Sault Tribe
  • - Natural Resources
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • SALARY BASED UPON EXPERIANCE $47,548.80 - $55382.08
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Community Engagement Specialist, under the direction of the Natural Resources Division Director, will provide oversight and leadership in Division engagement with tribal community members, including elders, harvesters, and other knowledge-holders to help guide Division efforts.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Leads the processes of outreach and communication with tribal community knowledge-holders, with recordkeeping, reporting, and planning that ensures long-term respect for and protection of our Anishinaabe community fostering the centering of Anishinaabe knowledges and responsibilities in Division work.
  • Participation in staff meetings, identifying opportunities for leading processes of tribal community engagement within Division.
  • Translates department objectives related to community engagement into program initiatives.
  • Responds to requests for information from the media or designates an appropriate representative or information source.
  • Plans for development or communication of departmental programs to maintain favorable public or stakeholders' perceptions of the department's accomplishments, agenda and environmental responsibility.
  • Posts and updates content on the company's website and other advertising outlets.
  • Responsible for relationship building, partnership development and development of resource links between tribal organization local and external communities to foster communication flow.
  • Interviews tribal harvesters, elders, and other knowledge-holders regarding ecological observations, responsibilities and Anishinaabe sciences.
  • Works with Division and Program management to identify priorities and to lead community engagement within Division Programs and projects, including gatherings, visits, and field trips.
  • Provides written and oral presentation of information and management recommendations in collaboration with Division and Program staff.
  • Prepares and maintains records, report writing and contributes to planning documents and processes.
  • Contributes to grant proposal development, implementation, and reporting.
  • Ability to prepare high-quality responses to customer feedback, ministerial and media inquiries.
  • Establishes community engagement long-range objectives and specifies the strategies and actions to achieve them.


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Works with diverse groups of people, including tribal community members and other professionals
  • Maintains confidentiality of community members and tribal knowledges
  • Assists in planning program activities and developing strategies for addressing key issues
  • All other job-related duties as assigned




Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, Executives, Board of Directors, community members, and other collaborative governments and organizations.




Position medium with lifting of 20 pounds maximum and frequent lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds.  Normal office conditions exist, and the noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate. Physical factors include constant typing; frequent standing, sitting, use of hearing, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception, driving; occasional walking, pushing/pulling, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crawling, reaching, manual handling, use of smell, midrange/color/field of vision and bending. Working conditions include exposure to weather and occasional exposure to extreme heat/cold, wet/humidity, noise, vibration, and air quality. Potential hazards include constant computer use; working on boats and exposure to deep water. Personal protection equipment includes rain suits/boots, dust masks, life jackets and eye protection.  Limited overnight travel may be required from time to time.




Education: Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resources, Communications, Community Development, Environmental Studies, or related field or five years demonstrated ability in tribal community engagement such as providing services to community members related to cultural programming; hunting, fishing, wildlife and/or plant harvesting and care or Ojibwe language instruction may be considered in lieu of a degree.


Experience:  Minimum of three years of experience in tribal community engagement such as providing services to community members creating partnerships meeting the program objectives.


Certification/License: Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Basic knowledge of traditional Anishinaabe teachings, Anishinaabe language and cultural traditions.

Knowledge of tribal communities, Ojibwe ways of life, harvesting. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, internet software and appropriate storage of electronic files.   Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal are essential in this role.  Ability to work and contribute as a team player. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American Preferred.

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