or related field or minimum two years of experience in a related field
• Ability to draft and correspond with state, federal and tribal agencies
• Must have knowledge of NHPA, National Historic Preservation Act, as amended
• Must understand Dakota cultural components and have an understanding of sacred site interpretation and protection measures
• Ability to analyze report documents and issue opinions certifying compliance with NHPA regulations
• Proven ability to write grants in addition to fulfilling reporting requirements
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong computer skills Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook)
• The ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision
• Successful experience working in a team setting
• Sensitive to Native American Culture
• Pass drug screen (UA) and a criminal background check
• Valid driver’s license and proof of insurability

• Knowledge of NAGPRA- Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, NEPA- National Environmental Protection Act

Physical Demands:
• Must be able to walk, stand or sit for long periods throughout the day
• Must have the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

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.

Family Services Specialist

The Family Services Specialist works to create a cohesive, integrated plan of intervention and prevention services for needy families in the Prairie Island Indian Community and native families in the surrounding service area. This position will also be responsible for the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
• Provide case management; perform client intakes and investigations
• Provide referral and support services to families and individuals in the Prairie Island Indian Community and the Native American population in the surrounding service area
• Locate appropriate services in response to client’s needs
• Network with area service agencies to provide necessary services to individuals and families
• Provides education, prevention and program information through gatherings, community meetings and newsletter articles
• Attend regional and local training sessions in the Indian Child Welfare Act and other sessions which affect family services and child welfare
• Attend multidisciplinary (inner-office) meetings which include chemical dependency, health, education and family services to determine specific plans for clients served
• Testify and confer with legal counsel on court-related issues involving children and families
• Perform home and institution visits with client families to monitor progress and provide assistance and direction as needed
• Prepare and maintain written documentation on client services
• Other duties as assigned

• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related Human Services Degree
• Knowledge of ICWA
• Experience interviewing and gathering data and information
• Commitment to a healthy way of life
• The ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends
• Ability to pass a health examination
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to maintain strict standards of confidentiality for all participants and their families
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong computer skills Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)
• Ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision
• Successful experience working in a team setting
• Sensitive to Native American Culture
• Must pass drug screen (UA) and a federal criminal background check in compliance with the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
• Valid driver’s license and proof of insurability

• Minimum of two (2) years of experience in Social Services field

Closing Date: Open until filled

Mount Frontenac Golf Course: Summer/Seasonal positions

We are seeking highly motivated, customer service orientated, dependable people who enjoy the outdoors.

Pro Shop Staff – assisting with scheduling and arranging of golf groups, answer phones, schedule tee times, assist with merchandise sales and assist with leagues. Includes helping with cart and driving range maintenance.
Cart Staff – daily washing of golf carts, ball recovery at driving range, collect garbage on course and variety of other outdoor tasks.
Cooks – responsible for food prep, cooking, stocking, dishwashing, cleaning and assisting with food service.
Grounds Crew – maintain grounds, equipment, mowing, weeding and all other required clean up on property.
Bar/Beverage Cart Staff – provide beverage and snack service to golfers, bartending, take and deliver food orders, assist with cleaning, and stocking.

Candidates over 18 years of age must pass background check and drug screen (UA). If interested, applications may be completed online, picked up at Mt. Frontenac Golf Course, located at 32420 Ski Road, Frontenac or at the Administration Office, located at 5636 Sturgeon Lake Rd. For more information contact the Pro Shop at 651-388-5826 or email lynn.peterson@piic.org Must be sensitive to Native American Culture. Indian preference applies in accordance with Sec. 7 (b) P.L. 93-638.

Closing Date: Open until filled

Non-Point Source Coordinator

The position will be responsible for implementing and managing the Non-Point Source Pollution (NPS) Program and coordinate aspects of regional environmental compliance and policy related to NPS issues. This position will also assist in relevant activities associated with water quality and environmental monitoring.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
· Manage NPS program and related grant funding responsibilities including plan writing and follow-thru, grant writing, budgeting, reporting, etc.
· Establish and maintain NPS mitigation (erosion, runoff, rain gardens, etc.) and manage the 5-year management plan.
· Oversee agricultural lease program ensuring proper farming practices
· Work collaboratively with the water resources specialist and other departments as necessary on WQ related issues.
· Assist in collecting environmental samples (water and some ambient radiological) and maintaining associated databases.
· Represent PIIC at local, state, and federal level regarding NPS and water related issues.
· Review and provide comment on local and regional environmental permitting
· Utilize GPS and GIS technology to assist in preparing area maps and reports
· Conduct community outreach on NPS and compliance topics
· Other duties as assigned by Environmental Program Manager

· Required minimum of B.S. in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Natural Resources, or related field.
· Requires minimum of 1 year experience in environmental monitoring
· Required strong organization skills and written and verbal communication
· Required experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel)
· Preferred grant management experience
· Preferred experience in ArcGIS software
· Preferred experience with motorboat operation and maintenance
· Ability to travel occasionally
· Must have valid driver’s license and submit proof of insurance
· Sensitivity to Native American culture
· Must pass a UA (drug screening) test and background check

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

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:
The following duties and responsibilities are not meant to be all inclusive and may be adjusted to meet business needs.
· 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.

