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Job Announcement
Position Title:
Reports to:
Opening Date:
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Commissioner of Natural Resources
Natural Resources
Commissioner of Administration
March 16, 2017
March 31, 2017
*** 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
***Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies***
The Commissioner of Natural Resources plans, directs, monitors, and reviews the activities and operations of
the Natural Resources Department to ensure the Band’s natural resources and environment are adequately
protected and preserved and that historical preservation programs are effective. Adheres to the values of the
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, as reflected within the tribal government structure.
Master’s degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, wildlife management,
or a closely related field from an accredited college or university required; and five to ten years related
experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Eight years executive
experience in an executive level position.
Prior experience in natural resource management and game and fish management required.
Mastery of the theories, principles and practices of natural resource management and conservation.
Knowledge of relevant federal laws, ordinances, regulations, etc. relating to natural resource
Strong knowledge of Band regulations, policies, and governance principals.
Strong knowledge of culture and cultural understanding of the use of natural resources.
Proven leadership and supervisory qualities.
Prior experience in long range and strategic planning in a conservation capacity.
Ability to adapt quickly to shifting priorities and balance competing priorities and demands placed on
the resources.
Ability to build consensus and resolve conflicts by achieving common ground among stakeholder
groups and successfully create and maintain cooperative working relationships.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
Ability to manage effectively through planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, monitoring and problem
solving to support achievement of department strategic and operation goals.
Ability to take multiple perspectives and balance the differing perspectives when making decisions.
Excellent personal computer skills in a Windows environment, including spreadsheet, Word, publishing,
calendaring, and general office support applications.
Effective public speaking skills.
Ability to present information and persuade others to act.
Experience in and sensitivity to Native American culture.
Must have current driver’s license, reliable personal transportation, proof of current insurance
coverage, and insurability under the Band’s Auto Insurance Policy.
Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
Must be able to pass a background check.
Directly and through others supervises a subordinate staff. Determines personnel needs.
Prepare, submit, revise, and manage to a department budget.
Oversee the preparation of grant requests related to natural resource management. Manage programs
in accordance with grant guidelines and requirements.
Represent the Band at federal, state, and other tribal level negotiations, meetings, and other functions
relating to management of natural resources.
Ensure enforcement of the Band’s rules and regulations regarding use and protection of natural
Issue Commissioner Orders to protect or regulate the use of natural resources and the environment.
Propose new and revise existing Band policies, laws, and regulations related to nature resource
management and conservation.
Report the status and condition of natural resources and department activity to executive
management, legislative branch, and Band at large.
Direct the development, implementation, and operation of Band programs aimed at preservation of the
Band’s history and culture.
Direct the issuance of motor vehicle licenses to Band members.
Direct programs aimed at protecting and improving water and air quality within the Bands land mass.
Direct the evaluation, acquisition, and trust application of additional land and buildings on behalf of the
Other duties as assigned.
Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences periods of highly stressful situations while engaging
in negotiations on the Band’s behalf or attending to daily issues within the department.
Little threat of personal danger or risk, although participation in wildlife enforcement may pose an
element of danger.
Work is conducted primarily in an office environment but also involves working outside in all types of
weather conditions.
Frequent travel, at times overnight, is required.
Work hours are typical 8 to 5, although additional hours and evening and weekend work is required to
maintain work load. May require long hours involving interagency meetings, public hearings,
administrative proceedings, and other administrative and managerial functions.
Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Employment Coordinator
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Fax # (320) 532-7492
e-mail to [email protected]