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Posting Status: Second Posting - Open Until Filled
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
SOC Code: 19-2041

Position Summary:
The position is funded for one year by Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. While CMN and DOI BIA will work to make this a long-term position, it is contingent upon availability of funds and success. The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) is seeking to hire a BIA funded Deputy Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison to work with its Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (MW CASC). The Deputy Tribal Liaison will work with the CMN Tribal Resilience Liaison to advise the MW CASC and address Tribal climate science needs in the Midwest region. The Liaison will also will serve as a direct liaison between the Tribes in the MW CASC region, the respective Bureau of Indian Affairs regions, and climate researchers increase capacity and address research gaps in climate, natural and cultural resources disciplines to guide strategic adaptive planning and implementation of Tribal resiliency projects. Our primary focus for this position is the 35 federally recognized Tribes in defined regions of the Department of Interior Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The position will be stationed at the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center located at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Position Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Conducts outreach to Tribal communities to learn about and assess their climate science needs and questions and to inform them of the climate science and adaptation resources available to them through meetings with Tribal governments, departments, NGOs, TCUs and schools, and individuals involved in climate adaptation work;
  • Provide technical support to Tribal nations and community stakeholders in design and implementation of climate-related projects and research;
  • Provide climate adaptation planning support to Tribal governments and community climate resilience stakeholders in coordination with the MW CASC and other partners;
  • Serves as a resource and provide recommendations to Tribal nations and community stakeholders on improving climate resilience;
  • Coordinates and organizes the planning and logistics for Tribal related trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.;
  • Assists in overseeing the Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network (NICRN) website; maintains the database and ongoing contact with Tribal resource managers, personnel, and other partners on the NICRN listserv via email updates;
  • Participates in a network of Tribal Climate Resilience Liaisons working within the CASC network
  • Draft correspondence, reports, strategic plans, and other documents as needed;
  • Travel frequently for Tribal community visits, conferences, meetings, etc.;
  • Other duties as assigned for the overall success of the college.

Minimum Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Undergraduate degree required in one or more of the following: physical sciences, biological/ecological sciences, natural resources, or relevant social sciences from an accredited university, and one year of experience  supporting tribal climate science and resilience needs.
  • Knowledge of 1) climate change adaptation management in the aforementioned fields, and 2) research methodologies sufficient to understand and evaluate research proposals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups within government agencies, tribes, non-government organizations, and other CASC customers; and ability to comprehend, articulate, and represent diverse interests.
  • Ability to articulate relevant climate change-related science issues and projects to tribal communities, non-scientists, and internal (CASC) and external researchers.
  • Additionally, ability to identify and articulate emerging issues that affect or could affect the management, data analysis, evaluation, interpretation, and management principles in the context of climate change adaptation of tribal communities.
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate in both verbal and written form; ability to clearly and concisely write scientific reports, publications, correspondence, and other written communication.
  • Knowledge of consensus building and group facilitation processes, thorough understanding of group dynamics, negotiation, mediation; and conciliation principles and techniques and skills in consensus building and facilitation. Successful experience in the aforementioned processes and dynamics within tribal communities is desirable.

Desired Qualification:

  • Master's Degree preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with traditional knowledge in the associated field is highly desirable.
  • Understanding of the cultural and natural resources management science needs for the Midwest
  • Experience in working and engaging with Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples
  • Demonstrated understanding of historical and cultural knowledge of Tribal Nations

Reporting to this Position: No Direct Reports

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
Physical demands are classified as Sedentary - lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Performs administrative office Functions - Frequently
  • Exposure to office/class room environment - Constant
  • Exposure to shop or maintenance environment - Never

Tools & Equipment Used:
PC, laptop and other computer equipment, copy/print machines, phone, etc.


A complete application includes:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Completed CMN application form (available under job opportunities at
  • Copy of all college level transcripts (official transcripts required upon hired)
  • Three professional letters of reference
  • Copy of valid WI driver license
  • Proof of relevant certificates or training
  • Proof of Tribal enrollment status (if applicable)
  • Proof of honorable or general military discharge paperwork (if applicable)

It is not the responsibility of CMN to notify applicants of missing documentation. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Application materials can be mailed to:

College Of Menominee Nation
Attn: Human Resources
P.O. Box 1179
Keshena, WI 54135


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An online application is available at:

NOTE: Pre-employment drug testing is part of the hiring process. EOE/MITW 82-10