Public Works Technician

The Public Works Technician is responsible for assisting in all facets of building and grounds maintenance for the Prairie Island Indian Community as directed by the Public Works Manager including care and maintenance of a buffalo herd and maintenance of tribal roads.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
The following duties and responsibilities are not meant to be all inclusive and may be adjusted to meet business needs.
· Maintain the grounds around the Prairie Island Community Center, Administration Building and PSB Building including cutting grass, pulling weeds, picking up waste and trash, emptying trash barrels, etc
· Provide janitorial services in the Community Center, Administration Building, Elders Building and PSB Building including washing, stripping and waxing floors, washing and sanitizing all bathrooms, vacuuming and shampooing carpets and washing and painting walls as necessary. Also, clean offices, including dusting and emptying waste receptacles.
· Provide janitorial service in the Medical Center facility, including the proper disposal of all medical waste as required by environmental and health regulations
· Wash windows on a monthly basis, or more often as necessary
· Monitor boiler systems as requested by director
· Provide general assistance for department managers as requested and as time allows (moving furniture, etc.)
· Deliver and pick up mail on a daily basis between buildings
· Feeding, watering buffalo and other heavy farm work
· Maintaining roads and parks areas including mowing, snow plowing, sanding and minor repairs to roads
· Other duties as assigned by the Public Works Manager

· High school diploma or equivalent
· Boiler’s License or ability to obtain within six months of employment when requested
· Sensitive to Native American Culture
· Good people and organizational skills
· Good mechanical skills
· Ability to work varied hours when necessary
· Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurability, CDL preferred
· Must pass a UA (drug screening) test

Physical Requirements:
· Ability to lift up to fifty pounds

Closing Date: Open until filled

Tinta Wita Tipi

Tinta Wita Tipi Senior Living was built by the Prairie Island Indian Community and is managed by Ebenezer Management Services. This unique partnership allows our staff and residents a diverse and culturally inclusive work and living environment. Our 20-unit community is seeking direct care professionals who are open minded, eager to learn, and have a passion for caring for the elderly. Our Resident Assistants (RA) provide hands-on health related services as directed by nursing including but not limited to dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, medication administration, housekeeping, and meal services. CNA certification not required. 1-3 years caregiving experience preferred. Must have passion for working with the elderly and ability to use technology in the form of computers, handheld devices, cell phone and fax/copy machine.

FT RA Day Shift: Starting Pay $18.50/hr
64 hrs per pay period 6:30am-2:30pm
Includes every other weekend and holiday rotation

FT RA Evening Shift : Starting Pay $18.50/hr
64 hrs per pay period 2:30pm-10:30pm
$1/hr shift differential
Includes every other weekend and holiday rotation

PT RA Night Shift: Starting Pay $18.50/hr
64 hrs per pay period 10:30pm-6:30am
$2/hr shift differential
Includes every other weekend and holiday rotation

PT Support Chef: Starting Pay $17.10/hr
20 hrs per pay period, every other weekend, 7:30am-6:00pm
The Support Chef is responsible for ensuring that meals are prepared and presented in accordance with applicable regulations and customer expectations.

Applications MUST be submitted via our electronic system at: https://ebenezer-fairview.icims.com/jobs/search?ss=1&searchLocation=12781-12807-Welch

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – Licensed Therapy Services

Licensed Therapy Services
for the Prairie Island Indian Community

OPENING DATE: August 9, 2022




The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC), a federally recognized Indian tribe, is seeking proposals from a licensed therapist to enter into an independent contractor arrangement for providing individual, family or group therapeutic services to members of the community.


The PIIC will accept proposals from firms and individuals who perform therapy services and qualify as a licensed Clinical Social Worker or a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of Minnesota, and have experience working with diverse populations, teens, children, and family systems. The professional should also have experience in: individual and family therapy; facilitating group sessions in the areas of anxiety, depression and/or grief; and therapy for issues related to sexual abuse, historical trauma and domestic violence.


Provide professional therapeutic services as needed to members of the PIIC, in coordination with the PIIC Family Services Department.


The consultant will be responsible for:

1. Providing individual therapy sessions;
2. Providing family therapy sessions;
3. Performing group facilitation in the areas of depression, anxiety, and grief;
4. Performing diagnostic assessments on a very limited bases (approximately 5-7 per year) and writing clinical recommendations regarding clients upon request.
5. Collaborate with PIIC staff regarding grant programs, and comply with all terms of applicable grants.
6. Providing detailed / itemized monthly invoices identifying the work completed and the basis for any charges to the PIIC.
7. Trained or willingness to be trained to perform CASII assessment tool on a very limited basis (approximately 2-3 times per year) upon request


Submitted proposals should clearly indicate specific hourly fees, costs and/or billing rate(s) for work conducted under the Scope of Work, including varying rates, if any, for the individuals who will be performing any services and/or varying rates, if any, for services performed.

The PIIC may select firms or individuals for interview from among those submitting proposals and reserves the right, prior to awarding a contract, to request additional information if warranted.


Proposals furnished to the PIIC will be evaluated by a proposal evaluation team. The proposal evaluation team shall evaluate the proposals in accordance with the “Selection Criteria for Award” section of this Request for Proposals. Based on this evaluation, a firm(s) or individual(s) will be contacted for in person interviews. Upon selection, the final award is subject to the negotiation of a professional services contract. The contract will be governed, as applicable, by the laws of the Prairie Island Indian Community. Appropriate insurance for therapy providers will be required.


Work under the independent contract is scheduled to begin by September 19th. The deadline for submitting a proposal is August 31st 2022. Proposals, with the requested information, must be received by mail prior to this deadline by the Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council, 5636 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089 or can be submitted via e-mail to PIIC Family Services Director Anne Turnbull at anne.turnbull@piic.org.

If you have questions related to this request or to submitting a proposal, please contact PIIC Family Services Director Anne Turnbull at anne.turnbull@piic.org.

If you have questions related to this request or to submitting a proposal, please contact PIIC Family Services Director Anne Turnbull at anne.turnbull@piic.org.

Dated this 5 day of August, 2022.