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MENTORS:  Field Research Coordinator, and Sustainable Agriculture Faculty
LOCATION:  College of Menominee Nation – Keshena Campus 
TERM: As participants are available, Part time 1 April to May 27th, Full time May 31st – August 4th, Part time August 15th to October 21st
APPLICATION DUE:  As soon as possible, accepted until filled. 

Participant Position Summary and Description:

CMN's Sustainable Development Institute began research to understand historic Menominee agricultural practices several years ago. The project was inspired by the findings of Dr. Overstreet and other archeologists, who have identified numerous ancient farming fields and food storage areas in the forests of northern Wisconsin. These sites are known for acres of raised beds where corn, sunflower, and squash were grown centuries ago. We are continuing our work to build an understanding of these ancient raised bed systems by:

  1. Continuing research on natural soil amendments
  2. Screening varieties of crops for potential local adaptation
  3. Beginning research on the value of forming raised beds
  4. Establishing a crop production field for the college and the Menominee community.

In addition to this, we are also establishing some other fruit trees at SDI.

Research participants will take part in a mix of outdoor and indoor activities. We will complete basic training on agriculture initially, learn new things through our research all summer, and discuss our activities throughout the program.  Reporting at the FALCON conference will also take place in October 2022 for those who can attend (with project funding).  Participants are welcome to join in on a research paper that will be written and submitted by the end of this multi-year project in 2023.  Our agricultural classroom will provide laboratory instruction, help develop leadership skills, provide team work experience, and will include plenty of experiential learning.  We will work together to discover agriculture's many benefits for today and tomorrow.

Objectives and Responsibilities:  

  • Participate in orientation and team-building activities to facilitate learning and growing together, including attending the Mini-IPSI (Indigenous Planning Summer Institute) in August if you are available.
  • Take part in Classroom and on-site training to increase knowledge on Indigenous cropping systems, Indigenous food culture, experimental design, data analysis, equipment safety, and more.
  • Choose a part of the project to be your focus area for intensive study and reporting.
  • Prepare and plant the seed for research plots.
  • Manage research plots and care for developing crops through harvest.
  • Collect data and take notes on plant and soil conditions.
  • Attend a hand pollination workshop in July to learn about seed corn production.
  • With the help of a mentor, establish a work plan to achieve your goals and provide project deliverables.
  • Analyze the data and correlate it with the experimental treatments and soil characteristics.
  • Present an overview of your experience to CMN and the broader Community in early August.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation to the FALCON Conference in October to grow your network (option).
  • Work within a team to carry out all tasks in a friendly and supportive manner
  • Perform other identified tasks in support of the project
  • Get along with others and have fun learning about Indigenous agriculture!

What We Offer:
We have a culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion, while promoting professional development. We will work with you to develop flexible work options to meet your work and personal needs as key activities are carried out to meet research objectives and plant needs. We serve the Menominee and other local Indigenous communities, and will engage with those who are ready to learn new things. Together we will do good things.

Program Requirements/Qualifications:
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Demonstrated interests in agriculture and sustainability are especially desired!
Experience growing a garden is also desired, but we will train and work alongside you.
Strong communication skills.

Application Procedures:
Participant Application requires the following:
SDI Application Form (online)

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.  

Submit all information to the Sustainable Development Institute, College of Menominee Nation, N172 State Highway 47/55, PO Box 1179 Keshena, WI 54135 as soon as possible.  You may also email application materials to  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

If you have questions about the position, please contact Frank Kutka at or 920-495-0503. 

Timeframe and Stipend (if applicable):
Participant positions will run through the spring, summer, and fall as participants are available, and participants will receive stipends at the equivalent of $15/hr. Participant opportunities may be extended or hours adjusted based on participant availability, interest, and funding.

  • Research