Four Seasons Worker
Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies
The Ojibwe Four Seasons Worker is responsible for teaching students cultural activities, including drum, dance, tool making and how to harvest food and supplies throughout the year. This is accomplished by providing students and age appropriate opportunity to participate in harvesting including; wild rice, maple sugar, berries, fish, birch bark, and basswood.
• High School Diploma required.
• Proficient Ojibwe language speaker.
• Highly knowledge in Mille Lacs traditional teachings and harvesting experience.
• Willingness to obtain training in Ojibwe Language/classroom instructional methods.
• Must have a valid MN driver’s license and be eligible to drive under Mille Lacs Band Driver’s Policy.
• Must be able to work effectively as a team and independently.
• Must be physically able to perform the labor involved with harvesting.
• Loves children, can whole-heartedly engage in working with and for them.
• Understanding of the relationship of Nay Ah Shing School Ojibwe Language Program to the Mille Lacs Band community values, and supports the missions of both.
• Willingness to maintain a high level of competence, exercise discreet judgment and honor confidentiality.
• Experience, familiarity, and ability to work with the diverse constituencies of Nay Ah Shing School and Mille Lacs Band departments and programs.
• Project an image of professionalism and maintain a positive attitude.
• Moderate computer skills.
• Strong organizational and communication skills.
• Must have current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug & alcohol test.
• Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference does apply.
• Must pass a background check.
• A staff person with direct contact with or access to children in care must disclose the arrest, conviction, and applicant background information if that staff person:
(a) has a conviction of, has admitted to, has an adjudication of delinquency for, has been charged and is awaiting trial for, or a preponderance of the evidence indicates the person has committed:
- a crime against a child;
- an act of physical or sexual abuse;
- a felony;
- the same or similar crimes as those in this subsection listed in the laws of another state or of the United States or of any Tribal law;
(b) has a conviction of, has admitted to, has an adjudication of delinquency for, has been charged and is awaiting trial for, or a preponderance of the evidence indicates the person has committed any misdemeanor offense under Federal, State, or Tribal law involving crimes of violence; sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, contact or prostitution; crimes against persons; or offenses committed against children. The Licensing Committee may evaluate the nature and time of a misdemeanor assault charge as well as other types of misdemeanor crimes not specified in this section to determine whether employment is appropriate.
8 MLBSA § 1212(a-b).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Mentor students and staff in learning Mille Lacs traditions including; setting a dish, uses of tobacco and sage, namesakes, rites of passage, ceremonial dances, funerals, clans, drum, dance and harvesting.
• Provide counsel to students and staff with proper pronunciation of Ojibwe words/phrases.
• Visit, speak or teach in other classrooms on Ojibwe topics being covered.
• Assist in making cultural crafts and tools such as rice poles, rice knockers, drums, baskets, dance outfits and games.
• Plan, organize, and implement a variety of seasonal learning experiences such as harvesting natural foods, outdoor cooking, picking birch bark, tanning deer hides, constructing a wigwam and making Ojibwe games, collaborating as much as possible with the Mille Lacs Immersion Camp and the Department of Natural Resources.
• Plan, organize and teach drum and dance troop with help of the Ojibwe Language staff.
• Perform routine inventory of seasonal equipment and submit written requests for additional supplies.
• Work with classroom teachers, other tribal employees and language coordinator to incorporate seasonal lessons into the classroom.
• Adjust teaching style and set up as needed to benefit all children, including accommodations for students on individualized educational plans.
• Create a healthy, safe, welcoming, and comfortable learning environment that supports children’s growth and development.
• Monitor/document school progress to ensure successful transition into the next season.
• Maintain and repair cultural equipment and tools.
• Maintain and improve professional competence by participating in team meetings (Nay Ah Shing & Ojibwe Language), IEP, in-service training and other training as needed.
• Participate in graduation ceremonies, classroom field trips, pow wows, pipe/dish, award nights, and other planned activities.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Work hours are 40 hrs/week, 42 weeks SCH status
• Work environment is both indoors and outdoors.
• There is moderate threat of exposure to personal danger (machines and harvesting tools).
• Travel may be required for training or program purposes. Out of state travel is limited.